In Australia, the top tier law space is made up of six firms, formerly known as the Big Six. However, since four of the six merged or formed partnerships with law firms from the United Kingdom and China they are now referred to as Australia’s top tier or international law firms.
- The top six firms have combined revenue of over 2.8 billion
- All six firms have at some point made it into the global 100
- In 2019 due to record profits, the top tier law firms have dramatically upped their intake of graduates
Herbert Smith Freehills (previously Freehills)
Herbert Smith Freehills is known as one of the world’s leading professional services businesses. The company has co-headquarters in London and Sydney and boasts an impressive 155 partners and 857 lawyers.
Allens Linklaters (previously Allens)
Allens is a leading international law firm and together with Linklaters, they have 40 offices across 28 countries. The firm specialises in
“In 2017 Allens was named Australian Law Firm of the Year by Chambers Asia Pacific.”
King & Wood Mallesons (previously Mallesons Stephen Jaques)
King & Wood Mallesons is a multinational law firm with offices in 14 countries. Its predecessor firms included King & Wood and Mallesons Stephen Jaques previously one of Australias Big Six. With approximately 169 partners and 756 lawyers offering a wide range of services ranging from competition, trade and regulatory to tax.
Ashurst (previously Blake Dawson)
Clayton Utz, established in 1833, is Australia’s largest full-service commercial law firm. The company is headquartered in Sydney and has over 1200 employees including 171 partners and 901 lawyers. Clayton Utz has lawyers around the country who specialise in
MinterEllison is a multinational professional services firm based in Australia. .
By number of Australian lawyers, Minter Ellison is the largest provider of legal services in Australia
Future changes to the top 6
Below the top 6 are firms such as Gilbert + Tobin: Corrs Chambers Westgarth
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