We have listed both the ‘Top Six’ Australian law firms, together with the increasing number of global firms, as well as the key mid-tier practices and the increasing number of boutique practices. Most, if not all offer graduate positions with high competition for spaces. Further information on clerkship and graduate roles are available on the links provided.
The key for graduates seeking positions is to prepare properly, research your selected firms and apply across several firms. We will be providing additional information on an ongoing basis and welcome your comments and queries.
Allens is one of Australia’s ‘Big Six’ firms and operates an independent partnership operating in alliance with London-based legal giant Linklaters LLP. One of the largest law firms in the Asia Pacific region, with almost 130 partners Allens has access to the Linklaters network and also operates a separate patent attorney practice.
The former Blake Dawson, Ashurst Australia is the Australian branch of Ashurst LLP, the UK-based global firm with over 3500 employees and offices in Australia, China, Japan, Europe, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Chicago-based multinational law firm is recognised as the 2nd largest international law firm in the world in August 2017 in terms of headcount—with almost 13,500 employees—and in terms of annual revenue, which reached US$2.67 billion for the 2017 financial year. The firm’s branding has also consistently achieved top ranking and its opportunities are strong within the ambit of its multinational orbit.
Another of the multinational giants, Clifford Chance was formed from the merger between London-based firms Clifford Turner and Coward Chance in 1987. The firm has expanded operations in the United States, Europe, and Asia until the major tripartite merger with German firm Pünder, Volhard, Weber & Axster and US-based Roger & Wells in 1999, which lead to major expansion. The firm is now one of the top 10 largest law firms in the UK’s leading law firms’ “Magic Circle” both by headcount and financial performance, with more than 3,000 employees in 36 offices, and £1.54 billion in total revenue. Read More
Clyde & Co
London-headquartered Clyde & Co has focused on five key practice areas: insurance, energy, trade & commodities, infrastructure and transport The firm employs over 2,200 legal professionals in 52 offices across the globe with 2017 revenues of over $730 million, placing in the higher echelons of global firms. Read More
The old line, Sydney-based law firm that forms part of the ‘Big Six’ Australian law firms. With annual revenue in excess of $430 million, 175 partners and over 1,200 personnel in six offices, it is one of the largest law firms solely based in Australia
Corrs Chambers Westgarth is an independent Australian commercial law firm founded in 1841. Its clients include national and international corporations, governments, banks and financial sponsors. The firm has relationships with law firms throughout Asia, the Americas, the Middle East and Europe. Read More
Gadens has a strong reputation in key areas like banking, energy and property, being the first Australian firm to establish a multi-disciplinary law practice. Operating from offices across Australia the firm has over 90 partners and more than 700 employees. Read More
Hall & Wilcox
Another ‘tier 2’ law leader with over 500 legal professionals and 70 partners, Hall & Wilcox provides a full legal service and has a quality group of top Australian law firms in its portfolio. Read More
A relative recent (1988) entrant into the major league, the firm has displayed high level innovation and been successful in its gender diversity, having the highest level of female partners in the larger firms. Read More
Herbert Smith Freehills
The firm employs 4700 and is co-headquartered in both London – the base for Herbert Smith – and Sydney, the home of Freehills.
One of the 10 largest law firms in the world, Jones Day is US-based and was ranked No. 1 n the US Law Firm Brand Index in 2017 with a major clutch of Fortune 500 clients in its grip , including General Motors, Goldman Sachs, and Verizon. Read More
A growing firm with its sights set upon being one of the legal leaders, Maddocks has worked hard to be both innovative and inclusive. The firm won the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association/Lexis Nexis Thought Leadership Award for innovation in flexible work practices in 2016 and continues to innovate within its practice areas.Read More
Mallesons Stephen Jaques
King & Wood Mallesons is an Australian, UK, Asian-based multinational based in Hong Kong. The predecessor firms included King & Wood, a member of the Red Circle of leading Chinese law firms, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, one of Australia’s ‘Big Six’, and British-headquartered, “Silver Circle” law firm SJ Berwin. Read More
Mills Oakley has a long history and with over 90 partners and almost 700 staff is a full service firm with a strong reputation and offering a full suite of legal services and opportunities for careers. Read More
Based in Australia, Minters has offices in five countries and 15 cities, including in every Australian capital city, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Auckland, Wellington and Ulaanbaatar. By number of Australian lawyers it is also the largest provider of legal services in Australia. Read More
Norton Rose is one of the world’s largest firms with total revenues of $2.1 billion in 2017/18. With a large Austalian network it has more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Read More
Sparke Helmore employs more than 600 people across eight offices in Australia, providing a full range of legal services. Read More