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This is a time of unprecedented change. At Allens, we’re ready. With a legacy that spans 200 years, we’ve pioneered significant change. It’s a part of who we are. 

Our people go further to support our clients, using sharp commercial insight and creativity to enrich long‑standing relationships and build new ones. We go further for each other and our community, too. We’re people you want to work with: we're generous with our time and ready to help. No matter what the future holds, we’re in it together. With us, you’ll be one step ahead. Great change is here. Are you ready?

Empowering people

Working together and working together well; there’s an important difference. It’s a given that we work on complex multi-jurisdictional projects across Australia and the world through our strategic alliance with Linklaters. But it’s how we do it that makes us different. We work as one team, collaborating across practice areas and...

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This is a time of unprecedented change. At Allens, we’re ready. With a legacy that spans 200 years, we’ve pioneered significant change. It’s a part of who we are. 

Our people go further to support our clients, using sharp commercial insight and creativity to enrich long‑standing relationships and build new ones. We go further for each other and our community, too. We’re people you want to work with: we're generous with our time and ready to help. No matter what the future holds, we’re in it together. With us, you’ll be one step ahead. Great change is here. Are you ready?

Empowering people

Working together and working together well; there’s an important difference. It’s a given that we work on complex multi-jurisdictional projects across Australia and the world through our strategic alliance with Linklaters. But it’s how we do it that makes us different. We work as one team, collaborating across practice areas and disciplines to solve complex problems and build great relationships. It’s what makes Allens a great place to work.

Our people play a huge part in our success. We attract and develop exceptional talent and we welcome diversity and individuality. You’ll be given opportunities to grow, learn and succeed, but it’s up to you to make the most of them. We’re well aware that your job satisfaction and our success go hand in hand. So, you’ll be involved in high-profile, complex work for leading Australian and international organisations. We’ll provide the very best training throughout your career, with feedback and support at every stage. And we’ll reward your commitment to learning with the flexibility to drive your own career.

Together, we’ll ensure you exceed what you imagined you were capable of, and deliver the excellent service our clients deserve.

Fostering relationships

The world is changing more rapidly than ever before, presenting businesses with complex local and global challenges. At Allens, we’re trusted business partners as well as legal advisers. We use our technical knowledge to support our clients, but it’s our strategic insight and in-depth experience that allows us to guide them forward.

Work with us and you’ll discover it’s our approach that sets us apart as much as our expertise. We’re supportive, open-minded, and passionate. With a deep understanding of our clients, we grasp problems from every angle and we’ll do whatever it takes to find a solution. It’s that unwavering commitment that continually builds our expertise, and ensures we sustain long-term client relationships. While our history proves what we’re capable of, we’re not complacent either. We will continue to shape the future with our clients, our people and our communities.

Innovation in action

In our rapidly changing world, our clients – and our own people – expect us to keep evolving to stay a step ahead. We’re entrepreneurial in spirit, driven to go beyond setting legal precedents and cutting‑edge work. We seek out ways to do things differently and embrace innovative ideas. Then we create tools that bring our thinking to life, using emerging technology to solve real‑world problems. We’re focused on advancing the legal industry through equipping our people with the skills and experience they need to be the lawyers of the future.

We encourage people from across the firm to work on the development of new technologies and processes. This approach does more than benefit our clients. New tools and ways of working enhance our own capability, allowing us to assist on increasingly complex matters.

A strategic partnership

Our alliance with Linklaters provides enormous opportunity for our people to accelerate  their careers. Join us and you’ll be part of a global network. You’ll work alongside some of the best lawyers in the world and be involved in some of the most significant legal matters – both on the global stage and close to home. While both Allens and Linklaters excel in their markets, we are stronger together. Having international counterparts allows us to experience new things, develop new thinking and constantly evolve.

Community

At Allens, we use our position to give back to our community. We stand up for what we believe in and strive to make a real difference. Not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because we are truly motivated by positive change. You’ll find individuals and teams across the firm committed to providing access to justice, alleviating disadvantage, promoting reconciliation and protecting the environment. Join us and you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to important causes and create your own great change.

Our opportunities

Dive In

Dive In is an introductory program that provides you with some of the skills needed to apply for a clerkship, paralegal position or internship. You’ll get a taste of life in commercial law at a top-tier

firm. You’ll get insight into the type of work you can expect, details about our business and

areas of practice, plus practical tips for preparing for work in a large law firm.

Clerkship program

For a head start in your career, apply for a clerkship in our Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney office.

You’ll work with some of the most experienced lawyers in Australia and experience first-hand the type of work you could do as a lawyer with us. You’ll get to work as part of a team on real matters for our clients. If you’re driven and make the most of the opportunity and get to know our people, you’ll thrive during a clerkship with us. Your development supervisor and buddy will be there to support you and help you grow.

Our clerkship program is a stepping stone to bigger things. Many clerks go on to become graduates with us.

Graduate program

Join our graduate program and embark on a journey of lifelong professional development. You’re in control of  your own learning, so you’ll have the flexibility to drive your career with your development supervisor and performance coach as ongoing support.

During the graduate program, you’ll learn from some of the sharpest legal minds in Australia. As a graduate, you’ll complete two 12-month rotations in different practice areas. We don’t work in silos, so you won’t be limited to working with only one partner or by your practice areas.  There’s no substitute for the depth of  insight that comes from working with different teams. You’ll work on complex transactions with leading organisations. And you’ll have the opportunity to apply for an international secondment to London, Hong Kong or Singapore via our Linklaters alliance.

You’ll benefit from the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, which is an 18-week program that will help you transition from law student to practitioner. You'll also have access to practical legal seminars during our Cornerstone program, an online learning portal, a personalised induction program, and on- the- job training to unlock your potential. We’ll work with you to build a strong foundation of skills and develop the agility needed to become an excellent lawyer and thrive in our ever-changing world.

Where strength meets depth – our areas of practice

With high-profile clients and exceptionally complex transactions, we need to have a deep understanding of many areas.   

We use this to our advantage, bringing lawyers from different teams together to provide a wide range of expertise and experience, including:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Competition, Consumer & Regulatory
  • Corporate, including:
    • Funds, Super & Wealth
    • Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets
    • Technology, Media & Telecommunications
  • Disputes and Investigations, including:
    • Commercial Disputes
    • Employment & Safety
    • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Intellectual Property and Patent & Trademark Attorneys
  • Projects & Development, including:
    • Projects
    • Real Estate & Development
  • Tax

Deep industry expertise

We’re business partners as well as lawyers. This means we’re committed to understanding sector-specific commercial challenges as well as legal requirements. While our work spans many sectorsand industry areas, we’re committed to continuous learning. So we’re able to provide our clients with strategically led legal expertise.

Our specialist sectors include:

  • Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Funds
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials (including Agribusiness)
  • Infrastructure & Transport
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Power & Utilities
  • Real Estate
  • Technology, Media &Telecommunications

Ready for great change? 

Visit our careers website for more on working at Allens, upcoming events, and how to apply.

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Tom studied Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws at University of Technology Sydney
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Geneva studied a Bachelor of Arts (Government and International Relations)/Bachelor of Laws

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