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Many thanks to all the Firm Representatives who volunteered their time and advice in making this guide possible. We would also like to specially thank Marco for his efforts in visualizing and designing the guide, along with his team of Tessa and Bronwyn. We would also like to extend special thanks and mention to Kaitlin, who put an immense amount of work into this guide. Last but not least, many thanks to the rest of our careers officers, Brigid, Kirsti, Yi, Amanda and Hannah for their roles in producing this guide.

The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of the editors or the Melbourne University Law Students’ Society. Best efforts have been made to ensure all information in this publication is correct as at 22 April 2013 but it is subject to change without notice. The information is merely advisory and should not be relied upon as professional advice. This publication is distributed free of charge on the understanding that the authors, editors and any persons related to this publication are not responsible for the results of their actions or omissions on the basis of any information provided in this publication. We encourage those applying for seasonal clerkships to obtain confirmation of all information through the firm itself.


SEASONAL CLERKSHIP GUIDE MMXIII


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CONTENTS I II III

INTRODUCTION - Editor’s Welcome (13) Associate Dean’s Forward (15) The Seasonal Cleakship Experience: A Pointless Exercise? (16) THE APPLICATION PROCESS - A Day in the life of a Clerk/Graduate (21) Making the Most of Seasonal Clerkships (22) What We Look for in a Seasonal Clerk Application (23) Preparing for the Interview (24) How to Demonstrate Commercial Awareness (26) THE EXPERIENCE - The Benefits of Clerking at an International Firm (33) The Benefits of Clerking at a Top Tier Firm (34) The Benefits of Clerking at a Mid-tier Firm (36) My Seasonal Clerkship Experience (37) Working on an International Deal at King & Wood Mallesons (38) Graduate Experience at DLA Piper (39) Life as a Graduate at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers (40) Life as a Graduate at Baker & McKenzie (42) Secondment Opportunities (44) Rotation


Experiences Within Various Practice Groups With an International Flair (45) International Experiences at Baker & Mckenzie (46) Asia Pacific Secondment Program at Baker & Mckenzie (47)

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THE PRACTICE AREAS - Intellectual Property (53) Mergers and Acquisitions (54) Banking + Finance (55) Climate Change (56) Technology, Media and Telecommunications + Project Services (62) Competition and Consumer Protection (63) Construction Law (64) Employment Law (65) Energy & Resources (67) Corporate Law (68) Litigation (69) Commercial Litigation (70) Pharmaceuticals, Life Sciences and Healthcare (71) Private Client Group (72) Pro Bono & Community Support (73) Property Law (74) Real Estate, Finance & Projects (75) Tax Controversy Practice (77) Technology and IP (78) Technology, Communications and Commercial (79) Media and Communications (80) Workplace Law (82) FIRM PROFILES – Firm Profile Master Table (88)


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I THE INTRODUCTION


EDITOR’S WELCOME SOPHIE & KEN

CAREERS & DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORS 2013 Welcome to the 2013 edition of the Seasonal Clerkship Guide. The Melbourne University Law Students’ Society has produced this guide for many years in order to provide a valuable resource for students applying for, thinking about, or those just curious about Seasonal Clerkships. We sincerely hope this year’s edition builds on the strength of previous years, and can be a fountain of information regarding the application process, the clerkship experience and the variety of practice areas you could be placed in while undertaking a Seasonal Clerkship. Seasonal Clerkships are roughly four week-long periods where you are attached to a law firm during the holidays. Many firms hire graduates exclusively through their Seasonal Clerkship pools thus they are a vital part of the process to becoming a lawyer after graduation. The Clerkship process provides a first-hand opportunity for students to see and apply the law in practice, to compare and experience firm culture, and to gain a brief insight into the subtleties and differences of the various practice groups.

Lastly, we must stress that Seasonal Clerkships are not for everyone, if you have dreams of Government service, working in the public interest sector, or anything else under the sun, we urge you to chase those dreams! Do not be peer pressured into compromising your dreams because everyone else seems to be applying for clerkships. However, we qualify this by emphasizing Seasonal Clerkships provide valuable experience and there is no harm in trying them out! We wish those applying all the best with their applications, and hope you will try to enjoy the experience and opportunities. Do remember that you are not alone in this process! Good Luck, and Enjoy! Sophie & Ken

We encourage students to speak to any person that may be able to provide information regarding Seasonal Clerkships, from visiting lawyers, HR representatives, and, of course, the Melbourne Law School Careers Office. Senior members of the JD will also be an invaluable source of information having firsthand experience of undertaking a Seasonal Clerkship . We cannot emphasize enough the importance of networking opportunities at events run by the Careers Portfolio, such as Seasonal Clerkship Seminars and our annual Meet the Profession Cocktail Event.

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ASSOCIATE DEAN’S FOREWORD ELISE BANT

ASSOC. PROF ASSOCIATE DEAN (JD) I am delighted to provide the foreword for the 2013 Clerkship Guide. This invaluable publication will help you navigate the clerkship process early and well. Key to this is getting and then staying organized and in control of the process – not letting it get in control of you! A further critical aid to you throughout this process is the Careers Development Services team. They have also worked particularly hard over the past months to develop workshops, events and services for second year students that are tailored to your particular needs and circumstances. Please use them to the full – drop in for a consultation, get them to review your covering letter and CV and try out a mock interview in preparation for the real thing. They know their business, they are in touch with the people who will be reviewing your applications and know what they want! So utilize their expertise to the full! Of course, this is all assuming that you decide to engage in the clerkship process at all – and this Guide is very helpful on that front too. I think there are probably two things I can usefully say about making that decision. The first is that throwing your hat into the ring and doing your level best to try out for clerkships, even if you are not sure you want to work in practice, is not a silly idea (although it probably is if you are completely certain you don’t want to!). The discipline and experience you will gain from preparing beautifully proofed, tailored covering letters, a sharp and persuasive CV, and practising interview techniques etc, are all incredibly valuable skills. The whole thing is a kind of experiential learning of the most rigorous kind. And taking that kind of attitude to the process helps you see that, whatever the outcome, you are better skilled, stronger and more

savvy for it! The second point is that, again, this is a great, great opportunity for you to reflect on your personal value set, what you regard as important in life, the sorts of law and activities you enjoy doing, and for you to really search actively for clerkship opportunities with employers who might share those same values and interests! Not all firms are the same – read this Guide thoroughly to get a sense of who does what and how, check out their practice areas, how they present their people on their websites, their ‘demographic’ in terms of partners, whether they have pro bono programs and so on. Finally, some of you will decide that, having read this Guide thoroughly, done your homework, and having considered the process, your values and interests, that you don’t want to engage in the clerkship process. Or you may try it and it doesn’t work out for you. The LSS prepares a wonderful Careers Guide that has information, ideas and inspiration aplenty on the very broad church that is a life in the law – make sure you check it out! But it is also important for you to know now, before you even commence the journey, that Careers Development Services have also set up great events this year for those not doing clerkships, as well as wonderful internships that provide, again, amazing experiential learning and pathways to a wide variety of career goals. My advice again is to go and see them early and have all the options before you as you start, progress and complete this amazing year. All my very best wishes for the year to come. And my sincere congratulations to the editors of this guide on a job very well done! 15


THE SEASONAL CLERKSHIP EXPERIENCE: A POINTLESS EXERCISE? ANTONY FREEMAN LSS PRESIDENT 2012

Over the past months, students at Melbourne Law School may have noticed the ever-present hum of ‘jobs’, ‘placements’, ‘internships’, and ‘clerkships’ jargon emanating from the Careers Office and the student organisations. Jobs...jobs...jobs. We are most definitely the ‘lucky country’. At MLS, there are always year-levels whose interests are more varied than others, or whose desired career pathways are more uncertain. Not everyone studying a law degree wants to be a lawyer – nor should they be forced to be. There is no direct obligation that one who studies law must subsequently work as a lawyer. But, for many of you, a more pertinent question to ask at the moment is - should I even bother taking the initial steps to becoming a lawyer? Law students tend to fall into one of three categories when it comes to working as a commercial lawyer. 1. Those who would rather be dragged through burning hot lava by their teeth to avoid working as a commercial lawyer. It’s a ‘feeling in the bones’ type disdain, and these students should trust their bones. 2. Those that see themselves as something in the future, but don’t really know what. All you know is that you want to be something, and are still searching for that something. U2 once noted that they had 16

run, crawled and scaled the city walls...but they still hadn’t found what they were looking for. So don’t worry, you are in good company in category 2. 3. Those that see themselves working in a commercial legal firm, and enjoying the work they are doing. This may be front-end ‘wheeling and dealing’ transactional work, or back-end ‘fisticuffs’ and litigation. If this is your cup of English Breakfast, drink it up and don’t apologise for it. These categories are fluid – students freely move from category 1 to 3 and back again as they are exposed to a greater variety of legal and non-legal experiences. When I first started the JD, I was a classic category 2 student. I had vague notions of working in the criminal sector, and thought a criminal defence barrister was a possible option. I also thought a career as a management consultant, an economist, a policy-analyst, a journalist, a small tapas bar owner, a blues singer and a professional golfer were cool options too. When I entered my second year, and the topic of seasonal clerkships started to bubble to the surface of my consciousness, I reluctantly decided to apply for a small number of firms, and subsequently undertook a clerkship over summer. For me, the value in the experience was two-fold. Yes, you obtain generic skills which are needed in most areas of business (e.g. you learn to pay attention to detail)


and you build up contacts at a particular firm. But more importantly, it gave me a taste of things to come if I was to attempt a career as a commercial lawyer. Information off the grapevine is helpful, but only to a limited extent – you need to experience something for yourself. Returning to the initial question: should you even be bothered diving into the murky world of applications, cocktail nights, careers fairs, and interviews? I can only speak from my own experience, and from the conversations I have had with other students and people beyond the bounds of the law school. For those in category 1, enjoy the fact you know what you like and don’t like and don’t put yourself through the process. But if you find yourself in category 2 or 3, I would strongly recommend that you have a crack at a seasonal clerkship. Why? Firstly, undertaking a seasonal clerkship opens doors. Even if you don’t want to be a lawyer forever, it is much easier to tread down this pathway via the ‘graduate’ system, rather than trying to squeeze yourself in down the track. Many firms only choose graduates from their pool of clerks, so you are giving yourself a better chance of a job after law school. Moreover, plenty of people gain practical experience, and then move to alternative jobs after a few years. By that time you are a qualified lawyer with industry experience. If you love competition law, then why not gain some experience in a commercial firm then move to the ACCC? It is arguably much easier going from a commercial firm to an ‘other’ option than starting at the ‘other’ option and trying your hand at the commercial work later. Moreover, you might actually like it. It’s like sashimi. I like sashimi, but you only really know if you try it. Particularly if you are in category 2, sample everything you possibly can. Try an internship, volunteer at a Community Legal Centre, and apply for a clerkship – the more you do the better. The best advice I ever received was from a middle-aged stranger at a winery last year. After a few glasses of red, and with my interest in his explanation of the ‘soft tannins’ of the local Shiraz rapidly waning, I asked for his advice on what I should do with my life (at the time this seemed like a logical segue). He told me to stick to two principles:

tually it’ll come to you. If it doesn’t, at least you would have enjoyed the adventure. I took this advice on board, and consequently managed to simultaneously reduce the number of existential crises I have per month, and also narrow my list of potential future careers. At this point it is worth noting that I am not an impartial Good Samaritan writing to while away the hours. The Law Students’ Society is partially funded by sponsorship from commercial law firms, and we need students to attend sponsored events to continue our relationships with these firms. From the LSS’s perspective, the more students who show interest in these firms, the better. This partiality to one side - the crucial issue for students, particularly those currently in their penultimate year of the JD, is that clerkships are difficult to obtain. Large commercial firms in Melbourne receive between 800-1100 applications each year. Marks are important, but are not critical. The fact that you are undertaking the JD at Melbourne is nice, but again, not determinative. If you want to apply for a clerkship, give yourself every chance to get one. Firms want to see a sustained interest from students. ‘Dancing the dance’ may seem like selling out, but it’s the only way for the firms to see who is genuinely interested in working for them (even if this is for a finite period). This means meet people early, and get to know them. If your name is a familiar one, you have a massive advantage when it comes time to reading your CV. Come to careers events and talk to the firm representatives. I can guarantee that if you go to a seminar, careers fair and a BBQ, and schedule in a mock interview with the same firm, that you will see the benefit when it comes time to applications. It’s a small price to pay for a particularly large pay-off. I apologise for the length of this article, and wish all students, category 1, 2 or 3, the best of luck in their upcoming exams.

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II THE APPLICATION PROCESS


A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CLERK/GRADUATE DAVID MASON LAW CLERK JOHNSON WINTER & SLATTERY If you are looking for a firm that will offer you an environment to develop your professional legal skills working with senior lawyers on high quality work, my advice to you would be to strongly consider a clerkship with Johnson Winter & Slattery. I joined Johnson Winter & Slattery as a Summer Law Clerk in December 2011. Since finishing my clerkship I have been working as a Law Clerk while completing my studies, and following graduation I will be joining the firm as an Associate. In my time with Johnson Winter & Slattery I have learnt that there are a number of key factors that set the firm apart and these factors ultimately led me to accept an offer to work with the firm: • Johnson Winter & Slattery works on a ‘low-leverage’ model, meaning that there is an almost 1:1 ratio of senior to junior lawyers; • Despite being a national firm full of senior lawyers, from my experience Johnson Winter & Slattery has a uniquely collegiate culture that takes a vested interest in junior lawyers; and • While the firm has Practice Groups, the firm works on a ‘no silos’ approach and junior lawyers are not assigned to an area but are encouraged and expected to work in a diverse range of areas to build their experience. While other firms may have similar aspects, it is the unique blend of these factors that makes Johnson Winter & Slattery the best option for developing your skills and your legal career.

Winter & Slattery I had never considered construction law. However, not being subscribed to one Practice Group has allowed me to explore the area and work as a part of a two-person team consisting of myself and a partner with over 30 years of experience in the area, who is also ranked as one of the best construction lawyers in South Australia. While working closely with the partner involved, I have been responsible for managing an expert witness; drafting correspondence between the parties; drafting detailed contractual claims; and participating in client meetings. Throughout this process, I have been supported by the partner who has helped guide and mentor me so as to best approach each task. Through this and my other experiences with the firm I have developed both my legal skills and valuable professional relationships with a number of senior lawyers. I have also worked in a number of other Practice Groups in both transactions and litigation, which has made me consider specialising in areas of law I had never considered before. Also, the fact that Johnson Winter & Slattery punches well above its weight in terms of clients, attracting some of the biggest companies in Australia, means that the experiences I have been exposed to have always been on interesting, complex and challenging commercial matters. A summer clerkship with Johnson Winter & Slattery provides an accurate snapshot of what life as a Law Clerk and an Associate is like with the firm and graduate recruitment is conducted through the summer clerkship program. Working with the firm will also provide you with invaluable experience as a junior lawyer and get your legal career off on the right foot.

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MAKING THE MOST OF SEASONAL CLERKSHIPS MELISSA VAN TWEST SUMMER CLERK 2011/2012 & GRADUATE LAWYER 2013 NORTON ROSE The Process Let me be honest with you. The clerkship process is not for the faint hearted. After agonizing over your perfectly formatted, repeatedly spell-checked resume, you think the hardest part is over – only to be confronted by a lengthy series of online application forms, probative questions, cleverly worded promotional literature (we want YOU - but only if you’re very clever, play golf and are kind to the environment), and strange behavioural analysis. It might seem a Herculean effort to even click the Start Application link, and by the time you reach the thirteenth firm website, you have trouble remembering why you thought you could do this in the first place. But don’t let the endless requests for academic results deter you! Here’s the good news: if you find the firm that’s right for you, it will all have been worth it. The Norton Rose process was easier – and, dare I say it, more enjoyable – than most and in many ways reflects the open, pragmatic and supportive culture of the firm. From my first interactions with Human Resources, to the partner round table discussions, through to those allimportant interviews, everyone I met was generous with their time and open with the information I wanted. With so many Australian firms offering international work and quality domestic opportunities, it is important to ask the questions that will help differentiate them for you. At Norton Rose, I felt like I could ask those questions freely – the firm is smart about its choices and it encourages you to be smart as well. Remember, the selection process goes both ways and the clerkship itself is, at its core, all about getting familiar with each other.

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First, the length of the clerkship (12 weeks) offered me a real opportunity to get involved with the teams I rotated through. I clerked in the Employment and Labour team and in Communications, Media and Technology (now Corporate Advisory). Both teams offered a variety of work beyond the usual research tasks, including drafting client advice and attending client meetings, drafting contractual provisions, preparing CLE presentations, and working on national and global firm publications. Perhaps most importantly, I had the opportunity to work with smart, friendly, talented professionals and get involved in cutting edge areas like cloud computing, privacy, online retailing, public sector wage disputes, and drug regulation in Australia. Secondly, the firm offers an impressive training programme for clerks. As seasonal clerks, you don’t expect firms to invest a great deal of time and resources in training you but at Norton Rose, the training went far beyond the standard ‘practical’ seminars (i.e. how to use the IT systems). During the 12 weeks we were given training across a range of issues important to commercial lawyers including how to draft commercial contracts, read security documents, be an effective presenter, develop a personal brand, create networking opportunities, and manage your time efficiently. At every step we were given access to professionals at all levels of the business including partners from all of the practice groups. And, of course, the hallowed social dimension: pro bono opportunities, cricket matches, the MS Mega Swim, Friday Night Drinks, team lunches/coffees/drinks. The Christmas Party was a highlight and started with several of us sitting at a table making small talk with the head partners (gulp) and ended with all of us (partners included) shouting encouragement over the music while dancing the jive. There really is a sense here of the importance of getting the work/life balance right and


enjoying the company of the people you work with. Not only did our clerkship group become very close, but I also established good friendships with lawyers and staff at the firm which continued well after the clerkship was over.

The Decision

to accept a graduate position with the firm. I was welcomed, challenged, engaged, encouraged and genuinely made to feel like I was part of a global network of professionals. If this sounds like the experience you want in a clerkship, then I sincerely recommend Norton Rose as the firm to join.

