Queensland Law Society

Exhibitors: Law firms

 AllensLinklaters | Ashurst | Carter Newell Lawyers | Clayton Utz | Colin Biggers & Paisley | Cooper Grace Ward | Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers | DLAPiper |  Fisher Dore |  Gadens |  Herbert Smith Freehills  |  HopgoodGanim  | Johnson Winter & Slattery |  Jones Day | King & Wood Mallesons  | Macpherson Kelley | McCullough Robertson |  MauriceBlackburnLawyers |  MinterEllison |  Mills Oakley | Norton Rose Fulbright  | Shine Lawyers  | Thomson Geer | wotton+kearney


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Allens Linklaters

About us – what we do

Allens is a leading law firm with staff across Australia and Asia and a global strategic network spanning 40 offices and 29 countries. Together, we solve complex legal challenges, collaborating across practice areas and disciplines, and using commercial insights and creativity to guide our clients.

We work across borders too, thanks to our alliance with Linklaters. This strategic partnership opens up worlds of opportunity for our business and our people, including rotations in Linklaters London, Hong Kong and Singapore for our graduate lawyers.

In a rapidly changing world, we seek opportunities to innovate, embracing creative thinking, new approaches and emerging technology. And we don’t just use them to benefit ourselves and our clients. We believe strongly in driving positive change to do right by our community too.

Our teams are open, inclusive and encouraging, giving you the chance to learn and grow. You’ll have the flexibility to drive your career, and we’ll recognise your achievements and hard work as you progress through the firm. Are you ready to begin?

Dive In

Dive In is an introductory program that provides you with a taste of life in a commercial law firm, and will allow you to develop some of the skills needed to apply for a clerkship or paralegal position.

Clerkship program

A clerkship with Allens is the first step in a rewarding legal career, and will give you invaluable insight into our work and culture. You’ll have the opportunity to work on real matters for real clients in a supportive team.

Graduate program

Comprising two 12-month placements in different practice areas, our graduate program offers exposure to stimulating legal challenges. You’ll gain a depth of experience that comes from seeing matters through and working with different teams and leading organisations.

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Ashurst

Our strengths

As a global law firm with a rich history spanning almost 200 years, we’ve established ourselves as a leading adviser to corporates, financial institutions and governments, on all areas of the law including finance, M&A, disputes and competition. We’re renowned for helping our clients navigate through a complex and constantly evolving global landscape. With 25 offices across the world’s leading financial and resource centres, we offer the reach and insight of a global network combined with deep local market knowledge.

Our people are our greatest asset. We bring together lawyers of the highest calibre with the expertise, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice our clients need. As a global team we have a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects, and for delivering outstanding outcomes for clients.

Seasonal clerkships

Want to know exactly what our work is like? For many of our future graduates, that variety of experience begins with a seasonal clerkship, which will give you an intensive insight into life at Ashurst. The aim of our clerkships is to expose you to as much real work as possible, to help you make an informed decision about whether this is the right firm (and career) for you.

What do we look for in a seasonal clerk?

There’s absolutely no Ashurst ’type’. We want to actively involve a broad range of minds with a broad range of backgrounds, all united by a common set of strengths.

  • excellent academic record and a passion to develop a career in an elite international law firm
  • outstanding communication skills
  • analytical ability, motivation, determination and drive
  • commercial awareness
  • teamwork and interpersonal skills

Begin now.

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Carter Newell Lawyers

Carter Newell Lawyers is an award winning specialist law firm with offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Celebrating our 30th year in 2019, we are an independent and ambitious corporate law firm comprised of eight specialist practice areas and over 140 staff. Many of our firm senior lawyers are recognised as leaders of their fields, and the firm has recently been awarded the Australasian Law Awards State Firm of the Year.

Despite our relative size, our focus on depth and specialisation has given us an enviable national and international client base comprising large corporations and public sector agencies.

Working at CN

Our continued growth and success is a result of our emphasis on our people and our unparalleled culture. Our retention rates are the envy of the industry, with a third of our staff having been with the firm for over 10 years. As a young firm, our culture embraces flexibility, diversity, wellbeing, integrity and education. In the firm 2018 staff survey, of staff said they were proud to work for Carter Newell and enjoyed being part of the team. We pride ourselves on our One Team philosophy, and insist on providing an open and supportive environment for all team members.

