History of Jackson McDonald


Jackson McDonald has a long and proud history of providing a full range of commercial legal services to the business community in Western Australia. We have grown from strength to strength with over 190 staff and 27 partners.

Established in 1922, our firm originated from the union of two Western Australian law firms - Nairn & McDonald and Jackson Leake & Co. The firm’s name was shortened firstly to “Jackson McDonald & Co.” in 1960 and then further simplified to “Jackson McDonald” in 1985.

In 2012, we celebrated 90 years of supporting key industries in WA.

Our firm enjoys a distinguished alumnus including a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of WA, a former Lieutenant Governor of WA, four Supreme Court Judges, two District Court Judges and a Queen's Counsel.

We have embraced dynamic change over our 90 year history and continue to shape and support the commercial and legal environment in WA. We acknowledge our founding partners and the rich history our firm has been built upon.