ABOUT THE FIRM
What is unique about this firm?
Gadens is an Australian top 10 legal services provider. We have 135 partners and 1,100 staff throughout Australia, Papua New Guinea and Singapore.
We have an established reputation as a leading legal service provider to clients in the banking and finance, property and construction, and energy and resources sectors. We work with major Australian and multinational clients, as well as small to medium sized enterprises, across a range of legal work types ranging from highly complex matters to day-to-day transactional legal needs.
Gadens is the only Australian member of the International Lawyers Network.
Areas of Practice
We have an established reputation as a leading legal service provider to clients in the banking and finance, property and construction and energy and resources sectors.
Some of our areas of practice include corporate advisory and tax, insurance and insolvency, intellectual property and technology, dispute resolution, employee relations and safety, planning environment and government.
Does the firm engage in pro bono, volunteer or other community activities?
Our RAPs (Reconciliation Action Plan) summarise our commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, highlighting our efforts to date and guiding our future intentions. Our involvement in our Innovate RAP reflects our focus on working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders to test and trial approaches to continue to build relationships, and to continue to create opportunities to help ‘close the gap’.
We maintain a range of pro bono interests, including membership of Justice Connect and public interest litigation.
How does the firm encourage a work/life balance?
We offer flexible work arrangements. We also look after the health and wellbeing of our staff by providing fresh fruit daily on each floor, organised group activities, corporate rates for gym memberships and health insurance and an in-house cafe, which is a great place to take a break.
How does the firm encourage employees to learn and develop?
Gadens’ Learning and Development program engages all levels of the firm in formal training which ensures our staff are technically proficient and developed in all aspects of their role, setting the tone for legal excellence.
Gadens people are supported and encouraged to take full ownership of their professional development. A range of workshops on a variety of topics are on offer for legal professionals to enhance their legal and professional development skills. Attendance and participation in firm continuing legal education topics is highly encouraged.
The firm provides opportunities to work in our interstate offices and secondments with some of our corporate clients. We are also happy to explore opportunities for personal growth in disciplines outside the law that enrich your capacity to grow.
How do students apply for clerkships to this firm this year?
Apply via our website. Applicants must upload their cover letter, CV and academic transcripts as well as answer a set of screening questions to be considered.
What does the firm look for in a clerk?
Gadens is looking for students who have performed well in their studies, are passionate about the law and are looking to work in a team that is committed to their clients, staff and the community.
What does the firm offer a clerk?
We recruit summer clerks for a ten week period, commencing late November. Our summer clerk program includes two rotations and a week on client secondment. Clerks are given real responsibility and get involved with real work. Our revised hands-on L&D program, Gadens legal laboratory, combines legal expertise, commercial know how and innovation. We also have an Elite Mentoring Program that doesn’t stop the minute the clerkship is over; our clerks will also receive mentoring from a senior partner for a 12 month period post clerkship.
Summer clerks are invited to return as graduates and the opportunity may also exist for our clerks to work with us on a casual basis as they complete their studies.
Does this firm intend to offer clerkships to students outside their penultimate year?
Does the firm take graduates directly?
Most of our graduate positions are filled through our summer clerkship program.
We do recruit additional graduates outside of this program, however this is on an ‘as needs basis’.
What does the firm offer its graduates?
Graduates commence with the firm in one of two formal intakes – either February or November. Our 18-month graduate program consists of two rotations available in any of our practice areas. We have an elite Graduate Academy program for learning and development and also offer financial support to eligible graduates to complete their PLT. Following completion of our graduate program graduates are progressed to Solicitor and form part of Gadens Young Lawyers.
77 Castlereagh Street
Sydney NSW 2000
T: 02 9035 7192
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Port Moresby, Singapore