Best Law Firms in Melbourne – 2021

Best Lawyers in Melbourne 2019

The Best Lawyers in Melbourne – How Do You Choose?

On average you’ll find hotel rooms in Melbourne CBD for around $150-200. Most people will read reviews and use a booking engine to help them make that purchase decision. Yet when hiring a lawyer, which can cost thousands of dollars, people just roll the dice. 

At FirmChecker, we collect and verify independent ratings and client reviews of the best lawyers in Melbourne. We do this because getting the right lawyer can make a big difference to your life – much bigger than an unpleasant experience in a hotel.

It’s crucial to make the right decision.

Tip 1: look at their experience – not just their FirmChecker score.

A lot of law firms will tell you that they’re excellent in commercial law. They might have really good ratings, but if you drill down to their experience those ratings might be in the wrong area of law. It’s not worth taking a gamble.

Tip 2: Fixed fee clients are happier on average

Look at the fee arrangements different lawyers offer. If you’re like most people – the peace of mind associated with a fixed fee will be worth it. Ask about alternative fee structures to the standard hourly rate to avoid nasty surprises if things change.

Tip 3: You can read each individual review by going to the FirmChecker profiles in the link below.

If you leave a review of  a provider you’ve previously used – you’ll get access to all of our data. This article is just a high level summary – our powerful search engine can help you find the best lawyers in Melbourne for exactly what you need.

Legalite, Cremorne

Legalite

Main areas of practice: Commercial & Business, Intellectual Property & Technology

Legalite

Legalite’s an innovative firm that specialises in advising franchising businesses. They’re very highly regarded by their clients and have won awards for their no-fuss service.

We’d recommend Legalite for startups and small businesses from many industries, particularly franchising.

Legalite profile and reviews

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Law Squared, Melbourne

Law Squared

Main areas of practice: Commercial & Business, Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Commercial Lawyers Melbourne

Law Squared are another good option for small businesses, and also have a spin-off business for startups called ‘Cubed’. It has a broader range of services than Legalite and is a multi-city practice. However, it has fewer reviews for us to judge them by than Legalite.

Overall, Law Squared has a good reputation for providing fixed fees and going against the grain of traditional law firms – and their clients seem to love their work.

Law Squared profile and reviews

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Aptum Legal

Aptum Legal

Main areas of practice: Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Aptum Legal

Aptum is an upcoming, progressive commercial litigation specialist firm, with a focus on fee transparency. They are very highly rated for understanding their clients’ needs.

Aptum Legal profile and reviews

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Buchanan Law Firm

Buchanan

Main areas of practice: Intellectual Property & Technology

Buchanan Law Firm - Best Lawyers in Melbourne

Buchanan Law Firm is a leading boutique specialist in intellectual property. Winner of a 2020 Client Choice Award, it has a proven track record of outstanding service with detailed, thoughtful reviews.

Buchanan Law Firm profile and reviews

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Burns IP & Commercial, Cremorne

Burns IPe

Main areas of practice: Intellectual Property & Technology, Commercial & Business

Intellectual Property Law Melbourne

As the name suggests, these lawyers are experts in intellectual property matters. In particular, they have many satisfied clients for whom they’ve done trade mark registrations, patent applications and non-disclosure agreements. They service both local and international clients.

Burns IP & Commercial profile and reviews

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Clarendon Lawyers, Melbourne

Clarendon Lawyers

Main areas of practice: Commercial & Business (Corporate M&A), Consumer & Competition

M&A Lawyers Melbourne

Clarendon Lawyers specialise in mergers and acquisition work in the corporate world. While they’re a boutique firm, focus on big-end-of-town work. This is why you’ll save time signing up for a FirmChecker account and looking at individual reviews – it’s not always enough to just look at the rating and work-type summary.

While they’re great at what they do, they’re unlikely to come in at a price-point that’s compelling for most small business legal work.

Clarendon Lawyers profile and reviews

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MIA Contract Lawyers, Carlton

MIA Contract Lawyers

Main areas of practice: Commercial & Business, Dispute Resolution & Litigation

MIA Contract Lawyers

Primarily a business firm that have broad business experience across a range of industries, but with a specialist focus on contracts. They can be trusted for high quality legal work and have a demonstrated track-record of good client service. They are also recognised by clients as being relatively inexpensive and excellent value for price. So overall, MIA Contract Lawyers is a fantastic option.

