We are currently looking for a General Associate with 2-4 years' experience to join our Employment team in Sydney.
Baker McKenzie's Employment group is a highly active area of our Australian practice. Our employment lawyers advise on all aspects of employment law including employment contracts, negotiations and disputes with trade unions, anti-discrimination suits and occupational health and safety. Conducting litigation on behalf of clients is also a key area of the practice. Although the practice primarily acts for employer and employer organisations, our lawyers have also been involved in disputation with union organizations and individual employees.
Particular areas of expertise include providing advice on all aspects of the preparation, negotiation and enforcement of employment contracts, redundancies and dealing with contractual disputes relating to employees such as breach of confidentiality agreements. We also offer expertise in drafting and advising on Commission arrangements, general advice on the negotiation and enforcement of State and Federal awards applying to employees, award interpretations, statutes, negotiating site agreements and employment conditions. Advising on Work Health & Safety matters is also a major part of the Employment practice and we frequently advise on all aspects of legislation as well as defending prosecutions. We have particular experience in litigation designed to protect an employer's clients and key employees.
Our Employment lawyers have extensive litigation experience in all aspects of employment law, and appear regularly before the Federal and State Industrial Tribunals, the Anti-Discrimination Tribunals and the Conciliation and Industrial Commissions. In dealing with industrial relations dispute, it is always our objective to attempt to conciliate rather than litigate. The group actively pursues alternative dispute resolution as a means of resolving contentious matters.
Qualifications & Experience
Our ideal candidate would have:
- minimum 2 years' employment law experience with expertise in;
- Award Compliance
- Industrial disputes
- Collective bargaining
- Drafting employment contracts
- Employment policies and procedures
- Employment litigation
- Equal opportunity/discrimination
- Occupational health and safety investigations and litigation
- Employee transfers
- Due diligence
- relevant experience in a top tier or leading international firm preferred;
- a strong client service orientation;
- strong technical, drafting and commercial skills;
- business development aptitude, interest, and experience;
- relevant legal qualifications;
- a strong academic background;
- excellent analytical, communication, and research skills;
- a commitment to high work standards and strong attention to detail;
- an ability to demonstrate initiative and proactivity;
- an ability to develop strong relationships with clients and to take responsibility for this relationship;
- an ability to work well in a team environment (including across Australian offices and internationally);
- a willingness to learn; and
- a willingness to develop others through mentoring and sharing experiences.
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At Baker McKenzie, we are different in the way we think, work and behave. Like no other law firm, we were born global. Our Australian practice was established in Sydney in 1964, in Melbourne in 1982 and in Brisbane in 2014. Our lawyers work seamlessly with our global colleagues, collectively providing a capacity of more than 5,600 locally qualified lawyers and 6,000 professional staff in 78 locations across 46 countries.
Baker McKenzie Australia can offer you access to complex, market leading matters working with some of the world's best legal minds – people who know the law and who understand business. We have an unrivalled ability to provide training and secondment opportunities across our global network. Locally, we have an inclusive culture of learning, coaching and opportunity where you will work in small teams on matters that often cross borders. We value people who think ahead and get noticed.
Diversity & Inclusion
Baker McKenzie is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive culture for all its employees, with equal opportunity for all to progress and have a meaningful career with our Firm. Our mission is to foster an environment where individuals of every ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, age, disability, carer status and working style may succeed professionally and fully contribute to the goals of the Firm. As part of our inclusive culture, we encourage applications from all genders, abilities and cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
Baker McKenzie provides information and support relating to the recruitment process for transgender and gender diverse candidates. Please let us know if you would like to receive this additional support.
Our bAgile program encourages a range of flexible work opportunities for all. We invite you to let us know of any reasonable adjustments you require to equitably participate in the recruitment process or in performing the requirements of this role.
Please click on the Apply icon to start the online application process for this role. We will be in touch with you once we have reviewed your application. For a confidential discussion and further information, please contact Kathleen Blackburn, Talent Management Consultant, +61 2 8922 5255.