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WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN A SEASONAL CLERK APPLICATION CHLOE FOSTER GRADUATE AND LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR MADDOCKS As part of the Seasonal Clerk process, Maddocks receives in excess of 500 applications for a small number of positions. Therefore, it is vital that you and your application stand out from the crowd and that you make a good first impression. At Maddocks, we base our application form around the core values of the firm: • • • • •

Integrity Diversity and respect for the individual Innovation Collaboration Stewardship

We do this because we are looking for someone who not only has the skills and aptitude to be a clerk, but who also aligns with our culture and values. Take time to consider the questions and try to answer them in a way that provides insight into your personality and what each core value means to you personally. At the interview, you will be required to expand on the information provided in your application so include examples that you feel

confident discussing. We are also interested in finding out about other skills such as languages, as well as your social interests – we like an application that shows who a person is and displays their personality. We are generally looking for balanced, well-rounded and fun people who are looking for a challenging and dynamic clerkship. A major part of an application is the CV. Your CV is essentially an advertisement to showcase how suitable you are for the role. It is important that you focus on the requirements of the position and tailor your CV to meet these needs. You can gain insights into particular criteria that the firm will look for by conducting some research via the organisation’s website. If you have contacts that have previously done a Clerkship, or have been employed by the firm, take advantage of their inside knowledge and ask as many questions as possible. You should remember that the primary purpose of your CV is to let the person who is reading it get to know you so highlight your accomplishments, skills and 23


attributes. Before you begin, think about two or three things you want the person reviewing your application to remember about you. As we are recruiting for Seasonal Clerks, we are aware that your legal experience may be limited at this stage. You should include any work that you have participated in to date. This may include casual employment, for example McDonalds, volunteering for a charity or helping out in a family business. You should also highlight university activities, for example mooting competitions. Here are some of the key things to remember: • tailor your application for each firm – think about what that particular firm is looking for in a seasonal clerk and highlight your strengths. Make use of the organisation’s website; • make your CV clear and easy to read – bullet points are good, try to avoid block text and fancy fonts; • where possible, keep your CV to a maximum of three pages; • list your experience, major projects/achievements chronologically, with the most recent first. Include all experience with relevant transferrable skills; • write in clear and concise terms and use positive language (don’t overload the reader with too much information);

• make sure that your application addresses the correct firm – this is possibly the most common mistake and many firms may, at that point, not continue with your application; • if the firm’s application process includes answering specific questions think about the purpose of those questions and take your time formulating answers make sure you keep within the word limit; • proof-read your application for grammatical and spelling errors - this sounds simple but it’s an easy mistake to make. Don’t just rely on spell-check – ask a friend or family member to review it for you; and • it is not necessary to include a photo of yourself – organisations are interested in your background, experience and what you’re looking for, not what you look like. Finally, when you prepare your application remember that at this level firms are looking for students who not only have the right academic ability but who also fit the firm’s culture and values. Make sure your application doesn’t just cover your skills and experience but also conveys to the reader a sense of who you are. Good luck!

PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW LISA SCHULTZE HUMAN RESOURCES ADVISER CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH You have laboured over your resume and cover letter, waited patiently, and now it’s time to prepare for the interview! You have impressed the prospective 24

employer on paper – now it is time to impress in person. From an employer’s perspective, the purpose of the interview is to meet you face-to-face, to ascertain


whether you have the skills required for the role, and whether you are the kind of person who will fit into the organisation. It is no great secret that most employers are looking for candidates who are articulate, wellpresented, confident and sincere. With increased competition in the market for graduate positions, employers also look for candidates who stand out from the rest – so do not attempt to ‘fit the mould’ – show as much of your own personality as possible. The interview is your chance to SHINE! It is also an opportunity to have a closer look at an organisation, meet some of their people, and find out as much as you can about the role, type of work, working conditions, career opportunities and organisational culture. The interview will help you decide if the organisation is right for you. Don’t underestimate the importance of good preparation for your interview, as a lack of thorough planning will be evident to those interviewing you. Here are a few tips on making sure that you are well prepared.

Do Your Research • Find out as much as possible about the organisation prior to the interview. It is important to know a few key facts such as the main business or areas of practice, name of the CEO and high profile leaders and clients of the organisation. • Use resources such as websites and promotional material to get information and an idea of the culture of the organisation. Speak to any people you know who are currently employed there. • Read the Australian Financial Review and The Age to pick up any current issues or news items relating to the organisation, their clients and the legal profession in general.

having thought through your key characteristics will stand you in good stead to be articulate and to answer questions thoughtfully. • Prepare some reasons for why the organisation should employ you and why you are an exceptional candidate for the role. What do you have to offer? • Employers often look for an indication that you are commercially and socially aware. Think about the key issues facing the legal profession and the community, and what your opinions are. Where do you see yourself within the business and wider community in the future? • The interviewers will ask you some questions about your education, work experiences and interests, and they may also ask some less obvious questions to get an idea of what you are like as a person. Remember to be yourself, be honest, and avoid regurgitating standard answers. Most organisations are looking to employ a diverse range of people, not one standard ‘type’.

Ask Questions! • Interviews should not be a one-way process of the interviewers asking questions to find out about you. Having questions ready to ask shows good preparation, an interest in the organisation, and turns the interview into a two-way conversation. • Prepare 3-5 questions specific to the organisation, and try to avoid asking standard questions. The questions you ask can reveal the depth of your preparation for the interview, and can show the interviewers something about you as a person.

Profiling Yourself • The interview is your chance to profile and market yourself to the employer – be very clear on the key points you would like to get across in the interview. • Before the interview, prepare some notes profiling your strengths, achievements, what motivates and challenges you, and your interests. Even if you do not take these notes with you to the interview, 25


HOW TO DEMONSTRATE COMMERCIAL AWARENESS ALINTA KEMENY LAWYER IN INSOLVENCY AND RESTRUCTURING TEAM ASHURST In today’s statured legal market, commercial law firms are increasingly seeking lawyers who can understand their business, understand the business of their clients and be able to provide commercial advice. As a law student, being able to demonstrate that you are commercially aware in your application, during the interview process and during your clerkship will help you to secure a graduate position at a commercial law firm.

your interviewers. You should know the areas in which your interviewers specialise, major matters they have worked on and their major clients. If you are successful in gaining a clerkship, you should do the same research in relation to the group that you will be clerking in. During your interview and clerkship, you should demonstrate this interest and understanding to the partners and lawyers in the team.

Outlined below are three key aspects of commercial awareness and tips on how you can demonstrate your aptitude in relation to each.

Understanding the Business of a Client

Understanding the Business of a Law Firm Commercial law firms expect more from their lawyers than simply being able to complete the work that is given to them. Increasingly, commercial law firms are requiring their lawyers to understand how the business of a law firm operates so that they act in a manner that assists the firm to achieve its goals. You should ensure that you understand the business model and operating structure of commercial law firms generally (and the law firm you are applying to more particularly) as well as the competitive environment in which they operate. In preparing an application for an interview at a commercial law firm, you should look at the firm’s website and the recent press concerning the firm. You should be familiar with the key issues that the firm is facing, the major deals or matters that the firm is involved in and the areas in which the firm specialises. In preparation for your interview, you should research 26

Clients increasingly want prompt, practical and commercial advice that is tailored to their business. They want the lawyers they instruct to understand the key issues facing their business and the wider economic environment in which their business operates. As a seasonal clerk, it will be difficult to develop an in-depth understanding of a client’s business. This is something that you will develop over time as a commercial lawyer. What your potential employer is looking for is for you to demonstrate that you have commercial acumen and the potential to develop into a lawyer who has a keen understanding of their client’s business. In order to develop and maintain commercial awareness you should consider doing the following on an ongoing basis: • read business news publications (such as the Australian Financial Review or the Business Spectator online) to keep up to date with developments in the market; • keep up to date with legislative and political developments in areas of law that particularly


interest you or are relevant to the area of law you that will be provided. want to work in; and You should also be aware that clients are concerned • keep abreast of current affairs, business and politics about the cost of legal advice. It is important for lawyers generally. to clarify with their clients what type of advice they are expecting, for example, whether the client is expecting It is hugely beneficial to attend as many client meetings a dot point summary email or a lengthy advice. During and events as possible throughout your clerkship. This your clerkship you should treat the lawyers that you are will give you the opportunity to demonstrate to your working for as your internal clients. You should ensure potential employer that you are interested in meeting that you are clear about the output that they are their clients and that you understand the importance expecting from you and work within these parameters. of understanding their client’s business. It will also allow you to observe the interaction of lawyers with their Demonstrating commercial awareness in these three clients, provide you with examples of the types of clients key areas throughout the application, interview and that commercial law firms work for and give you the clerkship process will make you an attractive candidate opportunity to practice interacting with clients in a to commercial law firms and continued commitment to professional environment. achieving commercial awareness will hold you in good stead to becoming a highly regarded and effective practitioner. Providing Commercial Advice Clients not only expect that the lawyers they instruct will understand the law and their business, but that those lawyers will apply this understanding along with general commercial awareness to provide the client with advice that is practical and relevant to their business. You should seek to demonstrate that you are aware of the importance of providing commercial advice to your clients throughout the application process. To provide advice that is commercial, you must: • be able to identify the legal and practical issues facing your client; • have the expertise to comprehensively understand the legal position and implications arising from the legal issues; • understand the commercial context that your client is operating in and the implications of that context on any legal advice; and • be able to distil your advice into a form that can be easily understood and implemented by your client. During your clerkship you should try to demonstrate that you have the aptitude to provide commercial advice through your written work and through discussions with your work providers. When you are given a task, where it is appropriate, ask your work provider about the broader context of the work and the purpose for which it will be used. Demonstrate that you are aware that the broader circumstances will be relevant to the advice 27


Sarah Goddard, Bianca D’Angelo + Chris Boyd, Summer Clerks

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Why a clerkship with Gilbert + Tobin is the smart choice A G+T clerkship is a fantastic opportunity to develop core skills and experience in your areas of interest, and work directly with partners and lawyers who are experts in their fields. In our CBD office located at 101 Collins Street, clerks are offered a three- to four-week placement during winter or summer, providing valuable insight into a career at G+T. Throughout the clerkship period, clerks work closely with lawyers and partners on transactions across the firm’s Banking + Finance, Competition + Regulation, Corporate Advisory, and Telecommunications, Media and Technology + Project Services groups. ARE YOU READY TO MAKE THE SMART CHOICE? The G+T clerkship experience is open to students in their penultimate year of study. We’re looking for ambitious, bright, friendly and enthusiastic individuals who will thrive in an environment of integrity, respect, innovation and legal excellence – and who demonstrate team spirit and determination to succeed.

Applications for 2013–14 clerkships in our Melbourne office are open from Monday 15 July to Sunday 4 August. For more information on how to apply, please visit me.gtlaw.com.au.

“During my clerkship I’ve had the opportunity to work on a diverse range of tasks. From due diligence for a proposed initial public offering, to business development and company research, the work has been interesting and challenging. I’m also participating in a pro bono matter – I’m drafting a fact sheet on the Personal Property Securities Act for the Public Interest Law Clearing House.” Henry Hedinger, Summer Clerk, Melbourne University “G+T offered a dynamic and challenging environment to work in. I was given tasks that allowed me to work autonomously, which facilitated creativity and independent thinking. The office environment was conducive to personal development and gave me the opportunity to work collaboratively with other team members. G+T struck that elusive balance between pushing career excellence and maintaining a sense of enjoyment.” Angela Kittikhoun, Summer Clerk, Melbourne University

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BORN GL BAL Firm Details Baker & McKenzie was conceived and built as a global law firm, so thinking and working globally is embedded in our culture. We were formed in 1949 when an entrepreneurial Chicago attorney, Russell Baker, met the litigator, John McKenzie. McKenzie shared Baker’s vision of creating the world’s first multicultural, global law firm and our first office outside the USA was opened in Caracas in 1955. We now have a network of 73 offices in 46 countries around the world. Our most recent offices to be opened were Istanbul in 2011, Johannesburg and Lima in 2012 and Dubai in 2013. We opened our first office in Asia Pacific in Manila in 1963, and have grown to 14 full-service offices across 11 jurisdictions – and will soon be announcing our opening in Seoul. With more than 1,000 locally qualified lawyers across the region, and 73 offices globally, Baker & McKenzie is the firm with the greatest depth and breadth of coverage across the dynamic Asia Pacific markets. We have been a global law firm in Australia since 1964 and our Australian practice is now the fourth largest in our network with more than 80 Partners and over 170 lawyers across Sydney and Melbourne. Baker & McKenzie Australia offers our people access to complex, market-leading matters working with some of the world’s best legal minds – people who know the law and who understand business. We have an unrivalled ability to provide training and secondment opportunities across our global network. Locally, we have an inclusive culture of learning, coaching and opportunity where you will work in small teams on matters that often cross borders. We value people who think ahead and get noticed.

Ready to explore our world? Natalie Mascarenhas Talent Management Consultant Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9617 4349 natalie.mascarenhas@bakermckenzie.com

www.bakermckenzie.com/careers/australia/melbourne/ Baker & McKenzie, an Australian Partnership, is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein with member law firms around the world. In accordance with the common terminology used in professional service organizations, reference to a “partner” means a person who is a partner, or equivalent, in such a law firm. Similarly, reference to an “office” means an office of any such law firm.


Clerkship Programs Right from the start, our clerks get involved in real work. You will be exposed to our Australian and international clients through client meetings, shadowing, research and other everyday activities within your assigned practice group. Our clerks work closely with other lawyers, are guided by a Supervising Partner/Senior Associate and enjoy the extra support of an experienced Associate ‘Buddy’. You will develop practical and legal skills through our national learning program and by attending workshops specifically designed for clerks, as well as firm-wide sessions. Clerks who accept a graduate role with the Firm are eligible to apply for an International Clerkship, with the opportunity to work for up to four weeks in one of our overseas offices in the year following their seasonal clerkship. In Melbourne, the seasonal clerkship program runs for four weeks in November/December.

Graduate Programs Our Melbourne office participates in the priority offer system where, to be eligible for a priority offer, candidates must have completed a seasonal clerkship or 30 days paralegal work with the Firm during the past two years.

Graduates complete three rotations over 18 months before they join a particular practice group as an Associate. You will be assigned a Supervising Partner/Senior Associate and an Associate “Buddy” in each rotation to oversee your on-the-job and formal learning.

Develop Globally At Baker & McKenzie, we have a deep commitment to your development. We work with each graduate to create a tailored development plan and career goals. To help you reach your goals, we provide targeted learning opportunities – from seminars on core legal topics to practical skills development in areas such as communication, drafting and presenting. Our regional practice group structure means many of our lawyers attend regional training in our Asia Pacific offices and, once you finish your graduate program, you will travel overseas to attend a regional orientation program with other mid-level Associates from the region. We work hard to facilitate your on-the-job learning and the many ways it happens – through informal mentoring relationships, client secondments, involving you in global teams working on international deals or supporting you to run your own files for our award-winning Pro Bono Program. We also bring graduates from our Sydney and Melbourne offices together to help our people foster

networks across the Firm. We support your professional development by covering the costs of your Practical Legal Training. In addition, the Firm offers opportunities for lawyers at varying stages of their career to work directly for clients or with our other offices in the Asia Pacific region and globally.

What do we look for in our clerks and graduates? Our graduate and clerkship programs are designed for people who enjoy a challenge and want new opportunities; who have sound academics and are practical in their approach; who like taking responsibility and getting things done; who express themselves confidently while staying open to new ideas; and who seek a friendly and inclusive culture that encourages making a difference to our local and global communities.

Application Dates Applications for clerkships can be submitted online via www.cvmail. com.au. Applications should include a cover letter, as well as details of your work experience, your extra-curricular activities and interests, and your academic results. Applications for clerkships open on 15 July 2013 at 9:00 am and close on 4 August 2013 at 11:59 pm.

At Baker & McKenzie we are different in the way we think, work and behave. Like no other law firm, we were born global. Right from the beginning we’ve been offering a genuinely global perspective and operating without boundaries around the world. Our established global reach offers you an extraordinary career in the global economy, exchanging rich local insights and knowledge with the best legal minds from all over the world every day. And our unrivalled regional and local development programs will make you a truly global lawyer. Fast. We’re an entrepreneurial firm where new ideas and innovation are encouraged at all levels. A place where small teams and a personal approach to your career means you can go as far and fast as your talents and drive will take you.


III THE EXPERIENCE


THE BENEFITS OF CLERKING AT AN INTERNATIONAL FIRM K&L GATES There is no shortage of Australian firms that now have an international connection. Mergers, combinations, integrations and associations between Australian and overseas firms have become a staple strategy for many domestic firms seeking growth, longevity and marketability in an overcrowded market. Before you embark on the clerkship application and interview process, consider the following benefits of clerking at an international firm.

A Wealth of Information at Your Fingertips With Access to a Global Knowledge Bank International firms have the benefit of a broad knowledge bank, encompassing both legal and nonlegal staff. Having the ability to pick up the telephone or send an email to your peer in Dubai or Houston to discuss a discrete area of law is becoming easier given the rapid utilisation of technology. Add to this the ability to jump onto the firm’s document management system and source the most recent article or piece of advice. For example, K&L Gates provides unsurpassed coverage in the Asia-Pacific region. Having recently expanded its global footprint to a fifth continent, Australia, it has significantly bolstered the firm’s presence in the AsiaPacific region to more than 400 lawyers across 11 offices including; Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, and Tokyo. With the extraordinary inbound investment into Australia from the region, especially from China, and with four of Australia’s five largest trading partners — China, Japan, Korea, and India — located in the region, the combined firm will have the resources on the ground to handle the most sophisticated legal requirements. Along with the strong geographic advantages in the global economy, the combination between Middletons

and K&L Gates also enhances our capabilities in a number of practices, among them, corporate, energy and resources, banking and financial services, intellectual property, labour law and industrial relations, litigation and dispute resolution, infrastructure and projects, real estate, competition and regulatory, technology, biotechnology and life sciences, and capital markets. This can only mean more opportunities for our young lawyers.

Access to a Broader Client Base Global corporations seek consistent and well-informed advice across all of their offices. Integrated international firms provide a seamless service to these corporations by having a unified approach to client service, strong interoffice communication and information sharing networks. To ensure strong networks, international firms rely on great lawyers to engage and interact with their peers across the globe, as well as their client base, constantly looking for opportunities to cross sell offerings. In 2012, 467 of K&L Gates’ 500 largest clients used lawyers from 2 or more offices, and 15 of the firm’s 20 largest clients used lawyers in 10 or more firm offices. With 47* offices across the globe, we can ensure that the firm’s clients have access to lawyers wherever they may need them to ensure the best outcome for their matter.

