We are a firm of around 800 people, including more than 100 partners, delivering outstanding legal services to corporate, public sector and private clients, both Australian-based and those offshore doing business in Australia.
We were recently named Winner: Australasian Lawyer Innovative Firms 2020; Winner: Australasian Lawyer Employer of Choice 2020, Beaton Client Choice Awards 2020; Winner – Best Provider to Financial & Insurance Services Industry. We have also been granted the Employer of Choice Gender Equality citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) for 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Hall & Wilcox offers expertise in a number of key areas of commercial practice, including:
We are committed to Smarter Law. In simple terms that are delivering legal services better, faster and cheaper to our clients. Innovation is central to that. We define innovation as "change that adds value." The keyword is change. We are action-oriented. Innovation is ingrained into one of our core values #evolvealways. We support innovation in the following ways:
Diversity and inclusion are vital components of our practice of Smarter Law and our ambition to be a pre-eminent law firm. In addition to being the right thing to do, there are many business benefits which include the attraction, retention and engagement of the best possible talent; building stronger relationships with clients; and improved decision making, problem-solving and innovation through diverse teams and diversity of thinking.
We are committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects our community and our clients. We understand that workplace diversity involves recognising and celebrating the characteristics that make each individual different. Equally, we understand that workplace inclusion requires strategies to create a workplace environment in which both individuals and groups feel welcome, respected and valued, by incorporating different ways of thinking, interacting and approaching business strategies to ensure that all individuals are valued and are able to meaningfully contribute to the firm and their own careers.
Leveraging the diversity offered by our people to deliver Smarter Law to our clients is critical and supports us to being recognised externally as a firm that exemplifies diversity in its day-to-day practice.
One way we live our culture is through our Hallmarks. Our Hallmarks are how we articulate the behaviours consistent with our culture.
Our inclusive culture enables us to recognise and celebrate the characteristics that make each individual different and create a workplace environment in which both individuals and groups feel welcome, respected and valued. Our commitment is reflected in our WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation, participation in CareerTrackers for Indigenous Internships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, recruitment opportunities for people living with disabilities and participation in LGBTIQ+ Interfirm Networks.
At Hall & Wilcox, we support flexible and agile working to assist our people to balance their professional, personal and family life, health and wellbeing.
‘HW Evolve’ is a hybrid workplace where our people are encouraged and empowered to work flexibly both remotely and in the office. HW Evolve provides our people with the opportunity to experience the benefits of remote working balanced with the great benefits of being in the office
including opportunities to connect, collaborate, learn and have fun.
We’re committed to giving back to our communities by doing work for the public good. Our pro bono practice embraces our ethical responsibility as a firm to help those in need and enriches the personal and professional lives of the Hall & Wilcox lawyers who get involved.
We are proud of our pro bono practice and our engagement with not-for-profit community groups, individuals and charities. We recognise and embrace the community responsibilities that come with being a successful, respected firm and a representative of the legal profession. For our people, the firm’s pro bono and community involvement is personally and professionally enriching.
We run a coordinated pro bono & community practice that comprises employees from all areas of the firm. We encourage and give credit for pro bono work to everyone at the firm. As part of our graduate program, our Law Graduates can choose to rotate through our Pro Bono practice, which includes a one day per week secondment to a community legal centre.
We have fostered close, ongoing relationships with several inspirational community organisations, to which we provide pro bono legal services. Some of these include:
Our program is a priority for us because we recognise that today’s law graduates are tomorrow’s leaders of the firm. Over the years, the program has proven to be highly successful – many of our current partners completed their graduate year with us.
As a Law Graduate, you will be a part of a 12-month program that includes three, four-month rotations. During your graduate year you will experience: