Aim beyond pure legal knowledge. Beyond commercial advice. Be known for something more: clarity of thought and an instinct for problem solving that can influence leading businesses and organisations the world over.
Easy? Hardly. Our ambition as a firm means we need people with a rare kind of mindset: an openness to the way you work, agility to the way you think, and a strong desire to keep evolving as a professional.
Join us and we’ll help you enrich and expand your worldview, grow your skills and influence new ways of thinking. In other words, we’ll help you move minds.
Let’s start by moving yours.
The different cultures, communities and countries within which we operate around the world are immensely varied. The way we actually interact with each other isn’t. The simple fact is: people here like working with each other. We help and challenge each other to develop our thinking and deliver our best work. In every office, you’ll find different perspectives, backgrounds, cultures and personalities to learn from. Explore a few of them here.
As a global law firm with a rich history spanning almost 200 years, we've built a reputation for providing exceptional standards of service and established ourselves as a leading adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments, on all areas of law including finance, M&A, disputes and competition.
We’re renowned for helping our clients navigate through a complex and constantly evolving global landscape. With 25 offices across the world’s leading financial and resource centres in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and the USA, we offer the reach and insight of a global network combined with deep local market knowledge. And, with our partners and lawyers working across 10 different time zones, we are able to respond to our clients' needs wherever and whenever they need us.
Our people are our greatest asset. We bring together lawyers of the highest calibre with the technical knowledge, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice our clients need. As people we are valued by our clients for being approachable, astute and commercially minded. As a global team we have a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects, and for delivering outstanding outcomes for clients.
Variety of experience is essential in developing the kind of expertise that will set you apart. At Ashurst, you won’t just be learning from the past or from specifics. You will also be developing the instincts to tackle the most complex issues in international law, and building an understanding of each client's business.
The ways in which we support you to do this are equally varied. The firm's structured aQ training helps you develop the highest standards of technical legal expertise, industry know-how and business and legal skills. Honest, transparent conversations ensure you know exactly what we expect from you. Useful, constructive feedback helps you learn. And a network of highly respected figures will not only inspire you, they will actively mentor your development.
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It’s reassuring to know that help and resources are never far away given the amount of responsibility you can have early on. For instance, in my first rotation in Banking and Finance, I had to step up and worked directly with the partner and use every ounce of my initiative.View more profiles
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With views of the Story Bridge, our Brisbane office is one of the largest in the Asia-Pacific network. Situated in the Riverside Centre our team enjoy being close to the best of the city.
In addition to our established local relationships, our Canberra office works collaboratively across our network and has a real sense of this embedded in its office culture.
After taking in the view, our Melbourne office is a short walk away from the courts and not only offers a sustainable footprint but a great office atmosphere as well.
Situated in the Brookfield Place precinct, our new Perth office fosters a culture of innovation through the introduction of state-of-the-art workspaces and technologies.
In our second largest office globally, our people and clients enjoy unique workspaces and collaboration in our iconic 'Money Box' building at 5 Martin Place.
We offer most of our graduate positions to those who have completed a clerkship in one of our offices. So, apply for a place at the office of your choice. Any further graduate roles will be advertised here, after the clerkship season ends.
There's plenty of information on our career journey and apply pages about our clerkships and how to apply. Make sure you know when to apply:
Brisbane - apply between 27 February and 20 March 2017. Apply to Kate Medlen, Graduate Programs Consultant.
Canberra - applications open in June 2017 (exact date to be confirmed).
Sydney - applications open in June 2017 (exact date to be confirmed).
Melbourne - applications open in July 2017 (exact date to be confirmed).
Perth - applications open in July 2017 (exact date to be confirmed).
Online application form
Apply by addressing your application form to the Graduate Program Consultant for the Ashurst office want to work in. What you say in your application is up to you: but be sure to express your personality and tell us why you want to be a commercial lawyer – and why you’d like to join Ashurst in particular.
Make sure you read the apply page on this site. It contains lots of helpful information about how to make a great application. Once you're ready to start typing, hit the apply button on either the homepage or the apply page, and begin.
We believe in focusing on the individual so we don't run assessment centres. If we invite you to an interview, you’ll have the chance to attend an open evening to meet partners and lawyers and move your mind further about what a career at Ashurst can look like.
During your interview, we’ll use both competency and scenario-based questions to find out if you have the behaviors we look for.