The opportunity

If you want to work with some of the best specialists in the law, in a positive and friendly work environment, you should consider joining Carter Newell.

We offer research law clerk positions, vacation clerkships and a rotational graduate program throughout our Eastern seaboard offices.

If this sounds like a firm with which you would like to start your career, come and see us at the QLS Legal Careers Expo, make contact through gc@carternewell.com or give us a call on 07 3000 8313

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Clayton Utz

Clayton Utz is a leading Australian law firm, known for the strength of its independent culture and its confident and engaging approach.

Staying true to your direction is what defines Clayton Utz. At Clayton Utz, we’ve built a team of down-to-earth, collaborative lawyers who know that at the heart of exceptional client service is knowing what your client needs. We offer the sharpest legal minds. The clearest advice that cuts through the complexity, so our clients can concentrate on the things that really matter. And an unshakeable sense of what’s possible.

Clerkship program

If you’re a law student in your penultimate year, our Clerkship Programs will expose you to the fast pace of a full-service commercial law firm and show you the law in action. You’ll be working under the guidance of some of the sharpest legal minds in Australia, on challenging, complex and high-profile transactions and matters. You’ll be mentored by partners and lawyers who are leaders in their fields, in a firm where individuality is embraced and innovation actively encouraged. Our Clerkship Programs are our future pipeline for the Graduate Program. They are designed to give you a feel for what it’s like to be a Graduate and they are a great place to start your career.

Graduate program

It's not just about wearing a suit. There's always a gap between theory and practice, and post-university prospects can be daunting. How do you make the leap to working in the industry?

That's where we come in. Once you've completed your studies, our national Graduate Program gives you the perfect foundation for your legal career. Our 2.5 week orientation program is designed to ensure that you'll hit the ground running. It consists of PLT+, local training and a national orientation week in Sydney. Our rotations will help you discover different areas and find the right fit. From day one you'll be working on complex and sophisticated legal issues, and with our innovative learning and development approach, you'll get the support to become the best you can be.

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Colin Biggers & Paisley

Founded over a century ago, Colin Biggers & Paisley is one of the oldest legal practices in the country. Our key fields of expertise are construction, property and insurance and we maintain a strong presence in the areas of agribusiness, banking and finance, education, energy, mining and resources, and government.

Our offices in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney encourage creativity, collaboration and productivity. Whether it’s relaxing with a drink on a Friday night, joining our netball team or enjoying a complimentary massage, we offer a suite of unique employee benefits.

Clerkship program

If you’re a law student in your penultimate year, our Clerkship Programs will expose you to the fast pace of a full-service commercial law firm and show you the law in action. You’ll be working under the guidance of some of the sharpest legal minds in Australia, on challenging, complex and high-profile transactions and matters. You’ll be mentored by partners and lawyers who are leaders in their fields, in a firm where individuality is embraced and innovation actively encouraged. Our Clerkship Programs are our future pipeline for the Graduate Program. They are designed to give you a feel for what it’s like to be a Graduate and they are a great place to start your career.

The Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation

We’re here to make a difference. This applies to the solutions we create for our clients, the contribution we make to our communities and the careers we build for our people. Our core strategy is to promote and protect the rights of women and children in Australia.

Equity and opportunity

Our goal is to create a company as diverse as the world around us. We believe new ideas stem from diverse perspectives and recognise that it’s these differences that helps us acquire and retain top talent, build the best teams for our clients and deliver the highest calibre service.

Wellbeing and balance

We believe in a workplace that inspires our people and are committed to supporting the health, safety and wellbeing of our people. We also understand that the amount of time people are able to dedicate to their career can vary. In fact, 59% of our people work flexibly, including partners.

About our Graduate Program

Our graduates get to tackle meaningful work from day one. Our commitment to you is to provide the best possible legal and business framework - and the opportunity to work with legal experts who will mentor, support and encourage you throughout your career.

We offer a 12 month graduate program with rotations so you can explore different practice areas and uncover your passion for a preferred area of law.

We want Law Graduates who are:
  • Authentic, honest and want to be a part of our unique culture
  • Who are as ambitious as they are responsible and aspire to make a difference

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Cooper Grace Ward

Cooper Grace Ward was established in 1980 and has quickly become one of the largest independent Brisbane based law firms, with a team of more than 200.

