Over 1,000 Australian legal professionals have downloaded a new app, which aims to address inefficiencies in legal recruitment, in the two months since its public launch.
The Route1 legal recruitment app was founded in the UK and debuted in Australia in mid-September, boasting direct job postings from some of the country’s largest law firms, including Ashurst, Clayton Utz, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Gilbert + Tobin, Herbert Smith Freehills, Norton Rose Fulbright, Squire Patton Boggs, Sparke Helmore and Thomson Geer.
The app works as a marketplace for legal professionals, providing candidates and employers with “benefits that traditional recruitment can’t: transparency, low cost, efficiency and targeting matching”, according to Route1 Asia-Pacific general manager Paul Simos.
“Employers want to reduce their recruitment costs given the high turnover of legal staff, but finding quality legal talent is not easy. Online job sites, LinkedIn and recruitment agencies have their limits and can be expensive. Route1 sources lawyers using a targeted, efficient, low-cost approach,” he said.
Mr Simos said Route1 also offers transparency, with all jobs on the app posted by employers.
“[This is] a refreshing change over online job sites that are dominated by ads from recruitment agencies. Posted jobs are immediately delivered into the hands of active or passive candidates who have created an anonymous profile,” Mr Simos said.
“Employers no longer need to wait for prospects to ‘search’ for their job or for recruiters to ‘find’ them a candidate. Candidates can also avoid an unnecessary middle step of meeting with recruiters.”
Campbell Davidson, the managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs' Sydney office, said: “Innovation and change is a reality in the legal sector today and we are happy to support unique new offerings like Route1 that have the promise to deliver excellent results.”
This sentiment was echoed by Peter Nankivell, the former chairman of Herbert Geer in Melbourne, who said the value proposition is compelling.
“After almost 30 years in law firms as an associate, partner and most recently chairman of partners, it is very clear to me that access to talented lawyers in an efficient, transparent and cost-effective manner is an absolute essential to a modern legal practice,” he said.
“Route1 provides a solution that is far superior to traditional legal recruitment models for both the firm and the candidate.”