The name "Mellor Olsson" was first used after the merger of "Mellors" and "Olssons" in February 1992, when the two firms saw the opportunity to bring their commercial clients and personal practices together forming a natural balance to the other's business.
"Mellors" originated from the firm of W&T Pope in 1875. "Olssons" originally formed in 1909.
Today's firm emanates from the merger of Mellor Olsson and Bonnins in October 2001. Bonnins was established in the 1800’s and eventually named after its well known senior partner and 1960’s Adelaide businessman - Frew Bonnin. Both were commercial firms of long standing with a tradition of quality and integrity comprising specialist practitioners who provided business and personal legal services. The merger saw a larger and leaner firm with Bonnins' strong commercial and IT client base completing and broadening Mellor Olsson’s service offering, while increasing internal specialisation.
In 2013, Jenkins Anderson merged with Mellor Olsson to create a law firm with one of the largest footprints across regional SA.
While the nature of legal practice has changed considerably since the origins of today's firm, vital elements such as the trust and confidence of our clients remain as important to us as ever.
Today, Mellor Olsson continues to strengthen and grow by providing a quality service based on its long tradition of integrity and personal service.
The firm's structure allows for strong influence and control by equity partners, creating better service outcomes for its clients.
This philosophy and strength of ownership have allowed Mellor Olsson to move with the times and prosper in a tight and over-serviced legal market.
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