Jason Ricketts, Tony Joyner, Konrad de Kerloy, Tony van Merwyk and Stuart Barrymore were partners 20 years ago and are still with HSF in Perth.

Merger changed Perth legal landscape

It was 20 years’ ago this month that Perth’s two largest law firms surprised the business community by merging their operations. Herbert Smith Freehills hosted many of the 50-plus partners who were there at the time to mark the occasion.

The merger of Parker & Parker and Freehill, Hollingdale & Page in September 1997 was a momentous event that highlighted a shift away from independent state-based law firms.

The merged firm had just more than 50 partners and 300 staff. And while those numbers have been whittled down to 22 partners and 250 staff, Herbert Smith Freehills is still Western Australia’s largest law firm, according to data in the BNiQ Search Engine.


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