Our History

Explore King & Wood Mallesons' history through the use of our interactive timeline.

We’ve come a long way: from our establishment in 1832 under Stone James in Western Australia, to the 1993 creation of King & Wood in Beijing, one of the earliest partnership law firms established in China - together, we have created a market-leading global firm. 

King & Wood and Mallesons Stephen Jaques combined on 1 March 2012 to create King & Wood Mallesons – the first global law firm to be headquartered in Asia.

In 2013, King & Wood Mallesons merged with international law firm SJ Berwin, to continue its global journey. The start of 2017 saw the firm reduce its lawyer numbers in Europe, yet maintain a strategic presence in the UK, Europe & the Middle East to service the needs of its global clients.

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2017 - Maintained a strategic presence in the UK, Europe and the Middle East with a reduced platform.



2016 - Named ‘Law Firm of the Year in Europe (Funds Formation) for the 15th consecutive year at the Private Equity International Awards

2016 - Ranked #1 in the Acritas Asia Pacific Law Firm Index

2016 - Global Chairman Wang Junfeng named ‘Most Innovative Individual Lawyer’ at the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2016, with the firm scoring a hat-trick

2016 - New office opens in Cambridge, UK



2015 - Stuart Fuller re-appointed as Global Managing Partner for a term of five years

2015 - Ranked #12 in the 2015 Acritas Sharp Legal Global Elite Brand Index

2015 - Ranked as the Most Innovative Law Firm in the Asia-Pacific region for the second consecutive year at the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2015

2015 - New office opens in Singapore



2014 - Ranked 6th global law firm in terms of lawyer numbers in the AMLaw Global 100

2014 - Ranked #14 in the Acritas Sharp Legal Global Brand Elite Index

2014 - Ranked in the top 25 most innovative law firms at the Financial Times Europe Innovative Lawyers Awards 2014

2014 - Most Innovative Law Firm Asia-Pacific at the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2014

2014 - New office opens in Sanya, China

2014 - New office opens in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in association with the Law Office of Majed Almarshad

Timeline 2014


2013 - On 1 November 2013, SJ Berwin combines with King & Wood Mallesons

2013 - Ranked #15 in the Acritas Sharp Legal Global Brand Elite Index

2013 - Stephen Minns appointed as Chairman of the Australian Board

2013 - New office opens in Luxembourg

2013 - Sue Kench appointed as first female Managing Partner of King & Wood Mallesons Australia

Timeline 2013


2012 - Wang Junfeng appointed Global Chairman

2012 - Stuart Fuller appointed Global Managing Partner

2012 - Ranked #16 in the Acritas Sharp Legal Global Brand Elite Index, our first appearance in the rankings

2012 - On 1 March 2012, Mallesons Stephen Jaques combines with King & Wood and King & Wood Mallesons is formed

2012 - Stephen Kon elected Senior Partner of SJ Berwin

Timeline 2012


2009 - Arculli Fong & Ng merges with King & Wood in Hong Kong

Timeline 2009


2007 - King & Wood headcount reaches 1118. Nine offices in mainland China established.

Timeline 2007


2006 - King & Wood opens Hong Kong office and is the first PRC law firm approved by the Minister of Justice of the PRC to open an office in Hong Kong

Timeline 2006


2004 - Mallesons Stephen Jaques merges with Kwok and Yih in Hong Kong

2004 - SJ Berwin merges with Knopf Tulloch & Steininger in Germany

Timeline 2004


1993 - King & Wood establishes one of the first partnership law firms in Beijing, China



1989 - Stephen Jaques Stone James merges with Mallesons to become Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Australia

Timeline  1989


1982 - SJ Berwin is founded in London, UK

1982 - Stephen Jaques & Stephen merges with Stone James of Perth, Australia and changes name to Stephen Jaques Stone James



1974 - Stephen Jaques & Stephen cements its first interstate merger with Davies Bailey & Carter in Canberra, Australia

1888 - Stephen and Stephen changes name to Stephen Jaques & Stephen in Australia

1856 - Muttlebury, Malleson and Coster is founded in Melbourne, Australia

1853 - Montague Stephen is established in Sydney, Australia

1849 - Stephen and Stephen is founded in Sydney, Australia



1832 - Stone James is founded in Western Austalia

Timeline 1832

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