Hall & Wilcox is a pre-eminent independent business law firm. At Hall & Wilcox, our purpose is to enable our clients, our people and our communities to thrive, by practising Smarter Law. We have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane.
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About Hall & Wilcox
Hall & Wilcox is a leading independent Australian law firm. We are a firm of over 750 people delivering outstanding legal services to corporate, public sector and private clients, both Australian-based and those offshore doing business in Australia.
Hall & Wilcox offers expertise in a number of key areas of commercial practice, including:
- Banking and Financial Services
- Commercial Dispute Resolution
- Corporate and Commercial
- Health and Community
- Insurance (General and Statutory)
- Private Clients
- Property and Projects
- Public Sector
- Technology and digital economy
- Pro Bono
Hall & Wilcox was recently named finalist: Best Law & Related Services Firm ($50m-$200m revenue) and Best Provider to Financial & Insurance Services Industry at the Client Choice Awards 2020. The firm was also granted the Employer of Choice Gender Equality citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) for 2019 and 2020.
We have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, Parramatta and Darwin.
We’re renowned for our Smarter Law approach. Smarter Law means we look beyond the status quo to think differently and find solutions that are better, faster and cheaper. Smarter Law includes enabling technology, challenging business models, innovative pricing and creative resourcing.
Law graduates have the option to participate in a structured and supported rotation in our Client Solution team. The rotation will build smarter law advocates from the ground up who are focused on delivering value to our clients and people. The rotation will see law graduates seconded to specific projects that will benefit our legal teams by fostering internal relationships and a broader understanding of Smarter Law.
We are well known in the market for having a great culture – which is warm and welcoming, innovative, inclusive and supportive. We aim to strike a healthy balance between working hard and maintaining a high level of professionalism with having fun. By having happy and engaged people, we ensure our clients also have a great experience.
One way we live our culture is through our Hallmarks. Our Hallmarks are how we articulate the behaviours consistent with our culture. Our Hallmarks are more than just words on a website - our people refer to and live our Hallmarks every day.
We have a clear strategy and purpose, great clients, interesting work, Smarter Law, career investment, plenty of benefits and much more on offer as well.
We’re also committed to building a workplace that reflects the communities in which we operate by investing in a diverse and inclusive workforce and providing opportunities for under-represented groups. Our commitment in this area is reflected in our WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation.
The things our people love about Hall & Wilcox include:
- Approachable, friendly and supportive environment
- Our open-plan, flexible workspaces
- Dress for your day
- Daily healthy start breakfast for our people
- Friday night drinks every Friday
- Our emerging artists’ program
- Social and sporting activities
- Motivated and enthusiastic leaders
- Community involvement and pro bono
- Our diversity, inclusion and wellbeing focus
Our graduate program is a priority for us because we recognise that today’s law graduates are tomorrow’s leaders of the firm. Over the years, the program has proven to be highly successful with many of our current partners completing their graduate year with us. Hall & Wilcox is proud to have been ranked third at the LegalVitae Top100 Awards for Most Popular Overall Law Employer for graduates.
Our program includes:
- A combination of on-the-job training and support in completing Practical Legal Training.
- A comprehensive induction with the national graduate cohort which lays the foundation for the year ahead.
- The opportunity to gain experience in several of the firm’s practice areas.
- An extensive support network including a buddy, a mentor and supervising partner to provide guidance and support throughout the year.
- Regular learning opportunities through our Accelerate program, designed to develop our graduates and provide them with the skills and expertise to excel.
- Opportunities to participate in Pro Bono and Smarter Law Initiatives
HW commitment to pro bono work/community
We are proud of our pro bono practice and our engagement with not-for-profit community groups, individuals and charities. We recognise and embrace the community responsibilities that come with being a successful, respected firm and a representative of the legal profession. For our people, the firm’s pro bono and community involvement is personally and professionally enriching.
We run a coordinated pro bono & community practice that comprises of employees from all areas of the firm. We encourage and give full credit for pro bono work to everyone at the firm. As part of our graduate program, our Law Graduates can choose to rotate through our Pro Bono practice, which includes a one day per week secondment to a legal centre.
We have fostered close, ongoing relationships with several inspirational community organisations, to which we provide pro bono legal services. Some of these include:
Hall & Wilcox is proud of and cherishes its culture. Culture is something we constantly nurture. Our culture has been described as warm and welcoming, inclusive and supportive. We aim to strike a healthy balance between working hard and maintaining a high level of professionalism with having fun and being able to laugh at ourselves. By having happy and engaged people, we ensure our clients also receive a great experience.
The firm’s ambition and growth is also a factor in our culture. We are a progressive ‘firm on the rise’, and this helps us to provide fantastic opportunities for our people to grow and progress.
Things our people love about working at Hall & Wilcox include: the warm, friendly and supportive atmosphere; inclusive and respectful culture; Friday night drinks every Friday; our art program; our offices; social and sporting activities; motivated and enthusiastic leaders; collaborative team environment and community involvement.
