GradAustralia surveyed 33 graduates working at Henry Davis York. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 33 responses.
My firm does excellent quality work and the people are fantastic to work with.
Excellent and positive environment with good people to work with. High quality work where senior lawyers take an interest in your development.
The people. Everyone I work with is encouraging and helpful. I also felt like part of the team from day one, with real work and responsibility.
Interesting, challenging and engaging work. I have been mentored by a variety of competent and pleasant people. The work is what I want to do and the people are who I want to do it with.
The people, the access to good work and the collaborative culture.
Opaque system of salary and performance reviews. Supervisors give the impression they do not understand the systems of management while expecting juniors to understand it.
Smaller team size can from time to time lead to the requirement to work above-average hours for extended periods of time as there are less lawyers available to share the work-load.
The hours at times and unsteady flow of the work.
As is the case with all law firms, unnecessary red tape sometimes hinders the rate at which work is completed. There is a need to encourage and develop a more uniform culture of legal professional responsibility that actively supports lawyers working in and for the community.
It is not considered market leading in all areas of the law.
HDY is famous for its culture. It is known for being a supportive, flexible and fun work environment. People are genuinely invested in your development as a young lawyer but also interested in you as a person. We have monthly Friday night drinks on the rooftop which provides a great opportunity to socialise with colleagues from other groups within the firm. There are great parties too. I am good friends with many of the other junior lawyers, grads and paralegals. We go for coffee walks, lunch, drinks and hang out outside of work. The people at HDY are genuine, down-to-earth, clever and interesting.
There are great support programs in place, especially for junior lawyers. I am particularly encouraged by workshops and seminars that are available to help lawyers to develop their practice management skills. The senior lawyers are great mentors who are happy to share their experience and explain things to graduates and junior lawyers.
Shared-office arrangements are in place for the firm. Each office typically has a senior associate and graduate or junior lawyer in it. This is an excellent arrangement for both lawyers as the SA is able to delegate work to the grad/junior directly and the grad/junior has a senior lawyer to assist them if need be. The location is extremely convenient and close to transport. It is in a central location, close to many other law firms and blue-chip clients. The facilities are standard office facilities, with the exception of the roof top bar and garden which is quite unique. Staff drinks are typically held on the roof top bar. The dress code is formal office attire from Monday to Thursday. For guys, a suit is absolutely essential, though a tie is not (unless going to an external meeting or to court). On Fridays, smart casual wear is permitted, provided that one is not going to an external meeting or to court.