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Gilbert + Tobin Reviews
Reviews by Gilbert + Tobin graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar4.4GradAustralia surveyed 26 graduates working at Gilbert + Tobin. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 26 responses.
- The collegiality and the team atmosphere as well as interesting and stimulating work
- The people, training, facilities, culture and quality of the work.
- I love the work I'm doing and I love the people I'm doing it with. It's not very hierarchical, which means you get many opportunities to work directly with partners. You get a lot of responsibility working on matters, but are well supervised . It's a terrific learning environment.
- Work with the best lawyers for the biggest clients. Autonomous experience for juniors with material contributions to all matters.
- I feel like I can be myself. They respect honesty. Everyone is really friendly. Get to work closely with partners. Given lots of autonomy and client interaction. Given the opportunity to attend lots of events.
- Sometimes training opportunities are missed because there is a need to complete tasks on a deadline
- It can occasionally feel under-staffed.
- At times, long hours with tough time frames and deadlines.
- Long hours.
- Expectation of long hours.
What insiders say about…
I am involved in a wide variety of work on a range of matters, including legal research, drafting advice, preparing contracts for execution, business development, mentoring and pro bono work.
The hierarchy is not very stringent - everyone from the support staff through to the partners get of extremely well. I would feel comfortable chatting to anyone in the office over a cup of tea or a glass of wine. The teams are very cooperative and not at all competitive - everyone works together to get the best result for our clients. We have drinks every Friday and a hot meal with drinks once a month. We have Christmas and EOFY parties. The individual teams have additional lunches and dinners on top of the office-wide social events.
The interview process was brief and to the point. There was one 20 minutes interview followed by a cocktail event where we were able to meet most of the staff.
Think about what you bring to the table as an individual. Identify what you're passionate about and speak to that.
I'm usually in the office about 8am to 6pm, although a lot of people arrive at 8:30am. If you're not especially busy, they don't mind if you leave at 5:30pm. If you are busy, you might work longer hours. The latest I've stayed was about 9pm, but that was only one time and it was on the eve of the start of a Supreme Court trial. The days you work later, you don't really notice because you're busy doing interesting work. But the firm is generally flexible if you have commitments. If I tell my supervising partner that I have to go to something at a particular time, there's never a problem. Lots of my colleagues leave early to collect kids from school or to go to sports training. If they still have work to do, they can just work from home.
Well paying as compared to the market
Discretionary spending on corporate Amex
Very approachable and down to earth.
Regular training in all areas - including those required for CPD and other areas e.g. wellbeing
Difficult to say because the company doesn't formally promote anyone beyond the role of Lawyer until they're a Special Counsel or Partner. This makes it difficult to tell sometimes how senior people are and provides poor signaling to the outside market.
Women: very encouraging of women-focused initiatives and issues ethnic minorities: seems supportive, with a good inclusive mix of cultural and linguistic backgrounds in the firm (although I am not an ethnic minority, so less able to judge) LGBT: clearly very supportive - one of the few firms that has openly supported marriage equality, well established LGBT groups and initiatives. recruitment: seems like a diverse selection of gender sexuality and ethnic backgrounds retention/promotion: less women at senior levels, although this is something many firms need to focus on. child care: working for two senior lawyers that fit in work around 3 kids, very flexible with part time options, both leave the office by 7 the latest, and work very hard, but it seems the firm supports them with that. pro
Not sure. It would be good to know there is some sort of unconscious bias training/blind applicant reviewing, as well as particular spots and positive discrimination, for recruitment to ensure we are not just picking people from privileged positions.
Constant work being performed by the pro bono partners that anyone in the firm can get involved with, G+T is a market leader here
Brand new open plan space at Barangaroo. Fantastic location with plenty of existing and emerging cafes, restaurants, shops etc. The dress code is generally formal without being overly so (there is flexibility)
We have made every effort to become a 'paperless' office, within a profession that relies so much on paper.Join us to bookmark!
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