Careers at JWS

There are many aspects of our firm which make it a great place for people to shine and to develop brilliant legal careers.

Our lawyers thrive in an open environment with few internal administrative boundaries. The absence of formalised teams means that junior lawyers get to work alongside different specialists right across the firm. And our low leverage structure means that this is normally with partners. This invaluable on the job learning is supported by structured mentoring and professional development programs. So if you want to be part of a firm with a reputation of providing outstanding legal advice to the best in business, we want to hear from you.

Find out more

To find out what makes JWS unique, check out our four part series describing life as a summer clerk at JWS.

Part of the team                                                    Flexibility

      

No billable targets                                                Quality work

         

 

For examples of our recent work and more information on our clerkship program, click on the links to the left or look through our Careers Brochure and JWS Review below.

      

 

JWS is a great place to work. Whether you’re a lawyer or support professional, you become a valued part of a talented team taking on some of the most challenging and rewarding legal work in Australia.

Our culture

We’re a highly professional and focused firm, committed to delivering superior service to our clients and each other. While integrity, accountability and high performance are expected, staff notice the friendly, open and collaborative atmosphere in all of our offices. From the moment people join the firm they feel part of a truly supportive team where their contribution is valued and efforts are rewarded.

A different structure

Low leverage model

We recognise that superior outcomes are achieved on strategic and complex matters through the hands-on involvement of expert senior lawyers. We therefore maintain a higher ratio of partners to lawyers than our rivals, and focus on assignments suited to this low leverage structure. This means graduates and young lawyers are involved in major matters right from the start. They work directly alongside partners and clients, providing unique development opportunities and the chance to develop strong client relationships early on in their careers.

No fixed internal silos

Comparatively we have a relatively flat internal structure with no fixed work groups. This is to ensure the best people and the right resources are pulled together on each assignment, regardless of their primary area of practice or location. Graduates and lawyers are not confined to practice areas, providing variety of work and broad experience gained from working across all practice areas with lawyers from each office.

No time recording budgets

As a commercial law firm we are still required to record our time and bill our clients, but we choose not to set individual or group billable hour budgets. This means that all our lawyers can focus on producing excellent work, developing their skills and working together without undue pressure of the burden of budgets.

 

 

 

We believe that a diverse range of experiences helps to develop the legal and commercial skills required to provide first class counsel to clients, and the necessary foundation for later specialisation in your career.

From clerkship right through to partner, we encourage and support all our lawyers to proactively develop and manage their careers. Lawyers are not pigeon-holed in the early stage of their careers, allowing them to work across a variety of practices and pursue their interests as they develop.

While on-the-job training is essential for career development, this is supplemented by a structured professional development program for practitioners at all levels. Refer to the diagram below for career steps and development programs at JWS.

Career steps at JWS

 

A major reason law students choose our firm is the excellent learning environment we offer.

JWS is an exceptional place to begin and develop your career and gain early experience on major client matters. Our clerkship program is a snapshot of life as a JWS lawyer. The introduction to our firm and the way we practise law will demonstrate why our firm is such an excellent place to start your career. Our clerks and graduates work with senior lawyers across all of our practice areas giving them the unique opportunity to develop a broad base of experience early in their legal careers.

Check out our four part video series describing life as a summer clerk at JWS.

Applications and dates

Written applications should include a covering letter, CV and current official academic transcript. They should be addressed to Wilma Lewis, Professional Development Advisor.

All applications must be submitted via cvMail.

Contact us

If you have any questions about our clerkship program please email us.

While we place a strong focus on promoting talent from within the firm, we often have exciting opportunities for experienced lawyers and support specialists to join our team.

We look for outstanding people who bring the necessary skills and experience to each position, and will thrive in a collaborative environment. Where possible we support flexible working arrangements for staff as we recognise the value in retaining outstanding individuals who require flexibility in their work commitments. If you have the skill, talent and drive to help shape our firm’s future, we would like to hear from you.

Legal staff

JWS has a reputation for providing practical commercial solutions and outstanding client service. Our hands on approach creates an environment in which ambitious lawyers become directly involved in significant opportunities from an early stage. While we aim to develop lawyers from within the firm, we also recruit experienced lawyers and industry specialists from time to time when we have specific needs in a practice area.

For more information on current opportunities, contact our Professional Development Advisor Wilma Lewis (+61 2 8247 9630) or submit your CV for our consideration.

Submit CV - Legal

Support staff

Our administrative and support staff play an integral role in ensuring our lawyers are well-equipped to deliver outstanding client service. They work closely with lawyers and each other, making our commitment to client service a reality. We seek dedicated and professional individuals with initiative and energy who want to play a direct role in the firm's success.

For more information on current opportunities, contact one of our Office Services Coordinator below or submit your CV for our consideration.

Submit CV - Support

Adelaide

Danielle Trezise
T +61 8 8239 7162

Brisbane

Jan Harris
T +61 7 3002 2515

Melbourne

Kylie Adams
T +61 3 8611 1334

Perth

Lee McIntosh
T +61 8 6216 7211

Sydney

Lauren Hicks
 T +61 2 8274 9510

 

Current opportunities with JWS

We look to recruit talented and enthusiastic lawyers and support professionals and to give them opportunities to achieve their best. To learn more about current opportunities, please use the search options below or click on a position. You can also register your details for future opportunities via the Register link.