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Burgess Paluch was proud to be a sponsor of last week's Cross-Industry Networking event hosted by the Victorian Women Lawyers and CPA.  Melissa Cohen (far right) was key in helping bring the event together which included an inspiring address by guest speaker Jo Stanley. On behalf of Burgess Paluch, we would like to thank all the members and guests who joined in making VWL’s inaugural Cross-Industry Networking event a huge success!

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9 Reasons why you should use a Recruiter

Finding a new job can be a stressful and confusing time. With so many sites and job boards dedicated to advertising vacancies, it can be difficult to sift through and find one that you want and are qualified for. Sometimes, going through a recruitment agency can seem like yet another step in the process, but having a recruiter on your side will actually help you streamline and simplify the process, and increase your chances of success.

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Burgess Paluch is excited to be sponsoring a cross-industry networking event between Victorian Women Lawyers and the Victorian Women's CPA Committee. The event will be hosted by writer, presenter and comedian, Jo Stanley.  To RSVP to this special event go to vwl.asn.au/events-3 

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Herbert Smith Freehills' market-leading Projects team comprises some of the world’s most respected industry and sector professionals. The Australian team works on the largest and most complex construction, infrastructure and energy projects across the Asia Pacific region. With an award-winning energy, projects, project finance and infrastructure practice in Australia, HSF are the go-to firm in this space.

Herbert Smith Freehills are seeking talented and ambitious projects and finance lawyers who are passionate about what they do. There are roles at different levels in their Australian offices, and their partners are keen to talk to lawyers with experience in the front end construction and/or project finance space. 

People like working at HSF. They place significant emphasis on the importance of having a diverse and inclusive culture with highly engaged people. There are opportunities in their Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane offices.

HSF lawyers love the work they do for their clients. They delivered exceptional client outcomes on Australia’s most significant matters in FY18. Think: Tabcorp’s A$11b merger with Tatts; Melbourne Metro Rail Authority on A$11b PPP project (Victoria’s largest public transport project); Yancoal’s US$2.69b acquisition of Coal & Allied & US$2.5b capital raising (2017’s largest AUS capital raising); and AGL on QLD’s Coopers Gap Wind Farm (AUS’s largest wind farm once complete).

To express interest, please call Kirsty McNay for a confidential discussion +61 2 9216 9080 or +61 426 834 852; alternatively email your CV to kirsty@bplr.com.au or Apply direct here

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The Sydney office of Burgess Paluch Legal Recruitment is pleased to introduce our newest Consultant, Nick Varvounis who joined us in March. Prior to joining Burgess Paluch, Nick practised in litigation and family law, with significant experience in complex property and parenting proceedings. 

Nick was admitted to practise in multiple jurisdictions and, along with his background in operating small businesses, his warm and engaging approach allows him to readily build professional relationships with both clients and lawyers.  Nick’s focus will initially be on Sydney’s boutique firms and in the family law space.

His expertise further strengthens the Burgess Paluch brand in Sydney where he works alongside Kirsty McNay and Belinda Fisher. We are excited to have Nick on board, and welcome him to the team! You can speak to Nick on +61 2 9216 9003 or +61 402 516 264 and you can email him on nick@bplr.com.au

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Looking for a mix of great lifestyle and a significant career opportunity? This Far North Queensland opportunity offers the best of both worlds, and is backed with a strong salary and benefits. To learn more or to apply click here 

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Over many years Burgess Paluch has developed a reputation as being amongst Australia’s leading in-house legal recruiters. Over the past couple of years in-house legal roles have been scarce, and when they do come up the roles are still hotly contested. In the past week we have been pleasantly surprised with a mini-flood of in-house roles coming in to us all at the same time. These are the roles we currently have based around Australia, and many of them are exclusive to Burgess Paluch Legal Recruitment:

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We have all heard the statement that people leave their manager rather than the company.  Many of us in human resources roles have spent countless hours thinking about how to develop the qualities in our leaders to combat this.

In terms of a law firm, here are the top 5 qualities we should seek to develop in our partners – what makes a partner someone your young lawyers won’t want to leave?

