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.
Why would you want to work here? What interested you about the firm? What brought you to law as opposed to commerce or elsewhere? The typical kind of questions that you would expect, however, perhaps more focussed on a personal level because the firm values who you are as a person to a high degree.
They can prepare by asking questions of people they know, or would like to get to know, within the firm. It is important to do the usual research that one would do on a firm like websites, blogs and articles.
Above-average pay for mid-tier firms. However, no bonuses are offered to lawyers, unlike most major commercial firms. Bonuses are only offered to senior associates. As a graduate, your pay will be fixed within a band for a few years. The size of the band increases as you get more senior.
Free Taronga zoo pass. Cheap movie tickets. Dinner after 6:30pm is paid for by the firm if you are working late. A taxi home after 8pm is paid for by the firm if you are working late. Cheap gym memberships.
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.