A PROUD HISTORY THAT DATES BACK TO 1919 | #kottgunning100years

Kott Gunning has been part of Western Australia’s legal landscape for 100 years. Our strong focus on clients and our robust knowledge of the state’s corporate and commercial landscape are among our trademarks. Our continued delivery of personalised, quality legal advice has seen us evolve into the progressive and steadfastly independent law firm that we are today.

Kott Gunning was established in 1919, when Max Kott set up office at Weld Chambers in Perth. He went into partnership first with Bob Wallace (1949) and later with Ivan Gunning (1957). The firm had various name changes before it settled on Kott Gunning in 1982.

The firm’s esteemed alumni include Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC, who was a partner from 1962 to 1968. He went on to serve as Governor of Western Australia from 2011 to 2014. The Hon John R Quigley LLB JP MLA, Attorney General of WA, was a partner between 1978 and 1992. Bob Wallace was a partner from 1949 to 1972, when he was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Ivan Gunning, partner from 1972 to 1977, was appointed a Judge of the District Court.

The daughter of founding partner Max Kott, Ruth Kott was the first female managing partner of a law firm in Perth, between 1977 and 1979. Laurie James AM is perhaps the longest serving law firm partner in Western Australia. He was appointed as a partner in 1967 and remains a partner today. He was managing partner from 1991 to 1994.

Having made several office moves along Perth’s St George’s Terrace since 1919, Kott Gunning relocated to 140 St Georges Terrace in 2004. The firm remains one of the longest operating independent legal practices in Western Australia. It is wholly West Australian owned by partners who are practising lawyers.

From 2014 – 2016 Kott Gunning was a sponsor and Swimming Western Australia’s exclusive legal partner giving the association the opportunity to ensure correct governance so it could focus on developing the next generation of swimmers.

A new brand

In September 2014 Kott Gunning celebrated its 95th birthday by launching a new corporate brand – positioning the firm as a progressive, independent commercial law firm.

The new brand mark reflects the 6 attributes that applies most strongly to the firm ie clients first, partner access, legal expertise, value for money, history and service quality and are represented in the logo.

Each attribute is represented by a chevron, 6 of which form the logo graphic / brand mark the firm has embraced.


In a constantly changing business environment, clients continue to rely on Kott Gunning for informed accurate and tailored advice. 100 years on, we are even more committed to Western Australian business and the community. Find out more about our history on our Timeline page.