We offer our clients a full range of commercial legal services, with a focus on corporate and commercial, property, litigation, insurance and family law.

We have highly skilled people who strive for excellence in everything they do. We work across many different industries for a broad range of clients including listed companies, private organisations and individuals, middle market enterprises, local and foreign governments and quasi-government regulators.

Our team members have received numerous recommendations and awards in recognition of their expertise and their service to clients, including accolades from Best Lawyers Australia, Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, Doyle’s Guide and the Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Our support for law students and graduates to complete their undergraduate study or their PLT is among the best in the industry and includes resources such as fully paid PLT courses, study support groups, additional leave, legal mentors and PLT coordinators.

Cooper Grace Ward is known for its outstanding client service and internal culture. We understand that practising law is not just about knowing the law; it is also about having people who are able to work together to achieve the best outcome possible for clients. This sets us apart from other law firms.

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Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers

At Corrs, we provide opportunities for outstanding graduates to become exceptional lawyers.

From your first day at Corrs you will have the opportunity to accelerate your career in a high-performing and supportive environment. Our lawyers work together across practice groups to deliver exceptional results and support you in building your future, wherever you want to take it. Corrs offers graduates:

  • opportunities to work on high-profile and complex matters
  • mentoring by leading partners
  • international secondment opportunities to premium independent firms in locations such as New York, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo
  • scholarships to study at leading international universities including Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard
  • opportunities to contribute to our award-winning pro-bono program.

Corrs is Australia’s leading independent law firm. For almost two centuries we have been advising our clients on their most complex challenges. Our culture is built upon excellence, mutual trust, energy, integrity and empowerment. Our clients include large corporations, governments, banks and financial sponsors.

Corrs is Australia’s leading independent law firm. For almost two centuries we have been advising our clients on their most complex challenges. Our culture is built upon excellence, mutual trust, energy, integrity and empowerment. Our clients include large corporations, governments, banks and financial sponsors.

We equip our people for success – as leaders in their fields with long-term careers at the firm and also beyond, with our alumni including judges, QCs, CEOs and senior government representatives.

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DLA Piper

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients.

We achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed. We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake.

Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. We also advise governments and public sector bodies.

Clerkship program

The best way to secure a place in our graduate program is to do a clerkship first. Not only will this give you a feel for commercial law in practice, it will give you an insight into what makes DLA Piper unique.

During the clerkship, you'll do more than just shadow our lawyers. You'll be given real responsibilities. Whether you're attending a court hearing, contributing to a client meeting or assisting a large corporate transaction, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to reach your potential.

At the same time, you'll start building your networks. As well as meeting with partners and other senior lawyers, you'll have regular contact with the other clerks through social activities. Information sessions about our practice areas will further enhance your knowledge and understanding.

Summer clerkships are offered in all our offices, and are four weeks in duration.

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Fisher Dore

Fisher Dore was established in 2006 by Terry Fisher and Nick Dore. What was once a boutique criminal law firm has now grown to be a multidisciplinary law firm practicing in the areas of criminal defence, migration, human rights, and personal injury law. The diversity of our practice areas has seen the firm continue its passion for helping some of the most vulnerable in our community, with a focus on social justice and a commitment to achieving just and fair outcomes for every one of our clients.

Of our 22 solicitors, we have five criminal law accredited specialists, one personal injuries accredited specialist and three migration agents. Fisher Dore has offices in Brisbane, Beenleigh, Bundaberg, Maroochydore and Mackay to ensure that clients in all areas of Queensland can access our expert representation.

Fisher Dore has a strong reputation for its professionalism and excellent advocacy among the profession, and the judiciary.

We are passionate about fostering individuals’ legal careers. We enjoy providing practical experience and mentoring alike.

Students who undertake a clerkship at Fisher Dore will gain a hands on experience across our four main areas of practice. We offer two clerkship positons a year from 7 to 24 May, and 8 to 25 October. These positions are offered in our Brisbane office. We also offer a criminal law only clerkship position in May at our Beenleigh office.

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Gadens

Who is Gadens?

Gadens is a respected top 10 Australian law firm. Our Brisbane office has 26 partners and over 280 staff.

