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Hall & Wilcox

4.5
  • 500 - 1,000 employees

About Hall & Wilcox

  • Law

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:

  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Employment
  • Health and Community
  • Insurance (General and Statutory)
  • Private Clients
  • Property and Projects
  • Public Sector
  • Tax
  • Technology and digital economy
  • Pro Bono

Smarter Law

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:

  • Our performance management system has Smarter Law and innovation as key performance criteria and we recognise achievements in this area across the firm
  • We have a dedicated innovation team (our Client Solutions team) who support and enable innovation in the firm. The Client Solutions team assist our people with design thinking. We use a wide range of modern legal tech tools to enable us to be more efficient and implement new legal services for our clients
  • We train up our lawyers with business improvement methodologies, legal tech skills training, hackathons, workshops and other competitions to foster ideas across the firm.
  • We run our matters and innovation projects with multi-disciplinary teams. Legal and other professionals working together to develop better solutions. We involve our clients in this process so they can co-create the future with us

Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

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.

Culture & Flexible working

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.

Pro bono & Community

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:

  • Public Interest Advocacy Centre
  • Justice Connect
  • Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS)
  • Human Rights Law Centre

Graduate program

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:

  • A combination of on-the-job training and support in completing Practical Legal Training.
  • A comprehensive induction with the national graduate cohort lays the foundation for the year ahead.
  • The opportunity to gain experience in several of the firm’s practice areas.
  • An extensive support network including a buddy, a mentor and supervising partner to provide guidance and support throughout the year.
  • Regular learning opportunities through our Elevate program, designed to develop our graduates and provide them with the skills and expertise to excel.
  • Opportunities to participate in Pro Bono, Industry group and Smarter Law initiatives
  • Ongoing feedback, both formal and informal.
  • The opportunity to immerse yourself in our great culture and have fun!

 

Graduate Review

Overall Score
4.5
Overall score based on 13 reviews
They Score Best in…
9
Culture
8.8
Office Work Environment
8.8
Recruitment
9
Culture
8.8
Office Work Environment
8.8
Recruitment
What Graduates Say About Them
  • Flexible working arrangements, great mentoring and the employer's investment in a graduate’s development.
  • The people are incredible and supportive. The work is also interesting.
  • The culture is fantastic, and we are well supported and constantly encouraged to take on opportunities.
  • A very friendly, welcoming, and inclusive culture - colleagues and senior leaders are always willing to lend a hand or answer any questions that you might have. It's also worth noting that the pandemic response was exceptional, with staff fully supported in setting up an effective workspace and exceptional tech services available to assist where issues arose.
  • Quality of people and level of supervision
  • Flexibility to work from home and no micromanaging
  • Wage
  • Some of the decisions around the nature of changes to the graduate program during the course of the specifics rotation process were challenging in many ways, however these decisions were made with the best interests of the graduates in mind during the challenging circumstances of the pandemic, and in the long term will ultimately result in good outcomes for the cohort.
  • As a graduate we were not able to rotate into some teams
  • No clear communication as to who is to do what or who you should ask for help.

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, Parramatta and Darwin.
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
L
Law, Legal Studies & Justice

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
Every job has its limitations, but particularly working in a litigation practice there are often short deadlines, and a requirement to turn around tasks quickly and at a high quality.

Nicholas Salagaras

  • Graduate stories
Every job has its limitations, but particularly working in a litigation practice there are often short deadlines, and a requirement to turn around tasks quickly and at a high quality.

Nicholas Salagaras

  • Graduate stories
Not only am I able to listen in and contribute, but it makes it less daunting to ask questions of your own as you realise that everyone, regardless of their seniority, is constantly learning and evolving. 

Jessica Wright

  • Graduate stories
Not only am I able to listen in and contribute, but it makes it less daunting to ask questions of your own as you realise that everyone, regardless of their seniority, is constantly learning and evolving. 

Jessica Wright

  • Graduate stories
Every job has its limitations, but particularly working in a litigation practice there are often short deadlines, and a requirement to turn around tasks quickly and at a high quality.

Nicholas Salagaras

  • Graduate stories
Every job has its limitations, but particularly working in a litigation practice there are often short deadlines, and a requirement to turn around tasks quickly and at a high quality.

Nicholas Salagaras

  • Graduate stories
Not only am I able to listen in and contribute, but it makes it less daunting to ask questions of your own as you realise that everyone, regardless of their seniority, is constantly learning and evolving. 

Jessica Wright

  • Graduate stories
Not only am I able to listen in and contribute, but it makes it less daunting to ask questions of your own as you realise that everyone, regardless of their seniority, is constantly learning and evolving. 

Jessica Wright


A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Tamara Charlwood

Tamara Charlwood studied Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2018 prior to becoming a Juris Doctor and is now working as a Graduate Lawyer at Hall & Wilcox.
  • Day in the life

Tamara Charlwood

Tamara Charlwood studied Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2018 prior to becoming a Juris Doctor and is now working as a Graduate Lawyer at Hall & Wilcox.
  • Day in the life

Tamara Charlwood

Tamara Charlwood studied Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2018 prior to becoming a Juris Doctor and is now working as a Graduate Lawyer at Hall & Wilcox.
  • Day in the life

Tamara Charlwood

Tamara Charlwood studied Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2018 prior to becoming a Juris Doctor and is now working as a Graduate Lawyer at Hall & Wilcox.