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Colin Biggers & Paisley was founded in 1900 and is one of the most established legal practices in the country. Operating out of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane it focusses on delivering a full range of legal services to the insurance, construction, property and business services sectors in Australia and abroad.

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Past Colin Biggers & Paisley Graduate Hiring Statistics

If you’re interested in working at Colin Biggers & Paisley, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when Colin Biggers & Paisley hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.


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  • Graduate Jobs (100%),

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  • Law (100%),

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  • Brisbane (40%),

  • Melbourne (40%),

  • Sydney (20%),

Work rights

  • Australian Citizen (100%),

  • Australian Permanent Resident (100%),

  • New Zealand Citizen (100%),

Past Colin Biggers & Paisley Graduate Programs

Check out some of Colin Biggers & Paisley's past jobs they have posted on GradConnection over the last 12 months. Understanding the details about what a graduate employer is looking for well before applications have opened can sometimes be the edge you need to secure your first graduate program.


Colin Biggers & Paisley 2021 Graduate program - Melbourne

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Graduate Jobs

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Law

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Melbourne

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Australian Citizen, New Zealand

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Colin Biggers & Paisley 2021 Graduate program - Brisbane

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Graduate Jobs

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Law

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Brisbane

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Australian Citizen, New Zealand

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Colin Biggers & Paisley's Graduate Program - Sydney

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Graduate Jobs

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Law

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Sydney

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Australian Citizen, New Zealand

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Colin Biggers & Paisley's Graduate Program - Brisbane

Job type:

Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Law

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Brisbane

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Australian Citizen, New Zealand

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Colin Biggers & Paisley's Graduate Program - Melbourne

Job type:

Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Law

Locations:

Melbourne

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Australian Citizen, New Zealand

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About Us

Colin Biggers & Paisley


Choosing which legal practice to join is a big decision. Here, you’ll find a legal practice that is at the very forefront of the law. You’ll also see a diverse group of people who are passionate about the law and who enjoy working together.

We foster talent and encourage growth

We understand that delivering great results for our clients depends on having great people. In addition to tuition reimbursement for approved work-related courses, we offer up to five days study/ exam leave per academic year and amazing opportunities for both career progression and personal growth.

We work smart and play hard

We believe in a workplace that inspires our people. Our offices in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney CBD locations encourage creativity, collaboration and productivity.

We understand the importance of building and maintaining relationships with our colleagues, and we like to have fun doing so. Whether it’s relaxing with a drink on a Friday night, joining our all-star netball team or enjoying a complimentary massage, Colin Biggers & Paisley offers a suite of unique employee benefits.

Hear from our people

Interested in hearing more about what it's like working in our legal practice? Watch the video below to find out more.

Why Choose Us

Colin Biggers & Paisley


At Colin Biggers & Paisley, we’re here to make a difference. We are a unique legal practice that believes in what we do. This applies to the solutions we create for our clients, the contribution we make to our communities and the careers we build for our people.

Opportunity

Our people are given every opportunity - for both career progression and personal growth. We have many partners and managers who commenced their careers here as junior lawyers. We give everyone the opportunities and support to grow and establish quality careers with us.

Structure

We truly believe that being a mid-size legal practice is an advantage. Our structure allows us to offer a more holistic service to our clients and a better place to work for our people. Our size allows us to remain personable and well connected with our colleagues and to our clients. It is rewarding to see our clients continue to succeed and benefit through working with us.

Our People

Here, you’ll find a legal practice that is at the very forefront of the law. You’ll also see a diverse group of people who are motivated to make a difference and who enjoy working together.

Work Smart Play Hard

Many businesses say that work/life balance is important, but for us it is a priority. We work hard for our clients. But we also make sure our people have everything they need to relax, recharge and have fun. We put people first. After all, it is our people who have made our business into the success it is today.

We believe in a workplace that inspires our people. Our offices in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney CBD locations encourage creativity, collaboration and productivity.

We understand the importance of building and maintaining relationships with our colleagues, and we like to have fun doing so. Whether it’s relaxing with a drink on a Friday night, joining our all-star netball team or enjoying a complimentary massage, Colin Biggers & Paisley offers a suite of unique employee benefits.