        1. A good leader is not afraid of being wrong

Imagine a partner who will readily acknowledge that their junior lawyer, while adopting a different view to his or her own, is correct? They would be a genuine and authentic leader.

2. A partner who listens more than they speak

The importance of active listening cannot be underestimated. Imagine a partner who asks lots of questions, including ones about what the junior needs to be better, more productive, more efficient, more satisfied in their job.

3. A partner who supports a positive work culture

A partner who develops a culture of respect, where bullying and gossip are not tolerated; where the focus is on mutual respect, collaboration and teamwork. They lead by example.

4. A partner who appreciates the individual and the team

A great partner doesn’t want the glory for themselves. This partner praises the team, celebrates their success and acknowledges the individual contributions.

5. A partner who is quietly confident in their own ability

Sufficient to instil a level of confidence in them, but not so much as to overpower and control.

Partners who display these qualities will be respected as leaders and liked as people. Their juniors will enthusiastically stay and their teams will be successful and productive.

Susan Comerford is a senior human resources executive with particular strengths in strategic human resource management, business structures, law practice development and operational management. She consults to clients of Burgess Paluch on an hourly, daily or project basis. To discuss our Human Resources Consulting services for law firms contact Susan Comerford or Paul Burgess on 03 8676 0372 or via paul@bplr.com.au

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Burgess Paluch Legal Recruitment have a strong record of placing NZ-based lawyers in Australia and beyond. Our Senior Consultant, Thomas Hobbs, will be in Wellington this coming Friday (10/11) and Saturday (11/11) and available to meet lawyers open to hearing about their options in Australia and the UK in particular. To register your interest in meeting Thomas, please email thomas@bplr.com.au. Be quick as spots are filling fast…     

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Burgess Paluch is pleased to announce the addition of Belinda Fisher, an accomplished and senior specialist legal recruiter, to our growing Sydney team. Belinda has over 10 years of experience in legal recruitment, working with leading law firms, in-house teams and government. Belinda works with lawyers from partner level to juniors, and enjoys providing advice to lawyers to benefit their career in the long term.

With her passion for assisting others and her outstanding reputation and networks Belinda will be another key leader in the future growth of the Burgess Paluch brand, and her addition further strengthens our national practice after the successful opening of our Brisbane office earlier this year. 

Burgess Paluch recruits at all levels for both private practice firms and in-house teams.  If you are a lawyer seeking a role, or in need of a lawyer for your business or firm, give Belinda a call today on 02 9216 9016 or email belinda@bplr.com.au to discuss your options. 

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Burgess Paluch welcomes gun senior legal recruiters Katie Francis and Nina Held to spearhead our Burgess Paluch Brisbane team.  Katie, originally an HR legal manager,  brings more than 12 years specialist legal recruitment experience to Burgess Paluch.  Nina, a British lawyer,  brings her overseas expertise in executive and in-house legal recruitment to the team.  2017 has seen a growth in demand for lawyers across Australia, with the Brisbane market especially positive.  We are pleased to now be able to offer our current local Brisbane and national clients additional expertise on the ground.    

Burgess Paluch recruits at all levels for both private practice firms and in-house teams.  If you are a lawyer seeking a role, or in need of a lawyer for your business or firm, give Katie or Nina a call today on 07 3360 0867 or email katie@bplr.com.au or nina@bplr.com.au to discuss your options. 

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As a follow on from our seminar on working overseas organised with Auckland Young Lawyers on Thursday, 2 November, Paul Burgess (Director) and Kirsty McNay (Manager) are offering confidential interviews and advice to individual lawyers on 3 November in person looking to take their career overseas at any time in the next 18 months.

Burgess Paluch is a leading specialist global legal recruiter, which actively recruits for solicitors out of New Zealand into Australia, London, Hong Kong, the offshore markets, the Middle East and beyond. If you are considering a move we can advise you on:

  • which market/s suits your skills the best
  • when to make the move
  • how to present your CV and excel at interview
  • how to get a good offer

A Kiwi herself, Kirsty McNay is well placed to advise you on what to expect from your OE and how to make the most of the move, and Paul has over 15 years of recruiting Australian and NZ lawyers in to foreign markets. 

