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Dispute Resolution – Solicitor / Senior Associate – Canberra

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Work type: Full time - Permanent
Location: Canberra
Categories: Dispute Resolution

Our Canberra Dispute Resolution team are currently recruiting a senior Solicitor / junior Senior Associate candidate(approximately 3 to 5 years PQE) to work with Rebekha Pattison.

Rebekha’s practice includes administrative law (both merits and judicial review), regulatory investigations and advisory work (particularly in the telecommunications and utilities sector) and general litigation (focused on, but not exclusively for, the Commonwealth government). The mix of work is unique in the Canberra market, with very little high volume administrative law work.


The team is very close knit and has strong leadership from senior lawyers across the group who work together to expose you to good, challenging work. You will be given as much autonomy, and carriage of matters, as you are keen to take on.  We are strongly connected to the national firm, playing a leadership role in the national government strategy and working across matters with our interstate colleagues. Our lawyers get exposure to national matters, and help our clients deliver on their strategic priorities.


The Dispute Resolution practice is interesting and varied, we specialise in a mix of public law (predominantly litigation, but some advisory), commercial litigation, regulatory matters, and privacy and information security .  Our key clients include a number of large Commonwealth Government departments, and corporates.  If you have a keen interest in investigating and resolving disputes and providing advice on risk and the avoidance of disputes, we would like to welcome you into the team.


You will have


We are looking for someone who is a “self-starter”, proactively driving forward matters with an appropriate level of autonomy. Ideally you have some experience in solicitor advocacy, or a willingness to try! We are also seeking someone who is motivated to be a leader in the team and to be involved in building and maintaining client relationships.


First rate written and oral communication skills, strong drafting experience, top notch legal analysis and an ability to get across complex areas of law quickly, but what’s most important to us is that you have a passion for public and commercial law and providing excellent service to clients.  You will also have a strong interest in the industry sectors in which we operate – in particular working for the Commonwealth government.


You will be self-aware, positive and have the ability to work well with others; being able to collaborate and work in a team is critical to success at KWM.  You will need to be able to take direction from more senior members of the team on larger matters, as well as delegate work and run a team on those matters you have carriage of. In this ever changing legal and commercial landscape, you will also thrive in a culture that embraces change.


Having dispute experience gained in a similar environment (whether inhouse at a government department or in private practice) is desirable.  Experience gained within the federal jurisdiction  is also preferable as you will need an understanding of the operational processes of the Federal Courts and Tribunals. Experience from other jurisdictions is also valued.


Have an existing Security clearance (or have the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance)


Please note, this role requires Australian citizenship due to the security clearance obligation.


Who are we?


We are King & Wood Mallesons. The top tier international law firm, from Asia, for the world.


A firm born in Asia, underpinned by world class capability. With over 2000 lawyers in 30 global locations, we draw from our Western and Eastern perspectives to deliver incisive counsel.


Our unique firm was born out of a big idea – that the world needs a firm like us. A firm that can bridge East and West and create a new standard of world-class legal services. A firm that attracts clients and talent with borderless ambitions. To become the leading top tier international law firm from Asia, for the world.  Our clients need a top tier firm in the region who can match deep local understanding with a world-class platform. That's us. That's KWM.


We are driven by a simple purpose – to use our mastery of the law for the lasting prosperity of our clients, people and communities. It’s why we exist. It’s why we are KWM.


Everything we do is grounded in a set of core principles which guide the way we operate as a leading international firm – how we enable our clients to succeed; how we grow our people to be their best and how we support our communities to thrive.


•          Empathy

•          Betterment

•          Quality

•          Generosity

•          Clarity

•          Creativity

•          Trust

•          Dynamism


Why work with us?

We want to be the law firm clients love to work with and a great place to work and grow for our people. It’s important to us and our clients that you our people find working at KWM an enjoyable and rewarding experience.  

We know our people value flexibility around when and where they work. So we are committed to offering a more adaptable way to work, we call this Agile Working.

Growth conversations and real-time feedback is also a priority.  So whether it’s more targeted and meaningful conversations around professional and personal development, regular feedback, coaching or developing infrastructure, we want to help our people grow. 

What else we’ll offer

  • Formal and informal flexible working patterns and leave arrangements
  • Holistic wellbeing programs to support mental and physical health, including access to a broad range of mental health resources, gym memberships, flu vaccinations and skin cancer checks
  • Mobility around our network when opportunities arise
  • Access to a large range of learning and development opportunities
  • A detailed framework to support working parents in balancing their personal and professional priorities
  • Corporate discounts on health and general insurance, superannuation advice and other products and services
  • Opportunities to participate in a wide range of pro-bono and community impact programs, and inclusion networks


How to apply

Please apply by selecting the "apply now" link below and completing an online application form.

For further information on this role, please contact Britt Evans, Resourcing Consultant at britt.evans@au.kwm.com.

King & Wood Mallesons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to principles of diversity and inclusion. Applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged.

If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you must hold all visas and other approvals necessary for you to work for the firm in Australia.

Agencies - please note that we are not currently accepting applications from agencies for this role.

All job applications must be submitted through kwm.com, Seek, LinkedIn or an authorised agency, applications through any other third party websites will not be accepted.

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