Through an unwavering focus on providing exceptional legal advice and value to clients for more than 100 years, Kott Gunning is one of the most established law practices in Western Australia.

This photo taken in 1913, features a number of prominent Western Australian lawyers. Some of the lawyers featured contributed to the war effort and many but not all returned after active service. Max Kott (pictured far right in the second row) returned to establish what is now known as Kott Gunning.

Fresh from his WW1 post as Lance Corporal in the Australian Infantry, 28 year old Max Kott, set up as a sole practitioner at Weld Chambers on Perth’s St Georges Terrace in 1919. He served on the Claremont Council for 26 years and was the founding member of the Swan River Conservation Board.

Max later went into partnership with Bob Wallace in 1949 and with Ivan Gunning in 1957. After a number of name changes, the firm became known as Kott Gunning in 1982.

Ivan Gunning later went on to become a Judge in the District Court from 1977 to 1998.

Some faces of note have graced the Kott Gunning corridors in its time.

Malcom McCusker AC CVO QC, was a partner at the firm from 1962 to 1968. He later went on to serve as the Governor of Western Australia from 2011 to 2014.

The Hon John Quigley LLB JP MLA was a partner at Kott Gunning from 1978 to 1992 and is now Western Australia’s Attorney General.

Bob Wallace AO, who was a partner from 1949 to 1972 went on to be a Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Nick Tolcon, who served as the firm’s Managing Partner from 1970 to 1991 became a Judge in the Family Court of Western Australia.

Susan Duncanson, was the family law partner at Kott Gunning during the early 90s. She has since moved on to become a Judge in the Family Court of Western Australia.

Mark Fatharly, who was with Kott Gunning for 20 years, is now a Registrar in the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Ruth Kott (pictured here), one of the founding partner Max Kott’s daughters, who as Managing Partner of Kott Gunning from 1977 to 1979, was Perth’s first ever female Managing Partner of a law firm.

The late Laurie James AM, joined Kott Gunning in 1967 until his retirement in 2019, devoting 52 years of service to the firm.

The Governor, Her Excellency Kerry Sanderson AO and Laurie James AM

Having made several office moves along Perth’s St Georges Terrace since 1919, Kott Gunning moved into its current offices located to 140 St Georges Terrace in 2004.




Kott Gunning remains one of the longest operating independent legal practices in Western Australia.

Kott Gunning continues to evolve and grow and remain at the forefront of a constantly changing business environment, to meet the needs of our clients and contribute to the legal landscape of the Western Australian community.