MIA Contract Lawyers profile and reviews

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Moores, Hawthorn

Moores

Main areas of practice: Wills & Estates, Employment & Industrial

Wills & Estates Lawyers Melbourne

Based in Hawthorn, Moores is a generalist firm with a track record in Wills, Workplace Law, Family Law and Commercial Law.  A good option for clients based in the inner East of Melbourne who want personalised service without having to trek into the city.

Moores profile and reviews

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PH Solicitor/SportsLawyer, Melbourne

PH Solicitor

Main areas of practice: Employment & Industrial, Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Sports Lawyers Melbourne

A prime example of why drilling down into work-type matters. This firm provides niche expertise in employment disputes with a focus on the sports industry.

PH Solicitor profile and reviews

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Pascoe Criminal Law

Main areas of practice: Criminal Law

Pascoe Criminal Law

 

Pascoe Criminal Law is one of the highest-rated criminal law firms on FirmChecker. Their exceptional ratings and reviews reflect the firm’s dedication to clear communication to ensure clients understand the criminal law process. Their clients also praise the firm’s reliability, an essential consideration when looking to hire a criminal lawyer. If price is also a consideration for you, clients have rated Pascoe Criminal law as inexpensive and excellent value for money.

Pascoe Criminal Law profile and reviews

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Madgwicks Lawyers, Melbourne

Main areas of practice: Commercial & Business, Employment & Industrial

Full Service Law Firm Melbourne

Madgwicks is one of the largest firms on this list, providing a full suite of services with a focus on business.

They’re a good option if you’re looking for traditional legal expertise and you’re a larger business or high net worth individual. If there you’re a startup or small business you should look elsewhere on this list.

Madgwicks Lawyers profile and reviews

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Wollerman Shacklock, Berwick

Wollerman Shacklock

Main areas of practice: Wills & Estates, Commercial & Business

Wollerman Shacklock

Wollerman Shackloack has a fairly large array of practice areas. This is a particularly good option if you are looking for a firm to manage a will or estate.

Wollerman Shacklock profile and reviews

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Aston Legal Group, Melbourne

Main areas of practice: Family & Relationships, Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Aston Legal Group

Aston Legal are a fantastic option for family law in Melbourne. They sit comfortably on this list due to their incredible professionalism and the empathy that their clients have recognised. A particularly good choice if you are looking for a divorce lawyer.

Aston Legal Group profile and reviews

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Paul Vale Criminal Law, Melbourne

Main areas of practice: Criminal Law

Paul Vale Criminal Law

Paul Vale Criminal Law has been a leading criminal defense firm in Melbourne for over 40 years. They pride themselves on their expertise in criminal and traffic law. This is supported by their clients, who have similarly lauded the firm’s devotion to clients.

Paul Vale Criminal Law profile and reviews

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Melbourne Law Studio, Melbourne

Melbourne Law Studio

Main areas of practice: Commercial & Business, Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Melbourne Law Studio

Melbourne Law Studio is a boutique firm providing personalised advice to individuals, companies and families. A fantastic option given their offering of fixed fee and rated by clients as excellent value for price. 

Melbourne Law Studio profile and reviews

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Clancy & Triado

Clancy & Triado

Main areas of practice: Family & Relationships

Clancy & Triado

Based in the inner-East, Clancy & Triado is one of the leading family law firms in Australia, let alone Melbourne. The reliability of a firm should always be a key consideration, especially when looking for a family law firm. Clancy & Triado are the epitome of a reliable firm. If you look through their reviews, you will also see that they are incredibly patient with clients. An important quality that should not be undervalued when considering firms.

Clancy & Triado profile and reviews

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MJ Legal Lawyers and Immigration Advisers, Box Hill North

Main areas of practice: Immigration, Property & Planning

MJ Legal Lawyers

MJ Legal was established in 2012, and has always remained committed delivering exceptional client engagement and practical solutions to complex legal problems. In 2020, we relocated our office from Balwyn North to our expanded Box Hill South location.

MJ Legal Lawyers and Immigration Advisers profile and reviews

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