Minter Ellison

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Minter Ellison
Minter Ellison Logo.jpg
Headquarters Sydney, Australia
No. of offices 15
No. of attorneys 200+ partners, 600 lawyers
Key people

Bruce Cowley, Chairman

Tony Harrington, Chief Executive Partner
Revenue A$416 million (2012/2013)
Date founded 1827
Company type Partnership

Minter Ellison is an international law firm based in Australia. A member of the Big Six leading Australian law firms, it is the largest law firm headquartered in Australia,[1] with offices across 15 cities in five countries.[2][3]


Minter Ellison dates back to 1827 when F. W. Unwin was admitted to practice in New South Wales. Its first international office was opened in London in 1974. Minter Ellison was one of the first foreign law firms to have a presence in China[citation needed], initially through a joint venture arrangement in Beijing in the mid-1980s.

In 1987, Ellison Hewison Whitehead & Gillott Moir and Winneke (Ellison, Hewison & Whitehead) merged with Minter Simpson (Minter, Simpson & Co.) to become Minter Ellison.[4]

In 1992, Minter Ellison and Morris Fletcher & Cross merged to become Minter Ellison Morris Fletcher and in 1995, the firm officially becomes known as Minter Ellison. In 2000, the Canberra office merged with Deacon Graham & James. On 1 September 2001 the New Zealand (Auckland and Wellington) law firm of Rudd Watts & Stone changed its name to Minter Ellison Rudd Watts.

The firm established offices in Hong Kong in 2000, Shanghai in 2001, Beijing in 2010, and Ulaanbaatar in 2012.

Practice areas[edit]

Minter Ellison's key areas of practice area:[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ALB. (2010.) ALB30 Australasia's largest firms.
  2. ^ Dun and Bradstreet Company360 (database online), entry: Minter Ellison Services Pty Ltd. Accessed 13 August 2011
  3. ^ Minter Ellison. (2011.) Our offices. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Philip Simpson: Land was the calling of a highflying lawyer". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 21 April 2008. 
  5. ^ New South Wales Young Lawyers and the National Pro Bono Resource Centre. (2008.) Pro Bono Practices: A guide to the pro bono practices of NSW’s largest law firms, New South Wales Young Lawyers and the National Pro Bono Resource Centre.

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