About Our Graduate Program

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Our Graduate Program runs for 15 months. During this time, you complete three different rotations, spending five months in each rotation. This will give you great exposure to work and teams across our practice areas. The rotation experience will help you decide where you will be best suited for a thriving career at Colin Biggers & Paisley.

One of the other benefits of our program is that you don’t work for one partner – you will work with different people, across the business. During the program you are individually supported by a supervising partner, mentor and buddy. We recognise that it’s early in your career and we aim to give you as much support, guidance and mentoring as possible.

Our Mentoring Program facilitates mentoring relationships whereby mentors can share advice, knowledge and experiences with their mentees. The program provides you with another spectrum of learning opportunity and fosters supportive relationships and open communication between employees at all different levels. It ensures that you will be supported and inspired by a mentor during your career development at Colin Biggers & Paisley. Your mentor will give you advice and guidance to unleash your highest potential to help you achieve your career goals.

You will also receive the prescribed training necessary for admission in your state. This will be the Practical Legal Training course through College of Law in New South Wales and Queensland and through Supervised Workplace Training through Leo Cussen in Victoria.

Hear From Our Graduates

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1. Douglas Prime

PARALEGAL, 2017 | GRADUATE, 2018 | SOLICITOR, 2019

ABOUT ME

I completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney and began working as a Paralegal at Colin Biggers & Paisley in May 2017. My first rotation in the Graduate Program, was with the Corporate and Dispute Resolution practice group.

LIFE AS A GRADUATE - WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT IN THE GRADUATE PROGRAM

Starting the day

I usually get into the office at around 8.30 am, touching base with the junior solicitor and senior associate in the Employment and Safety team. The diverse nature of the Corporate and Dispute Resolution practice, extending over a number of practice areas, provides a wealth of experience and exposure for someone at my level and means that no two days are the same.

Morning routine…

My morning is fast paced as I begin prioritising my tasks for the day. I find the mornings when I am able to attend court the most enjoyable as it gives me an opportunity to work with a number of very skilled litigators on some very interesting matters. It is only my first rotation and I have already had an array of invaluable court experience, ranging from class action proceedings arising from the liquidation of a major retailer to hearings in the Court of Appeal or employment disputes in the Federal Court.

The morning a senior associate asked me to do my first ever court appearance still remains the most memorable; a simple, yet daunting task. After returning from court, I dive straight back into other matters and cases with my team. During my first rotation, I have been assisting the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation to provide pro bono advice to a number of organisations in the not-for profit sector on their obligations under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth).

Lunch time!

It is around lunch time that I usually head out to the gym. Fortunately, there is a gym conveniently located in our building. Colin Biggers & Paisley definitely has a culture that encourages its people to get out and have a break; no one is chained to their desk. There is nearly always social sport happening, be it a touch footy or soccer competition, and you’ll often see people running off to these at this time.

Afternoons as a graduate

In the afternoon, I have learnt to expect the unexpected! I often find myself working on research tasks or urgent court documents that need to be filed. Recently, I received a call from a partner in Brisbane to prepare an advice that required me to cover a range of statutory and common law duties applicable to our client. The trust that the partner ultimately had in me to turn the advice around in such a short time frame was encouraging and is a testament to the supportive culture at Colin Biggers & Paisley.

The day really doesn’t end when the work is done. I often get the opportunity to attend an event or function - be it a young professionals wine-tasting hosted by one of our clients, a photo exhibition organised by the Marrickville Legal Centre at our office, or a dinner with the other graduates in the program.

What is it like to work at Colin Biggers & Paisley?

I was instantly struck by the Colin Biggers & Paisley culture, finding authenticity and a strong work ethic underpin the actions of everyone here. The opportunities you are given and the people you work with is what makes Colin Biggers & Paisley special.

Everyone is highly supportive and I have found that my work is always noticed and appreciated. As a graduate, I have faced challenges and been handed responsibilities that allow me to develop and become a better lawyer every day. The Graduate Program has given me such a terrific start to my legal career.

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2. Olivia Boyages

GRADUATE, 2018 | SOLICITOR, 2019

I joined the Colin Biggers & Paisley Graduate Program a year ago. I have now began my permanent position as a Solicitor in the Insurance team.