Working With Colleagues in Other Countries Working with the world’s largest clients necessitates information sharing and teamwork in order to provide the highest quality service. In a financially integrated firm there are boundless opportunities for you to work with colleagues across the globe. A global reach like K&L Gates, means exposure to international dealings and potential opportunities to work with people from offices 33


from New York to Paris to Perth. The integrated structure encourages cross referral of work and cohesive business development strategies, for example 30% of work completed by K&L Gates is attributable to matters generated in one office and performed in another. It also means our staff have access to a global perspective of international business in different countries and gives them the skills they need to work with various individuals from different backgrounds and be able to develop multicultural abilities throughout the course of their career.

Be a Part of a Strategic and Growing Firm

strategy by expanding into countries such as Italy (Milan), South Korea (Seoul), Texas (Houston) and of course, Australia. Working at a global firm ensures no two days are the same and the firm is constantly driving for excellence. As a seasonal clerk you may have some exposure to the benefits of firms with these tie ups, however remember much of it may not be obvious during your 3-4 weeks. Use the careers fairs and interview process as a time to seek out information about the changing nature of the face of the legal market in Australia. *correct as at 21 March 2013.

K&L Gates continues to execute its long term growth

THE BENEFITS OF CLERKING AT A TOP TIER FIRM FRANKIE BARBOUR SOLICITOR HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS Clerking at a top-tier firm like Herbert Smith Freehills is an opportunity every law student should take up if they can. There are a variety of reasons for this: • Clerking exposes you to a multitude of experiences: what working in an office is like, what working as a corporate lawyer is like, what types of work are available and what that particular firm is like. Clerking at a top-tier firm introduces you to the top end of all of these things, with the best lawyers and biggest deals in the country; • Even during a short three- or four-week period, you can gain skills that will serve you well in the future; 34

• Since most graduate positions are given out under priority offers to previous vacation clerks, gaining one of those clerkships is the first step towards becoming a graduate at a top-tier firm; and • It’s fun!

Exposure At university, it can be hard to see where all the classes on trusts, contracts and tax law can take you in the future. By clerking, you’ll be able to see how these legal building-blocks are turned into real advice for real clients,


and by clerking at a top-tier firm you’ll see how this is done at the cutting-edge of legal developments with some very smart and switched-on people. Clerkships at top-tier firms are carefully organised to ensure you have the best and broadest experience possible. They are like a taste of life as a graduate, so you will be fully immersed in the work of the lawyers and given a chance to contribute to the team in a meaningful way. On my clerkship at Herbert Smith Freehills, I was taken to company AGMs, got involved in pro bono matters, prepared documents, gave a presentation at an internal meeting, conducted research into companies and much more. Further, as I was interested to practise in groups outside the one I had been placed in, I was encouraged to arrange meetings with lawyers in other groups to get a feel for the differences and similarities between them. This was on top of the set sessions giving you an overview of each area, the various meet-andgreet sessions and all the other ways Herbert Smith Freehills encourages the clerks to mix with the whole of the firm. This was invaluable when I was deciding on my first graduate rotation.

opportunity to make friends from other universities and really get to know some familiar faces from your own. At Herbert Smith Freehills, there are lots of clerk bonding activities, including the famous ‘cooking day’ where the clerks go to a professional kitchen and prepare (or attempt to prepare) a meal for the group. Depending on which intake you go into, you may also score an invite to a End of Financial Year party or a Christmas Party, which are highlights for the whole firm. If you’re considering a clerkship, I highly recommend doing one at a top-tier firm like Herbert Smith Freehills. The experience is designed to keep you far away from the photocopier and in the thick of the legal work with the lawyers, doing as they do, gaining skills, having fun and learning what life will be like as a graduate.

Acquiring New Skills Through the work you will do on a clerkship you’ll begin to understand the practical aspects of practising law, such as how to draft documents, research properly, liaise with lawyers and non-legal staff and all sorts of things that university didn’t quite prepare you for. In doing this, you’ll be supported by a buddy and a supervisor who will guide you to the right resources and give you feedback on your work. Further, on a top-tier clerkship there will be a variety of training sessions to give you a more formal understanding of what it is to be a lawyer in this field. These are all vital skills for any future career, so the chance to start learning them while still a student is invaluable.

It’s a Step Towards Being a Graduate These days, the vast bulk of graduate positions in toptier firms are given out to past vacation clerks – these are known as ‘priority offers’. It pays to put effort into gaining a clerkship now, as they truly are a steppingstone into the firm in the future.

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THE BENEFITS OF CLERKING AT A MID-TIER FIRM LYNDAL ABLETT GRADUATE, WORKPLACE AND INSURANCE SERVICES HERBERT GEER When I first started studying Law I had no idea of the kind of Firm I wanted to work for. I was fortunate enough, however, to complete a Seasonal Clerkship with Herbert Geer in December 2011. I am now currently undertaking my Graduate year with the Firm. I strongly believe that beginning my career at a mid-tier law Firm like Herbert Geer was the best possible decision I could have made and for the following reasons:

Clerk and Graduate you will also have the opportunity to attend court, mediations and conferences. You will also have the opportunity to work in practice groups where you manage your own files, giving you a large amount of autonomy; something which is invaluable to your development as a Junior Lawyer.

People and Culture

Another benefit is the Partner contact you receive. As a Seasonal Clerk I often received work from Partners. The fact you are able to work and receive feedback directly from Lawyers who are recognised as some of the best in the country is an incredible opportunity for both a Seasonal Clerk and Graduate. I have found Partners are always willing to put in the extra time to delegate tasks that will assist my personal development. I have also come to appreciate the informal chats with Partners and Senior Practitioners with regular visitors stopping by my desk to check in on how I am going.

One of the first things that attracted me to working in a mid-tier Firm was the friendly and welcoming environment. At Herbert Geer, the people are genuinely excited to have Seasonal Clerks and Graduates join the Firm. As a Seasonal you will be invited to take part in the many social and sporting activities happening at the Firm. Whether that is attending the Christmas party, taking part in bike rides, joining the Herbert Geer running group or getting involved in the Herbert Geer Tennis Championship. Working at a mid-tier Firm also allows you the opportunity to get involved and to meet people who work outside your practice unit. Plus, the Firm places value on ensuring people have a fulfilling life outside of work through benefits such as gym subsidies and the Herbert Geer NOTLAW program.

The Quality of Work As a Seasonal Clerk and Graduate at Herbert Geer you have the opportunity to receive a variety of work. As a Seasonal Clerk I remember running to and from VCAT, amending documents, giving presentations on new legal developments, drafting research memos and becoming familiar with various court documents. As a Seasonal 36

Partner Contact

Increased Chance of a Traineeship! The best benefit of clerking at a mid-tier Firm is the increased opportunity to obtain a Graduate position at a mid-tier Firm. I was one of 12 seasonal clerks and now I am one of seven Graduates in the group for 2013. Being a part of a smaller Graduate group means you develop solid friendships with everyone. Mid-tier Firms also have the benefits of top-tiers, whereby you are assigned a Buddy and a Mentor in both your Seasonal Clerkship and Graduate year. You also get exposure to excellent quality matters, working for some of Australia’s largest corporations.


MY SEASONAL CLERKSHIP EXPERIENCE NED OVEREND 2009 WINTER CLERK CLAYTON UTZ Why should you undertake a Seasonal Clerkship? If your university experience is anything like mine, you have no doubt been struck down with a severe case of the travel bug. I first discovered symptoms back in 2005 after 6 months of backpacking around Europe. These symptoms were heightened by an exchange to Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 2008. So why, you may ask, at the end of first semester 2009 did I cast away the temptations of another European summer and undertake a Seasonal Clerkship at Clayton Utz? The answer is simple: the experience and the opportunity are just too important to miss out on, given the major role clerkships play in determining graduate positions and shaping your future career path. Effectively, the Clerkship process is a 3 or 4 week “try before you buy� period. This is both on the part of the employer and the clerk. Law firms differ greatly in terms of size, culture and practice areas. Seasonal Clerkships provide an excellent opportunity to experience, first hand, the everyday workings of a law firm and help you make an informed decision as to which firm is the right fit for you. By resisting the urge of far away lands (for 6 months anyway!) I was fortunate enough to gain a practical insight into the inner workings of a small firm, a mid-tier firm, and a top tier law firm. This placed me in a great position to be able to make an informed decision as to which firm was the right fit for me and my intended career path.

Why should you choose Clayton Utz? I clerked in the Environment and Planning Group and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I was warmly welcomed by the group and was involved in very interesting and challenging work, a highlight of which included observing an Environment and Planning dispute at the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). These are some of the highlights of my Clerkship at Clayton Utz: The Resources Being a top-tier law firm, the resources available to assist you in becoming the best lawyer you can be are unparalleled. The library staff and research training was fantastic and really made me lament the countless hours I had wasted searching aimlessly on Lexis Nexis in my university days. The variety of Practice Groups Deciding which area of law you want to specialise in is a key decision in the life of any lawyer. During your Clerkship you will have the opportunity to hear from each of the several practice groups within Clayton Utz and learn about the types of work they do and what you as a future graduate could expect to be doing. I found this to be a great advantage when the time came to put in my graduate rotation preferences earlier in the year. Community Connect & Pro Bono Clayton Utz is very active in the community and is involved in a number of worthwhile pursuits that range from participating in pen pal programs with neighbouring schools, to providing free legal advice at the Homeless 37


Persons’ Legal Clinic. Clayton Utz is also heavily involved with the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH), assisting them with Pro Bono work. At the conclusion of my clerkship I was fortunate enough to spend two weeks working at PILCH as part of the Clayton Utz fellowship program. This was a very rewarding and eye-opening experience. It really highlighted for me the importance of ensuring that money is not a barrier to accessing the legal system, and the great need some of the more disadvantaged and marginalised members of out community have for legal advice.

The People One of the highlights of any Clerkship is the people you meet along the way, many of whom will become close friends and peers. I found the people at Clayton Utz particularly engaging and genuinely interested in getting to know me. So while a Seasonal Clerkship may mean sacrificing some of your holidays and travel plans, I found it to be a thoroughly rewarding and enlightening experience and one that I have not regretted.

WORKING ON AN INTERNATIONAL DEAL AT KING & WOOD MALLESONS RHYS RYAN 2012 LAW GRADUATE KING & WOOD MALLESONS It’s not often that an organisation’s slogan rings true, but at King & Wood Mallesons, you’ll quickly learn that “The Power of Together” is more than just a marketing ploy: it’s how we do business. At King & Wood Mallesons, a large proportion of the deals we work on involve international clients or assets, and as a graduate or junior lawyer, there’s a high chance you will have the opportunity to work on one of these deals. During my six-month rotation as a graduate in the Melbourne Mergers & Acquisitions practice group, I had the opportunity to work on a number of large-scale takeovers of public companies. But one deal in particular allowed me to see the truly global reach of the firm and how its many offices work together. The project involved a Shanghai-based private equity 38

firm making a takeover offer for an Australian mining company which had operations in Botswana. The deal, worth A$830 million, originated in Beijing and represents one of the first projects to emerge out of the 2012 combination between Mallesons Stephen Jaques and leading Chinese firm King & Wood. My supervising partner led a cross-border team of about 30 lawyers who advised the Chinese bidder on a wide range of legal and commercial issues. Our team included King & Wood Mallesons lawyers in Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong and Beijing. Our offices in Canberra, Brisbane and London also helped with various parts of the deal. And because the target company had mining operations in Africa, we got to work with a commercial law firm in Botswana.


The Australian part of the team was mainly responsible for the takeover aspect of the deal, whereas the Asian offices advised on financing matters. As a junior on the deal, my work was always changing and always interesting. People have probably told you that practising law is very different from studying law, and believe me, it’s true. Sometimes you are dropped in the deep end, which can be challenging, but also a lot of fun. On this particular deal, I was responsible for researching the target company, helping prepare various regulatory documents, such as the bidder’s statement (a key document lodged by the bidder with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission when a takeover is launched), and researching discrete questions of corporate law. I also got to join in numerous conference calls with the client in Shanghai, King & Wood Mallesons partners in Hong Kong and Beijing, and the client’s legal advisers in Botswana. While this gave me great insight into the logistics of the deal, you can appreciate that, given the different time zones, the calls didn’t always

occur at a pleasant hour! In addition to developing my legal skills, the project also gave me a firsthand experience of doing business internationally, both with other King & Wood Mallesons offices and foreign clients. There are a lot of things to learn when it comes to cross-cultural communication and it was interesting (and sometimes amusing) to learn a few of these lessons on this deal. All in all, working on this project was a great experience and one of the highlights of my rotation through M&A. As King & Wood Mallesons continues to establish itself as a global law firm in Asia, these types of deals will only increase and the power of the firm’s many offices working together will strengthen. For juniors, this means access to high-profile international legal work involving colleagues and clients from all around the world. And who knows, next time I might be asked to fly to Africa!

GRADUATE EXPERIENCE AT DLA PIPER LEWIS WHITTINGTON GRADUATE DLA PIPER Thousands of faces, new names, a sea of people – and that’s only the tram into the office in the morning! Starting anywhere after uni can be a big challenge, so here’s some tales from a graduate. Let’s call them ‘Graduate Tales’ or ‘GTs’ for short. First of all, the hardest aspect of being a grad is similar to that of a clerk, in that it can be difficult coming to terms with knowing so little. In fact, after my six and a half years at uni, I’m not going to say that I felt like I knew everything, just most of it! However, coming into

a law firm, it can be hard to figure out even how the photocopier works, why it’s making that sound, and whether pouring more tea into where the ink is supposed to go will fix the problem. Apparently not….and now I need another cup of tea. Yet DLA Piper have been fantastic in terms of helping me find my feet. In all three of my rotations, everyone that I have worked with have been super approachable. For example, in my first rotation in Intellectual Property and Technology, one of the first jobs I got was reviewing 39


what was a quite complicated (i.e., long) computer software and services contract. My particular part in this job was just ensuring that all the definitions were defined, and that all the clauses were all cross-referenced...seemingly tedious stuff. However, the team took the time to explain to me how the contract worked, the overall context of what the client was trying to do, and what my (albeit minor) role was. Also, when I picked up a few terms that weren’t defined, apart from a few hearty pats on the back, I got a brilliant contracts 101, explaining the potential implications of leaving terms undefined. I can think of many such instances in my next two rotations, in Professional Indemnity and General Insurance. Every task I get is a learning opportunity. Giving a recent example, I am working in tandem with a second year solicitor, preparing for a mediation in a product liability matter, where our client has been sued. Both the solicitor and I are working together to understand the relevant

legislation, and how it affects both quantum and liability. This has already involved lots of little chats about how particular provisions operate. Adding to that, as I get more familiar with matters and more confidence, I have found that the complexity and responsibility associated with my tasks has increased. In essence, I feel intimately involved in a team working on real life things for clients, and am being provided with great learning experiences along the way. Of course, the work is not the whole. In terms of DLA Piper, there’s a palpable sense that the people make the firm. Everyone in the firm is approachable, whether it be a legal question, or tips on getting tea out of a photocopier. There’s so much support for dealing with stress and unfamiliar work. our grad group has quickly become a tight knit one, with everyone touching base whenever they need a sounding board.

LIFE AS A GRADUATE AT MAURICE BLACKBURN LAWYERS MARDIE LANDVOGT TRAINEE LAWYER MAURICE BLACKBURN If you’re passionate about making a real difference and standing up for those who can’t fight for themselves, consider a career at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. My past year as a graduate at Maurice Blackburn has brought wonderful new friends, challenging and varied experiences and considerable responsibility. I can honestly say that I love turning up to work every day (a fairly astonishing revelation given how much I cherish 40

sleep-ins!) The job offers the chance to help everyday people as part of an incredibly friendly, supportive and dynamic team – exactly what many of us were looking for when we got into law in the first place.

Maurice Blackburn: a Leading Litigation Firm Maurice Blackburn is a leading litigation firm in plaintiff law. The firm was established by labour lawyer Maurice


Blackburn in 1919 and has grown to more than 750 employees in Victoria, NSW, ACT, Queensland and WA. As part of our trainee lawyer program, you will be rotated through two of our litigation practice groups over a 12 month period. You could find yourself working in class actions, medical negligence, employment and industrial law, workers’ compensation, TAC, asbestos and dust diseases, superannuation and insurance claims, financial advice disputes, public liability, will disputes or commercial litigation. The firm also has a significant social justice practice, running cases such as the Haneef case, opposing poker machines being introduced into Castlemaine, and representing cancer sufferers in a ground-breaking gene patent case, along with matters concerning asylum seeker rights, indigenous land rights, and student work entitlements.

The Graduate Experience at Maurice Blackburn At Maurice Blackburn you can forget the stories you’ve heard about fetching coffee and battling with photocopiers. From very early on you will be involved in progressing a case and working towards achieving a just result for the client – from initial consultations, to attending mediations and instructing counsel at hearings. You will also gain experience in pre-litigation negotiations, issuing proceedings, interlocutory procedures such as discovery, mediations and settlement offers, trial, judgment and appeals. If you rotate through our class actions department, as I have, you will work on cases that hold corporations accountable to their shareholders, protect consumers, and ensure large groups of people receive compensation for personal injuries wrought by the negligence of others. We are currently running the Kilmore East bushfire class action, the biggest class action in Victorian history. Commercial litigation at Maurice Blackburn encompasses a wide variety of litigation matters, including employment contract disputes, property law and Corporations Act disputes. You will also be assisting everyday people fight for justice in a commercial setting, such as independent contractors who have had their contracts terminated. Employment is a dynamic practice, with the excitement of preparing a case or filing injunctions in a very short amount of time, dealing with people whose employment has been terminated or dealing with industrial bargaining process for a union, or representing an executive client

who has been dismissed or bullied. Across all these areas you will have the benefit of support and guidance from experienced practitioners and the opportunity to work with some of the most talented junior and senior counsel in Australia. You will find yourself challenged and being given real responsibility, but this means you will also get great experience and be rewarded for your hard work.

