Back to the future for Macpherson Kelley

Macpherson Kelley Lawyers celebrates its 110th birthday this month by taking a trip back to the future with a rebranding to Macpherson Kelley effective November.

Managing director, Damian Paul, who has been with the firm for over a quarter of its lifetime and more than half of his, says; “When Jeffrey Macpherson started in 1905, he would meet with our clients at the bar of the Royal Hotel in Dandenong”.

“Our growth story from local origins resonates with our clients. The abbreviated name was useful as we rolled out our national expansion over the past few years.  This change acknowledges our long and successful heritage and, more importantly, positions us for the future as all of our offices come together under the one name.  Our staff has been keen to return to Macpherson Kelley” says Paul.

With offices in Perth, Melbourne, Dandenong, Sydney and Brisbane; a complement of 300 staff including 150 lawyers; the firm has a determined focus to serve the needs of Australia’s leading mid-market businesses.

Over the last 18 months the firm has appointed 12 new Principals, including some to replace retiring Principals or lawyers who did not share Macpherson Kelley’s vision.

“The firm’s purpose is to help business people succeed; everything we do is guided by our desire to be the law firm for mid-market enterprises. We are continually honing the team with that in mind.”

“It’s eight years since we introduced what was then an innovative company model, which has helped us to retain and attract quality talent,” says Paul. The firm now has 50 Principals and has grown, in part, by attracting like-minded lawyers in specialised firms around the country.

As part of this year’s refresh-and-refocus operation the firm has sold the Tasmanian operations back to the Tasmanian Principals, with a best-friends arrangement for the future, and completed an internal company and management restructure to support the cohesive one-firm approach.

Says Paul; “We feel simply that we are today’s custodians. We are keen to build the firm and leave it in a better place when we hand over the reins to the next generation.”



Macpherson Kelley is a growing firm of commercial lawyers and industry advocates, devoted to the needs of businesses and asset owners in the mid-market. Our place is where over 3 million Australians work today and where 1 in 4 jobs will be created in the next decade. It’s both engine room and innovation hub – where mid-sized companies with revenues of $5-$500 million contribute $425 billion to the Australian economy. With over 300 staff and offices Australia-wide, our national presence is broad but our niche legal expertise and industry knowledge runs deep. We have extensive international reach as a member of Multilaw, a global association of 75 law firms in the UK, Europe, Asia, USA and the sub-continent.