Minter Ellison, a multinational/ professional services law firm based in Australia. The firm currently has five offices in five different countries, and 15 different cities. These include Sydney, London, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Ulaanbaatar. When looking at numbers, it is the largest legal service provider in Australia. In 2016, the firm scored a place in the top ten law firm brands in the Asia Pacific Region by Acritas brand index. The firm has been regarded as the top level litigation legal firm, and the firm was awarded for high value work.

The firm was formerly known as Minter Ellison Lawyers, and they were a member of the Big Six Australian law firms. That term was suppressed by a number of mergers with international law firms, by Minter Ellison’s origins date back to 1827.  At that time Frederick Wright Unwin was new to practice in New South Wales. In 1974, the firm opened their first international office in London, and the firm’s roots in China date back to 1980’s. It was back then a part of Beijing’s Interjura consultancy, and was under a cooperation agreement with China’s Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade, and their law firm Great Wall. In 1986, the firm merged with Gillotts and Minter Simpson & Co, and became Minter Ellison law firm.

In 1992, the firm merged again and became Minter Ellison Morris Fletcher, and in 1995  at last it branded as Minter Ellison. In 2000, the merged their Canberra office with Deacon Graham & James, and in the same year they established an office in Hong Kong, the next year in Shanghai, and in 2010 in Beijing, and Ulaanbaatar in 2012.

In 2001, New Zealand law firm Rudd Watts & Stone from Auckland and Wellington changed the firm’s name to Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. They are a member of the Minter Ellison Legal Group, and are just an association firm. In 2015 March, Minter Ellison let go of a few lawyers from their name, and announced that the change they are making is a part of their strategy. They said they will be emphasising diversification into matters that are not of the legal business, such as consulting, project management, and professional services. According to an interview with the Australian Financial Review, Chief Executive Tony Harrington said that the change in branding is the new strategy the firm is adapting, and is going to change the market.

April 2016, Minter Ellison established a new contract lawyer business, to ensure that clients are being offered an alternative cost model for legal services the firm has to offer. In October last year, they announced an expansion into the non-legal consulting business. The change they wish to see is technology driven, and to ensure that increase in-house capacity of clients; and even take on larger businesses.


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