Where can you see yourself next?

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. ...

Boutiques are the new Black While COVID was a time of stress and uncertainty for most major law firms in Australia; it was a time of opportunity for the growing number of high quality boutique firms in the market. The well run boutique firms are low cost, often have a broad (and very loyal client base), are experts in their field and due to high profit margins are well placed to compete with larger firms on staff salaries. Prior to COVID, boutique firms’ greatest challenge was attracting top talent in a highly competitive market where they have little brand recognition. There has never...

New year, new matters? If not, here are some new tips for junior lawyers hoping to be the legal industry’s next rising stars. Communication is key.  How many times have you seen “excellent verbal and written communication skills” listed at the top of the required attributes section of a job ad? I’m guessing pretty much every time, because like it or not, communicating effectively is one of the most, if not the most, critical aspect of your job as a lawyer. While this might seem glaringly obvious to some, what many lawyers tend to overlook is how crucial communication is within the workplace. Particularly for those just starting...

Last month, Glenn in our London office co-hosted a webinar for UK-based lawyers keen on a move to Australia. The discussion covered the state of the Australian legal market (which has been resilient throughout the pandemic, especially when compared to the UK), as well a discussion around Montgomery’s position as a leading legal recruiter and what a typical international candidate should expect (and plan for) when considering an overseas move. Despite the fact that Australia’s borders remain closed to foreign-qualified lawyers for the short-term, it was encouraging to see 50+ lawyers on the call, many of whom have committed to planning a...

Legal Secretary now… what’s next? The 2021 job market for legal secretaries has had a strong start, with many opportunities in not only a great range of practice areas, but also your choice of firm size (including global, top-tier, mid-tier and boutique), meaning lots of options to find the right fit for you.  But if you are looking for something a little different in your next position, there are some great roles where you can focus on your favourite part of the job, whilst taking a new direction with your career!  To get you started, checkout the list below to see if...

Thinking about a move to Australia?  2021/22 is the time to explore greener pastures and despite COVID, opportunities to secure visas still exist. Join international legal recruiter Glenn Johnston and migration specialist Brid Sutherland for a live video chat, as they explain how to make the dream a reality and relocate to Australia.   Date:    Thursday 28 January, 2021 Time:    1pm London Time (GMT) Hosts:   Montgomery Associate Director, Glenn Johnston and JWS Migration Agent, Brid Sutherland REGISTER HERE:    http://Zoom_Registration_Form//Montgomery_Webinar   Join the conversation now by sending your questions to glenn@montgomeryadvisory.co.uk...

I can’t say I have ever felt like people need more of a break than what I have observed over the past few weeks.  Fatigued, some broken, even the once enthusiastic chorus of staff looking to celebrate a Christmas Party (or two or three), a single, typically team-based Christmas Party, is now met with a look of indifference. It has been reported that while Australia dipped into a recession, the legal sector (like it always seems to do…) experienced a profitable year. Helps if you have a diversified full-service law firm, as anecdotally at least, not all law firms have had such...

One thing that can often be over looked in the recruitment process is a lawyers’ behaviour pre and post resignation. For most of you, it goes without saying that you will respect your employer to the very end; however, when you are unhappy and stressed it can sometimes be hard to keep the bigger picture in mind. Set out below is a list of things you should always be mindful of when departing an organisation: When you have decided to make a move it can be hard to remain motivated; especially if you are not culturally aligned to a partner, GC or...

The Summer holidays is when many of us take the time to reassess and make plans for the year that is about to start.  No doubt after the year we have had, there will be a lot of people taking time to assess all aspects of their lives over the break. The legal support and shared services job market is most certainly making a fast return; in particular, business development, HR and paralegal roles. Legal secretary opportunities are also making a strong comeback in some practice areas – most notably, in defendant insurance, commercial disputes and employment – and we expect the other practice...

So after countless hours of studying in the law library and holidays spent doing anything and everything that will get you a law firm gig, you’ve finally done it. You’ve landed your dream job as a lawyer, congratulations! But what now? For some of you seasoned veterans, you’ll already have a decent idea of what it takes to survive and thrive in the big bad legal industry, but for others, this is the first time you’re stepping onto the magic carpet and diving into a whole new world. Just like all adventures, there will be some thrilling highs, but you’ll probably...