Justin Whealing draws on his unrivalled depth of contacts and knowledge to ensure legal leaders successfully implement strategy.

He is one of the foremost experts on the Australian legal profession and a leading commentator on the Asia-Pacific legal industry.

Described by former Australian High Court judge The Hon. Michael Kirby as a “force of nature in the legal profession”, Justin is a key voice of influence in the changing legal services marketplace in Australia and Asia.

Justin was formerly the editor of Lawyers Weekly  for many years, where he helped position it as Australia’s premier online legal publication.

He is a much sought out commentator at legal events and conferences and has also founded, hosted and organised numerous industry awards, conferences and seminars.

Justin joined Eaton Capital Partners in February 2015, and was made a partner in October of that year. Since joining, Justin has played an instrumental role in the growth of the business and that of its clients.

He was the key advisor in assisting a leading global law firm to substantially expand its practice within 12 months of entering Australia, helping the firm to more than double its partner headcount in that time.

Justin also played a pivotal role in assisting a second global law firm to open an additional office in Brisbane and launch its Sydney corporate practice and has been involved in a number of partner placements for global and national law firm clients.

He has produced numerous thought leadership pieces, compiled extensive surveys and been engaged to provide strategic analysis and formal presentations by large law firms, corporates and legal bodies. He is also regularly featured in national publications such as the Australian Financial Review and The Australian.

Most recently, Justin founded and compiled the annual ECP Law Firm Managing Partner Survey.  This is viewed as one of the leading pieces of research and analysis in the Australian legal sector.

Justin is committed to effecting meaningful change in the legal profession for the betterment of its members. This is demonstrated by ECP being a strong supporter of the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation and a major sponsor of the Foundation’s annual lecture.

Outside of work, Justin enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and two daughters. When left to his own devices, he enjoys listening to Bod Dylan on vinyl, reading a newspaper or stretching the legs where you can hear the kookaburras and not the traffic.


Specialising in:

  • Exclusive partner search mandates
  • Advising Australian and global law firms on Australian and Asia-Pacific expansion strategies
  • Assisting global law firms to launch Australian practices
  • Advising a start-up law firm with regards to domestic and European expansion
  • Media and Communications Strategy
  • Legal Sector Analysis
  • Conference Speaker
  • Featured Opinion writer
  • Producing market-leading legal surveys