MINTER Ellison may be one of the most recent firms to announce lawyer redundancies, but the firm is still hiring, it has told The New Lawyer.
The firm became another in a string of firms to announce redundancies when it showed 11 lawyers and 24 support staff the door of its Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane offices this month.
The lawyers affected ranged from senior associates to juniors in the property, construction and finance practice areas.
Minter Ellison chief executive, John Weber, attributed the redundancies to “over capacity”, which had been caused by the softening legal services market.
So the firm’s national director of people and development, Kerrie Bowlen’s, assurances late yesterday that the firm was still holding a number of vacant lawyer positions may come as a surprise to those 11 now redundant lawyers.
Based on what’s advertised on the Minter Ellison website, the firm is now looking for five lawyers.
Lawyer positions advertised include a senior associate in energy and resources in Perth, two senior associates in Perth, one in environment and one in property, a property lawyer with between three to five years’ experience in Brisbane, and a commercial disputes, insolvency lawyer in Melbourne.
The property vacancies appear despite the recent redundancies made in that area.
The firm is advertising expressions of interest in most major Australian cities, several secretarial positions and casual positions. A casual waiter position in Brisbane is also available.
Bowlen, who was speaking to The New Lawyer about the firm's alumni program, said that the firm still highly regards former employees. It has an alumni program it calls Remember ME, which keeps 3,000 former Minters staff up to date with the firm, and intermittently brings them together for small gatherings in each of the firm's offices nationally, she said.
Ten per cent of recruitment this year has been of Minter Ellison alumni, Bowlen said.
Based on this year’s hiring so far, the firm may well one day take back some of those lawyers it recently made redundant.