Overview

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Macpherson Kelley is a full-service commercial law firm committed to helping our clients succeed. Our lawyers are experts in applying their knowledge to always deliver commercial outcomes. From the outset we invest the time to get to know each client’s business and to understand the commercial drivers behind each client matter – doing this puts us in the best position to develop practical and innovative solutions for our clients each and every time.

National support, local advice

We operate nationally but our local presence is felt among the diverse organisations and in-house legal teams we support. We deliver exceptional value through our team of responsive, experienced lawyers who put our clients first and share in their victories.

We’re just as at home in the commercial hubs of Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane as we are in the business community of Dandenong. On any given day around the country, you’ll find us at work in the business community, advocating for our clients’ growth and prosperity, supporting industry innovation and looking for the best people to join our growing team.

We understand industry

Understanding the commercial environment in which our clients operate is important in delivering successful results.

Domestically our focus is on providing practical and targeted legal advice in key industry sectors, including retail and franchising; manufacturing and distribution, foreign owned subsidiaries, accountants, motor dealers, property development and insolvency. We pride ourselves on being actively involved in these industries. The lawyers who work for these clients are passionate about their sectors and are well attuned to the issues clients are faced with and how best to resolve them.

With international reach

When your business is international, you need legal and business advisors who are local, know how the laws work in their market and work with you to achieve your business goals. Our teams can provide that confidence through our associates with law firm networks, Multilaw and Pacific Legal Network.

Multilaw is a global association of more than 90 independent law firms. As the only Australian member, Macpherson Kelley offers clients access to more than 9,000 trusted lawyers in over 100 countries, across Europe, Asia, the US and Africa. We personally know and regularly meet with all our contact partners of the Multilaw firms.

Pacific Legal Network (PLN) connects Macpherson Kelley and its clients to lawyers and business advisors from Singapore to Hawaii. They are a one-stop-shop for your legal and business needs in the Pacific, facilitating corporate activity across the region. With local knowledge of the legal processes and cultures, PLN provides a unique, on-the-ground insight, enabling you to achieve your business goals. PLN is also one of the few legal services to have secured Green Climate Fund accreditation.

Our unique cross-border capabilities across Asia and the Pacific is demonstrated by our International Deal Lists, and the household names that we represent across all key sectors including mining/resources, renewable energy, telecommunications, financial services and fast moving consumer goods.


Rankings

Macpherson Kelley is regionally awarded in 4 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Regional Rankings

Brisbane
Tier 1 for Occupational Health and Safety Law
Tier 2 for Employee Benefits Law
Tier 2 for Tax Law
Melbourne
Tier 2 for Labour and Employment Law

Rankings

Regional Rankings

Brisbane
Tier 1 for Occupational Health and Safety Law
Tier 2 for Employee Benefits Law
Tier 2 for Tax Law
Melbourne
Tier 2 for Labour and Employment Law

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Competition Law
  • Construction / Infrastructure Law
  • Defamation and Media Law
  • Employee Benefits Law
  • Family Law
  • Franchise Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Labour and Employment Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Leasing Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Motor Vehicle Law
  • Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Tax Law
  • Trade Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Wealth Management / Succession Planning Practice

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Australia

Macpherson Kelley has 4 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2025 edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Macpherson Kelley eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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