Taylor Root is the leading specialist legal recruitment consultancy in the Australia region. Our experienced team of dedicated consultants has strong relationships with all of the top-tier, mid-tier and boutique law firms.
The market has undoubtedly become more challenging over the last twelve months in light of the world's growing economic difficulties. However, in step with the changes, our experienced team are well connected and expertly placed to help both candidates and clients alike to weather the storm and in some cases, profit from it.
Despite the changed market conditions there is a consistent, albeit reduced, appetite for high calibre lawyers with key experience, particularly for those at a senior level. There is also ongoing interest in Australian lawyers returning home from overseas.
There are a relatively small number of law firms – perhaps seven or eight –which dominate the legal scene in Australia. Most have offices in each of the capital cities. They are effectively the ‘Magic Circle’ equivalent. Outside these strong local players, there is an even smaller number of non-Australian international firms which have bases in either Sydney or Melbourne. It is only these larger Australian and foreign firms and a select number of mid-tier firms which will hire foreign lawyers.
The firms tend to provide a full legal service to their large corporate clients and focus on specialisations such as corporate and finance.
When considering foreign applicants, the firms are now prepared to consider newly qualified candidates, depending upon demand for their area of experience. Historically lawyers needed to have one year’s PQE to be eligible for consideration, but employers are more flexible now.
Firms will normally only consider applicants with experience gained at highly regarded City or leading regional firms.