The Expansion of Global Law Firms in Australia and Asia

7 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2013 Last revised: 14 Oct 2013

Date Written: August 7, 2013


Over the last 18 months the legal profession has seen unprecedented growth in the operations of global law firms in Australia. Recent mergers between top-tier and leading Australian law firms demonstrate the importance of Asian markets and the shifts in economic power from the West to the East. For such firms there are clear market and competitive drivers for expansion into Australia including proximity to rapidly developing Asian economies and increased opportunity to expand the firm’s global brand. Yet understanding the role played by Australian law firms in these developments can be tricky. For some newly merged global firms, the Australian operations are central to the firm’s regional and global expansion, allowing the firm to draw upon the strong performance and reputational capital of the Australian offices. For other global firms their alliances with Australia firms provide a strategic foundation for their expansion into Asia. And for third group of firms Australia remains a destination in its own right, sitting within the firm’s overall global network of international offices.

Keywords: Globalisation, Legal Profession, Australian Law Firms, Asia

Suggested Citation

Hall, Kath, The Expansion of Global Law Firms in Australia and Asia (August 7, 2013). ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 13-12, Available at SSRN: or

Kath Hall (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200

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