Working at JWS

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.