Construction & Infrastructure – Senior Associate/Special Counsel

01 June 2022

Melbourne | Full Time

  • Be part of one of Australia’s fastest growing construction practice
  • Gain experience on all sizes of projects – from billion dollar infrastructure and disputes down
  • Enjoy working across all industries and with all types of participants within those industries
  • Flexible work arrangements

About us

HWL Ebsworth is Australia’s largest and fastest growing legal partnership, with offices in every State and Territory in Australia. Our Melbourne C&I Practice Group comprises approximately 30 people across a number of speciality practice areas. Nationally the firm features over 260 Partners and more than 1,500 people.

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.

The Opportunity

This is an ideal opportunity for an ambitious senior lawyer who is ready to make their own mark.

We currently have positions available for senior lawyers in both front-end and back-end roles.

We offer our senior lawyers a breadth of experience and opportunities that cannot be matched. Our C&I Practice Group, which currently comprises of 6 Partners and an exceptionally talented group of Lawyers across all levels, is uniquely placed within the legal market and is able to access all parts of the construction industry. Our size, experience and expertise attracts instructions from tier-one contractors, Commonwealth and State Governments, listed developers and sovereign wealth funds. Equally, we are able to offer value-for-money services for small to medium projects and support senior lawyers to develop their own practice.

We do not work in specific teams or silos and you will be encouraged to work with all partners and lawyers. This philosophy allows our lawyers to find and work in areas that they are passionate about.

In addition to the highest quality legal work and clients, you will be encouraged and supported in finding and developing your own following and practice to take the next step in your career. Our size, range of experience and pricing model will provide you with everything you need to succeed.

You will be trained and be part of the process to deliver value for clients beyond the provision of legal services, regardless of any given project phase.

The role is an opportunity to work on top tier matters, collaborate with our prominent client base and assist in leading and developing our exceptional group of Junior Lawyers.


Specific accountabilities for a front-end role include:

  • Leading teams of lawyers on transactions – from mega projects to small/medium
  • Strategic advice
  • Pursuing business development opportunities

Specific accountabilities for a back-end role include:

  • Leading teams of lawyers for dispute resolution
  • Running litigation, arbitration and adjudications as required
  • Pursuing business development opportunities

Skills and Experience

Skills and experience required for this role include the following:

  • 5-8 years PAE
  • Strategic and critical thinking capabilities
  • Strong leadership skills to assist in developing our junior cohort who are exceptionally talented, motivated and passionate.

How to apply

For a confidential discussion or to apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to Steve Lalic on or 0411 047 054.

Applicants must have full working rights in Australia to apply.

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