K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers located across five continents. In Australia we have four offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. We are a fully integrated network of lawyers and legal professionals who believe that clients need more than technical legal skills; they need insightful and practical advice on the diverse issues that affect their businesses, delivered with unparalleled client service. Our combination of practice strength, global platform, and unsurpassed client service is a true differentiator in the legal services marketplace. With a strong presence in key capital cities and world commercial and financial centres, we represent a broad array of Global 500, Fortune 100, and FTSE 100 corporations in nearly every major industry, including energy, financial services, health care, infrastructure, life sciences, manufacturing, sustainable development, technology, telecommunications and transportation amongst others. Are you looking for a law firm that really is different? Where you can be empowered to DISCOVER quality work and clients, DEVELOP through opportunities to learn more while growing your career, and THRIVE in a diverse and inclusive culture? Then join our global community of talented visionaries.
We have nine key practice areas on our global platform:
Practising commercial law challenges all lawyers in so many ways. The rewards of developing commercial experience, long-lasting relationships with colleagues and clients are realised through hard work, persistence and K&L Gates is about more than practising law or making a living. It’s about building something amazing - creating a legacy for you, the firm, our clients and the communities we serve. We thrive in an inclusive and socially conscious environment that embraces our diversity and takes a holistic approach to the career evolution of all our professionals, an approach that ultimately enables us to serve clients more effectively. We are all in it together - a global community of entrepreneurs and self-starters. We are nimble and ambitious with a high level of integrity, resolve, and strength of character. Although we take pride in our willingness to run through walls for clients, we also value the importance of laughing with clients, colleagues, or friends. We genuinely enjoy working with each other and for our clients. We expect you to work hard, but we don’t want you to be a robot.
We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment. Our firm wide Diversity and Inclusion Committee focuses on increasing the representation of women in leadership roles, increasing the representation of Asian Australian lawyers and raising LGBTQ awareness and inclusion in the workplace. We are proud members of the Diversity Council of Australia, Pride in Diversity, Asian Australian Lawyers Association and Victorian Women Lawyers.
We share a vision for a just, equitable and reconciled Australia. To achieve that vision, we must engage in dialogue with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to understand how we can actively support reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our business activities and communities more broadly.
Framing our approach to the multifaceted tasks of reconciliation is our 2020-2021 Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
We actively encourage our lawyers to provide pro bono legal representation and to participate in other charitable, community, educational, and professional activities. Our annual Global Day of Service program helps to foster and strengthen connections across the firm’s global platform and promote, recognise, and celebrate our commitment to community service around the world. In 2020, we devoted more than 46,000 hours to Pro Bono Cases.
We strive to meet our clients at the critical cross-roads of their challenges and business needs to help them navigate the increasingly complex legal landscape. In today’s data-heavy, fast-moving, and multijurisdictional environment, we understand the importance of being able to manage the growing volume of information at ever-increasing speeds. That’s why we carefully invest in technology platforms, harness innovative techniques in processes and procedures, and create a culture of driving growth which enhances our efficiency and delivery of services, facilitates collaboration, and helps solve client problems. We are named to Australian Lawyer's 2020 Innovative Law firms list.
K&L Gates is about more than practising law or making a living. It’s about building something amazing—creating a legacy for you, the firm, our clients and the communities we serve.
We look to recruit well-rounded, talented people, to provide the opportunities and support for them to achieve their best. It sounds simple, and to us it is. Our aim is to develop commercially orientated and entrepreneurial lawyers. Solid academic results are important but to be a future lawyer in our firm you need to demonstrate talent and skill in a variety of areas.
We are looking for smart, imaginative and hard-working people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas to join us. Perhaps our search for talented visionaries and your search for important and impactful work lead to the same place.
As a law student in your penultimate year at university, a clerkship program is the ideal opportunity for you to experience firsthand what it is like to work as a lawyer in our firm. As a seasonal clerk you will be embedded into our practice areas and be involved in real legal work right from the start, giving you in-depth experience and providing real insight into life as a corporate lawyer at K&L Gates. Not only will you get to experience what it is like to work in a global corporate law firm firsthand, you will have the chance to enjoy our down to earth culture we are known for. Clerks are encouraged to attend learning and development sessions, firm celebrations and other activities such as staff drinks and our regular pro-bono, community and charitable activities. There will also be opportunities to join in on some of the work our Diversity Committee does to create an inclusive, diverse and supportive working environment. Clerkship dates and duration are subject to change, so visit klgates.com/careers for details relevant to your location.
Our graduate program is designed to give you the technical capability and commercial context to succeed. The program runs for 12 months, in which time you will complete three practice group rotations. You will be exposed to a variety of areas of corporate law in all your rotations.
Throughout the year you are supported by a buddy, supervisor and mentor. Partners and senior lawyers will support and guide you through each rotation and ensure you get the necessary development. Your buddy—a junior lawyer—will help you transition into your new role.
Your professional development program runs weekly. It combines Practical Legal Training (delivered in-house by the College of Law), with sessions presented by partners, lawyers, external presenters and our professional development team.
Our program delivers skill development in 2 key areas, fundamental legal abilities and professional legal skills which incorporate:
You will have many opportunities to be involved in an array of firm events and activities to match your interests, whether they are social, sporting, business or community-focused.