our values

Our values define how we work with our clients and with each other. They guide key decisions we make in the business and reflect how important it is to enjoy our work and have fun, as well as deliver exceptional service to our clients.

talk straight We tell it as it is. we’re not afraid to have the difficult conversations. We’re honest and ethical.
play as a team We work hard, have fun and celebrate success. We collaborate and support each other.
better each day We’re committed to always improving and embracing change.
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We work with interesting people and interesting clients. Working collaboratively across teams and offices, our people are part of the big picture. As a national firm with a wide range of practice areas, there’s plenty of variety and opportunity to grow. And with our links to international legal networks, our work has a global reach.

a few of our benefits


Work in a way that allows you to integrate work and life. We trust you to get your work done, the when, how and where is up to you.

dress for your day

Some days are just not suit days. choose what you want to wear based on what is happening that day.


Your health and wellbeing is important to us. we have designed a program that puts your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing first.

referral bonus

Know someone else who should join us? Introduce us to your network and receive up to a $20,000 referral bonus.

mk business school

Our business school program provides you with quality learning and development to help you reach your potential.

give back

Use your day of paid volunteer leave to engage with our local communities in causes we’re passionate about.


We love getting together to celebrate our success. get involved in as many weekly social activities as you like.

performance bonus

We want to celebrate your successes. Be rewarded for your performance each year.

diversity, equity
& inclusion

Macpherson Kelley firmly believes that everyone should feel safe and empowered to bring their whole selves to work.

Along with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee which champions internal change, our policies and values address the four key pillars of our commitment: gender, culture and religion, LGBTIQA+ and people with disabilities. Learn more about our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy here.

At Macpherson Kelley, we are deeply committed to finding ways to accelerate workplace gender equality. To understand more about our practice in this area, read our full employer statement here.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work. We recognise their strength and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. Our Reconciliation Action Plan demonstrates our commitment to strengthening our knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories. We continue to work on how we can support reconciliation in our firm and within the communities in which we operate.

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our business school

Our Business School is designed to help our people realise their potential. It develops their skills beyond the law with an annual program of workshops, seminars, full day programs and coaching.

By creating an environment that enables our lawyers to combine their legal knowledge with business acumen and industry experience, we deliver commercially savvy outcomes for our clients.


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our culture

At Macpherson Kelley we encourage a healthy work/life balance with access to Flex and Wellness programs, paid study assistance and leave, and a casual dress code policy. We also provide laptops to everyone so they can work flexibly in ways that work best for them and clients.

We work hard but know how to have a good time while we do it, especially around the table tennis tables. We look out for each other and want to see everyone succeed.


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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 has embraced the Foundation’s vision and purpose by donating time and money and hosting fundraising events.

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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.
🎉🎉We're so proud of our incredible IP team who have been recognised in The Legal 500! Celebrated for their expertise in trade marks, copyright, patents and cybersecurity law, our Intellectual Property team are passionate about seeing their clients' businesses succeed. Congrats team! 🙌
📢 We're ringing in the new year with six promotions!

🎉Please join us in congratulating:
➡ James McLaughlin: Promoted to Principal Lawyer
➡ Amelia Santilli: Promoted to Senior Associate
➡ Christina Zhang, Caitlyn Wessels, Samantha T. and Damien Quick: Promoted to Associate
🎇🎇Happy 2024 from all of us at Macpherson Kelley! Wishing you all the very best for the year ahead. ✨
And that’s a wrap for 2023!
As we reflect on the success we’ve had this year, we would like to say a special thank you to our staff, clients and professional partners – we couldn’t have done it without you. 🙏✨

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