Our lawyers tell us that our pragmatic, results focussed approach works well, and we take pride in assisting you to best market yourself to global employers. Put simply, we get results for our NZ lawyers looking to take their career overseas.

To discuss opportunities email paul@bplr.com.au or kirsty@bplr.com.au or call us in Australia on +61 3 8676 0372 or +61 2 9216 9080. If you have a draft CV or LinkedIn profile then attach that, otherwise we can email you our precedent OS CV to get the ball rolling.

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As Australia’s leading specialist legal recruitment agency, Burgess Paluch Legal Recruitment has recently been instructed by a number of boutique, mid-tier, national and global law firms with offices in Brisbane on a wide variety of new roles. We deal directly with partners at these firms and enjoy relationships that have often been developed over many years, so when we recommend a lawyer for interview there is a high likelihood of an interview being conducted.

If you are a lawyer with 3 to 7 years PQE and have experience in property/construction, planning and environment, employment/workplace relations, corporate/commercial and commercial litigation, we are keen to have a confidential discussion about your options. Those with experience outside of these areas or year levels are still encouraged to contact us as we may be able to find you other opportunities with our clients.

Partners with portable practices are always appealing to our clients and we welcome confidential enquiries. We are happy to discuss the state of the market - including changes that have been occurring at some of the mid-tier and larger law firms, and about different financial structures at firms. We are also happy to advise about which law firms may best suit your style and area of practice for the long term.

For further information please email Doron Paluch, Director at Burgess Paluch doron@bplr.com.au or call 0438 004 445.

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Burgess Paluch Legal Recruitment has made a name for itself around Australia as being expert in partner recruitment and law firm mergers over the past 10 years. 2017 has continued to be an exciting time for partners seeking new opportunities. As a rule, law firms are particularly interested in partners who can bring work with them. But some national and international law firms have been hiring corporate and litigation partners without any substantial client following, to beef up practices in those areas.

We continue to be instructed by boutique, national and international law firms. Many of our instructions are exclusive to Burgess Paluch Legal Recruitment. There is no consultancy better placed to discreetly advise on market conditions, salary and package negotiations, and partner opportunities than Burgess Paluch.

We are currently acting on instructions, some exclusive to Burgess Paluch, from law firms seeking partners in Corporate/M & A, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Property, Construction, Employment, and Finance. We have a couple of leading boutique firms which are looking for Family law partners. And we are acting for a national “New Law Firm” which offers full support and flexible conditions, and will pay 70% of billings. We are very interested to speak with Partners in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Canberra.


To discuss these unique opportunities and how they may benefit you, call Doron Paluch during or after hours on 0438 004 445.  Altervatively, email a CV to doron@bplr.com.au  

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We are well into the new financial year, with performance and salary reviews now finalised (hopefully!) Even if you have happily accepted a pay-rise, have you ever wondered what you are actually worth and whether you are being remunerated in line with market trends?

While there has been a conservative approach to market salaries in Melbourne of late, there are pockets of strong growth and demand. Generally, salaries are pushing up over time, although there is a general feeling of reluctance amongst firms to respond to this. That said, certain firms are moving quickly, and paying well.

So while an attitude of cost cutting still exists, the reality is that bands are moving upwards. Lawyers in the junior and mid-level space (around 2 to 7 PAE) are enjoying more demand in the last 6 months than previously. For senior lawyers with some level of portable client base there is strong demand. Across the board there are some “hot ticket” areas – the practice groups where lawyers are in demand and there is a shortage of good lawyers to go around. At the moment, these areas are property/construction, corporate/commercial and financial services. In the more niche area of IP law, the uncertainty caused by the listings and mergers of a number of major IP firms is beginning to settle and this is becoming an area to watch.

What determines where you sit on the market salary bandwagon? First, it helps to be in the areas of demand – that is, a junior to mid-level lawyer in the corporate/commercial/property space. But regardless of this, you need to be good at what you do, have commercial acumen, a strong business network (whether that equates to a client base or the ability to produce a client base) and minimal movement on the CV (to show longevity in roles).

So, I hear you thinking, how will I maximise my earning potential? It goes without saying that you should be proactive about asking for a salary increase, whether in your current firm or when you move to a new firm (although there are many ways you can go about this). To best prepare yourself to ensure you are being paid what you are worth, call Paul Burgess (Director of Burgess Paluch Legal Recruitment) on 03 8676 0372.