Recognised as a leading legal service provider in the Chambers Asia Pacific and the Legal 500 Asia Pacific directories, many of our partners are ranked as outstanding lawyers in their practice areas.

We provide clients with services in:

  • property and construction
  • banking and finance
  • corporate advisory
  • dispute resolution and litigation
  • private clients

Gadens is a dynamic and results-focused firm, passionate about providing commercial solutions to our clients. Some of our clients include: ASX listed companies, major banks, fund managers, investors, state and local governments, start-ups and SME’s.

What we look for

At Gadens we are interested in your solid academic record, leadership, business acumen, societal awareness, professionalism, teamwork and enthusiasm.

Your experiences, knowledge and insight are valued and respected.

Our graduate program

We offer you a professional and nurturing environment. Our graduate program offers comprehensive and progressive training, in an environment that encourages collaboration and values integrity and accountability.

From day one you will hit the ground running, beginning the first of two 12 month rotations. We offer placements in all practice groups across our firm.

You are assigned a mentor and are involved in learning and development programs designed to help you succeed in the early stages of your career.

You will experience a balance of complex and stimulating work and a strong, collegiate social culture.

If you would like to be a part of a high performing team that allows you to maximise your potential and make a difference, come and join us.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

About Us

As a Herbert Smith Freehills Graduate, you’ll be a part of everything. With 27 offices around the world, we can show you exactly what a world class law firm has to offer, giving you the chance to work as part of an international team, on high-profile matters, for some of the most significant organisations in the market.

Our focus is on the future: the future needs of existing and new clients, the future of the legal profession and investing in our future lawyers. That’s why we aim to attract the best talent from a broad range of backgrounds, ensuring we are optimising our position as a progressive, forward thinking professional services firm putting our clients at the heart of our business.

Our clients trust us to deliver and choose us for their most important transactions, disputes and ventures because we understand them. Together, we’re producing advanced, award-winning, insightful work on matters that will shape the future of our markets. We’re organised along six global divisions – corporate; dispute resolution; finance, real estate and projects; employment, pensions and incentives; competition, regulation and trade and alternative legal services.

Clerkship program

Our vacation clerkships will immerse you in our business, networks and the international world of law. We encourage students to participate in our vacation clerkship program and we fill the majority of our graduate positions through this program. As a vacation clerk, you will be given extensive training on all aspects of the firm, drafting and research skills.

Graduate program

Our structured graduate program is designed to provide the best foundation for your future success, wherever your career takes you. Graduates will have three rotations in different practice groups. During each rotation, graduates are assigned a supervising partner and buddy. A learning and development program also supports the on-the-job learning to help you to develop your leadership, business development, negotiation and presentation skills. Herbert Smith Freehills funds and assists graduates at the firm who need to complete practical legal training to gain admission to practice.

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HopgoodGanim

We are fiercely independent, possess a unique culture and we are uncompromising in the protection of our values. More than 40 years ago, HopgoodGanim Lawyers was founded by two great friends. Today, HopgoodGanim is a large and fully integrated law firm offering solutions to commercial problems across the full spectrum of legal services. We continue to house one of Australia’s largest and most well regarded family and relationship law practices.

Our firm has 42 partners and more than 280 staff across two locations in Brisbane and Perth. We believe our difference lies in the close relationships we have with our clients and each other. We do our very best work when we know our clients personally and we know their businesses inside and out. Inside our firm, people genuinely like each other, refer to each other as friends and work collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes possible for our clients. In many areas of law, our practitioners work with international clients and across multiple Australian jurisdictions. The work that you will do in any given day is in equal parts complex, exciting and rewarding.

Our Unique Culture

HopgoodGanim enjoys a reputation as a place where people love to come to work. Central to our culture is a theme of Business Mateship. Business Mateship describes how the people of HopgoodGanim, our clients and stakeholders come together and interact. We believe in treating each other, and our clients, as we would treat our friends.

Our graduate lawyers are our future leaders. A future leader of HopgoodGanim needs to be a relationship builder, highly commercial, service and outcome focused and excited by change. We offer our people challenging work in a collaborative environment and a real chance to fulfil their career aspirations, while at the same time supporting them with a range of additional benefits and flexibility options.

