Associate / Senior Associate, Employment & Safety (Brisbane)

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Work type: Permanent - Full time, Permanent - Part time
Location: Brisbane
Categories: Experienced Lawyers

Your Role

Our Employment & Safety Team is hiring and we're recruiting an Associate or Senior Associate for our national practice to be based in Brisbane. We advise on all areas of employment, industrial relations, discrimination and work health and safety law.

Our Team

Our Employment & Safety Team works closely with our clients to manage employment and safety risks, protect corporate reputation and promote our clients as employers of choice. Our team is committed to delivering exceptional client care – if we spot an issue we raise it; if we spot an opportunity we let our clients know.

As an Associate or Senior Associate in the Employment & Safety practice, you will work closely with many parts of the Firm, each with unique backgrounds and life experiences. Harnessing the many talents of our people helps us connect with our clients, solve complex problems, innovate and attract even more great people. We've long been committed to inclusion and diversity and we're proud that there isn't an 'Allens' type'. Our clients work with us because of our diverse teams, market leading quality and service.

We are in a significant and exciting growth phase and we are looking to expand our team with a high calibre Associate or Senior Associate. As a member of our experienced and friendly team within Australia's leading law firm, you will be challenged, supported and guided as you continue to learn and develop during your career at Allens.      

Your day

The range of services provided by the Employment & Safety Group is varied. Your role within our team could typically include:

  • managing disputes and litigation in tribunals and courts;
  • advising on employment, industrial relations, discrimination and safety matters;
  • managing large underpayment and other employment compliance reviews and regulatory matters;
  • assisting clients with enterprise bargaining and managing industrial disputes;
  • advising on restructuring and the employment aspects of corporate transactions;
  • advising on safety compliance and response to safety incidents; and
  • conducting or advising on workplace investigations. 

Your clients

You'll work closely with clients to understand their businesses to find better ways to manage their employment, industrial relations, discrimination and work health and safety challenges.

You will have access to the firm's extensive client base to explore and develop new opportunities and deliver outstanding service. Your role will support several of Australia's largest employers with unique and challenging work environments.

Our team works without borders, so you will be able to work on matters in any jurisdiction. This will give you variety in the work that you do and the ability to work with many parts of the firm.

Your career trajectory

Our Employment & Safety Team is expanding and we're looking for an Associate or Senior Associate who has the desire to learn and develop their career with us. We will support you on your journey and will give you access to our career framework when you join, providing a clear understanding of what high performance at each career stage as a lawyer at Allens looks like.

We also recognise that every employee's experience is different, and at Allens we know that successful and enjoyable careers come through your focus and commitment to being the best you can be, in an environment where you are supported and encouraged, and have clarity on key processes and decisions. Our career deal is a key part in achieving this; our deal asks you to take the lead for your career, with us providing the coaching and support to help you meet your goals and aspirations.

What you'll bring

  • Experience working in an employment and safety team, ideally at a large law firm, international law firm, boutique firm or an in-house position. 
  • A strong academic background.
  • An ability to effectively manage matters.
  • A willingness to participate in business development activities, such as pitch documents, firm-wide pursuits, attending industry events and hosting seminars.
  • A desire and ability to grow, both as an employment and safety lawyer and leader.
  • A strong team ethic.
  • An ability to establish a professional profile and internal networks.
  • A willingness to develop others through mentoring and sharing experiences and networks.
  • A willingness to build an understanding of clients and develop effective working relationships. 

Work pattern

This is a permanent opportunity for an Employment & Safety lawyer - Associate or Senior Associate. 

Allens supports flexible work practices and we are interested in speaking to lawyers wanting to work either part‑time or full-time.

We also support a hybrid working model, where working from home is part of the norm.

About Allens

Allens is a leading international law firm with a proud 200-year heritage of shaping the future for our clients, our people and the communities in which we work.

From playing a pioneering role in the development of legislation and regulatory frameworks in the Asia region, to acting on numerous 'firsts' across a range of industry and community issues, it is in our DNA to make a difference and help shape what our world looks like.

Through our alliance with Linklaters, we offer clients a global network of 40 offices in 28 locations. With Allens, you'll work at the cutting edge of the law on the most complex and innovative deals in the market. You'll work with lawyers and professionals at the top of their game who, like you, strive to get a little better every day. And you'll be supported to take your career wherever you want it to go.

What we'll offer

You will be an integral part of a high performing, national team and have an opportunity to work with genuine market leaders. 

At Allens, we provide lifelong learning that develops you personally and professionally, and access to people and leaders who can help you become the best you can be. You'll be given ongoing opportunities to get involved and to take your career all the way. 

You'll enjoy a range of other benefits including free gym membership, staff discounts with hundreds of suppliers and regular social and sporting activities. Allens also leads the profession in community investment, giving you the opportunity to make a difference through our work on reconciliation, the environment and other social justice issues as well as our workplace giving and volunteering programs.

Are you ready to begin?

We prefer to hear from you directly.

Please submit your resume via our on-line careers site addressed to Alison Maclurkin, National Resourcing Manager or contact Alison for a confidential discussion at

If this isn't the position for you, please tell your friends or colleagues about it.

Our national practice is growing significantly and we're also recruiting Employment & Safety Lawyers in our Melbourne, Perth and Sydney offices, which may align to your career goals.


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