It’s Not Just About Work at Maurice Blackburn From Christmas, mid-year functions and monthly firm drinks, to the weekly solicitors’ lunches which provide a great opportunity to meet people from other practice areas, as well as a host of informal Friday night drinks, it’d be hard not to love the social life of the firm. The trainees have become good friends, even going away for the weekend together and (most of us… at least every other week!) taking advantage of the free gym membership! As a graduate you also have the chance to get involved in our Social Justice Practice, Indigenous and Land Rights Committee, Sustainability Committee, Women’s Law Section and Diversity Committee. Through these you could have the chance to work on law reform submissions, run pro bono matters and organise community events. For example, last year I was invited to fly up to Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory with our Social Justice Coordinator, Lizzie O’Shea, where the firm is running a pro bono matter in relation to the nomination of a sacred site for use as a nuclear waste dump, and meet with clients and community members. Last year, many of the trainees organised events through our Women’s law section at local suburban offices. A group of trainees also participated in the hotly contended mooting competition, and trained together for the LIV fun run! I remember the point of being faced with a deluge of information about different career paths as a somewhat overwhelming time. After all, there are an incredible array of options open to us as law graduates. Ultimately, what’s most important is to focus on what is most likely to make you happy and give your career and personal life a sense of purpose and value. If it’s fighting for the rights of everyday people who truly need the benefit of your knowledge, being challenged by exposure to a broad variety of experiences and working with fellow-minded, inspirational colleagues, then Maurice Blackburn may well be the place for you! 41


LIFE AS A GRADUATE AT BAKER & MCKENZIE ELIZA MCDONALD JUNIOR ASSOCIATE BAKER & MCKENZIE Starting at Baker & McKenzie I joined Baker & McKenzie as a graduate in March 2012, having previously completed a seasonal clerkship and having spent time as a paralegal in the Melbourne office. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a seasonal clerk and paralegal at Baker & McKenzie. I particularly enjoyed working with a range of corporate clients and being exposed to meaningful “hands on” work - especially at such a junior level! In addition, I found that Baker & McKenzie offered me the best of both worlds - I had exposure to a world renowned brand and large corporate clients and matters but also had exposure to some smaller matters which allowed for more hands on involvement and a greater learning experience. This, coupled with the supportive culture of the Firm and its community focus, was the reason I chose to begin my career at Baker & McKenzie.

The Road So Far – My Experience as a Graduate Graduates in the Melbourne office complete three rotations of six months each. My first rotation was in the Dispute Resolution practice group where I assisted with mediations, hearings, and the provision of legal advice in relation to potential disputes and litigated matters - for both plaintiffs and defendants. My assistance often involved drafting court documents, conducting research, preparing briefs to 42 42

counsel and preparing evidence for court. My second rotation was in the Corporate Markets practice group where I assisted in the preparation of advice for Australian and international corporations regarding mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and corporate secretarial matters. During this rotation, I saw first hand that being a corporate lawyer offers you the opportunity to work closely with clients to facilitate their business objectives with the provision of not just legal advice but also commercial advice. There is a great sense of achievement when you are able to help a client in this way. Due to the range of work and mentoring I received from my supervising partner during this rotation, I feel I was also able to develop my technical and non-technical legal skills greatly. I assisted a team of lawyers on a large scale due diligence for a high value acquisition and I also helped manage a smaller acquisition where one-on-one conversations with the client were almost a daily occurrence. My final rotation is in the Banking & Finance practice group. I have only just joined the group but am excited to delve into the world of banking and finance and increase my legal knowledge and experience in this area. Whilst some of my experiences during my rotations have challenged me as a junior lawyer, I always found the support I needed in my supervisor, colleagues or buddy. With this support, success is always achievable at Baker & McKenzie.

It’s Not Just About the Work Working at Baker & McKenzie is not just about the work


but also about creating networks, building friendships, learning and development. During my time as a graduate, the Firm has offered great learning and development opportunities. These have included the College of Law program, study leave, external and internal professional development seminars (including the internal legal program specifically for junior lawyers called ‘Cornerstone’) and conferences all of which have greatly assisted me in my day-to-day work at the Firm. The internal professional development program included travelling to Sydney for a two day corporate training intensive with all of the graduates across Sydney and Melbourne. Whilst we learnt a lot, this trip also gave us the opportunity to get to know our colleagues from our Sydney office and network with them. Next year, when I have completed my graduate program, I am looking forward to attending our Asia Pacific Midlevel Associate’s Meeting (APMAM) which brings all lawyers with 2-3 years’ experience together for skills development and networking. I can’t wait to find out which Asian office I’ll be going to!

rewarding experience. My involvement at the Firm extends to being a member of the Community Service Committee and Social and Sports Committee. These have been invaluable in assisting me to get to know fellow colleagues from different departments in the Firm and help shape the Firm’s community efforts. It also means getting to plan great social and sporting events from cocktail parties to bake-offs, with footy tipping, dress-up parties and netball competitions thrown in the mix.

Wrap-up I have thoroughly enjoyed my graduate experience at Baker & McKenzie, having been constantly exposed to quality work and of course forming great friendships along the way. I could not have been happier with the decision I made to start my legal career at Baker & McKenzie and look forward to the opportunities that await me!

Throughout all of my rotations, I have also participated in the Firm’s pro-bono program by assisting Peter Mac cancer patients gain early access to superannuation and insurance. As a junior, this has been great for my learning and development but more importantly a

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SECONDMENT OPPORTUNITIES ANDREW NICHOLLS SOLICITOR DLA PIPER Participating in an overseas secondment is one of the most exciting opportunities you can encounter in your legal career. My own experience undertaking an overseas secondment with DLA Piper allowed me to experience the practice of law in a different culture and language, encounter new legal and linguistic challenges, gain some great personal experiences and further appreciate the truly global nature of modern commercial legal practice. Over a period of six months in 2012 I participated in DLA Piper Australia’s inaugural “Graduate Asia Rotation”. Each year this program takes a selected number of graduates in DLA Piper’s Australian offices to participate in a final graduate rotation in one of DLA Piper’s many offices in the East and South East Asian region. In 2012 three Graduates were offered places in this program. I was extremely fortunate to be offered a secondment in the corporate team at DLA Piper’s office in Beijing. Two other Australian graduates were offered positions in our Hong Kong and Tokyo offices. Practicing law in the People’s Republic of China was certainly a new experience for me. I had lived in Beijing a number of years ago as a student studying Mandarin Chinese and law, but actual legal work in a Chinese office was completely new. Although everyone in the office could speak some degree of English, the language of everyday work and legal advice was a mix of both Mandarin English. Soon I was learning the in-and-outs of ‘office’ Mandarin and within a week I had mastering essential terms like “jammed photocopier”, “frozen computer screen” and “we’re out of blue pens in the stationary cupboard”. If learning ‘office’ Chinese was fun, learning to advise 44

Chinese clients in Mandarin was a real challenge. Just as English ‘legalese’ can sometime be a challenge to get through for a native speaker, Chinese ‘legalese’ is no less steeped in nuance, history, literature and confusing double negatives. However, over time, I was able to build my language skills to start offering minor advice to clients in Mandarin (with appropriate supervision and editing from some very patient administrative assistants). Working in DLA Piper’s Beijing office also demonstrated to me the global nature of modern commercial legal practice and the advantage DLA Piper’s global network of offices presents in this regard. In the six months I spent in Beijing, I dealt with colleagues from DLA Piper’s offices in the UK, US, Holland, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Australia and our affiliates in Canada and Cambodia on behalf of Chinese clients. Practicing law in Mainland China also threw a lot of cultural curve-balls that made me realise that being a good lawyer is not just about understanding the law intimately, it’s also about how you present it to your clients. How you provide advice to an Australian client will not necessarily work for a Chinese client. It’s when you start handing legal issues and negotiations that cross different countries and time zones that you realise international legal practice involves being not just a lawyer, but also a cultural translator and diplomat. It can sometimes be challenging, frustrating even, but also very satisfying. If you have the chance to undertake an overseas secondment, seize the opportunity with both hands. As Australia continues to embrace the “Asian Century” there’s never been a better time to see what it’s like to experience the practice of commercial law in the region.


ROTATION EXPERIENCES WITHIN VARIOUS PRACTICE GROUPS

NORTON ROSE The Norton Rose graduate programme is well rounded and offers graduates a number of unique international opportunities. During my third rotation as a graduate, I was fortunate enough to be given the chance to work in the Norton Rose Singapore office. I had recently completed a rotation in the Melbourne Corporate M&A team, so my placement in the Singapore Corporate M&A team came at a time when I was keen to expand my Corporate experience and discover how business was done in Asia. Singapore is a key regional base for international finance and commercial activities. Consequently, a lot of the work in Singapore involves large cross-border transactions. I was often required to communicate with counsel from various jurisdictions including Canada, Mongolia, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

colleagues in Singapore and other international Norton Rose offices. I keep in contact with many of the people I met on rotation and since returning to Melbourne I have worked on a number of matters involving Singapore law. Singapore has broadened my perspective on the vast opportunities available to young lawyers today. My experience has given me the confidence to get involved in large international transactions. Norton Rose offers its graduates international rotations in a number of Asian offices as well as in London. I would highly recommend an international rotation, whether it is in our Singapore office or any other country. If you love to travel, are ready for a challenge at work and want to stand out from amongst your peers, then an international rotation may be the unique development opportunity you are looking for.

I worked on a number of matters including the incorporation of Singapore companies and coordinating financial services advice across various Asia Pacific jurisdictions. I was also closely involved in the establishment of a US$1 billion fund to invest in retail malls in China for one of Asia’s largest property developers. Needless to say the work in Singapore was a challenging learning curve, which is just what I was looking for as a young graduate keen to develop my skills. Despite my short 4 month stay, Norton Rose sent me on work related travel to the Norton Rose Asia-Pacific Corporate Conference in Hong Kong. Regional airfares are fairly cheap so I also managed to take weekend trips to Cambodia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the Philippines. Amazing cuisine, friendly people and a large expat community makes Singapore a great place to live. My rotation helped me establish relationships with 45


INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES AT BAKER & MCKENZIE JOSH CROOK GRADUATE AT LAW 2013 BAKER & MCKENZIE During my winter clerkship in 2011, I began to realise that Baker & McKenzie was a “truly global” firm. Within my first week, I was liaising with a Senior Associate in Sydney to help a Melbourne Partner advise their Turkish client, and its German parent company, on a recent maritime law suit filed against them in New South Wales regarding a shipment from Central Asia. Once I wrapped my head around that mouthful, and found a textbook discussing the liability terms of the shipping industry, I began to appreciate what I’d gotten myself into!

I was also fortunate to spend time with the office’s Chairman, an Australian who’s been practising in Asia for over 30 years. His insights into the growth opportunities in the region, with the move towards an ASEAN community and the rapid development of Myanmar after changes to its political system, were intriguing as was his advice about the practicalities of life in a client driven industry, within an increasingly international economy. Through his influence, I attended functions at various chambers of commerce and industry groups, meeting people from different nations and fields.

After receiving a graduate offer with Bakers, and applying for an International Clerkship, I received an email that said “Congratulations Josh, you’re our new International Clerk!” International Clerkships are offered each year to former seasonal clerks who have accepted a graduate role with the Firm. They are to be taken prior to commencing your graduate program and are generally for a four week period at one of the Firm’s overseas offices. A few months after receiving the email advising I was successful in obtaining an International Clerkship, I found myself sitting on a plane on the way to working with the Banking & Finance team in Bangkok wondering how I’d manage wearing a suit in the tropics.*

Outside of the office, I began to understand the complex and exciting nature of Bangkok - from streets in Chinatown bursting with people and an abundance of food vendors over Chinese New Year, to the world’s largest weekend market, to a thriving cricket league (where I managed to get a game in - that’s right, cricket in Bangkok!). Bangkok is a fascinating place and I thoroughly enjoyed trying to get under its skin.

My experience in Bangkok was remarkable. From the outset, I was welcomed with smiles and a bevy of engaging work. Once again, the international nature of the Firm and its clients was clear, as I helped advise a major bank looking to expand its operations into seven other countries in the ASEAN region. Through this, I picked up work with the Managing Partner of the Laos firm that Bakers has an associated arrangement with, which almost turned into a trip to Vientiane. 46

Without doubt, this international clerkship has made a significant impact on my professional development at this early stage. I’ve experienced first hand the immense network of knowledge, expertise and resources that Bakers possesses, and look forward to continuing my engagement with this network. Thank you (Kop-Khun Kaap) to both the Melbourne and Bangkok offices for providing this remarkable opportunity. * In case you’re wondering, the short answer is ‘not well’. The longer answer is, ‘Baker & McKenzie Bangkok has wonderful air conditioning’.


ASIA PACIFIC SECONDMENT PROGRAM AT BAKER & MCKENZIE JACOB CHYLINSKI ASSOCIATE BAKER & MCKENZIE I’ve been with Baker & McKenzie’s Melbourne office for four years since starting as a graduate, and am currently an Associate in our Dispute Resolution team. One of the main reasons I chose Bakers was the promise of global opportunities. Through various experiences, especially my ASP to Hong Kong, Bakers has definitely delivered. The ASP is available to all Associates who have been with the Firm for one year. It provides an opportunity for Associates to work with one of the offices in our Asia Pacific region for a three to six month period. I chose Hong Kong as I’d developed a passion for international arbitration, having worked on a number of really interesting international arbitration matters in Melbourne and being involved in the Firm’s international arbitration specialist group. Hong Kong is also a premier hub for international arbitration disputes in the Asia Pacific region, a status that Australia is also trying to attain, which is why I also thought an ASP in Hong Kong would provide me with an excellent experience. From day one of my ASP experience, I was thrown into the deep end of some really juicy arbitration work and got to see Bakers’ global networks in action. Case in point - I worked closely with our San Francisco office to prepare an anti-suit injunction motion and submissions in a US District Court for our Hong Kong listed, mainland Chinese client (becoming an ‘expert’ on US arbitration law in the process!).

my ASP extended so I could stay in Hong Kong and assist at the hearing. This was an unforgettable experience! As for culture and social life, Hong Kong offers something for everyone. The city’s extended shopping and restaurant hours meant there was something happening almost any night of the week. Amongst the hustle and the bustle, Hong Kong also offered up lots of opportunities for hikes, walks, rides and beaches. One of the great Hong Kong rituals is the summer ‘junk’ trip. A ‘junk’ is a large, often alarmingly rickety boat that one hires with a group of friends / acquaintances / people you’ve never met. It can take you to any of the many islands and beaches surrounding Hong Kong and is an absolute ‘must do’ on a sweltering summer day. I also loved that Hong Kong was so central, with so many great South East Asian countries a short plane trip away. I got the chance to visit Singapore, Taiwan, Macau, Vietnam and mainland China during my time there. All in all, I had an amazing professional and personal experience during my ASP. If you’re lucky enough to join Baker & McKenzie, you should definitely consider an ASP to Hong Kong - I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INGRID WEINBERG 2012 LAW GRADUATE KING & WOOD MALLESONS At King & Wood Mallesons, intellectual property (IP) matters are divided between Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Dispute Resolution (DR). Within the latter, there is a further split between copyright and trademark matters, on the one hand, and patent matters, on the other. This allows for quite a level of specialisation. I was fortunate enough to spend six months rotating through the Patents Group within DR-IP, led by Wayne McMaster and Robert Cooper. Patent law relates to inventions and the desire and necessity for inventors to legally enforce rights in their creations. Patent law is governed by a mix of legislation (the Patents Act) and case law, often influenced by developments overseas. During the time I was there, the team was preparing for three different trials (which meant that I was rarely, if ever, bored!). Each revolved around a battle for the rights to a particular drug between generic and originator pharmaceutical companies, some of which were household names. The exciting thing about working at a large firm like King & Wood Mallesons is that you’re almost certain to know with whom (or about what) you’re dealing with… As a junior lawyer in DR, your tasks are many and varied. In the lead up to trial, I was responsible for assisting counsel with much of the research for the case, as well as proofreading and appropriately referencing the submissions and preparing the list of authorities. Perhaps the most important job was the preparation of the court book, a set of volumes containing the totality of each party’s evidence and an assignment which generally falls to the graduate and the solicitors to put together. The court book may seem like a simple matter of photocopying, but in reality it is an invaluable exercise in reviewing the case at a macro level and seeing how all the different pieces of evidence fit together. Graduates may also assist with the drafting of affidavits, a time-consuming but ultimately rewarding task and a chance to see the interaction between the law and the layperson. Listening

to my partner explain to an expert witness how certain things should be phrased in order to more favourably put our client’s case was invaluable. Moreover, if you’re at all interested in science and technology and/or business and marketing, drafting affidavits affords an opportunity to hear and learn from some pretty senior people in the field. Beyond the courtroom, the Patent Group at King & Wood Mallesons deals with a range of other IP related issues. The firm assists with applications for and oppositions to patents, another area where graduate assistance is welcomed. Litigious matters may be directed to mediation or arbitration, a useful opportunity to see alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in practice. Finally, some of the partners within the Patents Group contribute to various publications on patent law, and there is a chance for junior lawyers to assist with the writing and proofreading of these. King & Wood Mallesons also has a unique blog for all things IP-related. The ‘IP Whiteboard’ is a light hearted overview of current issues making the news in the trademarks, copyright, patent and confidential information sectors and is edited by a team of King & Wood Mallesons solicitors, senior associates and partners. Graduates rotating through the team are encouraged to submit posts on topics of their choosing, and it’s a good way to interact with solicitors in King & Wood Mallesons offices Australia-wide. Finally, the Patents Group at King & Wood Mallesons certainly isn’t all business – they like to have fun, too. From Friday afternoon drinks to team lunches and dinners and two Christmas parties, the team certainly knows how to enjoy itself. I would encourage anyone thinking of a rotation in DR to try out patent law and see what they think – it’s an interesting, enjoyable and above all worthwhile practice area to try out. 53


MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS NICOLE PARLEE 2012 LAW GRADUATE KING & WOOD MALLESONS The Core M&A group at King & Wood Mallesons is well established at the firm, and covers, amongst other things, takeovers, capital raising, corporate governance, funds management, and financial services regulation. Our clients are made up of public and private, listed and unlisted entities, and it is common to see the result of your work being talked about in the nightly news.

not fully understanding many commercial aspects of the corporate world the way I assumed someone with a Commerce degree would. It soon came to my attention that the entire group I was going to work with also had Arts degrees, and they all reassured me that no background in business was necessary, which was certainly the case.

