Senior Associate – Construction & Infrastructure


  • Be part of our leading national Sydney Construction & Infrastructure practice.
  • A true meritocracy model – be promoted by your contribution and not held back by outdated structures.
  • Flexible 3:2 work arrangements.
  • Generous leave policies including purchased, parental and performance reward leave.

About us

HWL Ebsworth boasts one of the most impressive and diverse range of clients in the industry sector and has one of the largest construction teams in Sydney. HWL Ebsworth is Australia’s largest and fastest growing legal partnership, with offices in every state and territory in Australia. Our Sydney Construction & Infrastructure Practice Group comprises of 7 partners and 40+ staff across a number of speciality areas and is part of a national group of over 93+people, including 20+partners.The team acts for a range of ASX listed and large private developer clients as well as government clients at Federal, State and Local levels.

The opportunity

Due to one of our senior lawyers relocating overseas, we require a front end/projects lawyer to work with Sonya Kroon, Partner and her team on current projects. Sonya is a recommended front end construction lawyer in Doyles Guide 2024 and is highly regarded for her commercial acumen, strong client relationships and technical capability. We offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic, down to earth team where we value team work, mentoring and technical excellence.

The successful candidate will:

  • enjoy working with experienced Development and Project Managers to procure complex projects;
  • benefit from close partner mentoring;
  • value the opportunity to work on a range of projects across different industry sectors and within a team;
  • be required to mentor more junior solicitors;
  • exercise initiative and have a level of autonomy commensurate with their experience;
  • earn attractive renumeration and have the opportunity to progress based on performance;
  • work on high value contracts for a major superannuation fund, listed entities and for other blue chip and international clients in the mixed use, industrial, education, commercial and FMCG sectors.

To be successful in this role, you might have:

  • 4+ years PAE.
  • Demonstrated experience in front end construction
  • Ability to manage a file load autonomously, whilst delegating work tasks effectively.
  • Excellent written skills and ability to use plain English to explain legal concepts concisely.
  • A desire to develop your career and professional networks in the general insurance industry.
  • A ‘can do’ approach and a team player attitude.

What we offer

  • Unrivalled career pathways: Our unique meritocracy model proudly offers our staff career development, promoting talent based solely on merit. Our size, range of experience and competitive pricing model will provide you with everything you need to succeed. Unlike our competitors, our Solicitor to Partner ratio enables greater mentoring and client engagement. Our 180 day career forecasting sessions provide the platform to fast-track your progression.
  • Work-Life Balance: We offer flexible work arrangements to support your work-life balance.
  • Culture: Be part of a firm renowned for its friendly and down-to-earth culture, despite how large we are.
  • Prestige: Join a firm consistently ranked at the forefront of the Australian legal market, where your work is recognised nationally.

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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