Australia/New Zealand

Marsden Group has a strong Australian practice and one of the most experienced teams of legal recruiters in the market.

Our Australian based team has extensive legal recruitment experience within the Australian and international markets. They are all well regarded by clients and candidates, and their success is measured by the number of clients and candidates who are referred through to the Australian team.

Who we work with:

Marsden works with junior lawyers through to partners and teams across all Australian capital cities and beyond.

We can assist you in your move to another firm in your current city, inter-state or internationally. Our clients in Australia range from national premier and top mid-tier firms through to boutiques and international firms including the Magic Circle. Globally, we work with all the major international firms (UK, US and Australian)

In Australia, the firms most interested in foreign qualified lawyers are usually the international firms and larger national firms.

Through our international network of offices we also work extensively with Australian and New Zealand qualified lawyers currently overseas and looking to return to Australia.  New Zealand qualified lawyers do not require a visa to work in Australia and are granted automatic admission under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997.

The Market

The quality of work on offer in Australia is world class.  Australian legal experience is very highly regarded by the top UK and US firms globally.

Australia has a range of internationally regarded commercial, full service law firms working with both blue chip domestic and international clients. Many of these firms also work across the Australasia region with either offices across Asia or through best friends / referral networks.  

The legal landscape in Australia has undergone significant change in recent times with Magic Circle and other international firms setting up offices in Australia. The market is poised for further growth with other international firms showing increased interest in having an Australian base.

Salaries

Australian law firms speak in terms of 'salary packages' made up of two components:  first, a 'base' salary and secondly compulsory 9% capped superannuation component (current cap is on the first $175 280 of any base salary).  Protocols exist governing what happens to your superannuation if you leave Australia.  
Salary packages will vary between states. Traditionally Sydney and Melbourne salaries were higher than those in Perth and Brisbane but with the current energy & resources boom in these centres we can no longer assume that this is the case. We can advise you specifically about salaries in the centres you are looking at and according to practice area.

Salary bands are reviewed by most Australian firms every year around June (to correspond to the Australian financial year end 30th June).  .  As salary bands continually change every year please contact us for the most up-to-date market information.

Visa Requirements

Unless you have status or you are an Australian passport holder, it will be necessary for you to be sponsored by your employer, usually under a 457 working visa.  Your employer will work with you to advise on visa requirements.

Re-qualification

Foreign qualified lawyers seeking to re-qualify in Australia are required to apply to the Law Society in the State in which they intend to practice.  Each State is different and it may be easier to become qualified in one State compared to another.

The relevant State Admission Board will assess which academic and practical training requirements you will be obliged to complete. Once you become qualified in one State, your qualifications will be recognized in other Australian States.

The Australian Lifestyle

There is no doubt that most international lawyers come to Australia not just because of the quality of the work on offer, but for the widely spoken about Australian lifestyle. The rumours are true; the quality of life in Australia is better than almost anywhere else in the world. But there again, our Australian team is biased! 

Useful Links

Department of Immigration

Law Society of Victoria (Melbourne)
Law Society of Western Australia (Perth)
Legal Services Board (Melbourne)
New South Wales Law Society (Sydney)
Queensland Law Society (Brisbane)

Health Care
Lifestyle (Sydney and Melbourne) and http://www.business.nsw.gov.au/aboutnsw/lifestyle/
Real Estate - Rentals and Purchase

Superannuation
Tax Rates