I rotated through a core M&A group during my second rotation. No two days were the same. My work included compiling and analysing information about company’s Annual General Meeting results, reviewing and amending product disclosure statements and assisting with presentations for directors on relevant legislative updates in relation to their duties. I regularly had the first-go at drafting company constitutions and agreements for a variety of subject matters including logs and pet insurance (which certainly kept things interesting!).

One of the projects I worked on while in M&A was a large capital raising for one of our key clients. Being involved in this was an incredible opportunity, and probably the steepest learning curve I’ve experienced to date. The work was challenging, and very fast moving. I was able to sit in on meetings with clients, see how the negotiation process with regulators works, and help prepare the final offer document that has now been announced on the ASX.

Juniors in the team are given a lot of responsibility, which seems daunting at first. However, there is excellent support from people of all levels. Graduates are teamed up with a “buddy” who is generally a couple of years into their legal career. Buddies are an excellent person to ask any questions, as they have recently been in the same position. I found that everyone in the group was very approachable, and anytime I had queries, people were more than willing to spend time working through them with me. Whenever I was given instructions, I was given a full run-down of background information, which allowed me to understand how my work fit into the “bigger picture”. When I first rotated into M&A, I was concerned that my Arts background would put me at a disadvantage, 54

Core M&A involves various scales of work – some of the transactions are small and completed within a couple of days, while others take months (and in some cases even years). The smaller transactions allow junior lawyers to be given more responsibility. I had the opportunity to work one-on-one with my supervising partner for one matter, giving me the chance to undertake the work myself from start to finish, while receiving ongoing support and feedback. This meant contacting the client directly, drafting documents, and dealing with any follow up queries and amendments. While honing my corporate legal skills, I have still had an opportunity to undertake numerous pro-bono and human rights law work. The Human Rights Law Group is involved in cutting edge litigation, which grads can get involved in from their first week at the firm. The Group also organises education and advocacy seminars


internally and for external guests, and is a co-host of the annual King & Wood Mallesons / Castan Centre Annual Lecture. There are numerous opportunities for junior lawyers to get involved in the work of the Group. The firm also offers many volunteer programs for lawyers, including a mentoring program for high school students and a teaching program where lawyers teach basic laws relevant to teenagers such as consumer and employment law. There are even opportunities to be involved in external fundraisers such as the Pink Ribbon Breakfast. The King & Wood Mallesons in the Community program is an excellent way of staying involved in the

community…during work hours. Other than the interesting work and great people, M&A offers other benefits which are very enticing, especially with our preferences for final settlements fast approaching. This includes fruit boxes twice a week (it sounds silly, but you’d be surprised) and weekly M&A drinks. Overall a rotation through M&A is an enjoyable and rewarding experience, and will put you in excellent stead for a career in corporate law.

BANKING + FINANCE DANIEL YIM & MICHAEL ZHENG LAWYERS GILBERT + TOBIN From cross-border corporate takeovers to governmentsponsored clean energy projects, banking and finance plays a role in all transactions that involve large sums of money being borrowed or lent to make things happen.

knowledge of the company’s business and goals will be important. Other areas include debt capital markets and securitisation, restructuring, asset financing and mezzanine financing.

So it’s not surprising that you need to be a bit of a generalist when working in Gilbert + Tobin’s Banking + Finance (B+F) group. A background in commerce is handy (but certainly not necessary), and it can also help to have qualifications in business, engineering or government.

The diversity of matters can be challenging at times, but it also makes work interesting and fulfilling. Constant interaction with bankers will mean your understanding of financial terms and concepts will expand quickly.

Core banking skill sets are fairly specialised, so it’s a great environment for young lawyers to learn and develop. Working on a project finance transaction – which usually involves mitigating risks for the banks during the construction and operation of large infrastructure projects – is distinct from a deal involving (amongst other things) acquisition financing, where an intimate

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other high-profile matters such as Fortescue Metals Group’s $5 billion secured debt facilities, Country Road’s acquisition of Witchery and Mimco, and DuluxGroup’s takeover of Alesco. As a junior lawyer in the B+F group, you’ll be heavily involved in drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts and other documentation. This means your skills in contract law, corporations law, property, equity and trusts will be put to good use. Also, you should be prepared to take a lead role in project management and document delivery – this is essential when working on large deals that can involve a syndicate of banks and other interested parties. A healthy dose of business development activities is also in store – everything from giving presentations and submitting tenders to attending drinks and lunches! Exposure and interaction with clients and senior lawyers from the other side of a transaction is front and centre to our work at G+T, and we’ve found that it’s crucial to fast-tracking your career development, both from a technical legal perspective as well as a business and marketing perspective. B+F work often has an international angle, whether it’s

because a borrower is looking offshore for its funding requirements, or because a client’s business spans multiple jurisdictions. Our junior lawyers are often responsible for managing foreign law firms and clients, and while the time zones can be challenging, there’s never a dull moment with Lagos/London/Melbourne conference calls or individual discussions with Philippine or Canadian counsel. You may also regularly find yourself travelling interstate for deal signings or – because our transaction teams frequently involve G+T lawyers across both B+F offices – to visit our colleagues in Sydney. Collaboration with lawyers in other practice groups is also an important part of being a B+F lawyer. Funding is usually part of a bigger transaction, so you will often find yourself working alongside colleagues from the corporate, environment and tax teams (just to mention a few). This gives you an opportunity to work collaboratively on major deals, and also allows you to understand other areas of law and the important ‘big picture’ points of concern for clients on both sides of a transaction. On top of that, the Melbourne G+T office is a young, vibrant and rapidly expanding team and an exciting, unique place to start your career.

CLIMATE CHANGE MEREDITH GIBBS SPECIAL COUNSEL ASHURST With recent opinion polls indicating a Coalition victory in the 2013 election a likely outcome, many are debating the fate of Australia’s Carbon Pricing Mechanism (the “CPM”). If elected, Tony Abbott has pledged to take immediate steps to “abolish the Carbon Tax”. This article explains the CPM: where it came from, how it works and what its fate might be if Labor loses the 2013 election. 56

Background: where did the CPM come from? In 1992, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the “UNFCCC”) established an international legal framework to address the emerging issue of climate change caused by the


release of greenhouse gases (“GHGs”) from human activities. The goal of the UNFCCC is to stabilise GHG concentrations in the earth’s atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous average global temperature increases and resulting climate change. The environmental consequences of climate change are now well-documented, and include rise in sealevels, change in precipitation patterns, increased drought and flood events, change to weather event intensity, and threats to human health. The Kyoto Protocol, a protocol to the UNFCCC, established a number of market mechanisms to assist parties to the UNFCCC to meet binding GHG reduction targets. Importantly, it allowed Kyoto Protocol parties to use domestic carbon trading as a means of managing their Kyoto Protocol emissions targets. There has been much debate within Australia regarding our responsibility to take action to mitigate climate change. Australia’s per capita GHG emissions are the highest in the OECD and among the highest in the world, mainly due to our reliance on coal for electricity generation. Amidst much political controversy, the Australian Government passed legislation establishing the CPM through the Clean Energy Act 2011 (Cth) (the “Clean Energy Act”) and 18 pieces of related legislation. The CPM is essentially a domestic carbon trading scheme with a fixed price for the first three years of operation.

thresholds are met (generally GHG emissions 25,000 tonnes CO2e, or carbon dioxide equivalent, or more from a single facility). Rail, domestic aviation, shipping and off-road transport fuels are covered by alterations to the fuel tax legislation which impose an equivalent carbon price on GHG emissions from these sectors. The price payable for carbon units will be introduced in two stages. For the first three years of the CPM (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2015), known as the “fixed price period”, the carbon price is fixed at $23.00 per tonne of CO2e (increasing by 2.5% a year in real terms). From 1 July 2015, the “flexible price period”, the CPM will become a cap-and-trade ETS with the market setting the carbon price in response to emission caps imposed by Government. During the fixed price period, liable entities will be able to acquire an unlimited number of carbon units from the Government at the fixed price. Some liable entities, including some coal-fired electricity generators and those carrying out emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities, will be freely allocated by the Government a portion, but not all, of the carbon units they are required to surrender. The levels of free allocations will also be reduced over time.

The CPM is based on the acquisition and surrender of carbon units (or permits). Each year, a liable entity is required to purchase and surrender the number of carbon units that corresponds to its covered GHG emissions or pay a penalty. This is in line with the “polluter pays” principle. Over time, the number of carbon units available for purchase will be progressively reduced, thereby increasing their scarcity and therefore, in theory, their price. This is intended to act as an incentive for liable entities to reduce their GHG emissions to avoid increasing carbon costs. One of the key ideas behind a cap-and-trade ETS, such as the CPM, is that liable entities (i.e. “the market”) will drive the most costeffective means to reduce emissions.

During the flexible price period, the Government will auction a fixed number of carbon units each year in accordance with its emissions reduction targets (this is the “cap” in the cap-and-trade) and the market will set the price. Carbon units may subsequently be traded on the secondary market (this is the “trade”). Subject to certain rules, liable entities can use carbon units created under the carbon farming initiative as well as international carbon units to meet their carbon liability. In the latter case, this allows for what is known as “international linking”. Measures are already in place to provide for linking with the EU ETS. The import and export of units is subject to one or more restrictions. For example, until 2020 only 50% of carbon liability can be met using international units. There are also a range of qualitative restrictions for use of international units in the CPM, which for the most part, mirror restrictions on the use of Kyoto units in the EU ETS and reflect attempts to preserve the environmental integrity of the trading schemes and Kyoto Protocol mechanisms.

The CPM covers GHG emissions from a wide range of industry sectors including stationary energy, natural gas, industrial processes, fugitive emissions and emissions from non-legacy waste provided that certain

As noted above, the CPM will increase the cost of doing business for liable entities. The direct costs incurred by a liable entity acquiring and surrendering carbon units under the CPM will be passed down supply chains in a

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range of sectors and be incorporated into (increased) costs for a wide variety of goods and services such as electricity, transport fuels, gas, steel, cement and other energy and emissions-intensive products. Indirect costs, which will be incurred by liable and non-liable entities, are those associated with price increases in inputs (as the direct costs are passed down the supply chain) and those associated with managing emissions. Indirect costs include the capital costs of liable entities undertaking projects to reduce emissions rather than acquiring carbon units where this is cost effective to do so.

What is the likely fate of the CPM if Labor loses the 2013 election? If the Coalition wins the 2013 election and moves to abolish the CPM, it will need to pass legislation to repeal (either in part or in full) the Clean Energy Act and the 18 related pieces of legislation. To do so, it will need either a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, or a majority in the House of Representatives, and in the Senate, the support of Labor (which seems unlikely), the Greens (which seems even more unlikely) or the Independents. Politically, it will be difficult for the Coalition to gain a majority in the Senate given that the 2013 election is only a half-Senate election. One commentator suggests that such a result is “almost impossible” and would need to be “one of the greatest landslides in Australian political history”. According to this analysis, if Labor and Greens win at least a combined 42.9% of the first preference vote in each state and have done a preference deal, the Coalition cannot gain a Senate majority. If the Coalition does not gain a majority in the Senate, the likelihood of being able to get repealing legislation through the Senate all depends on the election result and who holds the balance of power in the Senate. If the Coalition does not gain control of the Senate and cannot do a deal with those who hold the balance of power, Tony Abbott claims that he will seek a dissolution of both Houses of Parliament (known as a “double dissolution”) and introduce the legislation at a subsequent joint sitting of the Parliament. The success of this would, of course, depend on the Coalition winning the double dissolution election with a sufficient majority overall to secure passage of the repealing legislation. History suggests that this result is by no means assured. 58

This is a risky option and many question if Abbott would actually go down this path. If the Coalition can get repealing legislation through Parliament, it is important to realise that it will still take time to unravel the CPM. As noted above, the Clean Energy package consists of a range of legislation and dismantling it would require amendments to tax, customs, fuel excise and other legislation, including that linking the CPM to the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme. If the Coalition gains control of the Senate or otherwise cuts a deal to secure passage of repealing legislation, it still has to wait for newlyelected Senators to take office on 1 July 2014 before introducing the legislation. On this course, the earliest repealing legislation could take effect is the second half of 2014 (assuming that draft legislation can be ready for introduction as soon as the new Senate is formed) and would likely contain complicated transitional arrangements. If Abbott goes down the double dissolution route, due to the constitutional requirements to trigger a double dissolution, the earliest a repeal could be made is at the end of the first quarter in 2015. However, because the High Court has said that the Senate must be given “proper opportunity to debate” the legislation, constitutional expert, Professor George Williams, suggests that it could take Abbott a year or more to engineer a double dissolution. This would mean that the repeal may not take place until late 2015 by which time the CPM would have been operational for more than three years and would have moved into the flexible price period. Many suggest that by this stage the Australian public’s appetite for repeal of the CPM will have waned considerably. In light of all of these uncertainties, Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s recent White Paper (27 February 2013) rates the chances of Tony Abbott winning the 2013 election and then repealing the CPM as only 32%. In the meantime, businesses affected by the CPM face an uncertain period but must continue to comply with their obligations under the CPM.


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your passion your career our firm As a prospective clerk it can be a difficult process figuring out which firm is right for you. During the application process my approach was to speak with as many people as I could to hear their experiences. I was naturally drawn towards Minter Ellison. The picture painted by everyone I spoke to from the firm was of a vibrant, supportive workplace that creates opportunities for young lawyers. After doing the clerkship and working as a paralegal, for me that picture has been vividly true to life. Testament to that would have to be my experience in the Hong Kong office. I was chosen to spend two weeks there in January. The trip was a great opportunity for me to see first hand what it’s like to work in a foreign jurisdiction, and the benefits that flow to the firm from its strong regional presence. I also got to put my tourist hat on – I had a lot of fun exploring the city, with its unique blend of cultures and delicious food. Above all, the trip gave me confidence that the firm is committed to investing in my career. Thomas Ellicott – Summer Clerk

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TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS + PROJECT SERVICES GREG SHINSKY LAWYER GILBERT + TOBIN Technology and telecommunications work has been a foundation of Gilbert + Tobin’s practice since the firm’s inception in 1988. With the addition of the Melbourne office in 2010, the firm now boasts one of the leading and largest Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) + Project Services groups in the country. TMT work is highly specialised and requires practitioners to develop a number of legal, technical and commercial skills. However, the sector we operate in is hardly niche; the almost ubiquitous reach of TMT products – such as mobile phones and fixed and wireless internet – means TMT is an increasingly significant part of the Australian and worldwide economy. Our practice is predominantly in the telecommunications space; however, given the varied nature of the TMT sector, we are often required to work with the firm’s Corporate Advisory and Competition + Regulation groups, especially in relation to larger transactions. Our commercial practice deals mostly with complex high-value transactions across a range of industry sectors including telecommunications, as well as mass transport and logistics, energy and resources, and government. Recent examples of our commercial work include advising Telstra on its wholesale commercial negotiations with NBN Co., where we worked closely with the Competition + Regulatory group. We also acted for Telstra to sell TelstraClear, its New Zealand 62

subsidiary, working closely with the Corporate Advisory group. The TMT and Project Services practice includes various IT, software and data licence agreements, working from the vendor and purchaser sides. The work itself is fascinating and, given the dynamic nature of the technology landscape, often very challenging. As a junior lawyer you’ll face a steep but rewarding learning curve. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in various kinds of work, and the chance to assume a considerable degree of autonomy and responsibility on some of the matters we work on. We support our junior lawyers throughout the graduate program, with formal training and senior lawyer supervision. One of the key advantages for junior lawyers in the Melbourne TMT and Project Services group is the high ratio of senior lawyers and partners to junior lawyers, which means you’ll work closely with senior lawyers and partners from your first day in the office. We often work directly with our colleagues in Sydney, as well as with our clients in Australia and abroad, including in Indonesia, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. We have such strong working relationships with our clients because many of our lawyers have spent extended periods of time gaining priceless experience on secondments, locally and overseas.


Gilbert + Tobin’s TMT and Project Services group offers you the opportunity to start your career in a marketleading practice group. The team in Melbourne is very

supportive and has a strong collegial culture, which makes it a great place to work.

COMPETITION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION CHIAN KEE SENIOR ASSOCIATE ASHURST Competition law is difficult to explain at parties. I generally begin by throwing out the American term, ‘anti-trust’, before explaining something about cartels and monopolies. ‘Like the board game?’ they invariably ask. ‘Yes,’ I reply in resignation, ‘exactly like the board game.’ While we might not be playing games all day, being a competition and consumer protection lawyer often has a lot to do with playing fair. The Competition and Consumer Act (the Trade Practices Act in a previous life) is not intended to support or promote any particular enterprise over another. Instead it is designed to make sure that all competitors are able to compete in Australia based on their merits (better prices, better service, better quality) rather than relying on collusion, deception or abuse of power. The upshot of this is that many of the issues raised by competition law are quite ‘big picture’, which I like. This means assessing whether a decision would be in the public interest or asking what the effect of a competitive enterprise’s actions would be on consumer welfare or the state of competition in a market, rather than analysing the meaning of a comma. The other benefit of practising competition law is that it exposes you to many different types of legal practice, including litigation, mergers and acquisitions, advice work, making submissions to government and contractual drafting and review.

Although many may not know what competition law actually entails, the Competition and Consumer Act affects every Australian’s life in one way or another. The companies that supply you with basic utilities, telecommunications, groceries, petrol and banking services all regularly engage with competition law in an attempt to ensure that their practices are competitive and welfare enhancing. Every time you watch an advertisement or are assisted by a salesperson, their representations are governed by the Australian Consumer Law, which prevents them from misleading or deceiving you into an unwanted sale. It is particularly interesting practising in this area in a top-tier firm like Ashurst Australia. Most competition laws apply across companies of all sizes, and the kinds of clients who rely on Ashurst Australia for advice tend to bring in the most complex, interesting and significant competition matters. It is, after all, unlikely that your local milk bar would be prosecuted for causing a substantial lessening of competition or abusing their dominance in the market for milk. I would highly recommend competition and consumer protection as an area of law for anyone interested in the bigger picture, public policy and economics, or anyone interested in working on matters that affect millions of Australian consumers on a daily basis - as long as you don’t mind having to explain it to them at parties.

