Corrs Chambers Westgarth is one of Australia’s largest law firms. We have around 1,000 people throughout Australia, but our vision is not just about size. Our vision is about being the leading law firm in target industries that are driving Australian and international business. Industries like energy and resources, financial services, communications and media, property, infrastructure and construction, and Government. It’s about delivering a new level of legal service that bridges the gap between legal advice and business challenges to create success for our clients. And it’s about building an inspiring workplace where our people are engaged and empowered to make this happen.
We’ve been busy! Corrs is working on many of the biggest and most exciting deals in the country – complex and highly innovative deals that are changing the Australian business landscape. We’re acting for NBN Co Limited on the $43 billion rollout of the National Broadband Network and four of Australia’s five largest LNG projects with a combined development budget exceeding $75 billion. We advise 60 of the ASX top 100 listed companies, four of the top ten Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s largest organisations.
We believe in fostering a work environment that promotes flexibility and diversity. It’s an essential part of our strategy – because our differences help us to think differently.
Corrs has been an ALB Employer of Choice for three successive years. We’ve made BRW’s list of 50 Great Places to Work in Australia and are the only large national law firm to be awarded ALB Gold Employer of Choice 2011. We’ve also earned an EOWA Employer of Choice for Women citation for five successive years.
Main Practice Areas
Corrs operates within three main operating divisions:
- Corporate and Finance (Intellectual Property, Technology and Competition, Taxation, Corporate Advisory, Banking and Finance)
- Property and Development (Construction, Planning, Environment and Local Government, Property and Infrastructure)
- Litigation and Workplace Relations
With an integrated network of offices throughout Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth), Corrs acts for many of Australia’s largest companies and is regularly involved in major transactions of national and international significance.
What distinguishes the firm from others?
Our goal is to always create an inspiring workplace and ensure people who work at Corrs have the opportunity to build successful careers through undertaking challenging and interesting work in a friendly and supportive environment. This objective underpins everything we do at Corrs. We engage staff and give them the recognition, rewards and support to make this happen.
An inspiring workplace where people can build rewarding careers means investing in our people as well as recognising and rewarding excellence. We do this through a range of innovative people initiatives over and above our standard processes.
Giving Back and pro bono
At Corrs, we recognise the importance of contributing to our community and facilitating access to justice. We feel that it is important to ensure legal services are available to everyone including those who cannot pay, those who are disenfranchised and to those who have genuine legal issues of a public interest nature that need to be pursued.
Corrs provides pro bono legal advice to charities, non-profit organisations and, when the need arises, to individuals. Our pro bono activities are diverse. Nationally, we are the principal legal partner for the United Nations Refugee Agency in Australia (UNHCR), and do commercial legal work for other charitable and not-for-profit organisations including the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT), Australian Children’s Trust, Consumer Action Law Centre, Inspire Foundation, Oxfam, Painaustralia, SecondBite and the RSPCA, among others.
We have established legal clinics in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. This work was recognised when we received the Victorian Law Foundation Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award.
At Corrs we want the best people, full stop. As a law firm seeking competitive advantage in the global economy, diversity is the reality of our environment and we are making it our strength. Corrs aims to provide a workplace that champions differences to ensure a richer and more engaging environment that encourages and retains talented people. We provide flexible working arrangements to support our people as their needs change throughout their lives and careers. We have a dedicated Diversity Manager, we have set ourselves goals and we’ve put in place the plan to achieve these.
Seasonal Clerkship Program
All applications for Seasonal Clerk positions should be made via: www.corrs.com.au/careers
Applications for 2012 seasonal clerk positions open on Monday 25 February 2013 and close at 18 March 2013.
What is involved in being a clerk Corrs?
The Corrs Seasonal Clerkship Program is a great opportunity for you to experience the people, clients, work and culture that differentiates Corrs from other law firms.
As part of the Program, you’ll have the opportunity to work with some of Australia’s leading lawyers on high-profile work for major Australian and international clients across all industries. You’ll soon discover the standards of quality and commitment to clients required to succeed at this level.
You’ll be exposed to a broad range of interesting matters, plus you’ll perform tasks such as conducting research, reviewing documents, presenting documents, attending client meetings, mediations and settlements. It’s the perfect way to discover the area of law that excites you most.
The Program involves a unique rotation system, whereby you will participate in four two-week rotations, which gives you the opportunity to work across the whole firm. There are also structured learning opportunities that include a comprehensive orientation program, and presentations on relevant legal, business and workplace issues.
As a clerk, you will be closely supervised by allocated Clerk Co-ordinators, who are Senior Associates at the firm. You will also have a mentor, a junior lawyer who is there to answer any questions you may have about the firm, and who can settle you in and provide you with an informal level of support and guidance during your time at Corrs.
Launch Graduate Development Program
We are committed to developing world class lawyers. Our new Graduate Development Program, Launch, lays this foundation by providing rich, on the job training with a greater opportunity to work directly with partners and senior lawyers; structured learning; mentoring; and regular feedback.
Supervised by partners, you will complete three six month rotations through a variety of practice areas including corporate advisory, banking and finance; litigation and workplace relations; intellectual property and tax; property, infrastructure, construction, planning, environment, and government.
You are mentored by senior lawyers and your development is overseen by a dedicated Graduate Development Manager who works with Division Leaders, partners, graduate mentors and human resources, to provide you with guidance, ensuring your success.
Our principal source for recruiting graduates is through our Seasonal Clerkship Program.
Human Resources Adviser
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
1 Eagle St
BRISBANE QLD 4000
Tel +61 7 3228 9465