JWS Consulting is a division of Johnson Winter & Slattery providing commercial consulting services.
We are engaged by major Australian and international corporations as legal counsel on their business activities, disputes and most challenging matters.
Established in 1993 by Tony Johnson, Nigel Winter and Peter Slattery as a boutique corporate firm, JWS grew rapidly to become a leading independent Australian firm.
The quality of our legal advice and service to clients is recognised through independent industry recognition and direct client feedback.
Learn more about breaking news at Johnson Winter & Slattery, including major transaction announcements, practitioner appointments and team expansions.
JWS supports a number of community initiatives and not for profit organisations across Australia through pro bono legal work and charitable donations.
We are proud to sponsor a number of community initiatives.
Our clerkship and internship programs are a realistic snapshot of your future as a lawyer at Johnson Winter & Slattery. You will be given the opportunity to work on matters impacting major Australian and international corporations, and on some of the most challenging transactions throughout Australia and surrounding regions.
In addition to ‘on the job’ training you will also have the opportunity to learn from our specially designed training program for junior lawyers.
Learning, development and mentoring are key features on both of our programs and you will be well supported by a network of colleagues.
Join JWS, and be a part of this excellent learning environment.
Check out our four part video series describing life as a junior lawyer at JWS.
The South Australian Trivarsity Law Fair - Friday 15 March 2019
Queensland Law Society Legal Careers Expo - Monday 25 March 2019
Law Institute of Victoria Legal Careers Fair - Thursday 11 July 2019
The Blackstone Society Perth Law Careers Fair - Friday 10 May 2019
Sydney University 2019 Law Careers Fair - Tuesday 5 March 2019
New South Wales Law Society 2019 Law Careers Fair - Friday 29 March 2019
In our Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth offices we offer 4-week summer clerkship programs.
Clerkship 1 – Monday, 1 July 2019 to Friday, 26 July 2019
Clerkship 2 – Monday, 18 November 2019 to Friday, 13 December 2019
Clerkship 3 – Monday, 13 January 2020 to Friday, 7 February 2020
Clerkship 4 – Monday, 29 June 2020 to Friday, 24 July 2020
Depending on availability you will have the option to pick the program that best suits you.
As a clerk, you will be given access to real work and real experiences. Clerks at JWS are given the opportunity to work with practitioners across all of our practice areas, giving you the unique opportunity to develop a broad base of experience early in your legal career.
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.
In Sydney, we do things differently! JWS offers internship opportunities to students in their last two years of Law School.
Our interns typically work full time during the holidays, similar to a ‘summer clerkship’, but also on a part time basis during the academic term. This provides an opportunity for you to play an ongoing role in complex transactions and disputes.
Over the summer months we look forward to our interns working with us on a full time basis, however we can be flexible if needed. We know it is a busy time of the year for travel and international exchanges and we encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities if they arise.
As an intern, you will have the opportunity to work in a select practice group or gain experience across all of our practice areas. JWS is an exceptional place to begin your career, build relationships with some of Australia’s most successful companies whilst being mentored and taught by some of Australia’s best lawyers.
Applications open - Monday, 4 March 2019
Applications close - Tuesday, 2 April 2019
To read about our latest opportunities please click here.
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.
Penultimate year and final year law students
Induction, practice area talks
Mentor and buddy program
Emphasis on learning how the firm operates and practical application of legal skills across a variety of practice areas
Learn on the job, working closely with partners and clients
At the completion of university studies
Complete College of Law
Graduate Academy – core legal skills training workshop
Building commercial acumen
On being admitted
Begin to specialise at 2-3 years PQE
Junior Lawyer Development Program
Continue to build legal and professional knowledge
Access to clients
Opportunity for secondments
Continue to develop commercial awareness and acumen
Consideration for appointment, generally at 5-6 years PQE
Established in practice area of interest
Sound legal and professional knowledge
Manage the conduct of matters autonomously
Develop client relationship skills
Develop commercial acumen
Consideration at 10+ years PQE
Thoroughly developed legal and professional skills
Well developed client relationship skills
Strong commercial acumen
Technical competence – consistently producing correct and best legal solutions
If you have any questions about our clerkship program please email us.