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CONSTRUCTION LAW HUGH WATSON SENIOR ASSOCIATE CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH The building, construction and infrastructure sector is a major industry that underpins a substantial component of the Australian economy, and ‘construction law’ can be viewed as the law and legal practice which relates to this high profile area. Whether it is infrastructure (roads, railways, hospitals, desalination projects, schools, etc), energy and resources or commercial and residential property projects, construction law (and construction lawyers) are at the heart of the successful delivery of these projects.

Diverse Range of Experiences Construction lawyers work across all stages of a project, including: • project structuring advice and delivery strategies (should, for example, a client set-up a project as a more traditional design, construct, operate and maintain (DBOM) contract, or will the public private partnership (PPP) produce a better result?); • drafting of construction contracts, consultancy agreements, operation and maintenance contracts and a variety of ancillary documents; • advising on tender strategies, assessing tender responses and negotiating contracts; • advising banks on construction risks for financed projects; • assisting clients in the day-to-day administration of a project; and • dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution processes. Construction law is one of the areas of practice in which it is common for lawyers to be both an expert ‘front64

end’ (contract negotiation and drafting) and ‘back-end’ (dispute resolution and litigation) practitioner, so there is always work to be done no matter which direction the economy is heading. Lawyers in construction law are also exposed to a variety of legal disciplines outside of their core practice (including competition, financing, intellectual property, industrial relations and workplace health and safety) and regularly work collaboratively with experts in such areas. Few areas of law offer as much variety as construction law, and given that most law students, seasonal clerks and even graduates are uncertain about their preferred area of specialisation, the benefit of having a diverse range of legal experiences should not be underestimated.

High Profile Work Construction law gives you the opportunity to develop your legal skills by working on a range of high profile matters, and you will actually be able to read about and see the physical results of your work (sometimes from your office window!). From Corrs’ offices we can see: • the Southern Star Observation Wheel at Docklands, where we have been acting for ING in relation to structural defects; and • the NAB, Medibank and Victoria Police headquarters at the Docklands and the Melbourne Convention Centre, which we prepared and/or negotiated the contracts for. On any given day it is more than likely that a number of Corrs’ other construction matters will be in the papers, such as: • the National Broadband Network (the largest infrastructure project in Australia’s history), where


we are acting for NBN Co; and • the Victorian Desalination Project, where we are advising the Victorian Government.

new things and to keep learning. Corrs construction, for example, has recently: • advised on the implications under a construction contract of industrial picketing and the helicoperting of workers in into site; and

If you like working on tangible things (rather than financing, mergers and the like), construction law may be right for you.

• assisted a client to resurrect a half-built project following the insolvency of a major builder.

Dynamic Area

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Project delivery in the building, construction and infrastructure sector is challenging. The current market is seeing low margins, tough risk allocations, resource constraints, heightened regulatory and political scrutiny and widespread insolvency in the building and construction industry.

Construction law is often not an area law students consider, but if challenging and varied legal work in a dynamic and growing industry is what you are looking for, you should give it a go.

For a construction lawyer this means that you never know what a client may suddenly need your assistance with, so there is always an opportunity to be exposed to

EMPLOYMENT LAW THOMSONS LAWYERS Why Work in Employment Law? The current cautious economic environment in Australia has resulted in some practice areas within commercial law firms being typically quieter than normal. But one area that is burgeoning with new and complex work is employment. Thomsons’ Employment & Safety Practice Leader, Mark Branagan attributes his continued interest in employment law to the significant growth and development in the area throughout his career.

of the unfair dismissal laws,” he said. Employment is set to become even more interesting over the next 2-3 years, with the introduction of new national discrimination laws and Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws. The results of the 2013 Federal election may bring about further changes, as a possible change in government may see the introduction of amendments to the Fair Work Act. “Social media is another hot topic at the moment, with more employers seeking to include specific provisions on social media in their policies,” Mark said.

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What Sort of Work Does Employment Law Involve? Clerks or junior lawyers in Thomsons’ Employment & Safety Practice are given hands on experience in preparing first drafts of contracts, letters of advice and memos. They conduct research, attend meetings and seminars, and participate in teleconferences with clients. “As you build your knowledge and become more experienced over the years, your role will become more advisory and you may assist not only the Employment & Safety partners, but also other partners in the firm (in other practices areas) with employment issues,” Mark said. “Typically this includes completing due diligence when clients are selling, buying or restructuring a business and require assistance or advice on staffing issues.” The firm’s employment specialists will regularly advise on the Fair Work Act, Work Health and Safety (WHS) Law and Anti-discrimination laws. Their work involves: • solving workplace problems; • advising businesses in relation to award obligations, contents of workplace agreements, restructuring of businesses and establishment of new workplace agreements; • drafting executive contracts on the purchase of businesses and restructuring organizations; • conducting litigation arising out of termination of employment, bullying, discrimination and work health and safety matters; • advising management on industrial disputes with trade unions, right of entry issues and freedom of association.

Who are the Clients? Typical clients include HR managers, in-house counsel and general managers of small, medium and large businesses, institutions and not-for-profit organisations across a variety of industries. What else makes employment law a worthwhile area to specialise in?

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Trainee Solicitor, Jacqueline Wales says working in the employment team has allowed her to not only develop her professional skills in interpretation and application of the law to client’s individual circumstances, but also develop her people skills. “I have been able to meet a variety of clients, from directors and managers of large enterprises to individual employees, which has given me the opportunity to develop my interpersonal and communication skills,” she said. “I look back one year ago and realise I’ve become a more polished, professional version of myself. I have already developed a strong skill set, which I will continually build on each day as I face new tasks and opportunities. I look forward to what the next year will bring!”


ENERGY & RESOURCES BLAKE ERICKSEN LAWYER ALLENS The importance of the energy and resources sector to the Australian economy has been readily apparent over recent years. Allens’ energy and resources team is led by some of the country’s leading energy and resources lawyers and has been involved in some way in many of the key transactions and developments that have taken place in the industry over recent years. Spending my first year as a lawyer working in the group has been a fantastic learning experience. I clerked at Allens in 2011 and joined the firm as a graduate lawyer in 2012. I knew from the outset that I wanted to begin my legal career working in the Energy and Resources group. It was not just the dynamic and highly relevant nature of the industry that drew me to the group, but also the fact that working in the area would expose me to a wide range of issues across a variety of areas of legal practice. Allens’ Resources practice broadly covers the areas of mineral, gas and petroleum exploration, production and marketing. Allens are often called on by leading industry participants such as Newcrest and Rio Tinto to advise on matters relating to financing, taxation, litigation, joint ventures, native title, the environment and mergers and acquisitions. Given the nature of the resources industry, much of this work has a cross-border flavour to it and a number of lawyers in the group have had the chance to work in a variety of exotic locations including Mongolia, Beijing and Africa. The developing nature of the legal systems in many of the countries in which our clients operate presents interesting challenges to both lawyers and clients. The Energy practice actively works with both government and corporate clients on a variety of issues.

The complex regulatory and ownership environment in which electricity generators, distributors and suppliers operate has changed greatly over recent years, and the group has worked with participants at all levels of the industry in bringing about these changes. This has included working with government in relation to changes in the National Electricity Rules as well as the ongoing privatisation of public utilities. More recently, foreign investors have shown a great deal of interest in Australian power assets and we have worked closely with several of them on various acquisition transactions. In addition, constant technological developments in the area of power generation has given rise to a lot of interesting work relating to, for example, wind farming and solar power. Typically, over the course of several years, this work will cover the complete life-cycle of a project, from the initial development of a technology and associated financing arrangements, through to power retailing and the eventual disposal of the investment. The Energy and Resources group is also home to Allens’ climate change practice, which has been extremely busy over recent years providing advice on compliance and reporting obligations associated with legislation aimed at tackling climate change. Being an industry focused group, working in the Energy and Resources team has provided an excellent opportunity to work closely with other practice groups, within the firm, including banking and finance, competition, projects, and litigation. This has meant that over the course of my graduate year, I was able to develop a sound grounding not only in matters relevant to energy and resources clients, but also gain exposure to the types of work that these other groups are involved in. This has been invaluable in furthering my own development. 67


I would highly recommend working in the Energy and Resources practice. Not only is it an exciting area of law, but given the breadth of the practice, it is an ideal place to build the foundations for a successful career.

CORPORATE LAW JAMES BROWNSTEIN GRADUATE DLA PIPER When I tell people I work in corporate law, their first question is usually “what do you actually do?” One of the great things about the Corporate team at DLA Piper is that the answer is so broad. The team’s work spans mergers and acquisitions, ASX listings, private equity, superannuation, managed investment funds, tax, restructuring, franchising and general Corporations Act compliance advice – just to name a few. Better still, junior lawyers aren’t siloed off to specific partners to work in one specific area, so there is an opportunity to build up diverse experience before specialising in a particular area after a few years. In terms of the specific types of work you can expect, juniors play a big role in “due diligence”. This essentially means helping a client become intimately familiar with a business it is planning to buy, to avoid any nasty surprises after the deal is done. This work isn’t always of a purely legal nature, and it’s fascinating to learn about these businesses and how they operate. Aside from that, there is a lot of research into how particular legislative provisions, ASIC guidelines or ASX listing rules might impact something a client is planning to do, as well as some exposure to contractual negotiations and the fine art of contract drafting. The Corporate team also regularly works with other practice groups. I was recently involved in preparing a piece of advice for a foreign company wanting to set up operations in Australia. This involved pulling together 68

information prepared by our employment and intellectual property teams. It’s a great way to learn about other areas of the law, even if you’re not directly working in those areas. So, what can you do if you think this is an area you’d like to work in? There’s no mandatory prerequisite knowledge (so don’t worry if you don’t know what something in this article means, you’ll learn quickly), but a basic familiarity with the Corporations Act can help avoid a blank-faced response when your partner requests a memo on, say, the exceptions to the disclosure requirements in Chapter 6D.2. You don’t need to know anything off by heart, but you will find yourself referring to it quite frequently so it helps to keep your university Corps notes handy – I found myself referring to them more than once during my first few weeks in the team. It’s also a good idea to keep up with business news. Another task juniors often get asked to do is prepare articles commenting on current issues in corporate law, which may be sent to clients or published on the firm’s website, so it helps if you have a general idea of what these issues are. Plus, this is a great way of demonstrating “commercial awareness” during your clerkship interviews. All in all, a clerkship or graduate rotation in Corporate is highly recommended, even if you have your heart set on another area. The numerous areas the team practises in might open your eyes to something you haven’t been considering, and it’s definitely not as dry as studying Corps at uni - promise. If nothing else, the Corporate team at DLA Piper has a supportive culture and a down-to-earth vibe, so you’re guaranteed to enjoy yourself!


LITIGATION MEAGAN GROSE LAWYER ARNOLD BLOCH LEIBLER Without a doubt, the transition from studying full-time to working as a legal trainee in a law firm has been one of the most challenging experiences for me to date. While law school provided a solid foundation of legal theory, it has been the hands-on experience which I have gained at Arnold Bloch Leibler that has benefitted me the most. Now a second year lawyer working in Arnold Bloch Leibler’s litigation department, I am amazed by how much practical knowledge about the profession and court system I have taken in over the past two years. Although Arnold Bloch Leibler is not the largest law firm in Australia, the firm and its litigation department boasts some of the country’s leading lawyers – including litigators Leon Zwier and Robert Heathcote – highprofile matters, and wealthiest individuals and blue-chip corporations as clients. Arnold Bloch Leibler’s litigation department has earned a reputation for its strategic, practical and commercially focussed advice, and for running matters with a view to avoid going to court. As such, in addition to preparing for, instructing and occasionally appearing in court, much of my work involves preparing advice and seeking to settle disputes out of court. The areas of law in which the department practices are numerous and varied, including: • general commercial disputes; • insolvency; • construction and property disputes; • administrative law; • competition law; • wills and probate; and • takeovers.

on a particular area of litigation law, or to generalise and work in different aspects of commercial litigation. Since joining Arnold Bloch Leibler, the matters I have worked on have included insolvency, trust law, contract law, competition and probate law. For the vast majority of the matters in which I am involved, I work in small teams with senior associates and partners. I also routinely deal directly with barristers. This direct access provides a constant source of insight into the world of litigation and I get to hear some pretty entertaining war stories along the way. Further (and I pre-emptively acknowledge that this may sound odd), one of the things that I most enjoy about being a litigator at Arnold Bloch Leibler is that there is never any doubt that I am a lawyer. While a working knowledge of every High Court judgment handed down is certainly no prerequisite to working in the litigation department, I believe that working as a litigator is ideally suited for all those who really love law, researching it, debating its interpretation, formulating arguments in respect of it, working with barristers, going to court – I could go on! In short, I have found working in Arnold Bloch Leibler’s litigation department to be challenging, interesting and fulfilling.

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COMMERCIAL LITIGATION AMELIA EDWARDS SOLICITOR HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS I am a second year solicitor in Commercial Litigation at Herbert Smith Freehills. We are a pretty big team Commercial Litigation sits within the Dispute Resolution group, which also includes the sub-groups of PDR (Project Dispute Resolution), Competition Law and Intellectual Property & Trademarks.

also involve heading to court to assist in one of our matters - often touting volumes of folders and legislation, whilst at the same time trying to hail a cab and chase after Counsel. Worldwide teleconferences with the international arbitration group about current matters or recent decisions are also a regular occurrence.

The life of a commercial litigator at Herbert Smith Freehills encompasses work both within the traditional court system, and alternative and private dispute resolution. Therefore there is no “typical day” of a graduate or junior lawyer in the team; you may be issuing proceedings, making interlocutory applications, working on trials or appeals or preparing for an international arbitration.

Some of my specific highlights from my time as a graduate include: • Reviewing international agreements and writing advice on arbitration clauses, procedure and cases;

During my time as a graduate I did two rotations in Commercial Litigation, one in a team that specialises in international commercial disputes and arbitration, and the second in a team working on a major class action. These rotations exposed me to a wide range of litigious and non-litigious matters on a domestic and international scale, consequently I worked on highly complex international matters in addition to a matter referred to as the “largest class action in Australian history”. During my rotations, I also got to work across a variety of different industries. A quirk of the job is that you often find that you become not only an expert litigator, but well versed in the industry of your client. In my experience each day will generate its own challenges and can involve a range of tasks (undertaken individually and in a team) including: researching case law, assisting with discovery of documents, drafting court documents, corresponding with other parties, meeting with clients to prepare witness statements, and attending conferences with Counsel. Days can 70

• Researching complex legal issues - some of my favourites include researching how damages principles might be applied in the context of large and complex class actions, the workings of extradition law in Australian law, treaties and other jurisdictions, the application of foreign jurisdiction and arbitration clauses by Australian courts, and the meaning of “sovereignty” within the paradigm of a court taking international evidence; • Being part of a large team working on a major class action, tasked with the preparation of evidence and witness statements, meeting with Counsel, assisting at mediation and attending court; • Assisting in a cross-vesting application for a matter in the Federal Court and an anti-suit injunction to prohibit action by another party in the proceedings in an overseas jurisdiction (both in the criminal and civil courts); • Working on a major client presentation on corruption to the Security Exchange Commission in Washington; and


• Working on a major commercial Trade Practices dispute including the preparatory legal research and analysis of evidence, corresponding with overseas lawyers, trying to manage copious foreign language documents, and working closely with counsel and clients to prepare witness statements, cross-examination bundles and submissions. This may seem foreign compared to the adventures (and misadventures) of university students, but I think that until you begin your legal career it is hard to appreciate how enjoyable it is to get involved in the detail, twists and turns, personalities and strategies of the law and a case. As a graduate at Herbert Smith Freehills you are fortunate to be involved in large scale and complex “front page” litigation. You will get to work directly with Partners and Counsel who are leaders in their fields and senior lawyers who are exceptional mentors. While you

may encounter some long hours when things “heat up” in a case, these are made easier by the team you work with, the quirky characters of Counsel (who will always keep on your toes) and interesting subject matter. As a graduate I found the work I was involved in to be both challenging and varied. As a junior solicitor this continues to be the case, and I am constantly surprised by the high level work I am instructed on and the degree of responsibility and ownership I am given. In Commercial Litigation at Herbert Smith Freehills I have been afforded exceptional opportunities and have discovered work that has engaged my love of the law and been rewarding both professionally and personally.

PHARMACEUTICALS, LIFE SCIENCES AND HEALTHCARE BERNARD O’SHEA PARTNER NORTON ROSE AUSTRALIA Wherever you turn, it’s hard to avoid the topic of drugs these days. From the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport to the off-label use of prescription drugs as study aids, it seems that a great deal of attention is being focused on the pharmaceutical industry. With an aging population, the healthcare industry is also becoming an increasingly important subject for many Australians. With this increased focus, many businesses need legal assistance to navigate the intricate web of legal and regulatory obligations across the pharmaceuticals, life sciences and healthcare industries. Practising in these areas can give you the opportunity to really make a

difference to the quality of life for ordinary people all around the globe. Norton Rose Australia has a tightly-focused and highly-regarded Pharmaceuticals, Life Sciences and Healthcare (PLS&H) practice group that reaches across all of its Australian offices and extends across all Norton Rose’s international member firms. While working in the PLS&H practice group at Norton Rose Australia, you will be exposed to a wide range of legal issues, ranging from intellectual property and therapeutic goods regulation to privacy and consumer advertising issues, 71


as well working on a range of general corporate and commercial matters for clients in these industries. Examples of the sorts of matters that you might expect to be involved in would include: • assisting a client when an ingredient in their body building product was proposed to be banned as a ‘prohibited substance’ under the Poisons Schedule; • advising a large multi-national pharmaceutical company on the sale of a portfolio of products to another pharmaceutical company; • helping a small start-up company develop and commercialise a device for testing the efficiency of different treatments for a degenerative disorder; • negotiating complex tender agreements for the supply of broad-spectrum vaccines for the Commonwealth Government’s immunisation program; • reviewing TV and radio advertisements for overthe-counter products (and then getting to see the result of your work while watching the reality cooking show of your choice); • diverse regulatory advice, including the labelling requirements of a US food product being imported into Australia, and the health claims that are allowed on pet food; and • advising a client on its appearance before various standing committees of the Commonwealth Senate and House of Representatives.

