5+ PQE Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Senior Associate

Posted 01 November 2023
Job type Permanent
Discipline Associates
Contact NameAlison Barrett

Job description

We are seeking a Senior Associate to join our premier Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team to be based in Sydney.

This role is designed to be the right hand person to assist leading Partner Mike Gonski (noting that all lawyers in our team work with all partners, not just in Sydney but interstate and internationally).

This role is unique as no day of work will be the same as the last. One day you will be advising on cutting edge litigation, the next, front page of the newspaper M&A. We try and look at things a little differently to the usual and take a commercial lens to helping our clients look at employment issues.

We run a flat structure where we want our staff to feel like they are trusted and can be flexible with their time. This role is encouraged to be innovative and entrepreneurial. No idea is a bad one. If you want to try something new, that is a good thing.
Examples of such innovation include the famous HSF whistleblowing chatbot at more than 50 ASX listed board directors have on their phones to know what to do if they receive a whistleblowing claim.

Mike’s involvement outside of HSF in boards of for profit and not for profit entities as well as the government allows our practice to advise on what we think is market practice in an area as well as helping to create what is market practice.

You will undertake a range of work that supports and advises blue chip clients across multiple sectors on employment law. We act for at least 40% of the ASX 100 and 20% of the ASX 200 so this will increase the knowledge of what is market practice.

You will have responsibility for running matters and supervising and developing team members, as well as an important role in developing further business opportunities with existing and new clients. You will have extensive client exposure and opportunities to develop a network of relationships. You will benefit from exceptional learning opportunities working in a team of highly ambitious and collaborative legal and support staff.

Job Requirements:

To be successful in this role, you will:

  • have demonstrable experience in delivering advice on a range of employment law matters from a leading top tier private practice, government, or in-house environment;

  • have an excellent academic record, strong communication and teamwork skills;

  • have strong skills and experience in both ‘front end’ and litigation (including employment aspects of large-scale M&A transactions, general protections, payroll projects, whistleblowing and all types of Fair Work Commission proceedings);

  • have a hunger to learn and develop, and maintain a market-leading practice.