Our history

In 1988, well known Adelaide law firms Aldermans and Piper Bakewell & Piper merged to become Piper Alderman, forming one of the largest firms in Adelaide.


William Bakewell commenced the practice of Bartley & Bakewell.

In 1892, Arthur William Piper joined Bartley & Bakewell, which from 1922 was called Piper Bakewell & Piper. The firm acted for families and private clients as well as representing commercial interests in steelmaking, manufacturing, banking, insurance, primary production and retailing.

Aldermans was founded by Sir Harry Alderman in 1928. By 1988, Aldermans employed 70 people, including nine partners, and focused on insurance and commercial law.

Piper Alderman was formed in 1988, when Aldermans and Piper Bakewell & Piper merged to form one of the largest firms in Adelaide.

1998 – National expansion commences
To best meet the needs of our clients operating in the eastern states, the firm established an office in Sydney, followed by Melbourne in 2000 and Brisbane in 2004.

Piper Alderman merged with Adelaide based boutique corporate law firm Watsons Lawyers, boosting the energy and resources practice.

On 1 November 2017, Piper Alderman merged with Melbourne based boutique corporate and commercial firm Norton Gledhill.

Piper Alderman celebrates the 30th anniversary of the ‘Alderman and Piper Bakewell and Piper’ merger, as well as the 20th anniversary of its national expansion into Sydney.

We continue our growth as a national firm through responsiveness to clients and an innovative approach.