Australia Experienced Lawyers
Why join us?
We are a truly global firm, with an international network that most firms can only dream of. It's the reason many of our global clients choose to work with us, and why they trust us with their most complex cross-border work. As an associate, this means you will work on teams that span the entirety of a matter—not just the work of one jurisdiction—and experience the international nature of the work.
We are proud of our achievements—global revenue of more than US$2.185 billion, three practices rated Band 1 in Chambers Global, top ranked for diversity and pro bono programs. In Australia, we are ranked Tier 1 by The Legal 500 for Project Development and Project Finance, and in the wider Asia-Pacific region, ranked 1st by deal value for Asia- Pacific Infrastructure Finance by IJGlobal in its 2019 League Table.
This combination of strength and ambition means exciting career opportunities, more international—and more cutting-edge—work throughout your career, and experience that will benefit you wherever your career journey takes you.
I genuinely work with some of the smartest people—who are so caring and genuinely care for my development.
It's exciting to be part of projects that make news headlines.
Everyone is motivated and committed and there's a lot of mutual support.
White & Case is a very collegiate firm. The team environment is very supportive and provides great opportunities to learn from and work with lawyers at the top of their game.
Working in Australia
Our teams in Melbourne and Sydney work with clients in every state of Australia and across the globe on all aspects of the energy, infrastructure and mining & metals sectors, and on corporate M&A transactions. We offer clients legal services throughout the full life cycle of their projects, including environment and planning, project structuring, project development, project finance, corporate advice, M&A, litigation and arbitration.
We work closely with lawyers located in offices in Asia-Pacific and globally, offering market-leading experience and executing tough deals in challenging places, whether at the highest levels of global corporate life, in transitioning markets or across our London-New York axis.
Who we're looking for
We're looking for high achievers who want to be part of a dynamic, growing global business. There is no such thing as a typical White & Case lawyer. We don't have a template. We're proud that our people are from a wide variety of backgrounds. We attract people with a global mindset, who prioritise learning about different cultures, experiences, languages and viewpoints.
It goes without saying that we expect intelligence and drive. But the way you think is crucial. You need to be able to analyse how the law works and be creative, yet pragmatic, in your interpretation of it. Our clients depend on our lawyers' ability to resolve a complex issue or structure an international transaction on their behalf.
We value collaboration and a team-oriented mindset. Clients and colleagues will depend on you to perform tasks accurately, efficiently and on time, and to work in teams to get the legal work done.
We have a diverse, enriching and enjoyable work culture. Globally, our lawyers represent 109 nationalities and speak 88 languages. This is vital to our ability to effectively represent our diverse clients throughout the world. We offer an open-door collaborative culture that fosters strong internal working relationships across our offices worldwide.
In Australia, we work with seven offices across the Asia-Pacific region, which means White & Case has one of the most extensive international footprints compared to other Australian firms.
By increasing the diversity of our people at the Firm, we create a dynamic, supportive work environment and develop teams that provide the best solutions for our clients. Our clients appreciate our multijurisdictional agility and our proven ability to get things done strategically across borders. We go a long way to attract talent and to make sure that our lawyers have a fulfilling personal and professional experience at the Firm.
Inclusion is a business imperative for us. We are naturally diverse because of the work we do, the locations we're in and the type of people and clients we attract. At White & Case, we promote equality at work and an inclusive culture by supporting employee-led diversity networks, flexible working and an open office environment. Our Australia offices host a number of events each year for employees and clients that support our Global Women's Initiative and other global affinity networks including:
- Spectrum LGBT+ Network
- Black Affinity Network
- Asian Affinity Network
- BAME Affinity Network
- Allianza Affinity Network
- Middle Eastern Affinity Network
Through our Global Citizenship initiative, you can feel proud of being part of a Firm that takes its responsibilities as a global citizen seriously and, by leveraging our unique global footprint and ability to collaborate across borders, does work that makes a tangible difference on a wide range of social and environmental issues.
You will have unparalleled opportunities to do cutting-edge pro bono work on the issues that matter most to you—both locally and cross-border, with many of the world's leading NGOs. The Firm expects every lawyer to work a minimum of 20 pro bono hours each year.
Some examples of Australia pro-bono projects we have done recently include:
- Justice Connect – Support for Domestic Building Legal Service
- Structuring advice for foreign not-for-profit organisations entering Australia
- World Bank – Benchmarking Infrastructure project
- Creating a disaster risk management law index for the International Red Cross
- Corporate and structuring advice for charities operating in Australia such as the Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW
- Reviewing and updating legal compliance registers for the Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault
We invite you to read more in our Global Citizenship Review
We believe that professional development is an integral part of becoming a great lawyer, and offer globally available training programmes, supplemented by local practice-specific and business skills training. Associates are also encouraged to take advantage of our unmatched global network of offices and secondment opportunities to gain insight into the international nature of our work.
From the start, you will be given real work with real deadlines for real clients. We are committed to training and providing development opportunities to help you grow as a lawyer. We encourage an entrepreneurial approach and involve our associates in direct client contact. The manner in which we staff our deals guarantees that you will have an international component to just about any assignment you are given, no matter which office you call home.
White & Case is committed to the learning and development of our people. The Firm offers a variety of internal and external learning and development (L&D) programs, including programs offering continuing professional development (CPD) credit or the equivalent, to its lawyers. While much of the learning and development that takes place at each stage of an associate's career will be gained through experience, working with partners for our clients on their matters, our Business of Law and Practice of Law training programs supplement on-the-job training to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful.
Our programs are developed, refined and facilitated by our highly experienced and skilled partners and senior lawyers, our in-house Professional Development team and leading industry experts.
We are committed to supporting your career by providing access to the experiences, relationships and training that will help you develop and progress in your time with us. Our approach balances what you might learn on the job and from others with our more formal training offering and Milestone programs. Technical and professional skills are critical to your job as a lawyer. Both sets of skills evolve as you progress through your career.
At each career level, we also have developed Milestone programs that develop both business and practice-specific technical skills aligned with each of our Associate Career Framework competencies. The Milestone programs complement and enhance the training provided in individual offices as part of the Firm's overall development program for associates. They combine Business of Law and Practice of Law content, and are delivered in interactive workshops offered at specific "milestones" during the career of an associate with the Firm. They form an important element of our "One Firm" initiative, bringing peer groups of associates to meet and learn together in support of their continued professional development.
Throughout your career, we provide formal and informal mentoring and support to guide you in every aspect of your career development.
Our Professional Development team, which includes former practicing lawyers, also supports your career at every level. The team looks at every associate in our APAC offices to ensure each is getting the training they need. They ensure that challenging work is being appropriately allocated, and that everyone receives valuable career guidance. They're also there to listen to each associate's needs, suggestions and concerns.
The Firm has adopted a Career Framework. The aim of the Career Framework is to:
- Provide you with an indication of the skills and behaviours expected of you and allow you to manage your own development
- Outline what is required for you to be a successful lawyer by defining what high performance looks like at each career level, regardless of business section or practice area
The Career Framework is then supplemented with technical skills and competencies to provide detailed guidance on skills to be developed in particular practice areas. Together with the Career Framework, technical skills and competencies provides associates with a clear picture of what is expected of them at each level of practice.
After being with the Firm for six months, you can be reimbursed for your gym membership (including Pilates and yoga studios) up to AUD 600 annually.
We also offer:
- Discounted corporate health insurance
- Wellness programs and support, including the Employee Assist Program
- Emergency childcare support
- Annual flu injections
- Daily fresh fruit
- Agile and flexible work practices