find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Property lawyer - Melbourne
Category: Property Law | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Impressive client list, national firm · Well-led and high-performing team
View details
Senior family lawyer - Melbourne
Category: Family Law | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Outstanding national firm · High-calibre family law team
View details
Most sought-after in-house expertise revealed

Most sought-after in-house expertise revealed

Demand is on the rise for in-house and government lawyers, but certain skillsets are more desirable to employers than others, a new report has found.

In its quarterly report for July to September 2016, recruitment company Hays identified a spike in activity for legal teams within certain areas of expertise, particularly large-scale development.

“The construction boom, especially in Sydney, is driving demand for candidates with top-tier backgrounds for in-house roles in large infrastructure/development companies,” the report said.

Lawyers with mergers and acquisitions expertise may also find a number of opportunities in company legal teams.

“Demand for in-house and private practice Corporate and Commercial Lawyers with solid mergers and acquisition backgrounds, particularly mid to senior Lawyers, is also buoyant,” the report said.

The major drivers of this uptick in demand include “new contracts, changes in contracts and new projects,” according to the report.

Lawyers with M&A and commercial property experience are also sought after in private practice, the report found, as the number of high-value transactions in the market increases.

For lawyers interested in roles outside of the legal team, the report noted that “company secretary candidates are in short supply”.

In the government sector, activity is also on the rise, though most recruitment is centred on contract and temporary roles, the report found.

In particular, freedom of information lawyers are needed, to respond to “increasing demand from the media and public for access to government information”.

However, the report notes that these roles tend to be stressful, resulting in higher-than-average turnover.

Like this story? Read more:

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

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Most sought-after in-house expertise revealed
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Warning
Aug 23 2017
NT Law Society sounds alarm on mandatory sentencing
The Law Society Northern Territory has issued a warning over mandatory sentencing, saying it hasn’...
Unite
Aug 22 2017
Professionals unite in support of marriage equality
The presidents of representative bodies for solicitors, barristers and doctors in NSW have come toge...
Aug 21 2017
Is your firm on the right track for gig economy gains?
Promoted by Crowd & Co. The way we do business, where we work, how we engage with workers, ev...
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 & ...