Yes, these are all recent examples of matters that our team of lawyers have advised on!). More generally, you will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of Norton Rose Australia’s practice relating to the pharmaceuticals, life sciences and healthcare industries. This may include researching and advising on complex regulatory compliance issues, defending a claim for allegedly misleading advertising for an over-thecounter medicine, drafting and reviewing agreements for the supply of products or services and raising funds for investment in companies engaged in innovative research and development. However, you will find that going to a pharmacy will never be the same again! You will be given an opportunity to work on matters for clients of all sizes, ranging from some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world to newly incorporated start-ups. While having a science background may be useful, it’s certainly not required as our team can help you get up to speed on the range of issues that affect our clients in the pharmaceuticals, life sciences and healthcare area (though it may help you during firm trivia nights when you get asked the chemical composition of alcohol!). The international nature of Norton Rose’s practice will also provide you with the opportunity to work on crossjurisdictional matters alongside world-leading lawyers and thought leaders in this area. With our upcoming merger with leading US firm Fulbright & Jaworski, we will be one of an elite group of legal practices that has a truly global reach, with close to 3,800 lawyers in 55 offices around the world.

PRIVATE CLIENT GROUP EMILY SIMMONS LAWYER ARNOLD BLOCH LEIBLER What would you do with a million dollars? Set up your own designer fashion house? Invest in a multi-billion dollar shopping centre? Or, donate it all to charity? 72

As a law graduate, it is highly unlikely that you will find yourself in such a predicament. But, as part of the private client group at Arnold Bloch Leibler, you will at


least have the opportunity to work directly with clients who face that question (usually with a few extra zeros) on a regular basis. When I moved from the thriving metropolis of Hobart *insert obligatory Tasmanian joke* I would never have predicted that in my first two years at Arnold Bloch Leibler I would be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. Whilst I may not be sipping Dom Pérignon on their private super yachts just yet, I am actively involved in some of their most complex and interesting business and family transactions. Arnold Bloch Leibler acts for more high-net-worth individuals and family businesses featured in BRW’s ‘rich lists’ than any other firm. In the private client group, we deal with the full wealth cycle - from the establishment and acquisition of entities and businesses as part of the initial wealth generation, to the management and protection of wealth and then the final post-death distribution.

develop innovative and commercial solutions to complex problems. Finally, it’s about seeing it through - doing everything we can to ensure that our clients achieve their strategic objectives. Then, at the management and protection stage, things can get ‘colourful’ to say the least. Think front-page scandals, divorce and sibling rivalry - all with a multimillion dollar price tag. It’s not always that dramatic, but the underlying principle remains the same - protect our clients’ wealth from potential ‘undesirables’. Finally, we deal with how our clients’ accumulated wealth is to be administered and distributed after their death. Although slightly morbid, succession planning is rife with eccentricities and scintillating family secrets. Being part of the private practice team really is an eye-opening experience. I may still be waiting for my yachting invitation, but in the meantime I am surrounded by fascinating clients, challenging transactions and some of the best legal minds in the industry.

At the initial stage, it’s all about converting innovative ideas into commercial reality. At Arnold Bloch Leibler it’s not just about the law. First, it’s about understanding our clients’ businesses - the regulatory frameworks in which they operate and the risks and opportunities they face. Secondly, it’s about thinking outside the square to

PRO BONO & COMMUNITY SUPPORT SCOTT TRAEGER SENIOR ASSOCIATE LANDER & ROGERS At the time of applying for a graduate position, I remember many law firms speaking about their pro bono programs and the steps they were taking to give something back to the community. While I certainly agreed with the concept of pro bono legal work, I had no idea what it actually

meant in the context of day to day legal practice. Since joining Lander & Rogers, not only have I been involved in a number of extremely rewarding pro bono cases, I have also taken up a position on the firm’s Pro 73


Bono & Community Support committee. Lander & Rogers’ Pro Bono & Community Support program fills a dual purpose. Through relationships with PILCH and other partners, the Pro Bono Committee allocates pro bono work to lawyers of all levels right across the firm. In turn, the Community Support arm of the program develops and supports various programs that allow both lawyers and support staff to have hands on involvement with various charitable organisations. For example, many Lander & Rogers’ staff regularly attend a ‘breakfast club’ at the Brunswick Street community housing flats, where we help to provide food and entertainment to school age children. For me, a prime example of the impact that pro bono legal assistance can make occurred when I was approached by a neighbour whose brother had taken their elderly mother to see her homeland in Greece a final time before she died. Although she was healthy at the time they left, the client’s mother became seriously ill during the journey and was unable to return to Australia. As a result of being forced to remain in Greece to care for her, our client’s pension was suspended by Centrelink. At the time my neighbour approached me for help, the

matter was listed for a hearing before the Social Security Appeals Tribunal in less than a week. My neighbour, who had limited English and no legal knowledge, had no idea how to approach this daunting legal process. Fortunately, the case was one which clearly warranted pro bono support and Lander & Rogers generously allowed not only me, but two other lawyers and a partner to work on the file. A few days later I found myself on my feet at the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, making submissions which successfully resulted in our client’s pension being reinstated. Unfortunately, that was not the end of the matter, with the decision subsequently being appealed first to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal then to a single judge in the Federal Court and ultimately the Full Court of the Federal Court. Lander & Rogers involvement ensured that throughout the duration of the case our client continued to receive his pension and provide the care that his mother so badly needed. Additionally, as well as ensuring this outcome for our client, the many stages of appeal that we were involved in saw new law created on a number of issues, thereby impacting the lives of not only our client, but hundreds of others like him.

PROPERTY LAW BETH CRILLY SENIOR ASSOCIATE CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH Property law is a technical area, with both common and statute law playing a part in the advice we give and the negotiations and drafting we undertake. Bridging the gap between the fine details of the law and the real life commercial situations faced by our clients is one of the most rewarding parts of my role. I take pride in being able to provide realistic, practical and commercial advice to our clients to assist them with their property matters. 74

Real property, be it owned or leased, plays a key part in nearly all of our clients’ businesses. For some clients, the property they own or lease is simply a place to run their head office from or sell their goods and services. For others, buying, leasing, selling and developing property is their key business. Corrs advises major public and private sector organisations, national and international investors and


government authorities. Our private sector clients operate from a wide range of industries and including property developers and investors such as Stockland, Mirvac, Australand, and ING to clients whose business requires plenty of real estate, such as Telstra, NAB, Woolworths and BP.

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Our clients own, lease and develop a range of different types of property including: • commercial properties (including office towers and other office developments); • large format residential developments; • retail and mixed-use land, including shopping centres and leisure properties; and • industrial properties (including warehouses, factories and the like).

The kinds of work undertaken by a property lawyer include: • drafting documents such as contracts of sale, leases and development agreements; • negotiating acquisitions and disposals, development agreements, leases and other related documents such as works agreements, licences, assignments and novations; • providing commercial and technical legal advice; • dealing with local councils, the land registry and other authorities on behalf of clients; and • assisting clients to resolve disputes concerning real estate.

Corrs’ legal expertise, longstanding relationships with our property and development clients and others in the market, and our hands-on understanding of industry conditions and the regulatory environment enables us to provide incisive solutions which make a real difference to our clients’ businesses. The varied types of the work I undertake and the diverse nature of our clients, makes every day different. Accordingly, a property lawyer’s practice is incredibly broad and can involve some or all of the following matters: • acquisitions and disposals of land; • agreements for lease; • leasing;

development agreements; title structuring; planning and zoning; liquor licensing; and due diligence (where property, or an entity with an interest in property, is being acquired or disposed of).

The collaborative nature of working in property law particularly appeals to me. It is rarely adversarial with the parties involved in a matter generally having the same end goal of completing a deal. Our task is to protect and further our client’s interests in each transaction, which calls for a different strategy each time. Of course, the greatest reward for a property lawyer is to drive past, or look out of your office window at the buildings and other developments you have had a hand in getting off the ground.

REAL ESTATE, FINANCE & PROJECTS FEI WU GRADUATE HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS As a brand new grad at Herbert Smith Freehills in Melbourne, I am completing my first rotation in the Real

Estate group, which is a part of the broader Finance, Real Estate and Projects practice area (sensibly shortened to 75


FREP in the HSF vocabulary).

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The Real Estate team is a friendly, talented and diverse group dealing with an enormous variety of work. Anything ranging from major development projects to commercial leasing to property due diligence on transactions spanning many other groups. Although primarily transactional, Real Estate also undertakes advisory and sometimes even small litigation matters.

Within each group, there is also a range of support from a junior solicitor buddy, a senior solicitor supervisor and a supervising partner, which helpfully corresponds to the range of questions that can occur to a new grad, from queries on career development and progress to how to operate the industrial-sized hole-punch.

Work v Play Life as a Junior It’s terrific being a junior in the property group, as the very strong support network helps baby grads navigate the steep learning curve that accompanies every rotation (but especially the first). A typical day for a graduate (aside from the obligatory coffees, lunches, yoga, personal training, etc. that I’ll discuss later) depends largely on which major transactions are happening in the group at any particular time. As a grad you can expect to help draft contracts (for example: leases for a shopping centre, occupational licences, contracts of sale, etc.), undertake legal research, draft advices, perform contract reviews, and help with due diligence reports, and all of the above can range from routine to complex to fascinating to baffling… For example, one recent due diligence involved lease agreements from all over the world, and I was able to have a look at leases from Canada, the UK, the US, an interesting comparative exercise. However, this due diligence also involved leases from Mongolia, Russia and the Ukraine, which is where it became baffling, as these were drafted entirely in Russian. In general, deals in the property group typically involve large, often familiar landmarks, which attests to the high quality of the work in this group (and also adds that extra element of interest, if only to brief moments staring out the fiftieth story window.)

Training and Support FREP provides an exceptionally structured and thorough training program for its rotating graduates. On my arrival in the group I was presented with an impressively tabbed folder with training material, slides and further reading on the many areas of law practiced within FREP. Then there are the training sessions dotted throughout the first six to eight weeks of the rotation, usually presented by a solicitor or senior associate of the group, which helps us build up a working knowledge of finance, real estate and projects practices, and is also frequently accompanied by 76

Renowned firm-wide for its social calendar, FREP does its very best to punctuate the work with lots of play. There are weekly yoga sessions, monthly firm-wide drinks, lunchtime personal training, and a Wednesday professionals’ lunch, as well as the many impromptu coffees in the countless cafés within a 100m radius of 101 Collins to keep you mentally and physically tip-top. So, if you fancy trying out some transactional and advisory work involving some of Melbourne’s most famous landmarks in a friendly and supportive environment (and don’t mind reviewing a contract or two), you should consider saving one of your rotations for the Real Estate group.


TAX CONTROVERSY PRACTICE HADI MAZLOUM LAWYER MADDOCKS When I tell my friends that I work in the Tax Controversy (TC) team, they laugh out loud and then say ‘ooh that’s controversial’. They seem to think the joke will never die, I tend to disagree. In their defence, they then ask: ‘what exactly does that mean/what exactly do you do’. It’s a fair question. The Maddocks TC team is primarily a tax litigation and dispute resolution practice. This is to be distinguished from the (separate) Maddocks Tax and Revenue practice which conducts tax advice work. While the usual practice amongst law firms is to have a single tax practice that deals with both front and back-end matters, this is not the case at Maddocks. While a tax advisory practice will advise clients in respect of anticipated or contemporaneous transactions, a tax controversy team (including the Maddocks TC Team) advises on tax law in the context of an existing or potential dispute with the revenue authorities - usually the Australian Tax Office (ATO). The Maddocks TC team is the largest dedicated tax controversy team in Australia and is highly-regarded in terms of its expertise and client base. The Maddocks TC Team has a quasi-dual practice in that it acts for both private clients that are involved in a dispute/audit with the ATO or the State Revenue Office (SRO) as well as acting for the ATO itself. On the private client side, the Maddocks TC team will usually get involved during the audit phase and lawyers will mainly work on resolving the dispute with the ATO or SRO through negotiations and through drafting responses to ATO/SRO information requests or position papers.

stage – when the matter has not been resolved in the audit phase and the parties are battling it out in Court. In this way, Maddocks manages any potential conflict of interest and is able to act both for and against the ATO. While rotating in the Maddocks TC team as a graduate, I knew that it was where I wanted to continue my career. The quality of work as a junior exceeds expectations and is not limited to your typical junior litigation lawyer work such as compiling court books and research. For example, as a graduate, I was able to get involved in a matter and play a key role in gathering evidence and drafting a response to an ATO position paper. Also, because it is after all a litigation practice, briefing counsel and assisting them both in the lead up to court and during the trial itself was a regular occurrence. Another aspect I enjoy about the group is the fact that the area of law is technical and challenging. Furthermore, because it is also a litigation practice, there is always a nice balance between the facts and the law and sometimes, cases will involve a purely factual rather than a legal battle. Finally, the practice traverses different areas of law and lawyers are often exposed to areas such as administrative law, corporations law, property law, trusts and equity. As a second-year lawyer in the group, I now work with a team of 2-3 lawyers for each large matter as well as managing smaller matters on my own (under the supervision of a partner). My tasks range from your usual research and correspondence to drafting responses to a position of the ATO, assisting Counsel in drafting submissions and appeal statements for Court, being actively involved in teleconferences with clients and Counsel as well as attending Court and instructing Counsel.

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The TC team provides me with opportunities which will help me become an excellent litigator and advocate. There is no sitting in the back of a court room and falling asleep in this team.

TECHNOLOGY AND IP PAUL KALLENBACH PARTNER MINTER ELLISON I have always been a technology enthusiast. But when I started my University education, I had no idea that this interest in technology would lead me into an interesting and rewarding career in law. After a year of studying actuarial science, I realised that a career in statistics and applied mathematics was not for me. I enrolled in law, and within a few weeks knew I’d made the right choice – language, semantics and complex legal concepts held far more interest for me than life insurance tables and standard deviations.

work is a specialised form of contract law with a strong focus on intellectual property law and commercialisation. Technology, by its very nature, changes quickly. Consequently, the work that comes across my desk is varied, and crosses almost every industry and type of organisation.

Over the course of my law degree, my interest in technology influenced my studies. After hearing from the student grapevine that Minter Ellison had a very positive culture, I applied for and accepted a clerkship in the technology group (this at a time when the ‘technology’ at the firm did not yet include email!).

The great thing about this area is that the challenge is never the same: sometimes a client is creating an app or launching a website, and other times it is buying several or hundreds of million dollars’ worth of businesscritical core IT infrastructure or services. While an interest in technology and an understanding of contract law is key, skills such as contract drafting and coming up with practical solutions to meet your client’s commercial needs are learnt through hands-on experience. And as your experience and knowledge grows, so will the complexity of the issues you get to consider.

Accepting a job offer from Minter Ellison at the end of my degree was an easy choice. But when an opportunity arose three years later to join some others in starting a software company from scratch, I left the firm to get some practical experience on the other side of the table. While this company is still going (and growing), I realised that my interest and passion lay in the practice of law, and returned to the firm.

Of course Minter Ellison has more to offer than its great work. The firm truly values and invests in its culture, providing plenty of opportunities to get involved in social, sporting, charitable and cultural events. In my time here I’ve mentored high school students, undertaken pro bono work for a range of not-for-profit organisations, and had the opportunity to interact with and advise people from all walks of business life.

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TECHNOLOGY, COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMERCIAL JARROD BAYLISS-MCCULLOCH ASSOCIATE BAKER & MCKENZIE One of the exciting things about working in the Technology, Communications and Commercial (TCC) space is that we’re on the cutting edge of major developments in the law as it tries to keep pace with rapid technological changes in the marketplace. Developments like the rise of social media, digital convergence in media platforms and technologies, and significant changes in telecommunications infrastructure (such as the National Broadband Network) as both governments and industry recognise the increasing importance of being globally connected, all have legal implications for our clients, which include the largest and most successful technology companies in the world. At Baker & McKenzie, the TCC group is a specialist group which forms part of a broader practice group: Intellectual Property, TCC and Media. Members of these three specialist groups work collaboratively to offer holistic advice to our clients on the legal implications of new technologies they develop or introduce to their businesses. Within that context, you can think of the TCC group as the commercial contracting specialists in the Firm. We act for some of the world’s leading technology companies and consumer brands. We draft, advise on and conduct negotiations in relation to large technology agreements (supply and distribution arrangements, systems integrations, outsourcing and technology infrastructure projects) and disputes arising out of these kinds of agreements. We also get involved in mergers and acquisitions in the IT and Media industries, and in the technology-related aspects of major transactions across

a wider range of industries. In conjunction with the other arms of the practice group, we advise on intellectual property rights, claims and disputes, media law (including broadcast issues and defamation) and telecommunications law. We also advise on related issues including data privacy and information security under the Privacy Act and consumer law issues around marketing, promotions, product liability and branding particularly in a core group of industries where intellectual property rights strike to the heart of the business, like high-end fashion houses and technology innovators. In today’s market, many of our clients’ brands are worth tens or even hundreds of billions of dollars. In fact, according to a recent report, four of our leading global clients had a combined brand value of over $500 billion in 2012. We work hard to protect the value inherent in those brands, and have received recognition for it in the market, being named “Global Law Firm of the Year for Intellectual Property” at the Chambers Global Awards 2013. During my time with the TCC group, I have had a lot of great development opportunities including working on site at a leading FMCG company, overseeing legal approval of the client’s consumer promotions and rolling out a new legal framework for the development and approval of major marketing and promotional campaigns. Showing that our practice also extends beyond traditional technology-focused industries, I am currently on parttime secondment at a major Australian bank, driving the implementation of a new contractual structure for offshore 79


services in 31 countries around the bank’s global network. During the last two years, I have also had the opportunity to provide specialist advice on the application of the Privacy Act, Spam Act, and Broadcasting Services Act while working with partners from the TCC, Media and IP groups, and of course, the Competition and Consumer Act which is particularly prominent across all of our areas of practice in the broader practice group.

develop new technologies, implement new systems and respond to constant changes in the regulatory landscape. This level of variety is particularly important in the early stages of your career, as you develop practical skills in project co-ordination, drafting agreements, commercial negotiation, client management, and business development. Working at Baker & McKenzie, in a leading global practice with unparalleled international credentials, just takes it to the next level.

