Minter Ellison

Minter Ellison
Minter Ellison
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Headquarters Sydney, Australia
No. of offices 14[1]
No. of attorneys 1000+ lawyers, 280+ partners[1]
No. of employees 2000+ employees[1]
Major practice areas corporate and commercial
Key people John Bede Weber, Chief Executive Partner
Revenue AUD$503 million (2010)[1]
Date founded 1827
Company type Partnership[1]

Minter Ellison has been ranked the largest Australian-based international law firm [1]. In Australia it is considered one of the Big Six law firms.[1]



Minter Ellison has offices in 14 cities and five countries.[2]

Minter Ellison's first international office was opened in London in 1974. Its main focus is advising UK and European law firms on Australian law and working with European clients on their business activities in Asia. 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. The firm subsequently established offices in Hong Kong in 2000 and in Shanghai in 2001 and it currently has more than 50 lawyers based in China[citation needed].

Minter Ellison has a long-standing formal association with Minter Ellison Rudd Watts in New Zealand.


  • 1827: Minter Ellison dates back to 1827 when FW Unwin was admitted to practice in NSW.
  • 1987: Ellison Hewison Whitehead & Gillotts merged with Minter Simpson to become Minter Ellison.
  • 1992: Minter Ellison and Morris Fletcher & Cross merged to become Minter Ellison Morris Fletcher.
  • 1995: The firm officially becomes known as Minter Ellison.
  • 2000: Canberra office merged with Deacon Graham & James.

Practice Areas

Community involvement

Minter Ellison was a founding participant in Australia’s Corporate Responsibility Index (CRI) in 2003 and is the only law firm to have obtained a Gold Ranking in the Index, placing it among Australia’s corporate social responsibility leaders.[3][4]

Through its Community Investment Program, with its focus on pro bono legal services and community partnerships, the firm seeks to make a positive difference within the local communities in which it operates. The program has four priority areas - disadvantaged youth, homelessness, alleviation of poverty and access to justice [2].

Minter Ellison is also committed to sound environmental practices. The firm has been a member of the Commonwealth Government's Greenhouse Challenge since 2001. This program provides it with a framework to reduce its total carbon emissions [3].

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c d e f Dun and Bradstreet Company360 (database online), entry: Minter Ellison Services Pty Ltd. Accessed 13 August 2011
  2. ^ Minter Ellison (2011). Our offices. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  3. ^ 2007 Corporate Responsibility Index results in
  4. ^ CRI results in

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