Where can you see yourself next?

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...

The in-house market is as active as I can recall over the last 5 years. We are seeing industry wide demand for in-house counsel, predominantly within the 5-12 year PAE. Sure the usual suspects, financial services, insurance, TMT and construction continue to fire, however, we are also seeing an increase in demand for lawyers within the venture capital, private equity, FinTech, technology start-up, real estate, not-for-profit, energy and healthcare sectors. Unlike the real estate market, the legal industry is most definitely a buyer’s market! Attractive in-house options seem endless as was clearly evident last Thursday evening at the annual Lawyers Weekly...

Legal contracting and temp opportunities explored So this is a photo of my mum, Vivienne, my sisters and me, taken in the 80s.  Clearly perms were all the rage back then, as were perm jobs… Fast forward to 2021, I look back at those times with fond memories (I miss having a fringe, oh and a full head of hair!). Many things are different nowadays, the way in which we style our hair of course, and notably the way in which we approach our careers and working life. In the late 1970s, after having three kids, Mum made the tough decision to...

Support Staff, it’s time to prepare for your salary reviews! It’s coming into that time of year when firms start preparing and gathering data for salary reviews! And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want a pay rise especially as many people didn’t have their usual review or raise last year. While the data is still being gathered (wage growth numbers are usually released in May), the growth rate is expected to remain lower than pre-COVID rates, at around the 1.4 to 2%, which translates for most legal secretaries on salaries between $60,000-$90,000, to a $1,200 to $1,800 increase. The good news...

We're proud to announce that Montgomery’s UK office has formally partnered with Ashurst on a new Diversity & Inclusion initiative, designed to level the playing field for candidates from all backgrounds. We are one of eight recruitment firms across the UK who have pledged a commitment to the initiative, which aims to ensure candidate representation of the widest talent pools, including but not limited to social mobility, gender, disability and LGBTIQ+.  This will be measured by: Shortlisting and introducing a diverse talent pool. Annual analysis and reporting to provide clarity of diversity in the market. Promoting transparency throughout the recruitment process by...

Mo money, mo problems As you delve into the legal world and start to get more familiar with the way it works, you’ll come to realise that no matter where you find yourself, whether it be in a modest suburban practice or a fancy firm sitting at the big end of town, there is one question that unites all lawyers which Destiny’s Child aptly phrased in their 90s smash hit "Can you pay my bills?".  For clarity, the ‘you’ there is the client, who after receiving a bill for legal fees is likely asking “why is this bill so expensive?”, “do...

With the successful rollout of the various Coronavirus vaccines across the UK in recent months, it feels like a return to (almost) business as usual for the legal profession. We are busy with job briefs across almost every practice area, with real demand for lawyers with M&A, Funds, Banking & Finance, TMT and Employment law skillsets. The Litigation sector is rumbling along, but arguably hasn’t seen the boom in work that many in the industry predicted – as a result, there are proportionately less roles available than we might perhaps expect at this time of year. Commercial Real Estate & Infrastructure...

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...

Welcome to the year of promise! As suspected at the tail-end of last year, we have experienced a very busy start to 2021 with plenty of opportunities across the country. New South Wales remains the busiest state in the country with opportunities across all practice areas and a substantial number of in-house opportunities.  We have seen a significant increase in corporate related positions, including M&A (private and public), private equity and/or equity capital markets; in addition to tax (which was dead quiet last year) and property. There has also been a continuing demand for construction, competition, TMT, employment, finance and litigation lawyers. ...