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Our heritage

Over 150 years of legal practice means that we are doing something right. Established in 1863 by James McKean, we have grown from a small practice in Collins Street to an established and respected mid-tier city law firm. Today we enjoy an excellent reputation in the Melbourne legal community.

Whilst our sights are set firmly to the future, we remain conscious of the principles of our founding partners. Some things never change. Our philosophy of expert advice, practical legal solutions and personal service is as important today as it was 150 years ago.

McKean Park – a timeline

1863
James McKean commenced practice in Collins Street
1870
McKean & Wilson founded
1875
McKean, Wilson & Leonard established
1878
McKean & Leonard founded
1898
McKean & McKean established with Harry McKean (son of James)
1939
McKean & Park formed via partnership with Les Park
1959
McKean, Park & Cooper established
1964
Firm becomes McKean & Park
1982
Firm merges with Pitcher & Butt
1990
Firm acquires F.W. Cox & Son
1997
Firm acquires part of Godfrey Stewart’s practice
2013
McKean Park celebrates 150 years of legal service