A blog about the Australian legal profession.

Australian Law Firm Rankings

This post contains a list of law firms in Australia that I will continue to update. Hopefully it serves as a helpful list of firms to work through when you are applying for clerkships or graduate roles.

The Disclaimer

I have ranked the firms according to the generally accepted tiers of Australian law. As you can probably tell, I have not ranked the firms inside these categories. I acknowledge that ranking firms is a somewhat redundant process. Particular firms have strengths in particular areas. For example, Gilbert + Tobin are renowned for their high calibre on corporate work and compete (and sometimes beat) the quality of work produced by the big three. However, these tiers are generally reflective of the scale and quality of work coming out of the respective firms in each category. If you disagree with my classifications, tell me why in the comments. I always enjoy a robust and healthy discussion!

Top Tier Firms

The Big Three

  • Allens
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • King & Wood Mallesons

The Rest of the Big Six

  • Ashurst
  • Clayton Utz
  • MinterEllison

Upper Mid Tiers

  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Gilbert + Tobin

Mid Tiers

International Firms

  • Allen & Overy
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Bird & Bird
  • Clifford Chance
  • Clyde & Co
  • Dentons
  • DLA Piper
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Holman Fenwick Willan
  • Jones Day
  • K&L Gates
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Seyfarth Shaw
  • Sidley & Austin
  • Sullivan & Cromwell
  • White & Case

Australian Firms

  • Gadens
  • Hall & Wilcox
  • Hopgood Ganim
  • HWL Ebsworth
  • Jackson McDonald
  • Johnson Winter & Slattery
  • Lavan
  • Mills Oakley
  • Tottle Partners
  • Williams + Hughes
  • Wotton + Kearney

Boutique Firms

Coming soon.

What did I miss?

This list is continually a work in progress. In the future, I intend to seperate the list according to the different Australian cities to be more useful for job searching purposes. In the mean time, comment below any firms I missed and I will add them to the list!


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