Makinson d'Apice

aw firm for government sydney NSW

Our people-centric philosophy

Putting our clients at the centre of everything

Since 1859, our focus has always been on how we perform for our clients and what we achieve on their behalf. 

With a genuine commitment to client service, we are trusted advisers to a diverse base of private and public sector businesses and organisations. They include many of Australia’s leading national and multinational corporations operating in a range of sectors including insurance, finance and property, State and Australian Government departments and agencies, charity & not-for-profit organisations, and private individuals.  

Seamless legal services

Through the specialisation of our expertise, we deliver seamless legal services Australia-wide to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes. 

Our legal experts are supported by custom built technology, and investment in the right combination of tools to propel routine volume-based work to efficient conclusions and allows real informed tracking of more complex matters. 

Refined over many years to accelerate workflow, our tech frees our lawyers to focus on – what really matters in the service delivery processes – the people we service

Importantly we have the flexibility and know how to adapt our proven processes and technology to mesh with each client’s unique requirements as the commercial environments continue to evolve and grow.


Leading legal experts - Industry rankings and awards


The listing of leading Australian Administrative, Public Law & Judicial Review Lawyers details solicitors practising in Administrative Law, Public Law, Freedom of Information & Judicial Review matters across all Australian legal markets who were identified by clients and peers for their expertise and abilities in these areas.  

Leading Administrative & Public Lawyers in NSW, 2023.

Leading Administrative, Public Law & Judicial Review Lawyers in Australia, 2022.


The listing of leading NSW Medical Negligence & Malpractice Compensation lawyers and law firms details lawyers and law firms practising within the areas of medical negligence and malpractice matters in the NSW legal market who have been identified by the state’s plaintiff and defendant insurance lawyers for their expertise and abilities in these areas.

In the most recent guide Makinson d’Apice was ranked as a first tier law firm in NSW – Leading Medical Negligence & Malpractice Law Firms (Defendant) in NSW, 2023, and four of our partners were listed in the guide of – Leading Medical Negligence & Malpractice Lawyers (Defendant) in NSW, 2023.


The listing details lawyers identified by clients and peers for their expertise and abilities across retail, commercial and industrial leasing matters in the NSW legal market.

Leading Leasing Lawyers in NSW, 2022.

Leading legal experts - Industry rankings and awards

Wills, Estates, Succession Planning and Litigation

For the sixth consecutive year Makinson d’Apice’s Estate Planning and Litigation lawyers were ranked in the 2023 Doyles’ guide. A real testament to the team’s market leading position in the sector. 

Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyers in NSW, 2023. 

Leading Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyers in NSW, 2023

Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Law Firms in NSW, 2023.

Leading Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Law Firms in NSW, 2023.

Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Law Rising Stars – NSW & ACT, 2022. 

Pro Bono 

In 2021, Makinson d’Apice was the winner of the  Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards – Pro Bono Program of the Year.  Our firm has a proud tradition of providing services to the community and our Program continues to evolve and grow under the management of Ella Alexander, our dedicated Pro Bono and CSR Special Counsel, who has a longstanding passion for using her skills to assist disadvantaged members of the community. 

To read more about our Pro Bono Program and all of our areas of expertise, click below. 

We build our relationships on
respect and inclusion

Embracing environmental and social sustainability

Makinson d’Apice has a formal Environmental and Sustainability Policy, which is overseen by our dedicated Environmental Committee. The Policy seeks to ensure partners and employees at Makinson d’Apice recognise, value and encourage practises that are beneficial to the environment and reduce our firm’s carbon footprint. 

Our social sustainability initiatives are many and varied. Read more about our initiatives on the Pro Bono and CSR and the Careers pages. 

Makinson d’Apice is committed to diversity and inclusion

Makinson d’Apice is a friendly and collegiate firm of people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and faiths who share values of respect, professional excellence and putting clients’ interests first. We are committed to celebrating and supporting our diverse team members and providing sensitive and informed services to our diverse clientele. 

Our approach to diversity and inclusion is exemplified in the areas of disability, gender, ethnic and cultural inclusion. 

Values that
deliver our promise

We strive to build client relationships based on trust and respect. All that we do and every aspect of our business, is focused by a set of core, client centred, values:


We will use all available resources to maximise our effectiveness in helping you reach your goals.


We take ownership of our role and accept accountability for the quality of our work. 


Quality and excellence define our services; exceptional standards and business management deliver our promise.


Our clients are our priority. We will endeavour to always provide you with effective and timely legal solutions.


We will be transparent in our client relationships, willingly share our knowledge and work together as a team.


We view it as our collective responsibility to operate in a transparent, ethical and sustainable manner to ensure positive corporate, social and environmental outcomes.

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