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The Big 6 Australian Law Firms Ranked By Revenue

The latest report on the largest law firms by revenue was released by The American Lawyer for the period 2017-2018. As we anticipate the 2018-2019 report, in this short piece, we take a look at how Australia’s legal market is fairing, from a global perspective.

“No surprises This YeaR”

Now, there are no surprises here, as all the firms on this list are part of the larger group popularly known as the Big 8. That said, it’s still quite interesting to see their position on the global legal market.

1. Herbert Smith Freehills 

Herbert Smith Freehills 

For the year 2017-2018, Herbert Smith Freehills led the pack in Australia, with gross revenue totalling $1,194,645,000. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane, HSF Australia is comfortably one of the Big 8 Law firms in Australia. Interestingly though, on a global scale, the firm was ranked twenty-ninth overall, in a list that ranked the largest two hundred law firms in the world for that period.

On a similar note, the firm’s average revenue per lawyer was recorded at $577,000, an impressive figure considering that the firm has more than two thousand lawyers between its London office and Australian presence.

2. King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons

Not far behind HSF was yet another member of Australia’s Big 8 Law firms- King & Wood Mallesons. Clocking in at $1,072,000,000 in gross revenue, KWM was not far behind HSF. On the global legal market, KWM came in at position thirty-five out of two hundred.

It’s close to three thousand lawyers across Australia, China and Hong Kong averaged a personal revenue of about $388,000.

3. Allens


Despite coming in third on this list, Allens stands out when compared to the first two as this firm operates solely on the Australian Legal Market. That said, with gross revenue amounting to $559,000,000 Allens is worlds away from HSF and KWM. This fact is further amplified when analysed on a global scale where the firm ranked eightieth.

It is, however, interesting to note that the firms average revenue per lawyer was higher than the first two firms, with a figure of $884,000 per lawyer.

4. Clayton Utz


In fourth place was Clayton Utz with gross revenue amounting to $376,000,000 and a global ranking of 122 out of 200. The average revenue per lawyer was recorded to be just shy of five hundred and twenty thousand dollars.

5. Minter-Ellison


The revenue gap further widens with Minter Ellison recording gross revue of $338,600,000.

6. Corrs, Chambers Westgarth

Corrs, Chambers Westgarth

Last, both on the Australian list and the global one was Corrs, Chambers Westgarth with gross revenue amounting to $199,000,000.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What are the big law firms in Australia?

The biggest law firms in Australia are Norton Rose Fulbright, Gilbert + Tobin, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Minter Ellison, Ashurst, Herbert Smith Freehills, Allens, Clayton Utz and King & Wood Mallesons.

What are the 4 big law firms?

Four big Australian law firms are Minter Ellison, Clayton Utz, Ashurst and King & Wood Mallesons.

What are the most prestigious law firms?

The most prestigious law firms in Australia are Minter Ellison, Herbert Smith Freehills, Ashurst Australia and Allens.

What is the highest paying law firm?

On average, a lawyer gets 150,000 AUDs in Australia. Also, lawyers are paid on the basis of the experience that they have in their respective field of expertise.

Which field of law is most in demand?

As of now, family law is something that has witnessed a huge surge in demand. As many couples are choosing to go their own ways, more and more demand is going to be seen in this field.

What is the easiest type of lawyer to become?

Government law is one of the fields that fairly easy to gain mastery over. Conveyancing and making wills with estate planning is also not that difficult.

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