Commercial Litigation Property Lawyers

Proud History, Bold Future, Since 1834


Our practice was founded in 1834 by John Dobson. In 1885, John Mitchell joined the firm and added his name over the door. In 1886, Cecil Allport became a partner and the firm became known as Dobson Mitchell Allport.

For nearly 100 years Dobson Mitchell Allport occupied offices at 111 Macquarie Street, today’s site of the Reserve Bank Building. The firm moved to 59 Harrington Street in 1970. The building we now occupy on the corner of Harrington and Davey Streets was once a concert hall and ball room.

During our nearly 200-year history, many of our lawyers have gone on to become governors, judges, politicians, and senior public servants.

To celebrate our 175th anniversary in 2009, we published a comprehensive history of the practice. If you’re interested in learning more about the Dobson Mitchell Allport story, please ask us for a copy. You can also visit the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, housed in the State Library of Tasmania on Murray Street, Hobart.