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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 perform the role of a junior member of a high-performing legal team. This includes due diligence, research and drafting (among other responsibilities).
The work culture involves strong teamwork between partners and juniors. Partners are willing to take time to answer questions and explain complex concepts in detail. The firm is great from a social perspective.
Two rounds of interviews, aimed at penultimate year university students looking to do a clerkship over the summer before their final year. In the first round interview, applicants are generally interviewed by a partner and a lawyer. In the second round, applicants are interviewed one-on-one by a partner.
Why did you study law? Why do you want to work in corporate law? Why do you want to work at this firm in particular? What practice areas are you interested in? Why?
Think specifically about which practice areas you are interested in. Each firm has its strengths and weaknesses when it comes to practice groups, and each team/practice group within a firm is like its own little business. You should be as concerned about the particular practice groups you are interested in as you are about the overall firm name and culture.
In the team I'm in, with the partners I have, very flexible. I can work from home if needed, and am not expected to stay back late/work weekends. That is not the case everywhere though.
They pay very fairly, I cannot fault them here.
The firm offers a lot of discounts on various tickets and packages through the service team, who are always expanding their range. The bike and exercise facilities and changing rooms are fantastic, providing towels, assigned lockers and showers, which makes cycling and running to work or exercising at work painless
Non-hierarchical structure makes for easy access to managers. There is a bit of an issue with the firm feeling very Sydney-centric sometimes.
Training is varied, regular and interesting.
There are very few titles at G+T (graduate, lawyer, senior counsel and partner). Therefore, a junior can operate at a Senior Associate level of responsibility without having the title, which is good. On the flipside some senior lawyers are probably find the lack of "Senior Associate" position difficult as it leaves them unsure as to where they are in terms of career progression. Making partner is very difficult to achieve. I believe you need a very sound business case.
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.
I have been involved in two Australian Business and Community (ABCN) Mentoring programs, which involve regular mentoring sessions with high school students from less privileged backgrounds. The firm welcomes students into the offices and makes an effort to ensure the experience is positive for these students.
State of the art office fit-out and design in Barangaroo, including sit-to-stand desks for everybody.
Unaware of any specific efforts in the Melbourne office.Join us to bookmark!
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