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Solicitor - Work, Health & Safety (Whs)

Herbert Smith Freehills - Melbourne, VIC

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We are seeking a Work, Health and Safety (WHS) Solicitor (2-5 years') to join our premier Band 1 Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team in Melbourne.

The national WHS team is highly collaborative and you will work as an integrated part of our national team as well as at a regional and global level. You will work closely with Partners, Counsel and Senior Associates on some of the most interesting WHS work in Australia. You will work under the supervision of pre-eminent WHS Partner Steve Bell, and also have the chance to work with other Partners across the network.

You will be responsible for delivering high-quality legal advice across the spectrum of WHS issues, including working with clients and internal cross practice group referrals on all areas of commercial drafting, regulatory compliance, training, advisory work, incident response and WHS focused litigation. This is an opportunity to work with illustrious clients across a variety of sectors, including: construction, transport, mining, energy, banking and finance, aviation, allied health, manufacturing, charities and the public sector.

You will benefit from exceptional learning opportunities working in a team of highly ambitious and collaborative fee-earners.

To be successful in this role, you will:

  • have demonstrable experience across a range of WHS and employment law matters from a leading top tier, national or international private practice; or an in-house environment;
  • ideally have 2 - 5 years' legal experience, however we are open to considering candidates with more or less experience;
  • be a qualified/admitted legal practitioner in either Australia or New Zealand;
  • have an excellent academic record, strong communication and teamwork skills;
  • have a hunger to learn and develop, and be part of maintaining a market-leading practice.

The team:

The Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety (EIRS) team in Australia provides specialist expertise on all legal matters impacting on the employment relationship. Advising employers on a range of contentious, non-contentious and advisory matters, the team's expertise includes: employment, industrial relations, discrimination and equal opportunity, work health and safety, crisis management, incident response, board and executive matters and workplace training.

Our sector expertise covers a wide range of industries, including banking and finance, aviation, retail, manufacturing, construction, transport, stevedoring, mining, energy, charities and the public sector. Our global team includes recognised preeminent and leading lawyers in Australia as well as almost 200 lawyers across offices in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the US.

Herbert Smith Freehills' EIRS group is ranked as a Band 1 Labour and Employment & Workplace Health and Safety Firm (Legal 500 2020) and ranked a Band 1 Employment Firm (Chambers Asia Pacific 2020).

Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to be awarded Most Innovative International Law Firm, Asia Pacific (Financial Times Awards 2019 & 2020) and Winner of the Minds Count Annual Award for Best Mental Wellbeing Initiative 2019.

What we offer:

  • The opportunity to partner with prestigious clients based in Australia and globally on some of the largest, most strategic and most complex matters, and develop deep expertise across a range of sectors, as well as opportunities to collaborate on cross-border matters with our global network. We also encourage your involvement in our various networks, pro-bono legal offerings, learning and development initiatives and innovation groups such as Innovation 10, Digital Law Group and our Alternative Legal Services (ALT) practice group.
  • We recognise that the success of our business and our clients relies on the skills, knowledge and ideas of all our people. We are dedicated to creating an exceptional experience for our clients and we value empathy, simplicity and commerciality.
  • At Herbert Smith Freehills you will be part of a diverse, innovative culture where high performance, client focus and highly engaged people are our differentiator. People at our firm come from a range of backgrounds and bring a wide variety of experiences and perspectives to their work with us. We strive to ensure that our inclusive environment means you feel valued and able to perform at your best by being your authentic self at work. We know that our future success not only depends on being innovative and progressive in the changing legal market but, most importantly, on our people feeling highly engaged in meaningful work.
  • Herbert Smith Freehills have committed to a 60% baseline for office working under our agile working revamp, therefore the role can entail both in office and agile working arrangements.
  • To view our benefits in Australia, please follow this link - https://sites-herbertsmithfreehills.vuturevx.com/20/21553/landing-pages/benefits-in-australia.pdf

For any questions or a confidential discussion, please contact Ashley Irving, Recruitment Manager on ashley.irving@hsf.com or 0439220427.

This vacancy is being managed directly by Herbert Smith Freehills Recruitment team. We will contact our preferred agency partners should we require additional assistance. Thank you.