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Johnson Winter & Slattery

Johnson Winter & Slattery is engaged by major Australian and international corporations as legal counsel on their business activities, disputes and most challenging transactions throughout Australia and surrounding regions. Established in 1993 by Tony Johnson, Nigel Winter and Peter Slattery as a boutique corporate firm, JWS grew rapidly to become a leading independent Australian firm focused on complex transactions and disputes.

Our role

Our representation of major corporations in many landmark and transformational deals and complex disputes positions us as a leading independent Australian firm.

Our approach

With an appreciation of our client’s commercial needs, we blend legal expertise with commercial and market awareness to deliver high quality legal services. This means working closely with clients and their in-house counsel to understand their commercial objectives, and ensuring our approach is tailored to deliver timely commercial outcomes.

Our difference

Our higher ratio of senior lawyers means clients engage directly with the tactical minds and industry expertise required to succeed in complex and high stakes deals and disputes. A partnership ethos of service, technical excellence and collaboration ensures the most relevant specialist expertise and experience is brought to bear on every assignment.

Key areas of practice

Our expertise is centered on strategically important areas of commercial law to our clients. Our key practice areas include: competition/antitrust, corporate, corporate governance, debt finance, dispute resolution, employment, energy & resources, funds management, intellectual property & IT, media, private equity, projects & construction, regulatory, restructuring & insolvency and tax.

Our clients
  • ASX listed and foreign corporations
  • Substantial privately owned enterprises
  • Not for profit organisations, universities and industry bodies
  • Major government agencies and regulators

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Jones day

One Firm WorldwideSM

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commit¬ment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partner¬ship; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

Australia

Jones Day’s presence in Australia has grown significantly. The Firm has added new offices in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane over the last five years in addition to our office in Sydney, reflecting our commitment to expanding our service to the Australian market.

Summer Clerkship and Graduate Programs

Jones Day recognises that many law students leave law school not knowing which practice they want to enter. Accordingly, many years ago Jones Day cre¬ated the New Lawyers Group, which allows new asso¬ciates to gain exposure to different practice areas and lawyering styles at the Firm before making a commitment to a specific-practice.

We provide extensive training through the New Lawyers program. Each November, we bring together new associ¬ates from across the Firm at the “New Lawyers Academy” in Washington for three days of hands-on training and meet¬ings with Firm leaders.

We provide extensive training through the New Lawyers program. Each November, we bring together new associ¬ates from across the Firm at the “New Lawyers Academy” in Washington for three days of hands-on training and meet¬ings with Firm leaders.

We aim for summer clerks to be become future graduates of the Firm.

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King & Wood Mallesons

As an elite international law firm headquartered in Asia, we are reshaping the legal market by challenging our people and our clients to think differently about what a law firm can be today, tomorrow and beyond. We thrive on exceeding the expectations of our clients, and as such the world’s leading organisations turn to us to unlock their biggest opportunities, and deliver solutions to their most vexing challenges. With ambitious thinking and innovation in our DNA, we partner with our clients to bring to life pioneering solutions which will help them to adapt, reinvent and grow. We believe innovation comes from giving our people room to grow, and as such actively encourage input, and ideas from all levels of the firm.

Our people are encouraged to think differently and shape their own career path, supported at every step of the way, with world-class training, coaching and hands-on experience. There is no ‘one size fits all’ career model, and we offer multiple opportunities for our lawyers to gain experience and thrive. At King & Wood Mallesons we provide you with the opportunities to reimagine a career in law to become what you want to be. Are you ready?

Our seasonal clerk programs

Our clerkships give you a clear picture of what it’s like to be a lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons. You’ll get to know our people, the way we like to work, our culture, practice areas, clients and more.

During your clerkship, you’ll learn:

  • The day-to-day skills to get you started – taking instructions, meeting with clients, drafting memos/documents, managing your practice and professional relationships.
  • Our core practice teams – who they are, what they do, how they’re structured, the clients they work for, and of course, your role within them.
  • Our culture – you’ll be exposed to (and encouraged) to get actively involved in the many activities and events that define KWM.
  • Our people – you’ll find that people from every part of the business will help you by sharing their knowledge and ensuring you have everything you need to succeed.
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Macpherson Kelley

Thinking about your future? So are we.