The Hall & Wilcox Hallmarks
Our Hallmarks are an expression of how we expect our people to go about their work. By having all of our people live our hallmarks day in, day out we will deliver Smarter Law to our clients:
We offer a range of benefits to support our people in and beyond the workplace:
• Be Well Program – a calendar of events and activities designed to inspire our people to improve their individual health and wellbeing.
• Daily breakfast - a healthy start to the day for everyone.
• Fresh fruit – delivered to our offices on a regular basis.
• Dress for your day – our people are empowered to dress based on their day - what, who and where.
• Quiz – a Hall & Wilcox tradition whereby teams gather on a regular basis for some trivia and a laugh.
• Purchase of additional leave – opportunity to purchase up to four weeks of additional leave per annum.
• Paid parental leave – up to 18 weeks, as well as other resources for our working parents such as Childcare Kit
• Flexible working arrangements.
• Employee assistance program – access to confidential external professional counselling for our people and their immediate families.
• Kids Christmas Party – annual event for our people and their families.
• Mental Health awareness – specialised training for leaders on managing for team wellbeing and introductory program for all team members.
• Mindfulness – programs to help our people manage stress, improve productivity and achieve a good work/life balance.
• Superannuation consultations – regular 1:1 consultation with superannuation expert.
• Social and sporting activities – organised by dedicated social and sporting committees.
• Recruitment referral fee – we offer a referral fee for successful referrals to the firm.
• Corporate discounts – include discounts for gym, movie tickets, legal services and the Microsoft Office Home Use Program.
Learning & Development
At Hall & Wilcox the ongoing development of our people is a key priority. By investing in our people, we are developing experts in the wider fields of law and business.
• We believe that learning is an ongoing and continual process that should be encouraged in all aspects of peoples’ work, H&W Academy is our approach to learning and development and features structured learning and development and features structured learning and development programs aligned to the firm’s strategy, opportunities for our people to connect across teams and offices and support for the creation of a high performance learning culture.
• We support our people to participate in a wide range of learning and development opportunities, including internal and external seminars and workshops, and encourage skill development through on the job coaching and feedback. Our partners and our people regularly contribute to firm learning by presenting on new developments in their area of specialty or on cases of interest. Firm social collaboration tools also encourage informal learning.
• For many people, further study is a valuable way to strengthen their expertise. We have a generous study policy, which includes financial support, various study options and study leave for approved courses.
• Each person’s learning and development needs are discussed formally through our performance review and planning program. We not only encourage our people to take responsibility for their development and to identify and discuss training requirements and requests during their reviews but to also have ongoing discussions about their development throughout the year.
• Formal mentoring programs are in place for our law graduates transitioning to first year lawyer and for senior lawyers.
• Secondment opportunities with our clients provide excellent learning opportunities for our lawyers and help to enhance our service offering and client relationships.
Each year, we run two seasonal clerkships – winter and summer. Our seasonal clerkship program gives students the opportunity to experience life at Hall & Wilcox and allows us to get to know the students.
We offer our Seasonal Clerks:
- three-week seasonal clerkship
- an induction which provides information and training to enable Seasonal Clerks to successfully complete their clerkship with us
- placement in one of our practice areas, with opportunities to make a contribution and get amongst it
- extensive support network, including a buddy, a mentor and a Supervising Partner
- exposure to real work on real files – this may include drafting correspondence and documents, observing lawyers in meetings, conferences and mediations or at court, and undertaking research tasks
- opportunities to attend firm and practice area professional development sessions, and participate in training sessions for Seasonal Clerks and
- an invaluable opportunity for students wanting to experience life as a lawyer at Hall & Wilcox.
We currently do not run a formal seasonal clerkship program in Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane.
Seasonal Clerkship – Summer, 2016 and Winter, 2017
- Applications Open – Monday 11 July 2016
- Applications Close – Sunday 14 August 2016 at 11.59pm
- Interviews commence – September 2016
- Offers – Tuesday 11 October 2016 at 10.00am
Hall & Wilcox are a signatory to the LIV Seasonal Clerkship and LIV Traineeship Guidelines in Victoria and the Law Society of NSW Graduate Recruitment Guidelines for our Sydney office.
This year, Hall & Wilcox will be reviewing clerkship applications in a different manner – candidate details such as name, address and secondary school will remain anonymous to us while we review your application. Why? In recent times, the concept of “unconscious bias” or “hidden bias” has come to the forefront of our work. We recognise that everybody has inherent biases and this means that at times, we are not as open-minded to difference as we’d like to believe. So this year, it is our goal to eliminate any unconscious or hidden bias that may exist in our review of clerkship applications. Our application form might look a bit different to other firms but the reason for this is to ensure your details remain anonymous throughout the shortlisting process.
Graduate Program 2018
- Applications Open – Wednesday 1 March 2017
- Applications Close – Friday 14 April 2017 at 5.00pm
- Interviews commence – Monday 8 May 2017
- Offers – Friday 9 June 2017
- Offers for Graduate positions must be accepted or declined by – Friday 16 June 2017 at 5.00pm
Graduate Program 2018
Applications will be open between August and September 2017, for our 2018 Graduate program.
Application dates and details will be confirmed in the coming months.