Corporate Lawyers – The demand for Corporate Lawyers with more than two years’ post admission experience remains high. Candidates with strong M&A experience are highly sought. Also Senior Associates are needed to join corporate private practice or in-house teams.
Telecommunications, Media and Technology Lawyers – There is increasing demand for candidates with specialist skills in telecommunications, media and technology who have a particular focus on telco at a senior level. This is a response to the booming technology market in both Australia and overseas.
Banking and Finance Lawyers – These Lawyers continue to be in high demand, especially those with five to eight years of experience in transactional, funds management, markets and project finance. They provide strategic advice on complex matters to banking and finance teams in both private practice law firms and banks. Capital Markets Lawyers are particularly attractive to employers, and law firms are seeking top-tier Financial Services Lawyers, particularly at Senior Associate level.
Insurance Lawyers – We are seeing continued demand for Insurance Lawyers at a senior level to join in-house teams, particularly in the financial services and professional services industries.
Property Lawyers – Property transactions are expected to remain at high levels this New Year. Employers are looking for both Property Lawyers and Licensed Conveyancers. Employers are ideally looking for candidates who can run conveyancing files from start to finish with minimal supervision.
We expect to see several law firms start recruiting early this year after undergoing structural changes in their organisations. Activity continues to pick up in the in-house market and demand is high for candidates with mid-level experience as organisations try to keep as much work in-house as possible, while only briefing out to firms when absolutely necessary. This is in order to reduce costs.