Macpherson Kelley is a national commercial law firm known for our business mindset, client service, innovation and investment in relationships. With offices across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, we offer you the opportunity to build your career in the real business world. Our expertise spans commercial, litigation, employment, safety and migration, property and private clients.

Our values

‘Talk straight’, ‘Better each day’ and ‘Play as a team’, are our guiding principles and define how we work with our clients and with each other. They influence key decisions and reflect how important it is to us to enjoy our work and have fun, as well as deliver exceptional service to our clients. We work hard but come together and celebrate our successes. You will make life long friends at the many social, sporting and community focused events held throughout the year.

What do we offer you?

We focus on building strong commercially minded lawyers who work closely with clients to understand their challenges, opportunities and to add value to their businesses. So you may be on the floor of a client’s factory, in court, in a client’s head office or front and centre at a mediation.

Our graduates complete rotations through a variety of commercial law practice areas to give you the opportunity to see what you enjoy and where you would like to focus your career longer term.

This is your year so make the most of it! We don’t expect you to know it all already. In fact, your development is a key priority for us. You have access to unique professional development as part of the Macpherson Kelley Business School including bootcamps with practical scenarios and case studies, mentoring and regular feedback.

Many of our current principal lawyers started their careers with us as graduates. We believe in promotion on merit and giving practical skills to our lawyers on how they can build a practice.

At Macpherson Kelley you can be sure of one thing, that is opportunity. Opportunity to add value, be noticed, grow your career and succeed.

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Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Company History

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers was founded in 1919 on a set of unwavering beliefs that the law should serve everyone, not just those who can afford it. We are Australia’s leading social justice law firm and practise in over 10 areas of law, across 33 offices nationally. With 1100 employees, we employ some of Australia’s strongest, most respected and knowledgeable legal professionals.

What makes us different?

We are in the business of helping people and fighting to make a genuine difference to people’s lives. We exist to help everyday Australians use the law to fight back against unfair treatment. Our employees are committed to building lasting relationships with the community through a number of internal committees, such as the Cultural Diversity, Women’s Network, PRIDE, Accessibility & Inclusion, WeCare Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Rights and Sustainability.

Company values

Justice, Tenacity, Fairness, Compassion

Workplace culture

Our culture has formed around the clear mission set by our founder a century ago. A diverse and inclusive workplace is something we are absolutely committed to. We actively work to create a culture enriched by differences in ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age and family arrangements.

Employee benefits
  • Ongoing coaching and career development opportunities
  • Fully paid gym membership
  • Salary Continuance & Life Insurance
  • 17.5% Annual Leave Loading
  • Generous leave entitlements
  • Health and Wellbeing Leave
Our seasonal clerkship program

Our seasonal clerkship program is designed to give you a broad overview of all aspects of plaintiff law and provide you with hands-on practical experience working alongside our talented lawyers. The 3.5 week program involves, 1 rotation in an allocated team within one of our 12 city/regional offices across QLD. Completing a clerkship will expand on your knowledge and understand of a particular area of law, provide you with exposure to our clients and most importantly give you a snapshot of what it’s like to work at our firm.

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McCullough Robertson

McCullough Robertson is an independent Australian law firm with more than 350 staff spread across offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle and Melbourne. Operating for over 92 years, we work with major Australian and foreign owned corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. Our lawyers combine their experience, and technical expertise to deliver commercial, practical and tailored solutions.

Our unique intern program recruits both law students in their pre-penultimate year for an eight week program over two years and law students in their penultimate year for a four week program over one year.

We believe that old ways won’t open new doors – often the same old approach won’t always guarantee the right outcome, and with the ever-changing legal terrain in our industries, we require strategic thinkers who can apply innovative solutions to open up new opportunities.

What’s in it for you?

  • Find out what area of law interests you - our internship program rotates across our legal teams so that you can get a comprehensive view of what is involved.
  • Two year personal and professional development program including mentoring, networking, business development, goal setting, and interview skills.
  • Practical on the job experience to help strengthen your understanding of the legal concepts and theories you learn at university.
  • Flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace - we take pride in creating a safe and supportive environment allowing our people to bring their whole self to work.
  • Support and mentorship with our buddy program (junior lawyer) and a supervisor (senior lawyer) to check in and assist with your development at work and during your study.
  • Challenge yourself and represent our firm firm in one of our many wellbeing, social and sporting initiatives including quiz nights, meditation classes, marathons, netball, touch rugby and cycling.
  • Community development opportunities including pro bono and volunteer work through our community partnership program (CPP).
  • Teamwork - Our purpose of ‘Unlocking Success. Together’ recognises the value of each individual within our firm.

