Role title

Litigation & Insolvency Lawyer/Associate

About Us

ClarkeKann is a commercial law firm located in Sydney CBD. Founded on a culture of authenticity, ClarkeKann commits to our people and encourages and values contribution at all levels. We enjoy a collaborative and friendly culture and recognise that it is our bright, dedicated and engaged team that gives us the edge. Clever thinking, flexibility and a passion for practical business minded solutions inform every aspect of our work. We tackle each new challenge with our clients’ commercial objectives foremost in mind. We do specialised work for quality clients and are all about achieving the best result through helping our clients make the right decisions and grow in what can be a challenging business environment. We regularly work with high net worth and entrepreneurial clients in all aspects of their business as trusted advisors. This approach has led to numerous long-standing relationships and has allowed us to partner with many of our clients throughout their evolution from small business to successful enterprise.

About the Role

Promising direct partner mentoring, ongoing professional development and access to a diverse client base, this is a unique opportunity for a Litigation Lawyer with 3-5 years PAE experience to enjoy a fulfilling and interesting legal career as well as a balanced lifestyle. The successful applicant will support Lesly Cho, Partner (Litigation & Dispute Resolution) and will have direct access to clients across a broad range of industries and organisations.

Preferred Candidate will ideally have experience in:

  • General Commercial Litigation
  • Building and construction law and litigation
  • Property related dispute resolution
  • Personal and corporate insolvency
  • Debt recovery
  • Drafting pleadings and other Court material and having conduct of files
  • Advocacy in NCAT, Local Court, District Court, Supreme Court and Federal Court
  • Mediations, trials and settlement conferences

Duties and Responsibilities

Client Related Responsibilities

  • Advise on legal matters to clients
  • Instruct in Court proceedings
  • Initiate and follow-up on all areas of legal documentation
  • Establish and maintain strong professional working relationships with clients
  • Exhibit and apply an unsupervised ability of understanding and operating within and responding to complex legal procedures and areas of change in law, rules and regulations

General Administration

  • Participate in relevant client business development activities
  • Achieve billable hour requirements
  • Participate in specialist committees. May be operationally based such as precedents or commercially based firm initiatives.
  • Undertake CLE and any other relevant training
  • Capable of demonstrating achievement of appropriate KPI’s, specifically:
    • Time recording
    • Fees billed and collected
    • Client maintenance
    • Provision of specific training

Qualifications and Skill Base

  • LLB or equivalent
  • Admission as a solicitor in the relevant jurisdiction
  • 3 to 5 years post admission commercial litigation experience
  • Must have knowledge of insolvency and Corporations Act as it relates to insolvency (but we do not want a dedicated insolvency practitioner)

Personal Attributes

  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to think commercially
  • Well rounded individual
  • Takes initiative
  • Team player
  • Good communicator
  • Approachable manner
  • Flexibility to adapt to continually evolving business needs
  • Self sufficiency coupled with core time management capabilities
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to review priorities and work to operational deadlines
  • Can work under minimal supervision but ensures follow up is achieved in clarifying ongoing requirements within the group

Firm Employment Benefits

  • 1 day of birthday leave each year
  • Study leave – if job related or agreed
  • Open door policy with full access to partners
  • Employee referral bonus
  • Buddy program
  • Monthly team meeting for firm updates and to celebrate birthdays & special milestones
  • End of trip facilities
  • Bike rack
  • “Dress for your day” and otherwise business casual attire during the workweek
  • Flu vaccination
  • Snacks
  • Tea, Coffee & fresh fruit
  • Annual firm events, including Melbourne Cup, Christmas Party
  • Friday night drinks
  • Pro bono work
  • 5 weeks annual leave – 2 PAE onwards
  • Laptop provided for both use in the office and to work remotely
  • Cover costs of annual practising certificate and Law Society membership fees
  • Cover admission costs for interstate candidates or graduates
  • CLE program
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Reimbursement for training seminars
  • Savings, cash backs and discounts through our employment management software

How to Apply

If this sounds like you we would love to hear from you! To apply please use the “Apply” button or email opportunities@clarkekann.com.au – all applications must include a covering letter and resume.