find the latest legal job
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Adelaide CBD · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
Freelance Project Finance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Australia
· Vario are looking for freelance lawyers with experience in project finance ideally within the renewable energy sector
View details
Vario Freelance Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Australia
· We are looking for lawyers who appreciate the endless possibilities that a freelance career can offer.
View details
Freelance Construction Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· We are looking for construction lawyers who appreciate the endless possibilities that a freelance career can offer.
View details
Banking Associate - 1-6PQE - Allen & Overy
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: United Kingdom
· Banking Associate - 1-6 PQE - Allen & Overy
View details
Exclusive: top 25 attraction firms revealed

Exclusive: top 25 attraction firms revealed

Which firms do lawyers aspire to work for? Exclusive research from Lawyers Weekly identifies the most sought-after legal employers in the country.

An employer of choice survey conducted by Lawyers Weekly asked respondents: ''Which firms would you most likely approach if you ever decided to leave your current firm?"

Of the 587 legal professionals who answered this question, 23 per cent nominated global giant Herbert Smith Freehills.

HSF's former Australian managing partner Jason Ricketts suggested the firm’s global reach and star-power clients help attract legal talent.

“We offer our people the opportunity to work on some of the most complex, interesting and challenging deals, matters and transactions, as well as the opportunity to work alongside some of the world’s best legal minds,” he said.

Second place went to another global firm, King & Wood Mallesons, which was nominated by 18.7 per cent of respondents.

KWM executive director of people and development Linda Johnston suggested the firm’s Asian identity is part of its appeal.

“Last year from Australia alone, over 40 people transferred to one of our other markets,” she said. “Opportunities such as these are beneficial both for our clients, who are increasingly international businesses, as well as our lawyers from a development perspective.”

Australia's own Minter Ellison ranked third, attracting interest from 17.7 per cent of respondents.

Sydney managing partner Nicole Green believes the firm’s focused strategy and breadth of opportunity are its main strengths in terms of recruitment.

The full list of the top 25 attraction firms is below. Please note that respondents were able to nominate more than one firm.

1. Herbert Smith Freehills – 23%

2. King & Wood Mallesons – 18.7%

3. Minter Ellison – 17.7%

4. Ashurst – 14.7%

5. Allen & Overy – 14%

6: Allens Linklaters – 13.8%

7: Clayton Utz – 13.3%

8: Norton Rose Fulbright – 13.1%

9: Baker & McKenzie – 12.6%

10: Clifford Chance – 11.6%

11: Corrs Chambers Westgarth – 11.6%

12: Gilbert + Tobin – 11.2%

13: DLA Piper – 10.9%

14: Lander & Rogers – 10.4%

15: K&L Gates – 9.5%

16: Slater & Gordon – 9.5%

17: Henry Davis York – 9%

18: HWL Ebsworth – 8.9%

19: Sparke Helmore – 8%

20: Maddocks – 7.5%

21: Gadens – 7%

22: Jones Day – 7%

23. McCullough Robertson – 6.8%

24: Mills Oakley – 6.8%

25: Moray & Agnew – 6.6%

The question was posed as part of the Lawyers Weekly Legal Firm of Choice Survey, conducted during April and May 2015, which yielded a total usable sample of 1,361 legal professionals.

More information on the survey results is available from Will Magee at Lawyers Weekly on 02 9922 3300.

Like this story? Subscribe to our free newsletter and receive Lawyers Weekly every day straight to your inbox.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

Exclusive: top 25 attraction firms revealed
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Jan 23 2018
Disrupting traditional archiving and storage methods
Promoted by Fileman TRENDS COME and go but technology and its disruption to the legal landscape h...
Scales of Justice
Jan 23 2018
WA to close ‘legal loophole’ on gender reassignment laws
Laws in Western Australia will soon change to permit married people to undergo gender reassignment s...
Lawyers take to Twitter to share career stories
Jan 22 2018
Lawyers take to Twitter to share career stories
The #mypathtolaw hashtag has been embraced by legal eagles to swap stories with the Twitter communit...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...