who are
we

Macpherson Kelley is a commercial law firm focused on the mid market with offices in Brisbane, Dandenong, Melbourne and Sydney.

We’re structured to meet the needs of, and deliver value to, businesses who need direct, succinct guidance, without the extravagance of a traditional top tier firm.

We’re straight talkers who take care of your legal concerns, giving you the freedom to focus on what you do best.

We’re considered in developing our legal advice, taking into account your commercial goals and the market in which you operate, before forming a view.

We’re pragmatic in the advice we give and bold in our recommendations.

We put relationships with our clients first.

1905

the year we were born

300+

people

10,000

client matters solved yearly

4

offices

our story

When Jeffrey Macpherson started practicing in 1905, our journey began in the manufacturing heart of Melbourne’s south east. He would meet with clients at the bar of the Royal Hotel in Dandenong, being the sole lawyer of the firm until Charles Kelley joined as his junior partner.

Today we’re a full service commercial law firm with a national outlook and offices in Brisbane, Dandenong, Melbourne and Sydney.

Macpherson Kelley became an incorporated legal practice on 18 February 2008 and since 2015 has operated as a fully integrated national firm under the guidance of a Board of Directors.

our awards
and rankings

Achieving successful legal outcomes for our clients is our goal. Recognition from international and Australian legal guides is the icing on the cake.

Achieving successful legal outcomes for our clients is our goal. Recognition from international and Australian legal guides is the icing on the cake.

2021

  • IP Asia Awards – Australian Trademark Firm of the Year 2020
  • World Trademark Review 1000 – Prosecution and Strategy – Bronze
  • IP Stars – Trade mark prosecution – Notable firm
  • Doyles Guide – Workplace Health & Safety – Queensland – Recommended

2020

  • Chambers – Media- Band 1
  • Doyles Guide – Workplace Health & Safety – Queensland – Recommended
  • Doyles Guide – Intellectual Property – Queensland – Tier 3
  • Doyles Guide – Technology, Media and Telecommunications – Queensland – Recommended
  • Doyles Guide – Technology, Media and Telecommunications – Victoria – Recommended
  • World Trademark Review 1000 – Prosecution and Strategy – Bronze
  • IP Stars – Trade mark prosecution – Notable firm

2019

  • World Trademark Review 1000 – Recommended
  • IP Stars – Trade mark prosecution – Notable firm
  • Media Law International – Tier 4
  • Chambers – Media – Band 1
  • The Legal 500 – Asia Pacific – Intellectual Property
  • The Legal 500 – Asia Pacific – Labour and Employment law
  • Doyles Guide – Intellectual Property – Queensland – Recommended
  • Doyles Guide – Technology, Media & Telecommunications – Queensland – Recommended
  • Doyles Guide – Workplace Health & Safety – Queensland – Recommended
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macpherson kelley foundation

The Macpherson Kelley Foundation is our way of giving back to the community. We support a range of charities working with children, disadvantaged communities and animal welfare in Australia and overseas.

Since being established in 2016, our staff have embraced the Foundation’s vision and purpose by donating time and money and hosting fundraising events.

Through the Foundation we can also help clients achieve their own philanthropic goals by establishing a sub-fund within our framework.

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🎓 Are you an upcoming #lawgraduate and wondering what it’s like to work a day in a fun and welcoming full-service firm? Macpherson Kelley is excited to host its inaugural “Meet MK” taking place in our Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane offices. 🎓
 
This is an opportunity for recent graduates and final year students to come to our offices and learn more about Macpherson Kelley. At the event, you’ll hear from some of our Principal Lawyers as well as current Graduates about their experience and values that guide their work.
 
🚨 Numbers are limited so make sure you’re signed up to our pre-register for early access! 🚨
 
🗓️Queensland: Wednesday, 12 June 2024 (12-2.30pm)
🗓️Victoria: Thursday, 20 June 2024 (5-7.30pm)
🗓️New South Wales: Thursday, 4 July 2024 (12-2.30pm)
 
#lawgraduates2025 #lawgrads #graduateprogram #thinkingaboutyourfuture
We recently asked some of our grads why they love working at MK (and why you might too!).

Want to know more? Pre-register for our 2025 National Law Graduate Program and receive regular updates together with early registration access to our Meet MK events being held in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in the coming months.  Visit mk.com.au/join-us/graduates
🚚 We're moving! 📦 

As of Monday 20 May, our Sydney office will be relocated to a stunning new office at Grosvenor Place Sydney.

Watch this space for updates (and photos). 📸
🎉🎉 We are excited to announce that three of our Principal Lawyers have been named as finalists in the Lawyers Weekly 2024 Partner of the Year Awards!

⭐ Cathy Russo, Banking and Finance Partner of the Year
⭐ Victor Borzillo, Construction and Infrastructure Partner of the Year
⭐ Mark Metzeling, Intellectual Property Partner of the Year

Regarded as one of the legal profession’s most prestigious accolades, the awards showcase the individuals who are leading the way in the industry.

Congrats to our finalists on this amazing achievement!
Congratulations to our incredible team who have been recognised by Best Lawyers in the 2025 edition of the ‘Best Lawyer’ and ‘Ones to Watch’ awards! 👏🎉
🤝Play as a team 🤝
Working together to get the best outcome for our clients. 🙌
Starting off the week with some positive client feedback. #ClientCulture #NPS
We love seeing positive feedback from our long-standing team members! ✨
 
Interested in joining us? We currently have open opportunities across Victoria, Sydney and Brisbane. Visit mk.com.au/join-us/ to find out more.

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