The nature of the work is a big part of what I enjoy about Colin Biggers & Paisley, but the teams and the people are what I appreciate the most. I have enjoyed working collaboratively across all my rotations, with approachable, encouraging and supportive managers and leaders. The work has been challenging and interesting, and I have been afforded the opportunity to work closely with several teams and learn from their wealth of experience.

In my view, Colin Biggers & Paisley’s workplace culture is what sets it apart from other legal practices. Instead of a culture of presenteeism, excessive hours or unmanageable workloads, there is a culture of balance and strong leadership. There is no expectation that your work is all consuming, leaving time and space for a life beyond the office. Particularly as a graduate, I have appreciated the level of support, supervision and training from managers and leaders.

As a young graduate at the outset of my career, the variety and opportunity of the graduate program was invaluable. The program allowed me to rotate through various teams, try my hand at a range of different areas of law and ultimately decide which was for me. The program gave me the opportunity to work with different teams, building my adaptability and teamwork skills. But, what was most important for me in this formative time beyond university, was the role models I found along the way. As a young graduate, I found myself searching for someone to emulate. As I tried to envisage a career for myself in the law, I drew inspiration from the incredible women at all levels who I was able to work with during my graduate rotations. These women served as examples to me and have shaped my career, my vision and my enthusiasm immeasurably.

One of the things I love about Colin Biggers & Paisley is our Foundation and I enjoy being involved in its initiatives. I volunteer for the Marrickville Legal Centre Youth Advice Line, and assist with several pro bono Women’s Legal Service matters, both of which allow me to provide valuable legal assistance to women and young people in need. I am also involved in several pro bono matters through the Arts Law Centre providing legal advice and support to Indigenous artists. In 2018 I was involved in the Artists in the Black Challenge, a trek covering more than 50 km through the Northern Territory and raising $40,000 for the Arts Law Centre. This was truly an incredible opportunity to learn about Aboriginal culture, land and communities.

Application and Interview Tips

Colin Biggers & Paisley


Our recruitment process is designed to give you the opportunity to learn more about our practice, our people, and what makes us unlike any other legal practice in Australia. It is a chance to give you an insight into our culture, meet some of our people and to decide whether we're the right fit for you.

Our focus isn’t just on people with strong university marks. We’re looking for people that will add to our culture, aspire to contribute to the community through the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation, and be challenged in the work they do.

If you are thinking of joining Colin Biggers & Paisley, this is how you can apply

Pro Bono and Responsible Business

Colin Biggers & Paisley


Nothing motivates lawyers more than the ability to make an impact - on the law, legal systems and people’s lives.

Making an impact is at the very core of why we do what we do. We have the ability to help disenfranchised and disadvantaged people in our community.

We fulfil our role as global citizens through our Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation which brings together our entire community offering and is comprised of three streams - pro bono legal services, volunteering and charitable contributions. The Foundation’s core strategy is to promote and protect the rights of women and children and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We use our skills and our expertise to help address unmet legal need and to provide resources and opportunities for the benefit of communities. We work with individuals and not-for-profit organisations that work on behalf of low income or disadvantaged members of the community

Inclusion and Diversity

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Colin Biggers & Paisley


Our goal is to create a company as diverse as the world around us.

“Diversity” to us means diversity in gender, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and ability, and “inclusion” for us means inclusion for all. We are committed to fostering a truly diverse workforce that is inclusive of everyone. Our aim is to be recognised as a leading provider of inclusion and diversity in the legal profession.

We believe in equality and provide all our people with opportunities to build and advance their careers in a way that is meaningful and fair. Our core values of balance, respect, loyalty and integrity underpin everything we do. We foster a diverse culture that’s inclusive of everyone, regardless of race, religion, ability, gender or sexuality.

Our people reflect the variety of backgrounds that characterise the Australian population. We believe new ideas stem from diverse perspectives. It’s these differences that help us acquire and retain top talent, build the best teams for our clients and deliver service of the highest calibre.