In TCC, the work is diverse, challenging and fast-paced, from innovative cutting edge transactions to working closely with clients both domestically and globally as they

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS PETER BARTLETT MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS GROUP PAST CHAIRMAN, PETER ELLISON LAWYERS MINTER ELLISON The role of a media lawyer at Minter Ellison is demanding, frustrating, but always stimulating. One of the stimulating factors is that you can never predict what the day will bring. You may hear that a client has published something that it is indefensible, that a corporation or a well known individual is furious at something published and ‘wants blood’, that a bill is before parliament that requires urgent approaches to politicians, that you need to oppose the application for a suppression order happening in court almost now or that a party is seeking an injunction against the media. The Media Regulation Bills recently before Federal Parliament, raised concerns that a government official, the Public Interest Advocate, would have some control over media content. The Anti Discrimination Bill extended the definition of discrimination to include anything which ‘offends, insults or humiliates.’ Both could have infringed 80

freedom of speech and were strongly opposed. These were just some of the recent threats to free speech in Australia. We are involved in 5 separate actions where plaintiffs are seeking the disclosure of sources from journalists. One is going to the High Court and in another, we are awaiting a reserved decision from the Victorian Court of Appeal. We have acted in 2 cases where super injunctions where granted in December. These are injunctions to stop publication and even to prevent a report that the injunctions have been granted. A worrying development. In addition there are a significant number of orders made suppressing reports of what is happening in Court, despite the fact that the courts say that open justice is fundamental in a democratic society.


At a time when business models of traditional media are being attacked by the on-line environment, there appears to be an increased number of legal claims against the media. It is necessary to treat those complaints very carefully. Often the person complaining is very upset, but at other times, the complaint may have less substance. There is now the added risk that publishers will be sued in various countries around the world for their on-line publications. We are seeing more foreign publishers sued in Australia due to our conservation defamation laws. We acted for Fairfax Media last year when it was sued in Jakarta for US$1 billion, following the publication of a WikiLeaks article about the President. We were able to get the action struck out as it was not a proper class action known to Indonesian law.

privacy, trademarks, patents, passing off, suppression orders, ridicule, insurance and industrial law. There are a significant number of acts restraining publication, copyright, broadcasting and television regulation, telecommunications, satellite, privacy, advertising regulations, administrative law, Freedom of Information Legislation and many more. In an era of specialisation, you could not hope to be an expert in more than a few of these areas. The benefit of being in a firm such as Minter Ellison is that you can call on an in-house expert for almost any problem that arises. The areas of technology and communications (with particular emphasis on media law) is a challenging, but rewarding area. With uniform defamation laws, continuing challenges from legislation introduced into parliaments, an unsympathetic judiciary, the challenges are significant.

Defamation cases involve complex areas of law and raise difficult pleading points. When a writ is served in defamation, it is necessary to pay careful attention to the preparation of all court documents and interrogatories. We spend a lot of time making sure that these documents are correct. We are on call around the clock, 7 days of the week. Those calls can often come through the night due to the on-line publications. The iPhone and iPad have made our life a lot easier. In the past we had to be near a hard line telephone or use pagers. The pagers, fax machines in our homes and mobile faxes are now old technology. We are more contactable than ever before. Because of the strict deadlines faced by various publications, a client’s queries must be answered immediately, no matter what time of the day. There is little or no time for research. The developments in technology have led to an expanding role for those interested in wider media areas. For those about to commence practice, there are clearly opportunities available. Some of the expanding areas include telecommunications, pay television and the vast number of issues arising out of the Internet and communications law in general. Media lawyers practice in a variety of areas, such as print media, radio, television, telecommunications, pay television, film, entertainment, advertising and the ever expanding on-line environment. These areas in themselves raise a number of legal issues. They include competition, company law, tax, defamation, contempt, 81


WORKPLACE LAW LEIGH HOWARD GRADUATE CLAYTON UTZ As a law student looking to enter the legal profession, it is wise to find an area of law that exposes you to as many aspects of practice as possible. You should target areas that you’re interested in and enjoy. If your favourite subjects were criminal law and evidence at University, then working in a firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice may not be the best fit for you. After exposure to various kinds of practice through casual jobs and seasonal clerkships, I decided that Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety at Clayton Utz was right for me. Let me explain why.

Why Workplace? “Workplace”, as we like to call it, is considered a specialist practice. It differs to the other kind of work my colleagues in different practice groups carry out. It is very diverse. Workplace is both advisory (drafting contracts and industrial instruments) and litigious. It involves federal and state legislation, as well as the interpretation of international law (workplace relations legislation often gives effect to rights conventions). Applying the common law (including contract, equity and tort law) is a daily requirement. Workplace practitioners appear in both Federal and State Courts and Tribunals, and are required to negotiate, mediate and conciliate on behalf of their clients. When you take into consideration the additional legal issues that arise, such as workplace discrimination, safety, privacy, human rights, defamation and social media - you can be confident that commencing your legal career as a Workplace lawyer will equip you with an excellent skill base. Workplace is also fast-paced and challenging. You won’t be spending years acting in one piece of litigation or fighting your way through mountains of contractual 82

documents. Rather, the advice and assistance you provide your clients as a Workplace lawyer most commonly is concluded in a matter of days or weeks. Workplace is always evolving. There is never a dull moment, as workplace regulation has a habit of constantly changing as the political-pendulum swings.

Why Clayton Utz? For me, Clayton Utz was an obvious choice. I work with alongside some of Australia’s most gifted and experienced Workplace lawyers. I help them advise some of the leading ASX-listed companies and government instrumentalities. Because of Clayton Utz’s excellent reputation in Workplace and in business generally, we get exposed to some of the most cutting edge and exciting work that a Workplace lawyer can do.

What About You? I encourage you to think carefully and deeply about what aspects of law you enjoy practising as a lawyer. If Workplace law sounds appealing, a rotation in the Clayton Utz Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety group as part of our graduate program is a great choice. The opportunities, diversity of work and exposure to various aspects of practice will not disappoint.


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Do you have what it takes to be an exceptional lawyer? It takes the curiosity to see what others can’t; the ability to cut to the heart of any matter; and the character to push further than others. This is how we bring original, unexpected perspectives to our clients’ most complex and critical matters. Bring these qualities and we’ll expose you to inspiring people working together towards a new and distinctive vision. And we’ll reward your contribution with the responsibilities, challenges and opportunities you’d expect from a leading global law firm. We see a fascinating and exciting future for the business of global law. Do you? HERBERTSmITHfREEHIllS.Com/CaREERS


2900 lawyers / 43 offices / 6 continents nortonrose.com

Into the USA – Norton Rose will join forces with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP on 1 June 2013, creating Norton Rose Fulbright, a global legal practice with significant depth of expertise across the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Central Asia.

nortonrosegraduates.com

Norton Rose expands its international opportunities as part of the National Graduate Programme

China, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, UK

17 graduates per year, 4 months each

International graduate rotations


WHERE DO YOU WANT

TO GO?

AT CORRS, WE BELIEVE POTENTIAL IS THERE TO BE REALISED. TO SEE HOW VISIT CORRS.COM.AU/GRADUATES


V FIRM PROFILES


Firm Name

Website

Contact Person

Title

Email

Telephone

Firm Address

LIV Signatory

Application Method

Allens

www.allens.com.au

Kasey Zun

Graduate Resourcing Advisor

Student.careers@allen s.com.au

03 9613 8836

Level 38, 101 Collins Street

YES

Firm Website

Arnold Bloch Leibler

www.abl.com.au

Lauri Burke

Human Resources Consultant

lburke@abl.com.au

03 9229 9763

Level 21, 333 Collins Street

YES

CV Mail

Ashurst

www.ashurst.com

Justine Lewis

People Development Consultant

Justine.lewis@ashurst.c om

03 9679 3594

Level 26, 181 William Street

YES

Firm Website

Baker & McKenzie

www.bakermckenziecom /careers/australia/melbo urne

Talent Management Consultant

Natalie.mascarenhas@ bakermckenzie.com

03 9617 4349

Level 19, 181 William Street

YES

CV Mail

Clayton Utz

www.claytonutz.com.au

Catherine McDougall

Graduate and L&D CoOrdinator

cmcdougall@claytonut z.com

03 9286 6755

Level 18, 333 Collins Street

YES

Firm Website

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

www.corrs.com.au

Lisa Schultze

Human Resources Adviser

Lisa.schultze@corrs.co m.au

03 9672 3408

Level 36, 600 Bourke Street

YES

Firm Website

DLA Piper

www.dlapipergraduates. com.au

Samantha Clark

Graduate and Support Coordinator

Samantha.clark@dlapi per.com

03 9274 5000

140 William Street

YES

CV Mail

Gilbert + Tobin

me.gtlaw.com.au

Emma Garmston

People Team Advisor

clerkships@gtlaw.com. au

02 9263 4067

Level 22, 101 Collins Street

YES

CV Mail

Hall + Wilcox

www.hallandwilcox.com. au

Miranda Cawse

HR Advisor

Miranda.cawse@halla ndwilcox.com

03 9603 3418

Level 30, 600 Bourke Street

YES

CV Mail

Herbert Geer

www.herbertgeer.com.au

Kathryn Bonning

HR Consultant

kbonning@herbertgee r.om.au

03 9641 8905

Level 20, 385 Bourke Street

YES

Firm Website

Herbert Smith Freehills

www.herbertsmithfreehill s.com

Carla Ragonesi

Graduate Recruitment Consultant

Graduates.melbourne @hsf.com

03 9288 1234

101 Collins Street

YES

CV Mail

HWL Ebsworth

www.hwlebsworth.com.a u

Ella Meager

Human Resources Advisor

emeager@hwle.com.a u-

03 8644 3500

Level 26, 530 Collins Street

YES

Firm Website

Johnson Winter & Slattery

www.jws.com.au

Megan D’Cruz

Professional Development Advisor

Megan.dcruz@jws.co m.au

02 8247 9630

55 Collins Street

No

CV Mail

K&L Gates

www.klgates.com

03 9205 2000

Level 25, 525 Collins Street

YES

CV Mail

King & Wood Mallesons

www.kwm.com

Anna Henderson

Graduate Resourcing Consultant

Anna.henderson@au.k wm.com

03 9643 5544

Level 50, 600 Bourke Street

YES

Firm Website

Lander & Rogers

www.landers.com.au

Laura Grant

Graduate Resourcing Consultant

lgrant@landers.com.au

03 9269 9333

Level 12, 600 Bourke Street

YES

CV Mail

Maddocks

www.maddocks.com.au

Chloe Foster

Graduate CoOrdinator

Chloe.foster@maddoc ks.com.au

03 9240 0740

140 William Street

YES

CV Mail

Maurice Blackburn

www.mauriceblackburn.c om.au

Lauren Cations

Human Resources CoOrdinator

recruitment@mauricebl ackburn.com.au

03 9605 2700

Level 10, 456 Lonsdale Street

YES

CV Mail

Mills Oakley

www.millsoakley.com.au

Stephanie Fancoli

HR CoOrdinator

sfancoli@millsoakley.c om.au

03 9605 0920

Level 6, 530 Collins Street

No

CV Mail

Minter Ellison

www.minterellison.com

Liz Atchison

Graduate Resourcing Manager

Liz.atchison@minterellis on.com

03 8608 2000

525 Collins Street

YES

Firm Website

Norton Rose

www.nortonrose.com

Lisa Millar

HR Advisor

Lisa.millar@nortonrose. com

03 8686 6003

485 Bourke Street

YES

Firm Website

Russell Kennedy

www.rk.com.au

Angelika Wyrwa

Graduate Recruitment Officer

awyrwa@rk.com.au

03 8602 7227

Level 12, 469 La Trobe Street

YES

CV Mail

Thomsons Lawyers

www.thomsonslawyers.c om.au

Jemima Grieve

Human Resources Adviser

jgrieve@thomsonslawy ers.com.au

03 8080 3500

Level 39, 525 Collins Street

YES

-

Natalie Mascarenhas

Megan Kateiva

HR Specialist

Megan.kateiva@klgat es.com

All efforts have been made to ensure the information contained above is correct and accurate. Applicants should contact firms directly to confirm information.

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Applications Open

Applications Due

Interview Period

Date Offers Made

Clerkship Period(s)

Total Clerks Required

Total Graduate Positions

International Students?

15 July

4 August

September

8 October

Summer Winter

-

-

-

15 July

4 August

September

8 October

Nov-Dec Jan-Feb June-July

36

10-12

YES

15 July

4 August

AugustSeptember

8 October

November January June

55

16

YES, Visa Documents required

15 July

4 August

AugustSeptember

8 October

Nov-Dec

10-12

5

YES

15 July

4 August

-

8 October

-

-

-

-

15 July

4 August

September

8 October

Nov-Dec February July

45

15

No

15 July

4 August

September

8 October

Nov-Dec Jan-Feb June-July

40

10-14

No

15 July

4 August

AugustSeptember

8 October

Nov-Dec Jan-Feb June-July

12

TBC

No

15 July

4 August

-

8 October

-

-

-

-

15 July

4 August

9 September – 3 October

8 October

December July

14

7

No

15 July

4 August

-

8 October

Nov-Dec Jan-Feb July

60-70

30-35

-

15 July

4 August

-

8 October

July

6-10

-

No

15 July

4 August

5 September – 25 September

8 October

Nov-Dec Jan-Feb

4-8

-

No

15 July

4 August

August – September

8 October

Nov-Dec Jan-Feb June-July

25-30

-

No

15 July

4 August

Early September

8 October

Nov-Dec Jan-Feb July

TBC

TBC

YES

15 July

4 August

September

8 October

Nov-Dec Jan-Feb June-July

30-36

10

No

15 July

4 August

August

8 October

Nov-Dec Jan-Feb June-July

20-25

12

No

15 July

4 August

18 September – 27 September

8 October

December June-July

15-20

8-12

-

15 July

4 August

19 August – 27 August

8 October

Nov-Dec June-July

10-12

5-6

No

15 July

4 August

-

8 October

Summer Winter

50

-

-

15 July

4 August

14 August – 27 September

8 October

12 Weeks Nov-Feb

10

10

YES

15 July

4 August

Mid-September

8 October

November January July

24-30

6

No

15 July

4 August

August – September

8 October

Nov-Dec Jan-Feb

10

-

No

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VISIONARIES WANTED. Imagination, innovation, creativity— the catalysts that powers today’s most successful global companies. The way things get done today is not the way they will get done tomorrow. Just imagine. Are you a visionary? Join us.

Choosing a career at K&L Gates is selecting to be a part of a progressive and innovative law firm that continues to grow year on year. We work with market leaders across many industries in a range of exciting areas of the global economy.

We offer you the experience of more than 2,000 lawyers across five continents. We have a one-company, one-team mentality, constantly seeking ways to add value to our clients and your career objectives. We look to recruit talented people, then provide the opportunities and support for them to achieve their best. Join us and you will join a team of passionate professionals dedicated to providing exceptional client service.

Join us – Seasonal Clerkship Program Applications for our Melbourne Clerkship program open in July 2013. To apply and to find out more information about the firm, please visit our website at www.klgates.com.


Maddocks is ranked as one of Australia's Top 20 law firms. Get real experience from day one in an environment that supports you to develop the right skills and knowledge to kick start your career. As a clerk or graduate, you will work closely alongside highly regarded practitioners who are experts in their field. We are committed to the pursuit of excellence and focus on understanding our clients' legal requirements in the context of their business. For more information, visit our website www.maddocks.com.au


2900 lawyers / 43 offices / 6 continents nortonrose.com

Into the USA – Norton Rose will join forces with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP on 1 June 2013, creating Norton Rose Fulbright, a global legal practice with significant depth of expertise across the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Central Asia.

nortonrosegraduates.com

Our ten week summer clerkship programme will expose you to an ambitious, expanding, international legal practice with a clear strategy for the future.

Spend the summer with us


Matching ambition with opportunity You’ve worked hard. Done well. You have ambitions. We want you to experience the billion dollar deals, global clients and an environment where your ambition is supported by learning programs and partners with open doors. We believe it will make you a better lawyer. Ask us how Justine Lewis Recruitment Consultant T 61 3 9679 3594 justine.lewis@ashurst.com www.ashurst.com/graduates Level 26, 181 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia T 61 3 9679 3000 F 61 3 9679 3111

Australia Belgium China France Germany Hong Kong SAR Indonesia (associated office) Italy Japan Papua New Guinea Saudi Arabia Singapore Spain Sweden United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States of America

AustrAliA’s globAl lAw firm


see

the bigger picture

curiosity to see what others can't

A new perspective Being an exceptional lawyer takes the curiosity to see what others can’t; the ability to cut to the heart of a matter; and the character to push further than others. This is how we bring original perspectives to our clients’ most complex and critical matters. Bring these qualities and we’ll expose you to inspiring people working together towards a new and distinctive vision. We’ll reward your contribution with the responsibilities, challenges and opportunities you’d expect from a leading global law firm. We see a fascinating and exciting future for the business of global law. Do you? herbertsmithfreehills.com/careers

Same same, but...

ALWAYS DIFFERENT The way we build careers, engage clients, communicate and grow our business – it’s a little ‘same same’ but a whole lot different. Sure, we’re similar to other great law firms (eg the best clients, nice offices, ordinary coffee!) – but we move beyond this with a global vision and a culture that’s creative, innovative and commercial. A culture that’s brought us to the centre of world growth, where we bring bold new capabilities and challenge the established norms. Where you can be involved in the biggest and the best global assignments – and have a little fun along the way. Get social with a firm that’s different – facebook.com/KingWoodMallesons


YOUR PASSION YOUR CAREER OUR FIRM We can’t promise you’ll become a great lawyer overnight, but we’ll be there every step of the way helping you to reach your goal. Interested?

ADELAIDE AUCKLAND BEIJING BRISBANE CANBERRA DARWIN GOLD COAST HONG KONG LONDON MELBOURNE PERTH SHANGHAI SYDNEY ULAANBAATAR WELLINGTON

Find out more at www.minterellison.com/careers

www.minterellison.com SYD10 0313

BORN GL BAL At Baker & McKenzie we are different in the way we think, work and behave. Like no other law firm, we were born global. Right from the beginning we’ve been offering a genuinely global perspective and operating without boundaries around the world. Our established global reach offers you an extraordinary career in the global economy, exchanging rich local insights and knowledge with the best legal minds from all over the world every day. And our unrivalled regional and local development programs will make you a truly global lawyer. Fast. We’re an entrepreneurial firm where new ideas and innovation are encouraged at all levels. A place where small teams and a personal approach to your career means you can go as far and fast as your talents and drive will take you.

Ready to explore our world? Natalie Mascarenhas +61 3 9617 4349

www.bakermckenzie.com/careers/ australia/melbourne/


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