Johnson Winter & Slattery

About the firm, history, and core values

Johnson Winter & Slattery is engaged by major Australian and international corporations as legal counsel on their business activities, disputes and most challenging transactions throughout Australia and surrounding regions.

Our role

Our representation of major corporations in many landmark and transformational deals and complex disputes positions us as a leading independent Australian firm.

Our approach

With an appreciation of our client’s commercial needs, we blend legal expertise with commercial and market awareness to deliver high quality legal services. This means working closely with clients and their in-house counsel to understand their commercial objectives, and ensuring our approach is tailored to deliver timely commercial outcomes.

Our difference

Our higher ratio of senior lawyers means clients engage directly with the tactical minds and industry expertise required to succeed in complex and high stakes deals and disputes. A partnership ethos of service, technical excellence and collaboration ensures the most relevant specialist expertise and experience is brought to bear on every assignment.

Key areas of practice

Our expertise is centred on strategically important areas of commercial law to our clients. A partnership ethos of service, technical excellence and collaboration ensures the most relevant specialist expertise and experience is brought to bear on every assignment. Our key practice areas include – Competition/Antitrust, Corporate, Corporate Governance, Debt Finance, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Energy & Resources, Funds Management, Intellectual Property & IT, Media, Private Equity, Projects & Construction, Regulatory, Restructuring & Insolvency, Tax.

What we look for in recruitment

The primary criteria for assessment of clerk or graduate applications are outstanding academic achievement, excellent communication skills, and a demonstrated interest in Commercial Law.

We look for people who:

  • are enthusiastic about succeeding in a service driven environment
  • have excelled academically
  • are committed to the continual development of their technical and commercial skills
  • are excellent communicators
  • will thrive in a collaborative environment
  • demonstrate a genuine interest in the commercial affairs of our clients and Australian commerce

We recognise that the firm’s success has come through a diversity of talent and skills. This diversity is something we seek to grow when recruiting lawyers to our firm.

The work that clerks and grads actually do

Our lawyers thrive in an open environment with few internal administrative boundaries. The absence of formalised teams means that junior lawyers get to work alongside different specialists right across the firm. And our low leverage structure means that this is normally with partners. This invaluable on the job learning is supported by structured mentoring and professional development programs. Our clerks and graduates work with senior lawyers across all of our practice areas, giving them the opportunity to develop a broad base of experience early in their legal careers.

Clerkship/Graduate program details (application, interview, offer and commencement dates)

Applications will only be accepted via cvMail – you can access our application form through our website or directly at We require a cover letter, CV, academic transcript. There is also a short application form that needs to be completed online.

Our interview process will give you the opportunity to meet with our Partners and Professional Development Team. Our interviews are designed as a two-way discussion about your achievements to date and to assess your fit with the firm.

In addition to the interviews, you will have the opportunity to meet partners and associates informally and you can talk with them about the way we work and ask further questions.

Prepare for your interview: explore our website and understand our business and what makes us different. You will also be able to find information on recent matters that we have worked on. You should be able to articulate why you consider Johnson Winter & Slattery appealing, and why you want to work with us.

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