Make the move to Australia – legal market update

Author Richard Schontag
February 14, 2023

As we start 2023, a new level of positive optimism has emerged.

As we move towards the end of summer in Australia, a level of positive optimism about the economy has returned in Australia. Despite inflationary challenges, the majority of leaders are confident in their own companies. A recent JPMorgan business leaders survey showed that, a commanding 94% of business leaders expect their revenues to increase or remain the same in 2023 and that 87% expected to add or keep staff at 2022 levels. A real positive for the legal industry was that 87% of business leaders expect capital spending to grow or stay the same from 2022 levels and only 14% believe it will drop.

From speaking to our law firm clients, transactional activity is only going to increase as we head towards the second half of the calendar year. The issue for our clients is that visa processing time are still up to six months’ time so if you are interested in one last UK summer before joining us for more sun and surf in August / September then now is the time to consider a move down under. Although law firm associate hiring is more considered than the highs of 2021 and 2022, demand for UK associates (UK 2 years +) and senior associates (UK 4 years+) across the vast majority of practice areas remains high.

Relocating to Australia

If you’re a qualified lawyer and want to relocate to a sun, surf, and sand lifestyle, then there is no better time to experience living and working in Australia.

For further information on opportunities, the visa process, and salaries in Australia please enter your details below and we will give you a call or email.

Alternatively please contact Richard Schontag at Taylor Root Australia at +61 9236 9077 or

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