About Marshall Lawyers

Marshall Lawyers WA is a Western Australian based incorporated law firm. Founded by Chris Marshall, Marshall Lawyers WA is inherently commercial in nature, leveraging off years of corporate experience in a top tier Australian law firm capacity and 9 years providing in-house legal, company secretarial, commercial and project management services to the current largest mining company in Broken Hill, New South Wales with operations across the Globe.

Day-to-day matters were diverse, ranging from international corporate financing to matters concerning individuals, particularly in terms of their employment.

The social and economic future of our state is strong with a wealth of natural resources, a World class climate, an increasingly diverse culture, and reputable business and community leaders who are passionate about WA.

We share this passion. At Marshall Lawyers WA we pride ourselves on taking a committed and unrelenting approach to delivering the right outcomes. We take a diligent and disciplined approach to all matters – regardless of size and whether they relate to individuals or companies.

We are based in the heart of Perth legal precinct at First Floor Irwin Chambers, directly opposite the Westin Perth.

As a former in-house counsel and professional generalist, Chris Marshall has the experience to help with all matters.

Please feel free to contact us to book a free initial 15 minute meeting or an obligation free quote.

Meet the team

Chris Marshall

Chris Marshall

LLB FGIA FCIS (Director)

  • Experienced lawyer and company secretary (Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia).
  • Admitted as a lawyer in NSW in December 2007 and as a barrister and solicitor in WA in February 2008. Worked as a Federal Judge’s associate between January 2003 and February 2004.
  • Wealth of mining, transactional, compliance, local and international financing and project development experience gain in both a top tier Australian law firm capacity and in-house lawyer and company secretary for multinational public mining company – including US$60m trade sale of a Canadian Lithium Project in December 2017, successful December 2013 scheme of arrangement in which the public mining company’s major shareholder increased its ownership interest to 100%, and A$102m accelerated non-renounceable rights issue for the same company in late 2011.
  • Considerable litigation/arbitration experience including successful defence of contractor claims, defence of one the first major safety criminal prosecutions under the harmonised Work Health Safety law and Court appearances in Industrial Relations matters (including successful defence of multiple unfair dismissal claims).
  • Experienced contract lawyer and negotiator.
  • Other experience includes property law and conveyancing (including successful delivery of multiple residential multi-unit developments in the Perth metropolitan area), tenement management, immigration law, human resources, shipping law and marketing.
Ian Marshall

Ian Marshall

retired, effective 30 June 2020

  • A Barrister for 52 years, with majority of practice as a sole practitioner;
  • Admitted on the 19th November 1968.
  • Prosecuted for the Crown Law Department in 1968-1970.
  • Prosecuted in the Attorney General's Chambers, Hong Kong 1970-1973.
  • Admitted as a UK solicitor in 1974-1975 and worked as a solicitor in the UK for 12 months;
  • Returned to Perth in 1975 and joined the Independent Bar;
  • At the Bar from 1975 to the present (apart from 2006-2009 when employed as a State Prosecutor at the ODPP).
  • Resumed practice as a Barrister in 2009.
  • Appeared in a number of high profile cases in all Courts in civil and criminal litigation.
Asher Melville-Wright

Asher Melville-Wright


  • Graduated with Bachelor of Laws from Murdoch University 2019
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (with Certificate of Legal Business Skills) from College of Law in 2020
  • Bachelor of Arts (Law and Society & Physics) from UWA 2015
  • Admitted as a lawyer in WA in August 2020
  • Experience in multiple boutique law firms specialising in a variety of areas.
  • Experience encompasses mining law, M&A's, property law, conveyancing, commercial transactions, personal injury, employment law, tax law, defamation, health sector regulation, contracts, wills & estates, and dispute resolution
  • Assisted in matters heard in various forums ranging from the Magistrates Court and State Administrative Tribunal all the way to the High Court of Australia
  • Undertook intensive studies in EU Law, Comparative Law and International Trade Law in Macerata, Italy.