When there’s business at stake
we’re your legal partners
Kott Gunning is a trusted, independent Western Australian law firm focused on delivering outstanding legal services to its clients. We aim to set the standard for cost-effective, business-minded legal advice that’s tailored for our clients.
We work in your world
Founded in 1919 in Perth by Max Kott, we’re one of Western Australia’s most established law firms – and one of its most adaptable. We’ve been a robust part of the legal landscape for more than 95 years.
We’re a client focused law firm. We take our relationships seriously. That’s why we make it our business to know our clients’ business – from property and construction to finance, insurance and local government. We go deeper to understand the issues, so our clients get the best advice. In a constantly changing commercial and corporate environment, clients can depend on us for informed, accurate, innovative advice that’s tailored just for them.
Our areas of practice include Commercial and Finance, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Property, Building and Construction, Insurance, Risk, Employment Law and Workplace Safety, Government, Local Government and Private Client services such as Family Law and Wills, Estates and Trusts.
Our lawyers have acted for some of Western Australia’s biggest enterprises on some of its most complex matters. We have longstanding relationships with statutory corporations, state government departments, local governments and listed public companies and have been on their legal services panels for many years.
We’re about quality, reliability and value for money
So we get involved. Our partners are hands-on and accessible. They work closely with clients to get fast, effective results. Where required, they pool their considerable expertise to offer a comprehensive service across the firm’s various practice areas. Clients reap the benefits. In one effective package they get the experience and technical know-how of our senior partners, and the diligence and care of our highly engaged team of corporate and commercial lawyers.
Kott Gunning prides itself on retaining outstanding people. That’s a huge value add for our clients. We’re not just experienced, we’re consistent. Of our 9 partners and 50 lawyers and support staff, many have spent more than a decade at Kott Gunning, gaining detailed knowledge and deepening their relationships with clients. We can always bring a seasoned, well-informed perspective to the table – not to mention a friendly, familiar face. Our clients welcome that.
Kott Gunning has a long standing relationship with the Australian Institute of Management in Western Australia (AIM WA) as members, providing legal services and sponsoring their Inspirational Leadership Series breakfasts. The Series invites Western Australian leaders to share their personal stories.
Please refer our Community page for more on our contributions to the Western Australian community.
Doyles Guide is an independent guide to the legal profession in Australia, with rankings compiled through feedback from in-house counsel and peers practising in Australia.
Special Counsel Employment Law and Workplace Safety Mike Baldwin is acknowledged by his peers and clients in the 2018 Doyles Guide for his expertise and abilities in the category – Leading Employment Lawyers (Employer Representation) – Western Australia, 2018
Kott Gunning Lawyers and its Insurance Partners – Stephen Williams, Vidal Hockless and Ashley Crisp – are acknowledged by the insurance industry and their peers in the Doyles Guide as Leading Workers Compensation Lawyers (Defendant) and firm; Leading Public and Product Liability Law Firm (Defendant) – Western Australia.
Partner Emma Leys is recognised since 2017 as a leading West Australian Health & Aged Care Lawyer for her expertise in commercial, property, transactional and regulatory matters in the WA legal market relating to the Health & Aged care industries/sectors. Leading Health & Aged Care Lawyers – Western Australia, 2018 – Emma Leys
Stephen Williams and Kott Gunning Lawyers are also acknowledged in the Leading Dust Diseases Lawyers & Law Firms (Defendant) – WA category.
Kott Gunning Lawyers and senior associate Claire Hawke-Gundill are recognised in the 2018 Doyles Guide for expertise and abilities in the categories – Leading Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyers – Western Australia, 2018 ; Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyers – Western Australia, 2018 and Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Law Firms – Western Australia, 2018
An international advantage
Proudly Western Australian owned and managed, Kott Gunning is the only Western Australian member of ADVOC – an international network of independent law firms. Through this network we have formed strong relationships with excellent lawyers and commercial and corporate law firms around the world.
Membership of the ADVOC network gives us the flexibility to draw on the support, resources and expertise of our global partners, while steadfastly maintaining our independence.
ADVOC independent member network firms in Australia are –