Workplace Relations – Associate/Senior Associate

Melbourne | Full time

  • Highly regarded, reputable Employment Practice with access to a range of diverse matters and clients.
  • Flexible working arrangements, generous leave policies including paid parental leave.
  • Clear and transparent path to progression.

About us

HWL Ebsworth is not your typical law firm. Our rapid rise to become the largest legal partnership in Australia shows that in our case, the differences are real. We deliver first class legal advice to our government and commercial clients in every State and Territory across Australia, made up of 1700 people including 270 Partners.

About the opportunity

Join a forward thinking firm with a strong focus on real career progression. You will be provided with a unique opportunity to learn from and to work with experienced Partners and senior lawyers who are highly regarded in the industry and have been recognised in the Doyle’s and Best Lawyers Guides. Our Workplace Relations & Safety team advises large and medium corporate clients, insurers and government and statutory authorities. The practice is busy and growing further with high profile and high quality work in industrial relations, safety, investigations and employment matters. The team also works closely with our Commercial team on a range of diverse and interesting transactional matters. You will work with a supportive and collaborative team, enjoy a healthy work life balance, be able to participate in pro bono matters and access a transparent pathway for promotion.

About you

You might have:

  • demonstrated experience or appetite to step into running contentious and/or non-contentious employment matters, eg safety, enterprise bargaining, unfair dismissal, investigations and general advisory work.
  • sound understanding of workplace relations, industrial relations and safety law as well as experience providing advice on employment matters across a range of commercial transactions.
  • excellent problem solving skills, and an eye for detail.
  • for senior candidates, appetite for mentoring our up and coming junior cohort.

Our offering:

  • 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 and rewarding meritocracy model.
  • Prestige: Join a firm consistently ranked at the forefront of the Australian legal market, where your work is recognised nationally.

How to apply

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to Gabrielle Saunders on

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

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