A Rich History

Rees R & Sydney Jones is Queensland’s oldest law firm having been established in Rockhampton in 1864 by Rees Rutland Jones.

Located in Central Queensland, the Firm has always focused on the individual and their needs. Many of our clients are families that have been using our services for generations.

The firm’s philosophy is to take personal responsibility to ensure your legal needs are met in a timely, effective and affordable manner. We are very serious about using every available resource at our disposal to obtain for you the best possible outcome. The law is our business. Let us fix the problems and sort out the legal issues so that there are no major interruptions to your day to day life.

We have been looking after Central Queensland families and businesses for almost 160 years and proudly continue to do so.

We would like to see you in person to discuss your legal problem or concern. We look forward to building a relationship with you based on mutual trust and a shared understanding of your desired outcome.

Quay Street, Rockhampton Qld 1891 | Rees R & Sydney Jones
Quay Street, Rockhampton Qld 1891
Image: Sidney Richardson Collection, University of Queensland

Our Story

The firm of Rees R & Sydney Jones can trace its origins back to September, 1864, when the founder of the firm, Rees Rutland Jones commenced legal practice in Rockhampton. He arrived on the paddle wheel steamer “Clarence” with two other solicitors, who were also intending to practise in Rockhampton.

First office building of Rees R and Sydney Jones in Rockhampton, ca. 1875 | Rees R & Sydney Jones
First office building of Rees R and Sydney Jones in Rockhampton, ca. 1875
Image: State Library of Queensland

Initially, Rees Rutland Jones practised in his own account and in 1872, took his brother-in-law, William John Brown as a partner. As a result, the firm of “Rees R. Jones & Brown” was formed. Charles Sydney Jones became the third partner in the firm in 1884 and the name of “Rees Jones, Brown & Jones” was adopted by the new partnership. When William John Brown retired as a partner in 1886, the present name of “Rees R & Sydney Jones” became the name of the firm. This name has remained unchanged since 1886, and the firm is the oldest firm in Queensland practising under its original name. It is one of the oldest legal practices in the country.

Over the 158 years since Rees R & Sydney Jones commenced practice in Rockhampton, there have been 32 partners in the firm of “Rees R & Sydney Jones”, and its predecessors. The firm currently has 3 partners who are all invested in the local community.

Our Firm | Rees R & Sydney Jones

The partners of the firm have seen extraordinary change since 1864. Rockhampton has developed into a thriving commercial centre and Central Queensland has grown into a grazing, farming and mining powerhouse, contributing significantly to the wealth of Queensland. Rees R & Sydney Jones has been an integral part of the growth of the city and the region. Whilst the current partners are proud of the prominent role that the firm has played in the development of Central Queensland, their sights are firmly set on the future.

The firm has embraced new technology and modern ways of doing business, yet it has retained the same personal commitment to the clients of the firm, which has been its hallmark over the last 158 years. The firm is well positioned to maintain its prominent role in Central Queensland and looks forward to offering the same guidance and advice to future generations of Central Queensland families, as their former partners of the firm have offered since 1864.

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