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Top 25 Attraction Firms: Where those aged 18-29 want to work

Following the unveiling of the 2022–23 Top 25 Attraction Firms ranking last week, Lawyers Weekly and Momentum Intelligence can reveal what firms legal professionals at different stages of their careers see themselves at — starting with the emerging generation.

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What is the Legal Firm of Choice Survey?

Now in its eighth iteration, the Top 25 Attraction Firms ranking is a key element of the Legal Firm of Choice Survey, which identifies the most sought-after private legal practices across the country.

This latest survey was conducted between 14 November and 13 December 2022 and received 462 responses in total, recording the attitudes, priorities and perceptions of private practice and in-house legal professionals in Australia.


Last week, Lawyers Weekly published the Top 25 Attraction Firms ranking for 2022–23, detailing which firms lawyers in private practice would most like to move to. Also revealed last week were findings that one-quarter of lawyers plan to leave their current firms and will do so in the coming months, and which lawyers are most likely to leave in the near future.

Moreover, and for the first time, the Legal Firm of Choice Survey polled in-house respondents, exploring — among other things — which law firms law departments engaged, the volume of law firms utilised by one’s law department in the past year, whether those in-house professionals would recommend their chosen firms to others, and how they would rank the performance of the firms engaged.

Yesterday (Wednesday, 22 February), Lawyers Weekly revealed the firms of choice broken down by gender.

Firm choices of 20-something lawyers

According to the findings, legal professionals aged between 18 and 29 (comprising students, graduates, junior lawyers and other professional staff) most want to work at the following firms, having identified these practices via their primary and then secondary votes:

10. Gilbert + Tobin

9. MinterEllison

8. HWL Ebsworth

7. Corrs Chambers Westgarth

6. Herbert Smith Freehills

5. King & Wood Mallesons

4. Ashurst

3. Hall & Wilcox

2. Clayton Utz

1. Allens


Speaking about the findings, Lawyers Weekly editor Jerome Doraisamy said it is fascinating to see how those getting started in their legal careers view the range of prospective employers.

“While the Legal Firm of Choice Survey does not collect qualitative feedback from respondents at different ages as to why they want to work at various law firms, reasonable conclusions can be drawn as to what might motivate those commencing their vocational journeys.

“Those aged under 30 will likely value an employer that offers myriad options for career trajectory while one is still determining the road they would like to travel — the 10 multi-service, BigLaw firms listed in this particular ranking can all offer that,” he said.

“Moreover, the scope to move offices at each of these firms — be it interstate or overseas — cannot be underestimated, particularly as we emerge from the cloud of lockdowns from the last few years.”

To read Lawyers Weekly’s full coverage of the latest Legal Firm of Choice Survey, see below:

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Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy is the editor of Lawyers Weekly. A former lawyer, he has worked at Momentum Media as a journalist on Lawyers Weekly since February 2018, and has served as editor since March 2022. He is also the host of all five shows under The Lawyers Weekly Podcast Network, and has overseen the brand's audio medium growth from 4,000 downloads per month to over 60,000 downloads per month, making The Lawyers Weekly Show the most popular industry-specific podcast in Australia. Jerome is also the author of The Wellness Doctrines book series, an admitted solicitor in NSW, and a board director of Minds Count.

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