Working at JWS

Whether you are a lawyer or operations professional you become a valued part of a talented team taking on some of the most challenging and rewarding legal work in Australia. Our people say they feel part of a truly supportive team, where their contribution is valued. This is because we are experts in what we do, we use our knowledge to find unique perspectives and pragmatic solutions.

Our difference

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No time recording budgets

As a commercial law firm we are still required to record our time and bill our clients, but we choose not to set individual or group billable hour budgets. This means that all our lawyers can focus on producing excellent work, developing their skills and working together without undue pressure of the burden of budgets.

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Our model

We recognise that superior outcomes are achieved on strategic and complex matters through the hands-on involvement of expert senior lawyers. We therefore maintain a higher ratio of partners to lawyers than our rivals, and focus on assignments suited to this structure. This means graduates and young lawyers are involved in major matters right from the start. They work directly alongside partners and clients, providing unique development opportunities and the chance to develop strong client relationships early on in their careers.

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No fixed internal silos

Comparatively we have a relatively flat internal structure with no fixed work groups. This is to ensure the best people and the right resources are pulled together on each assignment, regardless of their primary area of practice or location. Graduates and lawyers are not confined to practice areas, providing variety of work and broad experience gained from working across all practice areas with lawyers from each office.