Our Inclusion and Diversity strategy focuses on the following resource streams:

  • Gender and Flexibility
  • Age and Generation 
  • LGBTI
  • People with Disabilities
  • Culture and Religion

We have partnered with a number of leading organisations to assist us on our Inclusion and Diversity journey:

  • Diversity Council Australia
  • Pride in Diversity
  • CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program
  • Australian Network on Disability
  • JobSupport - achieving employment for people with an intellectual disability
  • Parents at Work - creating a family friendly future

Equality and Opportunity

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We fight for the fair representation of women.

Colin Biggers & Paisley is committed to fostering a culture of genuine equality and opportunity for women. We work hard to maximise opportunities for women to succeed and excel in their careers. This means deliberate inclusion initiatives and pay equity for similar roles and performance, regardless of gender.

Our Managing Partner, Nick Crennan, is a Pay Equity Ambassador through the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). Pay Equity Ambassadors take WGEA's Pay Equity Pledge to commit to analysing talent data and taking action to ensure equal pay within their organisation. Gender pay equity is about ensuring women and men performing the same role are paid the same amount, and women and men performing different work of equal or comparable value are paid equitably.

Colin Biggers & Paisley is also a signatory to the Advancement of Women Charter, a Law Society of New South Wales initiative. Together, we are committed to promoting diversity, equality, respect and inclusion consistent with the principles of justice, integrity, equity and the pursuit of excellence in the legal profession.

A Flexible Culture for All

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Balance is at the heart of our business.

We focus on excellence without losing sight of balance. We understand that as people go through different phases of life, the amount of time they are able to dedicate to their career can vary. To retain top talent, we adapt to our people's changing needs. We offer many flexible work arrangements, including part-time work, paid parental leave and non-primary caregiver leave, study leave, carer’s leave and options to work from home. Currently, 60% of our people (including men and women) have some kind of flexible working arrangement. This includes working less than full-time, adjusting core working hours, working from home, or any combination or tailored approach. We support our people throughout all the phases of their lives.

Indigenous Internship Program

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We partner with CareerTrackers to provide internship opportunities for Indigenous students at university. Here is Paris Edwards' story who joined our practice through the CareerTrackers program in 2017.

"I am a Torres Strait Islander originating from the islands of Mabuiag, Erub and Moa where I spent the majority of my childhood. I completed my high school education in Cairns and moved to Sydney to study at the University of New South Wales.

I joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in December 2017 as a CareerTrackers intern on a 12 week summer internship. CareerTrackers is a non-profit organisation focused on placing indigenous university students into summer and winter internships with some of the largest organisations both nationwide and worldwide.

Following my internship, I was fortunate enough to be offered a position as a casual paralegal in the property and development team. I worked part-time whilst I was completing the last year and a half of my degree. In my role in the property and development team I've been involved in large scale developments, put and call option deeds, stream leasing and more recently in property disputes matters. I've gained invaluable insight into the legal profession which has been a new opportunity that I am grateful for.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Law and Arts in August 2019 and I recently finished my PLT. I've accepted an offer to work as a solicitor in the property and developments transaction team as well as the property disputes team. I am looking forward to a new chapter of my career at Colin Biggers & Paisley and I am excited for the future. My experience at Colin Biggers & Paisley is one of continued learning, support and encouragement."

LGBTI

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We take pride in diversity.

Our partnership with Pride in Diversity – Australia's first and only not-for-profit workplace program designed to assist Australian employers with the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees – provides our practice with support, resources and networking opportunities on all aspects of LGBTI. We are proud of our respectful and supportive practice and will continue to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all of our LGBTI people.

People with Disability

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Colin Biggers & Paisley


Advancing inclusion for people with disability.

We believe that people with disability are skilled and capable social and economic contributors, who are entitled to equitable opportunities within our society and our workplace.

With around one in every five people experiencing disability in their lifetime, we know it's very important to reflect the diversity of the communities we live in.

We have Partnered work with JobSupport who are an organisation who help people with an intellectual disability into paid employment. We currently have employed part-time employees through JobSupport who work in our Corporate Services Teams. We are incredibly proud of our Partnership with JobSupport which enables us to create an inclusive environment for all.

We are also a bronze member of the Australian Network on Disability (AND), this shows our commitment to advancing the inclusion for people with disability. Our membership provides us with networks, resources and advice.

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