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Legal

April - June 2014

Hotspots

 

Employment/Workplace Relations Lawyers – These Lawyers remain in high demand given the shortage of their skills. There are few specialist employment and workplace relations teams, hence there are fewer candidates available in the local market.  Candidates with five years PAE are in particular demand.

 

Partners with client followings – Demand is evident for Partners with client followings across all disciplines. Employers look for a client following of at least $500,000-$750,000 in terms of transportable fees. Mid-tier firms with an entrepreneurial edge and strong marketing and business development capabilities in particular are recruiting such candidates.

 

Property/Commercial Lawyers – Candidates with between three and seven years PAE are in demand, especially those with strata title and leasing experience.

 

Personal Injury – Several of the large PI firms are opening offices in regional locations, and need candidates with at least three to five years of personal injury experience. Ideally candidates who want to relocate to regional areas are favoured due to the quality of their skills.

 

Construction Litigation (front/back end) – Mid tier firms are looking for candidates with between five and seven years of PAE, at the senior associate level. Candidates with construction experience and a client following are most highly sought after.

 

Junior Commercial Litigators – Demand exists from small to medium sized firms for candidates with three to five years PAE.

 

Mid-senior Lawyers – Candidates with IT contracts and negotiations experience, such as IT outsourcing agreements and software licensing, are in high demand.  Mid to senior level lawyers with specialist commercial contracts experience are also sought for in-house legal counsel roles and contracts/commercial manager positions. Finally, mid to senior level lawyers with experience in the energy, engineering and construction industries are needed in response to the increase in upcoming projects in these industries.

 

Registered Migration Agents – Many migration firms are expanding their practices, which is leading to increased demand for Registered Migration Agents.

 

Trends

 

Within private practice, employers are cautiously hiring, with new jobs emerging in mid tier firms rather than top tier firms.  Candidate levels remain high compared to the number of jobs on offer.

 

In the in-house market, employers are recruiting more contractors to support upcoming projects, or assist with day-to-day workloads while permanent staff are reassigned to major projects. 

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