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MinterEllison

The game has changed. Be part of it.
The world is being disrupted and market demands are changing. The next generation of graduates will transform the future of legal services – we can give you the skills you need to do it well.
We are global leaders

MinterEllison is a prestigious, international law firm, headquartered in Australia. As one of Asia-Pacific’s leading firms, we’re borderless. We have the best people, working on the best matters, regardless of location. Our multidisciplinary and industry-facing lawyers collaborate closely across our offices in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the UK. Our independence means we can adapt in parallel with our clients and market demand. In fact, we often lead the way.

With MinterEllison, you can be a global leader too. You’ll have the opportunity to work with renowned lawyers and experts from around the world. And to build remarkable solutions that go beyond one region’s laws and grasp the global picture. Essentially, you can be as agile, innovative and creative as we are.

We support you to succeed

Which is why we celebrate and invest in our people. We consistently have a record number of promotions, and last year, won the award for ‘Best Learning & Development Program’ at the Australian HR Awards. We’re committed to helping our people achieve their best. And our development programs and initiatives are second to none.

We’re always working to open more doors for you. Recently, we restructured our organisation to make it even easier to collaborate across all our offices and access an international network of brilliant legal thinkers. Our structure also offers new career paths, allowing you to seamlessly work across multiple practice areas.

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Mills Oakley

If you’re looking for a dynamic firm to ignite your legal career, Mills Oakley is the place for you.

A leading independent national firm, we’re looking for graduates and clerks who share our vision of being at the cutting edge of a rapidly changing profession. We have been recognised by ALPMA as Australia’s most innovative law firm, launching the first Legal Services Accelerator in the Asia-Pacific and making strategic investments in emerging legal technology and start-ups.

Mills Oakley is resourced by more than 700 people in offices across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth. We take pride in our breadth of expertise across all major commercial service areas and act for numerous corporate, private, government and not-for-profit clients.

We are large enough to provide the challenge of diverse, high-quality work and clients, yet small enough to give you the personal attention that will help you achieve your full potential. You’ll be at the forefront of complex and often high profile matters, gaining practical, hands-on experience and working closely with our partners and senior lawyers. You’ll also find out why the Mills Oakley name is synonymous with innovation and excellence in legal practice.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright Australia is a member of the Norton Rose Fulbright Group, a leading international legal practice.

We are one of the largest international legal practices in Australia, with offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra.

Norton Rose Fulbright is an ambitious, expanding, international law firm with a clear strategy for the future. Our graduates enjoy stimulating and challenging work on high profile transactions for leading clients across six key industry sectors. We offer a full business law service to many of the world’s pre-eminent financial institutions and corporations.

Knowing how our clients’ businesses work and understanding what drives their industries is fundamental to us. Our lawyers share industry knowledge and sector expertise across borders, enabling us to support our clients anywhere in the world.

We are strong in financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, technology and innovation, and pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

We take the view that we are only as strong as our people, which is why quality training and flexible work programs are paramount to our business. You will be supported by an empowering culture that fosters collaboration, responsibility and professional development from the outset. We deliver an extensive range of training programs targeted at specific stages of our lawyers’ professional development. Our graduate lawyers have the opportunity to follow a unique international rotation program and to spend time in one of our overseas offices.

Come and explore our world.

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Shine Lawyers

Shine Lawyers was founded more than 40 years ago in Toowoomba, by a lawyer who wanted to do things differently and believed in always putting his clients first.

Unwavering commitment to our clients

From our humble beginnings in a small country town, our firm has gone from strength to strength. But one thing has remained unchanged, and that is our unwavering commitment to our clients. At Shine, we have the opportunity to stand up for those who have been wronged and make a genuine difference in people’s lives. This is a privilege and an honour and we give everything we’ve got to ensure our clients achieve the best possible outcomes.

