About Norton White

Norton White is a commercial law firm with an extensive practice in corporate, commercial and administrative law. We are acknowledged as a leading practice in aviation and shipping for clients both in Australia and internationally.

Norton White traces its origins to the practice commenced in 1818 in Sydney by James Norton and later Norton Smith & Co.  Today Norton White is a firm with a strong international focus and connections.

Fundamental to Norton White’s approach are:

•    a commitment to the highest standards

•    an in-depth understanding of the industries in which our clients operate

•    providing practical, commercial advice

•    a focus on consistent quality of advice and services

Norton White’s lawyers are accessible, practical, commercial and committed to understanding our clients’ requirements.

Norton White provides legal services across a wide field with a focus on transport and commercial transactions.  Our objective is to provide the highest level of expertise in the fields in which we operate. 

Norton White clients receive targeted, practical legal advice.


  • Best Lawyers In Australia 2019

               Ben Martin Best Lawyer in Aviation 

               Mark Mackrell Best Lawyer in Aviation 


  • Who's Who Legal Aviation 2019

               Ben Martin Contentious, Finance and Regulatory 


  • APAC Legal Awards 2018

                Award for Excellence in Aviation - New South Wales

                Best Commercial Law Firm - New South Wales


  • Lawyer Monthly 2018

               Ben Martin Aviation Lawyer of the Year in Australia 

               Mark Mackrell Aviation Lawyer of the Year in Australia 


  • Global Business Insight 2018

               Ben Martin Most Innovative in Aviation Law Australia

               Mark Mackrell Most Influential in Aviation Law Australia


  • Global Law Experts 2018

               Aviation Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Australia


  •  Finance Monthly Law Awards 2018

               Aviation Law Firm of the Year Australia


  • Doyles Guide 2018

               Leading Aviation Law Firm First Tier

               Ben Martin Preeminent Australian Aviation Lawyer

               Mark Mackrell Leading Australian Aviation Lawyer


  • Coroprate Intl Magazine Global Awards 2018

               Aviation Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Australia


  • Best Lawyers 2018

                Ben Martin Best Lawyer in Aviation Law

                Mark Mackrell Best Lawyer in Aviation Law


  • Doyle's Guide 2017

               Leading Aviation Law Firm First Tier 

               Ben Martin Preeminent Lawyer in Aviation Law

               Mark Mackrell Preeminent Lawyer in Aviation Law


  • Best Lawyers In Australia 2017

               Ben Martin is listed in the Best Lawyers in Australia 2017 Edition


  • Australian Financial Review Best Lawyers 2016

              Ben Martin is listed as a Best Lawyer in the field of Aviation Law

              Mark Mackrell is listed as a Best Lawyer in the field of Aviation Law


  • Who's Who Legal Awards 2016

               Lawyer of the Year Transport - Aviation Regulatory Mark Mackrell


  • Doyles Guide 2016 

               Leading Aviation Law Firm Top 3

               Leading Recommended Shipping and Maritime Law Firm Australia

               Mark Mackrell Leading Australian Aviation Lawyer

               Ben Martin Recommended Australian Aviation Lawyer

               Robert Wilson Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyer

               Keira Nelson Rising Star Transport


  • Corporate International Global Awards

"Awarding the most active and expert advisers from around the world". With each award being exclusive by region and practice for each category, "a legal award is a significant accolade".

Norton White was named "Aviation law firm of the year - Australia 2014".


  • International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Award - Aviation category -  Australia

The Client Choice Awards "recognise those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service....uniquely, law firms and partners can only be nominated by corporate counsel".

Ben Martin won the Aviation - Australia category in 2014.


  • ACQ Law Awards 2013 "Aviation law firm of the year" and "Shipping & Maritime law firm of the year"

The ACQ Awards honour the most outstanding legal professionals across the globe.

Norton White's win of both awards in 2013 was the first time an Australian law firm has won both awards simultaneously.

Norton White also received ACQ Awards in 2010 and 2011. 


  •  Legal Media Group - Experts Guide

Ben Martin was ranked as "Best of the Best" one of the leading 25 aviation law practitioners worldwide.