Following King & Wood Mallesons' combination between China giant King & Wood and Australian big six firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques in March 2012, the firm's IP practice has sought to attract clients with Asia-wide interests, although it still remains a force in the domestic market. Clients say their experience with the firm is "positive, exceeding expectations with good partnering".
Recent cases for the firm include acting for Imperial Tobacco in the plain packaging litigation before the High Court of Australia. The case drew significant media attention around the world and was closely followed by the industry. The firm also acted for Hospira in proceedings against Aventis Pharma in connection with patent validity and infringement. Aventis cross-claimed, alleging infringement and applied for an urgent interlocutory injunction. In another notable case, King & Wood Mallesons advised the Australian Football League and Telstra Corporation in National Rugby League Investments v SingTel Optus in court proceedings, including their successful appeal before the Federal Court.
The firm has a formidable team of experienced lawyers. Natalie Hickey in particular was commended by several clients. One client liked her "passion, drive and putting legal issues in the context of the bigger picture" and "her approach to forming teams and letting them lead pieces". Another client said: "She is conscious of the financial pressures we are under in-house and she works hard to, one, carefully prepare and communicate fee estimates and, two, provide as much certainty with estimates as possible by using methods like capped fees and fixed fees. She has also demonstrated a remarkable ability to deal with difficult people, such as witnesses."