Corporate & Commercial – Senior Associate

30 January 2023

Melbourne | Full Time

  • Be part of the #1 ranked national M&A team that completed over 100 deals in 2020
  • Be part of one of Australia’s leading renewable energy legal practices – advised in over 70 renewable projects
  • Broaden your experience with one of the largest corporate law teams in Australia
  • Be involved in Australia’s energy transition
  • Have an impact on clients by unlocking opportunities for them to succeed
  • 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 Corporate & Commercial Practice Group comprises of 70 people across a number of speciality practice areas. Nationally the firm features over 260 Partners and more than 1,500 people.

Our national corporate team has been ranked first by Refinitiv and Bloomberg in 2020 and 2021 (to date) for the highest volume of equity related transactions.

HWL Ebsworth has one of Australia’s leading renewable energy legal practices. The firm’s lawyers have advised on over 70 solar and wind energy projects combined in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. The team has advised in some of Australia’s biggest wind and solar projects, undertaking corporate, development and associated regulatory and other commercial legal work.

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

We have a unique opportunity for a dynamic candidate to join our impressive and highly regarded Melbourne Corporate practice working primarily with Peter Dreher. As part of the team you will work on an interesting mix of M&A, major projects work (in renewable energy and other sectors), contracting, general corporate, business and strategic advice, and corporate governance work.

In the renewable energy sector 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. This includes project sale & acquisition and due diligence, project feasibility, grid connection, compliance and associated areas of finance, offtake, construction and operation. Our team understand the issues industry participants face and can talk sensibly about them.

The role is an opportunity to work on top tier matters and collaborate with our prominent client base.


Specific accountabilities for this role include:

  • M&A transactions and advisory in a variety of industries, including renewable energy
  • Corporate governance and director duties advice
  • Business set up, structuring, shareholder agreements and related documentation
  • Commercial contracting

Skills and Experience

Skills and experience required for this role include the following:

  • 5-8 years PAE
  • Experience in M&A
  • Strategic and critical thinking capabilities
  • Strong leadership skills to assist in developing our junior cohort

How to apply

For a confidential discussion or to apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to Gabrielle Saunders on or +61 3 8644 3781.

Applicants must have full working rights in Australia to apply.

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