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Sparke Helmore Lawyers

4.9
  • 500 - 1,000 employees

Sparke Helmore Lawyers Reviews

Based on 5 surveyed graduates working at Sparke Helmore Lawyers. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate.
4.9
Based on 5 reviews

Pros & Cons

  • The quality of the work that you are given from the moment you start.
  • The welcoming nature of the firm which has helped with a smooth transition into full-time work.
  • The culture - you really feel part of something bigger and that you are striving towards a common goal. This is felt not only within teams, but also across different teams, service lines and departments.
  • The people are incredible to work with, and the training you are provided as a graduate is highly structured but also focused on your individual development. Sparke attracts highly motivated and skilled professionals that recognise the importance of interpersonal skills and teamwork. There is also great communication across the firm, you always know who to call or speak to about any questions or issues that might come up.
  • The hours that are sometimes required.
  • Hours can differ depending on which team you are in. Some teams tend to work longer hours due to nature of the work, other teams may have more regular hours with occasional spike during certain times.
  • The hours can be long, but it is never for an unreasonable period of time. No bonus program for rotating graduates in their first year (if starting in February).

What Insiders Say

9.2
Career Prospects
9.2
Career Prospects
There is a structured promotion program for your first three years, which everyone follows. This reflects the firms understanding that in your early years your focus is on learning and developing as a lawyer.
9.6
Corporate Social Responsibility
9.6
Corporate Social Responsibility
The firm's commitment to pro bono is ever present. The firm has so many pro bono projects and initiatives, such as a wills clinic drafting wills for Indigenous Australians. Sparkes works with Legal Centres around the state and takes on individual pro bono cases. I have already worked on three - an insurance issue due to COVID, a fraudulent transfer of property, and a fraudulent contract.
10
Culture
10
Culture
The culture is phenomenal. The people are very approachable and there is a strong community within the firm. You get to socialise with your team on a daily basis but also with the rest of the teams on your floor. The graduate program also seems to create a close connection with your fellow grads.
9.6
Diversity
9.6
Diversity
The firm makes a very clear concerted effort to attract and retain people from diverse cultures with diverse life experiences. Within the firm there are multiple sub committees to promote visibility and ensure that the needs of each minority group are being met. The gender diversity in the firm is apparent through all levels, and particularly at the partner level.
9.6
Satisfaction
9.6
Satisfaction
Reviewing, drafting and negotiating legal documents. Conducting research on legal issue. Liaising with clients and various stakeholders. Attending to meetings. Performing various administrative tasks. Participating in knowledge management projects.
9.2
Management
9.2
Management
Internal communication is great, you always know who to call about certain issues. Graduates don't undergo a performance review in their first year, but my supervising partner took the opportunity to provide some feedback and praise anyway which was appreciated.
9.5
Office Work Environment
9.5
Office Work Environment
The office is great, the location in Martin Place is amazing and so close to the courts. The facilities you need are available. The dress code is corporate, obviously, with casual wear on Fridays.
9.6
Recruitment
9.6
Recruitment
A mixture of personality and legally based questions.
8.4
Salary
8.4
Salary
In my experience, the pay and bonuses reflect your level of skill and commitment. If you have done good work, the partner will advocate for you. It is very merits based.
8.8
Training
8.8
Training
There is a structured graduate program throughout your first year. The training is across both the firm’s software and basic foundational skills you will need as a lawyer, such as legal drafting.
9
Work Hours
9
Work Hours
The hours do fluctuate depending on the area you work in and the matters you are working on. Generally, the hours are very reasonable, and if you do have a few light nights, they are always warranted and rarely over a pro-longed period. In my experience, this firm does not expect you to be sitting at your desk till late unless there is a legitimate reason to do so.
8.8
Sustainability
8.8
Sustainability
Sparkes has an environmental management system and plan to reduce their environmental footprint every year.