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GREAT LAWYERS ARE BOTH CURIOUS AND CREATIVE.

We encourage you to challenge assumptions and open yourself up to new ideas. It’s this growth mindset that creates opportunities for you and your clients. So, what exactly are we looking for?

There’s no single path to becoming a commercial lawyer. We look beyond your academic record and your technical aptitude. We’re focused on finding people who have the curiosity to explore all the angles and the empathy to place themselves in their clients’ shoes. Building great relationships takes a certain understanding and as our global village gets ever smaller, we look for graduates who think of themselves as citizens of the world. 

Legal services are changing dramatically, and it is an exciting time to explore and adapt to the developments occurring in this rapidly changing landscape.

 

 

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"During my clerkship, I rotated into a team where another clerk and I were given the job of researching and putting together some details that were going to be handed out to a team of partners. This team were going to use the information to pitch the firm’s services to the government for a very well-known infrastructure project. My first thought was ‘are they seriously going to trust us with such an important task?’ I’m very glad I was given the opportunity. I learned a lot about how much I can actually do.”

ESTHER ADEYINKA 2018/19 VACATION CLERK

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GREAT LAWYERS ARE BOTH CURIOUS AND CREATIVE.

We encourage you to challenge assumptions and open yourself up to new ideas. It’s this growth mindset that creates opportunities for you and your clients. So, what exactly are we looking for?

There’s no single path to becoming an exceptional commercial lawyer. We look beyond your academic record and your technical aptitude. We’re focused on finding people who have the curiosity to explore all the angles and the empathy to place themselves in their clients’ shoes. Building great relationships takes a certain understanding and as our global village gets ever smaller, we look for graduates who think of themselves as citizens of the world. 

 

 

 

 

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“I think curiosity is a really important attribute for a lawyer. One of the things I think I would do if I were a new graduate is to be more curious – when all the information and opportunities are out there – to take things in and to really be open to the different ideas that can wash across you in your early years.”

MARK RIGOTTI, CEO

Driving Change

We see tomorrow’s world differently to most  law firms.

Autonomous vehicles have been described by the New South Wales Transport Minister as one of the greatest changes in the history of mankind. But it’s not just the automotive sector that will undergo a period of rapid transformation. The applications of this technology are far-reaching and straddle a variety of different sectors including aerial, marine, public roads, private and public transportation, space, military, agriculture, mining and many others.

While this technology undoubtedly presents a wide range of business opportunities, the pace at which it is developing, combined with the evolving global regulatory landscape, poses a number of novel and challenging legal issues.

Herbert Smith Freehills has formed a global Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Group to advise clients on the various business and legal issues arising from the development and commercialisation of connected and autonomous driving technology.

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Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System

We are currently assisting the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. The Royal Commission was initiated to inquire into and report on how Victoria’s mental health system can most effectively prevent mental illness, and deliver treatment, care and support so that everyone in the Victorian community can experience their best mental health.

The Royal Commission has released its Interim Report, which contains a number of priority recommendations that address immediate needs and lay the foundations for a new approach to mental health for the state. The report represents a stocktake of what the Royal Commission has learned so far and will be followed by its final report in October 2020, which will present “a bold and innovative approach for transforming Victoria’s mental health system”.

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Pro bono & citizenship

Pro bono initiatives represent some of our most interesting and impactful projects, covering individuals, charities and national governments. Whether it’s a multi-jurisdictional pro bono legal matter, fundraising for a worthy cause, or improving our supply chain, you’ll have a wealth of opportunities to get involved in projects that mean something to you.

We treat pro bono as equal to billable client work: to find out more about our work in this area, case studies on our impact and our latest thinking visit our Pro Bono & Citizenship pages.

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Our expertise

As global leaders in our fields, we advise the world’s biggest organisations on their most ambitious and complex projects. Our progressive approach, trailblazing expertise in dispute resolution and corporate, and understanding of our clients set us apart. Today, we’re delivering advanced, award-winning work on matters that will shape the future of law.

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