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Careers at William Roberts Lawyers

Who are we?

William Roberts Lawyers is a dynamic and innovative law firm, specialising in disputes resolution, personal, commercial and property transactions. The firm has proven success in delivering client solutions through transparent client practices, effective client costing structures and smart resourcing decisions. Energetic and driven by a stringent ambition, the firm has strategically positioned itself to have an international presence via Singapore and a growing national presence with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

What do we offer?

We are an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate on any basis when recruiting staff. In fact, we have over 15 languages spoken fluently by our staff! In diversity lies our strength – we are a culturally rich firm wherein we appreciate, adapt and invite different contributions.

We provide a supportive work environment, stimulating work and close mentoring by senior legal practitioners in the firm and experts in the field.

We are always keen to speak to talented graduates and experienced lawyers who believe that commercial insight is second nature in assisting clients to achieve their desired outcome.

“I joined William Roberts three years ago as a Lawyer. Since joining the team, I have worked on many aspects of commercial litigation cases, but mostly on various class actions, with work ranging from preliminary investigation and case theory development through to the preparation of pleadings, discovery and evidence. I have had the opportunity to deal directly with clients, experts and litigation funders. More broadly, I have also had the chance to work with senior management at major international banking and insurer clients of the firm, concerning non-class action litigation matters.

I was promoted to Senior Associate in January 2020. I have gained an enormous amount of experience and knowledge at William Roberts and I respect my mentors who have been kind and generous with their time. I enjoy being a part of a growing team and now, as a Senior Associate, I have also been given the opportunity to supervise and mentor junior colleagues.

William Roberts currently has twelve active class actions in the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of NSW, which include claims brought on behalf of shareholders as well as mass tort and consumer actions. Impressively, we also act for defendants in class actions, including AMP. We have an expanding team and I am excited about what the future will bring.” Katrina Li, Senior Associate

Why join us?

Our team is motivated, innovative, talented and committed to excellence. The firm invests heavily in the development of its staff and promotes a non-hierarchical firm culture where senior leaders are accessible and invest in others.

William Roberts has a range of programs in place that support the development and career progression of our team including a fair remuneration and rewards scheme that is underpinned by our commitment to gender pay equity.

We provide a supportive team culture where your contribution is valued and efforts are rewarded. To develop to your full potential we have:

  • An innovative and transparent career development framework linked to firm values
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Health and wellbeing program – including healthy eating options such as monthly breakfasts and fresh fruit on a daily basis, confidential & complimentary access to employee assistance programs (also available to families), social activities including an end of year party, birthday celebrations, morning teas and monthly team drinks.
  • Flexible work practices
  • A study support program
  • Access to coach and/or mentors to assist with professional development.
What we look for?

We are passionate about what we do and proud of our firm culture. Our vision is to be a Better Business. That means Better Values, Better Engagement and Better Solutions. To ensure our success and retain our firm culture, we look for people who align with our firm’s values.

We are committed to our people and have a rewards & recognition program wherein staff efforts are met with various rewards like bonuses, gift cards, graduation and admission gifts, to name a few.

What makes William Roberts different?

First and foremost, autonomy. Lawyers have autonomy while running their matters and this level of client interaction is definitely a game charger for new lawyers.

We trust our entire team, including our junior lawyers which enables them to have carriage of their own matters, with supervision from their mentors and a principal. Direct client interaction is not restricted to senior lawyers. Our flat management team operate on an open-door policy making the senior team accessible & approachable.. As part of ongoing professional development, staff are provided with regular feedback from their mentors & are encouraged to attend various seminars/workshops to upskill.

We offer our team the opportunity to excel. We believe that continuous development is key to career success and offer a wide range of learning programs across the business to ensure our people are set up for success. William Roberts seeks to promote talent from within so as to provide career growth opportunities. It follows that external hires occur during periods of growth.

Learning and development

  • Performance planning and review process
  • In-house CLE seminars and workshops
  • Externally recognised CLE seminars and workshops
  • Monthly CLE workshops
  • Client secondments
  • Executive and Leadership development
  • Further tertiary studies and support
  • Induction
  • On the job training & hands-on mentoring
  • Competitive market salaries
  • Annual salary reviews.