Commonwealth Government – Senior Associate


  • Benefit from close interaction with principals of the firm, strong peer support and structured career track mentoring.
  • Exposure to work with the Partner, Alex Ottaway providing commercial and construction legal services (both front-end and back-end) to government and private sector clients.
  • Flexible work arrangements including remote working.

The Opportunity

We have a unique opportunity for a dynamic candidate to join our impressive and highly regarded Commonwealth Government practice as a Senior Associate. The work is highly varied – it includes both front-end and back-end work; it traverses practice areas that include commercial, construction, infrastructure and procurement; and its clients include government entities (Commonwealth, State and local) and private-sector entities.

You will have great written skills, a sharp eye for detail, the ability to work well autonomously, while also enjoying collaborating with the broader team. Able to think strategically, make valuable contributions and bring great ideas to the table to help deliver an optimal experience to our clients. This role is for those who have a hunger to learn and wish to excel.

Scope of role:

The successful candidate will be engaged in:

  • Direct client access.
  • Working closely with Alex Ottaway and other fee-earners.
  • Supportive training and mentoring.
  • Advising top-tier clients on liability, strategy and risk management.
  • Ability to analyse information and provide concise, pragmatic and adaptable legal advice.

Skills and Experience required for this role include the following:

Specific skills and experience for this role include:

  • 4+ years PAE.
  • Analytical skills and legal reasoning.
  • Proficiency in commercial, construction and contract law.
  • Written skills including plain English.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Hunger to learn.
  • Solid work ethic.
  • Drive to contribute to the success of the team and firm.
  • ‘Can do’ approach.
  • Interest in marketing and BD (eg preparing and delivering client presentations).

Our offer to you:

We offer our staff career development opportunities, and you will be encouraged to take ownership of the direction and pace of your career. We promote and reward talent based solely on merit, which allows all team members to reach their potential. We are committed to providing an environment that supports and encourages all team members to progress. The successful candidate will thrive in an environment where building relationships and high performance are celebrated and rewarded.

HWL Ebsworth is also committed to supporting flexible working arrangements for our employees to assist them in balancing their professional and personal commitments. To support this, the firm offers a flexible working arrangement whereby professional staff members can elect to work a portion of their week remotely.

We’re not your typical law firm

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers is Australia’s largest and fastest growing legal partnership, with offices in every state and territory in Australia. We provide legal advice to clients across a broad range of areas, which allows our team to experience working on an extremely diverse range of projects. Our rapid rise to become the largest legal partnership in Australia has required us to be dynamic, nimble, forward thinking and committed to fostering a supportive working environment.

How to apply

For a confidential discussion or to apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to Laura Harrison on

Applicants must have full working rights in Australia and a valid practicing certificate to apply. HWL Ebsworth also strongly encourages applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

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