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October 2021 Welcome to the October edition of the Monty Monthly, pleasingly our first for some time written free from lockdown and, for me at least, with a haircut that reveals my ears once more. It’s been an interesting month, one that saw active candidate numbers decline noticeably as the lock down bit deeper and made most people pause their plans to move.  Conversely, the lockdown had zero effect on the appetite of the law firms to recruit and, across Australia, from the top-tiers to the boutiques, there remains an insatiable hunger to recruit across all practice areas. However, writing this on October...

Well, August has been simultaneously very dull and very exciting which probably doesn’t happen often.  On the one hand, many of us have sunk deeper and deeper into lockdown, whilst on the other hand recruitment activity continues to completely ignore COVID and soar.  If I had a third hand it would hold my hair, there’s so very, very much of it right now… Unlike our first forays into the pandemic last year, we’ve now entered an era where the demand for lawyers is largely unaffected by the strange times we’re moving through.  With global activity so strong, the UK and the...

It seems we’re always on the cusp of something at the moment, right now we’re on the cusp of another potential lock-down in Sydney.  Hopefully by the time you read this it will have come to nothing and we’re back to sharing seats again on the bus and forgetting that door handles are the true villain. We’re also on the cusp of lawyers receiving news of their 2021 pay reviews and bonuses, a tense time for all (particularly if you’re a law firm concerned that passing on anything short of a major lotto win will result in a mass exodus).  At...

Since the tentative return to recruitment we witnessed in mid-2020, the private practice market in Australia has quickly reached fever pitch once more.  From its beginnings in Sydney, the urgency has quickly reached Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra, and the stress cracks have begun to resurface at many firms. All practice areas are busy with corporate leading the charge.  Disputes, technology, banking and projects are close behind with every firm back at the table and new roles being released sometimes twice in a day.  We have seen salary being wielded as a weapon again and sign-on bonuses are once more a...

As I write this, we’re hearing reports of large scale rioting in Melbourne as thousands of Victorians try to get a haircut for the first time in 100 days.  It’s going to be a good week down there and hopefully the first of many steps back to normality for you all. Speaking of Victoria, this week has seen a major spike in recruitment activity in Melbourne and, unusually, the majority of the new roles released are for in-house lawyers.  We’ve seen new positions released in the healthcare, technology and insurance space so, if you’ve been considering a genuine sea change, get...

September has seen a continuation of the market improvements we’ve been experiencing since mid-June.  The challenges Victoria faced (and is facing) has weighed on the recruitment activity of some of the Melbourne firms (or those national/global firms with a major Melbourne presence) but, overall, we’ve seen confidence continue to build and, whilst the market is still a fair way from normal, it’s busy and lawyers seeking a move are back to securing multiple offers in some practice areas. Still in the highest demand are disputes lawyers; litigation teams large and small need to grow in the face of so much available...

Most of us would like to get as far away from 2020 as we can right now, even forgetting it happened altogether.  Unfortunately for many, there’s one item that can’t be forgotten and thoughts of it will linger around until the end of the year – the pay rise you missed in July and the anticipation that, at many firms, it’s going to be re-assessed and addressed in December. But in this market, after this year, what realistically can you expect and how should you approach the annual negotiation when it comes against a backdrop of so much upheaval? Here are some...

In light of the sheer scale of the challenge we’re facing globally I’m certainly not bold enough to try and predict when and how we escape the shadow of Covid19.   I won’t be going anywhere near the shape of our recovery curve or telling you this is a perfect time to reflect on your life goals whilst you craft a resume that prospective employers will be powerless to resist. However, with the beaches opening, kids returning to school and a chance for some light social interaction at the weekend, it is clear that things are beginning to improve.  If we keep...

What date did you join Montgomery?  September 2019 What is the best and worst part of your job?  Being part of a team who are great fun to work with whilst also having a genuine passion for doing the job properly.  The worst part is the underlying pressure exerted by team mates who exercise every, single day and never take a break, ever. Where did you grow up?  Near Bournemouth in Dorset (south west coast of the UK). As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?  An advertising copywriter. Fun kid. Who is your mentor or greatest inspiration?  I...