Our Firm

Ward Keller is the Northern Territory’s oldest law firm, whose origins can be traced to the practice of its founding father, Ross Mallam, in 1910. The modern iteration of the firm, Ward Keller, was founded in 1963, over 50 years ago.

We are also one of the Territory’s largest legal practices. Our experienced team of eight partners, lawyers, conveyancers and support staff operate from four offices in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and Alice Springs. We have fly-in, fly-out operations in Nhulunbuy (appointments only).

The firm’s Partners are highly respected in their fields of expertise, and between them have 50 years’ service with Ward Keller.

Ward Keller is a full-service law firm that is broadly divided into litigation and commercial practice areas. We also have dedicated conveyancingfamily law and migration practices.

A number of our practitioners are recognised leaders in their areas of practice, including, mining and resources lawwills and estatesbanking and finance law, and stamp duty and payroll tax.

As one of only six Australian member firms of Lawyers Associated Worldwide, an association of 3700 lawyers in 100 law firms in some 60 countries, we can also help our clients with interests outside Australia to get the international legal assistance they need.

We act for resource companies, infrastructure operators, pastoralists, financial institutions, the Territory Government, developers, insurance companies, national law firms, publicly listed companies, small business and individuals from the local community.

Our reputation for first-class service delivery and practical advice is based on decades of local experience, an astute understanding of the Territory and its laws, and the Partners’ commitment to the firm, its staff and its clients.

If we can help, please contact us. You’ll find direct phone numbers and email addresses for every staff member here.


As a workplace, Ward Keller has an enviable reputation in Darwin.

We’ve created a supportive environment where ambitious and talented people are given the freedom to develop and achieve their full potential.

We also believe that each and every member of staff has an important role to play, and their work is valued whether it is visible to the client or not.

We welcome your interest in joining us.