About
Us

King Irving is both a law firm and a consulting business with a unique offering in our areas of expertise.

Our
Heritage

King Irving is named after one of the founder’s grandfather. Henry King Irving (known to his friends as Harry) trained as an engineer and chemist in Australia before enlisting as a volunteer in World War 1 on 14 November, 1914.

King Irving is named after one of the founder’s grandfather. Henry King Irving (known to his friends as Harry) trained as an engineer and chemist in Australia before enlisting as a volunteer in World War 1 on 14 November, 1914.

“Our namesake, Henry King Irving, was an astute and highly ethical businessman, and a gentleman. His principles of excellence in conduct are at the heart of our values.”

– Kate Mulligan, Managing Partner – King Irving

Harry was assigned the 5th Light Horse Regiment based in Queensland. The regiment left Sydney on 21 December 1914.

He was an ANZAC, fighting at Gallipolli, and later on the Somme (including Villers-Bretonneux and Ypres). He returned to Australia on 6 November, 1918.

After the war he built a successful career in business as the Head of the sugar industry in Fiji for CSR. For services to the sugar industry he was appointed an OBE in 1949. He also served as a member of the Executive Council of Fiji.

Despite being gassed during the war, he lived into his eighties.
During 2015, Kate Mulligan attended the dawn service at Gallipoli to pay homage to Harry (and all those who served) as part of the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing.

Our Values & Diversity

Kate Mulligan
Managing Partner

We are passionate about providing the space and education to develop the next generation of practitioners in financial services law. This is an area of law that is practiced by so few as I firmly believe that it needs to be ‘taught’. It demands more than superficial knowledge to achieve the right client outcomes.

King Irving provides the learning experience to train the next leaders of our industry. We spend a significant amount of time on internal education and give the opportunity for our more junior staff to learn and develop.

We have a deep belief in harnessing the power of diversity.

Across the team of 17 people, we speak 13 languages, come from every continent (except Antarctica – no penguins that I know of) the leadership team is 60% female led, both the executive and the board is 2/3rds female. In the financial services industry, those statistics are unusual.

We don’t ‘do’ offices, everybody works in open plan. When we hold strategy sessions, everybody’s voice has equal power, no idea is treated as ‘too silly’ or ‘too trivial’. Some of our best steps forward have come from one of the team starting a sentence with “what if …”

Promoting an open, transparent and inclusive culture brings so many rewards, that it is hard to quantify but suffice to say it is rewarding.

Ultimately everybody on the team says the same thing, it’s a fun place to work.

Our
Causes

King Irving is proud to support MS Research Australia.

MS Research Australia’s Mission is to accelerate Australian MS research toward the prevention, better treatments and a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

They work in partnership with relevant medical research institutes and scientists around Australia, encouraging collaborations and focus on the strengths in this research.
MS Research Australia is ultimately working towards “Freedom from MS”.

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