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 Global law firm Jones Day is looking to recruit litigation lawyers for its busy Sydney, Perth and Brisbane practices.


The national head of litigation (John Emmerig) and the national head of HR (Jade Olsson) will be in Adelaide for two days in late July 2017 with a view to meeting prospective candidates to join the Jones Day team. If you have:

  • 2 to 8 years' post admission experience; - strong academic results and an inquisitive mind;
  • a strong commitment to quality, ethics and team-play;
  • a strong commitment to client service; and
  • initiative and are highly motivated to work on high stakes/strategically important litigation for some of the world's leading corporations,

then Jones Day could be the firm for you.

If you are interesting in making an appointment to meet with Jones Day, please email me a cv setting out your experience/expertise and an academic transcript.

You can find further information at JonesDay.com - but here's a few extra details that I suggest warrant your attention:

  • The firm is a single and highly integrated global partnership (with approximately 950 partners and 2500 lawyers practising across 5 continents and 44 offices).  Famous for its team culture and unparalleled level of integration, it truly operates as one firm worldwide.
  • Jones Day provides significant legal representation to almost half of the Fortune 500, Fortune Global 500 and FT Global companies.
  • The firm is widely recognised as a powerhouse in the field of litigation: it has one of the largest and most highly rated litigation practises in the world, with many hundreds of partners who practise exclusively in that area.
  • Jones Day's Australian litigation partners include some of the nation's leading and most highly respected litigators.  The practice is in high demand and routinely involved in some of the largest and most complex litigation being conducted in this country;
  • In terms of client service, Jones Day is arguably in a league of its own.  In the last 16 years of the independent BTI Client Service survey of Fortune 1000 company general counsel, Jones Day has ranked No 1 nine times, including in 2017.  An extraordinary achievement;
  • And Jones Day is not just famous for its litigation practice.  For every quarter since 2000, Jones Day has rated No.1 internationally on the Thomson Reuters league tables for the number of M&A deals worldwide (imagine that - 63 quarters in a row!).  You will see other impressive details about the firm's history, culture, people and its corporate, competition/anti-trust, energy and resources, projects/construction and infrastructure, intellectual property, real estate, tax, employment, appeals and issues, and corporate investigations practices on-line.

 

For a strictly confidential discussion, please call our exclusively retained consultant Kirsty McNay on 02 9216 9080 or 0426 834 852. Alternatively, you can email your CV to kirsty@bplr.com.au

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Over many years Burgess Paluch has developed a reputation as being amongst  Australia’s leading in-house legal recruiters. Over the past couple of years in-house legal roles have been scarce, and when they do come up the roles are still hotly contested. In the past week we have been pleasantly surprised with a mini-flood of in-house roles coming in to us all at the same time. These are the roles we currently have based around Australia:

  • Head of Legal for a high profile sporting organisation
  • Senior Associate commercial role at property development/investment company
  • Mid-level role for projects/construction company
  • 2-4 PQE commercial/corporate role for a large international wine company
  • Senior Litigation/Construction role for a large oil and resources company
  • Commercial/Construction role for a large oil and resources company
  • 2-4 PQE role In-house prosecutions
  • 1-4 PQE commercial role at a tertiary education provider
  • Part-time Senior Associate commercial role
  • Junior Company Secretary role – 3 month contract

For specific details on the nature and location of each of these roles, please confidentially call Doron Paluch on 0438 004 445 or email doron@bplr.com.au.

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A huge thank you to those who joined us for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 last Thursday. It was great to see you all there and a fun night was had by all (Has anyone got tape??)

Be sure to stay posted about our next event!

The Burgess Paluch and Kaleidoscope team 

 

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Burgess Paluch Legal Recruitment has made a name for itself as being expert in partner recruitment and law firm mergers over the past 10 years. 2017 has continued to be an exciting time for partners seeking new opportunities. As a rule, law firms are particularly interested in partners who can bring work with them. But some national and international law firms have been hiring corporate and litigation partners without any substantial client following, to beef up practices in those areas.

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