Corrs Chambers Westgarth is a premium independent law firm. We emphasise the independent part because it’s important to who we are and how we work. Independence isn’t just a description of our position in the market, it also describes how we think, our innovative style and bold decision-making.
Our vision as a world class law firm is to drive Australia’s competitiveness and economic engagement with Asia. We are based in Australia and operate internationally, wherever our clients need our services.
With around 1000 employees, 550 lawyers and 120 partners, we have the scale that allows us to take on the largest and most challenging matters for major organisations internationally. As well as be the right size for a culture of inclusion.
Areas of practice
Corrs is a corporate law firm, acting for organisations, rather than individuals. The firm works through three main operating divisions:
- Corporate, Finance & Tax (Energy & Resources, Corporate Advisory, Banking & Finance and Taxation)
- Property & Development (Property & Infrastructure, Environment & Planning and Construction)
- Litigation and Workplace Relations (Litigation, Workplace Relations, Intellectual Property, Technology & Competition)
What sets Corrs apart from other firms?
Corrs is a firm that thinks strategically, not just in its legal work, but also for the firm’s future and the success of its people. Corrs is known for its clear vision and ability to develop and implement strategy, as well as its lawyers’ ability to help clients achieve their business goals.
Corrs’ culture of performance excellence drives this achievement and can be seen in our mentoring, coaching and comprehensive learning and development programs, both formal and informal. We draw on the best expertise in Corrs’ own lawyers as well as external specialists to make sure our people never stop learning.
The combination of these factors creates a firm that celebrates its independence, is open to new ideas, has the courage to think and act differently from the rest of the market, and thrives on new challenges and opportunities.
Our people thrive on this, too. We call it the inspiring workplace.
Choosing your law firm is as important as your choice to be a lawyer. It will determine the calibre of people around you, the quality of work you do, what kind of training you’ll get and how much responsibility you’ll be given. All of which adds up to the rate at which you learn and the level of satisfaction you feel in your job.
Choosing to begin your career at Corrs is about exactly that – a career, not just a job. The reasons are simple: great people, work, training and above all, great opportunities earlier in your career than at other firms. And an open, friendly culture that helps you thrive both professionally and personally.
What does the firm look for in a clerk/graduate?
Corrs is a place that celebrates individuals. We’re looking for spirited, determined graduates who think big and like doing things a little differently. In exchange for your energy and commitment we’ll provide extraordinary learning and work opportunities here and on an international stage.
We don’t look for a Corrs ‘type’ when we interview potential graduates. Corrs people are individuals, but they do share some traits.
Because this is a high performance organisation, Corrs people are good at what they do. They are able to work in a team and bring out the best in the people around them. They want to achieve the best results for the client as well as the firm and they take pride in their work and achievements. Corrs people like to find new ways of doing things and aren’t afraid to be independent and bold in their actions.
This is a firm with a sense of purpose, so we’ll probably look for that in you, too.
What’s involved in being a clerk at Corrs?
The Corrs Seasonal Clerkship Program is a great opportunity for you to experience the people, clients, work and culture that differentiates Corrs from other law firms.
You’ll have the opportunity to work with some of Australia’s leading lawyers on high-profile work for major Australian and international clients across all industries. You’ll soon discover the standards of quality and commitment to clients required to succeed at this level.
You’ll be exposed to a broad range of interesting matters. You may also conduct research, review and present documents, as well as attend client meetings, mediations and settlements. The variety is enormous, so it’s the perfect way to discover the firm and the area of law that excites you most.
Our Graduate Development Program
Our commitment to developing world class lawyers starts at day one. Our Graduate Development Program, Launch, lays this foundation by providing rich, on the job training with a greater opportunity to work directly with partners and senior lawyers; structured learning; mentoring; and regular feedback.
Supervised by partners, you will complete three six month rotations through a variety of practice areas including corporate advisory, banking & finance; litigation & workplace relations; intellectual property, tax, property, infrastructure, construction, planning, environment, and government, as well as pro bono opportunities.
You are mentored by senior lawyers and your development is overseen by a dedicated Learning & Development and Human Resources team who work with partners and Division Leaders to provide you with guidance, ensuring your success.
The program begins with a residential orientation that brings graduates together from around the country in a major city location. Apart from training that enables you to hit the ground running, this three day event delivers professional relationships and friendships that last your years at Corrs and beyond.