Our people

We employ dedicated professionals with a down-to-earth approach and a real passion for seeing justice served. Over the years, our people have fought numerous battles in and out of the courtroom on behalf of our clients, and we’ve won many landmark cases. We are also active in advocating for legislative change on behalf of everyday Australians to ensure their voice is heard. In the pursuit of justice for our clients, we are not afraid to rock the boat.

The Shine Group

Today, as part of Shine Corporate, we employ a team of approximately 850 people across Australia and New Zealand. Our people work across a range of practice areas including personal injury (motor vehicle accidents and workers compensation), superannuation and disability insurance, serious injury claims, dust diseases, abuse law, class actions, medical law, professional negligence, employment law, travel law, social justice, family law and more. In the last financial year, the Shine Group settled more than 6,000 cases on behalf of our clients and procured damages in excess of $600 million.

Career opportunities

Shine Lawyers’ clerkship and graduate programs give you the opportunity to work alongside our senior practitioners and accredited specialists, providing you with real insight into working as a lawyer in a plaintiff law firm. From day one, you will be actively involved in legal work which could involve client meetings, court attendance, meetings with experts and third parties, attendance at negotiation conferences, or drafting memos and legal documents. Our programs aim to give you the best possible start to your career by ensuring you are exposed to meaningful learning opportunities and have all the support you need to get ahead.

At Shine, the future is bright.

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Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer is a large Australian corporate law firm. We have around 550 people, including 108 Partners operating out of our offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Adelaide. By size we are one of the 10 largest law firms operating in Australia, and the 5th largest independent Australian law firm.

Our industry coverage and client work is diverse and we are regularly engaged on challenging, complex work.

What it's like to work for us

The law is an incredibly rewarding profession, but we recognise it can be demanding. For this reason we create an environment that is flexible, friendly, personable, collegiate and professionally stimulating.

We work hard to enhance this culture through transparent, authentic communication, and by ensuring we are respectful and accountable to each other every day to provide an environment where our staff can grow personally and professionally.

Our clients are at the centre of everything we do; so it is not only the openness we demonstrate in our dealings with each other, but also the well-established and trusting relationships we have with our clients, which make Thomson Geer a great place to work.

Our wellbeing@work program supports employees to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. We also have an active social committee and participate in various team sports, providing lots of opportunities to develop close relationships with your colleagues.

Our Clerkship & Graduate Programs

Our structured program allows clerks to learn through a combination of hands-on experience, training, coaching and observation. You will have a realistic, stretching introduction to the legal profession. How does this happen? From day one, you’ll be an active participant in the team, involved in all aspects of legal practice, and working directly with experienced practitioners.

Students who complete a clerkship with us will be eligible to be considered for a position in the firm’s next graduate program. In Brisbane, we offer the opportunity to complete a Supervised Workplace Traineeship consisting of two rotations through the firm's core practice groups. Comprehensive training is provided to allow you to meet all required competencies to gain admission to practice.

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Who we are

W+K has one focus - we eat, breathe and sleep all aspects of insurance law. This singular focus means we are home to many talented lawyers that are leading industry experts. Our experience extends across a broad range of industry sectors including construction, financial services, cyber, directors and officers liability, health and sports.

Why W+K

Founded in 2002, W+K has grown from two partners to over 230 employees across offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland and Wellington.

You don't achieve this type of growth unless you have good foundations to attract talented people, continuously invest in their careers and maintain the culture to retain them. Our new graduate program plays a critical role in the success and evolution of our growing business. We understand that insurance isn't an area most graduates have firsthand experience in, so we have created a structured program that will let you delve into all aspects of what we do through formal and informal learning experiences. You will work alongside a senior lawyer or leading partner who will provide you with support and guidance at all stages. By the time you've finished your 12 month program with us you will never want to leave!

Our mentoring program is designed for solicitors and will cover insurance and litigation fundamentals 101. We are all about helping you develop and identify yourself as an insurance specialist. You will have access to both in-house and external training, conferences and workshops to ensure you have the tools you need to be successful at W+K.

You will be actively encouraged to pursue secondment opportunities in the Australian market, or in the international offices of our Legalign Global alliance partners, as part of our talent exchange program.

Culturally, it is important to us that you feel valued for your contribution. These are some of the ways we say thanks:

  • Above-market remuneration
  • A generous employee referral program
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Involvement in our Community Footprint program through pro bono legal services and corporate social responsibility initiatives, allowing you to give back.

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