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Calling all passengers on Flight 101 to Sydney (from London)! From hard lock down at the start of October, it is remarkable to think that international travel will be a possibility from November.  With the world opening up to travel we should start to once again see visas granted to legal professionals looking to relocate to Australia. UK lawyers were buoyed by the news in July of the post-Brexit trade agreement with Australia that set out the intention for UK lawyers to be able to practise in Australia without the need for requalification.  While the details and logistics continue to be sorted...

2022 is coming… forget the great resignation, you need resource allocation… Every talent-based article I have been reading lately talks about the looming ‘great resignation of 2022’.  Some researchers have suggested that up to 60% of people will be searching for jobs by March 2022!  Personally, I am not entirely sure about the ‘great resignation’ given the amount of recruitment activity we have experienced over the last 18 months; however, either way, internal legal teams need to start future proofing their team. General counsels, executives and hiring managers are constantly concerned about their legal support function, their teams are stretched, and resources...

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...

Transitioning from 'Uni Life' to 'Professional Life' After a few months on hiatus, I’m back with a few tips to help budding lawyers continue to blossom on their career journeys! This month, my colleague James Cockerill and I had the pleasure of presenting at a virtual event hosted by the Macquarie University Law Society, where we shared a few insights about our own experiences, and what we have learnt from working with some amazing lawyers, on effectively transitioning from university life to full time work. We spoke about the physical challenges of starting out (full time work takes time to get used to)...

As Office Manager, one of the things I’m really proud of is Montgomery’s commitment to sustainability.  Although we are an office based business, we have seized every opportunity to impact the environment in a positive way: We reduce our energy and water consumption in the office by shutting down computers each day, keeping meeting room lights off when not in use, running the dishwasher only when it’s fully packed and discarding ‘yesterday’s drinking water’ in the planter boxes. We boast a strict waste management system which encourages staff to re-use or recycle (including Red Cycle), separate organic waste from landfill,...

The charity Montgomery chose to support last quarter was Foodbank, an excellent organisation that supports charities and vulnerable Australian families living with food insecurity.  This is something which has significantly increased since the start of the pandemic and the need for Foodbank’s emergency food hampers has now increased by 351%.  The impact of our donation will see a family of 4 put food on the table for around the next 6 months. Foodbank is an organisation that is really making a difference, not only by supporting millions of vulnerable Aussies, but also by playing a role in reducing food waste.  More on...

What date did you join Montgomery?  October 2021. What is the best & worst part of the job so far?  The best part so far would be working in a friendly and supportive culture and getting to know everyone at Monty.  The worst part would be possibly having to break bad news to candidates when they don’t get the role they may have had their heart set on.  However, it is always important to remain positive and resilient as there is always opportunity! Where did you grow up?  Sydney, Australia. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? ...

What date did you join Montgomery?  September 2021 (during lockdown!!!). What is the best & worst part of the job so far?  The people I work with for sure!  Everyone is so friendly and supportive.  I already feel so welcome.  For the worst part - although there are perks to working from home, I’m keen to experience working alongside everyone in person at the Monty office. Where did you grow up?  I grew up in West Side Auckland, New Zealand. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?  TV News presenter. Who is your mentor or greatest inspiration?  Definitely...

What date did you join Montgomery? Aug 2021 (during lockdown!!!). Where did you grow up?  Belgrade, Serbia.  My family immigrated to Australia when I was 3 and we settled in Wollongong, which is where I've lived to this day! As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?  I had dreams of becoming a dentist, which unfortunately didn’t come to fruition after a poor run with dentists in my teenage years. Who is your mentor or greatest inspiration?  My parents. What is your greatest achievement?  Graduating university. What is your favourite movie?  Sweet Home Alabama. What is your favourite board game?  Family Feud. If...

No, it isn’t 1666* - but you could be forgiven for thinking so, as the London legal market is on fire! The combination of a successful rollout of the UK’s vaccination program, and a robust start to the financial year has resulted in a high level of hiring confidence among UK law firms (and the market in general). Deal flow is at a 2-year high, and almost every lawyer we speak to is flat out (and has been for months). In the US, Milbank jumping the Cravath salary scale has had a significant ripple-effect on the UK market, so financially, a move...