The Role

We are currently looking for a dynamic, driven and enthusiastic Senior Lawyer to join our Pro Bono team in Sydney, with a focus on advising the charity and not-for-profit sector.

The Team

Baker McKenzie is committed to providing pro bono legal services. We have a Pro Bono Practice Group with lawyers who work solely on pro bono matters and all of our lawyers are expected to undertake pro bono legal work each year. In FY20 our Australian lawyers contributed more than 13,115 pro bono hours for pro bono clients. This equates to an average of more than 50.5 hours of pro bono work per FTE over the year.

The nature of our work is vast and varied. Our lawyers undertake pro bono work which falls within their own areas of expertise, as well as work in new areas of law (with appropriate training and supervision, precedents and resources organised by the Pro Bono Practice Group). Our pro bono programs are designed to meet unmet legal need including providing assistance to survivors of domestic violence; the elderly; asylum seekers and refugees; and people with disabilities.

Qualifications & Experience

Our ideal candidate would have:

  • minimum 5 years' legal experience;
  • relevant experience advising the charity and not-for-profit sector in a range of areas including:
    • the establishment and registration of charities and other not-for-profit organisations;
    • the application of relevant governance standards, regulatory and compliance matters including fundraising and privacy laws;
    • appropriate legal structuring options;
    • applications for various registrations, endorsements and concessions, including charity registration and DGR and PBI status; and
    • preparation and review of governing documents.
  • a strong client service orientation;
  • strong technical, drafting and commercial skills;
  • excellent analytical, communication, and research skills;
  • an interest in working with clients from diverse, disadvantaged and/or marginalised backgrounds;
  • relevant legal qualifications;
  • a strong academic background;
  • a commitment to high work standards and strong attention to detail;
  • an ability to demonstrate initiative and proactivity;
  • a preparedness to go 'above-and-beyond';
  • 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);
  • an ability to present content confidently;
  • a willingness to learn; and
  • a willingness to develop others through mentoring and sharing experiences.


Main responsibilities include:

  • a focus on not-for-profit work;
  • developing and managing the not-for-profit pro bono practice;
  • undertaking other pro bono work for individuals as needed from time to time, including drafting research papers. The candidate must be open-minded, flexible and willing to learn new areas of law (e.g. victims compensation; credit/debt, consumer law, elders law etc.);
  • supervising and mentoring junior lawyers on pro bono matters;
  • assessing, coordinating and placing referrals across the Firm;
  • participating in and coordinating the Firm's pro bono programs;
  • coordinating pro bono client teaming projects including research papers and legal presentations;
  • presenting to our lawyers and to clients regarding pro bono initiatives and the law affecting not-for-profit organisations and charities;
  • attending out-of-hours pro bono events;
  • participating in the Firm's CSR activities; and
  • contributing to the Firm's knowledge management resources.

The Firm

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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.

To Apply

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.