Richard Schontag

Director | Law Firms


Richard is a specialist in recruiting lawyers for permanent positions in all practice areas, up to and including senior associates. Born and raised in South Africa, he moved to Australia in 2001 and graduated from ACU National in 2007 with a bachelor of business majoring in marketing. Having previously worked in-house at a law firm, Richard has a good understanding of our clients and their needs. He enjoys building relationships and helping clients achieve their business objectives by finding unique talent. He listens to his candidates and supports them with advice, moving them into the most suitable role.

richard’s Insights

  • CV and interview tips

How to structure your Associate Lawyer CV

  • Posted March 20, 2023
Did you know, on average, people spend just 75 seconds reading your CV? This means you have just over a minute to sell yourself and your strengths to the reader. This is easier said than done. Three-quarters of CVs are rejected due to bad grammar, spelling, or poor visual layout. So what makes a successful […]
  • Australia

The 30 under 30 Legal Awards – Stand out from the crowd

  • Posted February 15, 2023
If you’re a lawyer under 30 years old working at a top law firm, you’ve likely spent the last few years honing your skills and becoming a top-notch lawyer. You excelled in law school, secured a coveted summer clerkship, and are now billing thousands of hours each year. You’ve probably set your sights on advancing […]
  • International relocation

Make the move to Australia – legal market update

  • Posted 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, […]
  • Moving jobs

Living and working in Australia: a guide for South African lawyers

  • Posted November 15, 2021
Are you an overseas qualified lawyer looking for a career move to Australia? For more than 18 months Australia has had its international borders closed to South Africa and the world. That is all about change, with the border set to open soon. Whether you are seeking to move to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, […]
  • Moving jobs

Living and working in Australia: a guide for UK lawyers

  • Posted November 15, 2021
Are you an overseas qualified lawyer looking for a career more to Australia? After being closed for more than 600 days, Australia’s international borders are finally set to reopen to UK lawyers. This is a day our law firms’ clients have been waiting for, the Australia economy has bounced back speculatively in 2021, with demand […]
  • Industry leaders

Interviews: Dispute Resolution and Litigation Award finalists – 30 Under 30 Law Awards

  • Posted May 12, 2020
Taylor Root is proud to be the principal partner in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Law Awards. Richard Schontag, Associate Director at Taylor Root, had the opportunity to speak to this year’s finalists in the Dispute Resolution & Litigation category. This award recognises a lawyer who has demonstrated skill and expertise in acting across a […]
  • Remote working

How to conduct a successful video conference call

  • Posted April 12, 2020
Remote working tools like video conferencing are no longer a futuristic novelty—they are now a reality for many businesses and paramount to business continuity. In normal circumstances, video conferencing can save travel time and increase productivity, thus it has been increasingly changing the business world significantly. However now, the impact of the technology will be […]
  • DEI

Interviews: Be prepared, take control, and leave a lasting impression

  • Posted September 13, 2019
“There’s no reason to be nervous. You’re interviewing them as much as they’re interviewing you.” I hear myself saying this a lot to people, but it’s an important mental shift to make ahead of an interview. It prevents you going in with a passive mind set, and it will make you take control and be prepared. […]