Mal Harford

Consulting Partner


Mal Harford is a Consulting Partner of Assay Advisory and is based in Perth, Western Australia.


Mal has practised as a lawyer in Western Australia since 1980 and was a Principal/Director of two firms from July 1985 to September 2012. He was the managing principal/director for six years from 2003 until 2009. For the last 18 months Mal has been consulting to one of Perth’s leading boutique practices.


Mal’s primary practice areas as a lawyer were in Commercial and Property law with a specific emphasis on merger and acquisition transactions for SME businesses. Mal has acted for a number of buyers and sellers (in particular) and dealt with listed overseas entities purchasing client’s businesses in Australia and has an extensive understanding of the operations, needs and concerns of SME business proprietors.


Mal’s legal practice engaged the services of Shirlaws Business Coaching for a period of five years from 1999 to 2004 and he is familiar with the Shirlaws coaching models. Following from the five year consulting with Shirlaws Business Coaching, Mal negotiated the merger of his then firm with a another firm of similar work type and size to create one of Perth’s leading boutique law practices.


Mal was also a member of The Executive Connection (TEC) for a period of 5 years from 2005 to 2009 and during that period shared the trials and tribulations of the other TEC group members who all operated in the SME business space whether as owners or CEOs. The period with TEC gave Mal a good understanding and insight into the issues that SME businesses deal with on a daily basis.


Mal holds Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Western Australia.