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Job Title Lawyer - Marine & Shipping 5-6PQE
Job Location Brisbane
Job Type Lawyers/Attorneys
Expertise Litigation/Dispute Resolution

Clyde & Co is a global law firm with leading corporate clients. We have one of the largest, most experienced, and well-established Energy, Marine & Natural Resources teams in the world.

In Australia, Clyde & Co is ranked Tier One for shipping by Legal500 and Chamber & Partners. Two of our partners, Ernest van Buuren and Maurice Thompson have both been inducted into the Legal500 Hall of Fame for Shipping.

A client surveyed by Legal500 says "Clyde & Co has the pre-eminent shipping practice in Australia. The team's breadth, depth, and expertise is unrivalled. Clyde & Co is the only Australian law firm which is truly capable of conducting large complex shipping claims and litigation". Another client said to Chambers & Partners that the firm provides "swift and consistent outcomes on cross-border issues".

About the role

This role is to work largely with Partner Ernest van Buuren who has long been regarded as one of Australia's most distinguished shipping lawyers and has an excellent reputation. Ernest was also recognised in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers Australia as "Lawyer Of The Year for Transportation Law".

We are currently looking for a smart and highly motivated Marine & Shipping Lawyer with between 5-6 years' experience to join the team in Brisbane.

Our Australian marine team are leading specialists in their field, focusing on contentious and non-contentious marine, international trade and transport law work. The work spans various sectors including marine, aviation, commodities, insurance, and energy. The focus of this role is contentious.

You will work in a friendly and supportive national team which takes the sharing of knowledge, team inclusion, personal career development and career progression seriously. The nature of the team and the size of some of the litigious matters the team are currently handling means that you will be heavily involved in a "national team" environment in dealing with these matters, allowing you to make a significant contribution to both the outcome of the cases and the very 'fabric' of the team.

Key Skills & Experience

We are seeking an enthusiastic litigation Associate who will be able to demonstrate:

  • 5-6 years PQE
  • Experience which focuses on maritime, aviation, dispute resolution including class actions
  • Proven experience working on litigation matters within the Supreme and Federal Courts, and a commitment to technical excellence
  • Established skills related to leading e-discovery and electronic data collection in the context of large, complex litigation
  • Class action experience and ideally marine, international trade and/or transport experience
  • Strong academic credentials, self-driven with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Pro-active critical and problem-solving skills to not only support the team's work but to also find creative new solutions
  • Excellent organisational skills to provide leadership and timely responses to team and internal/external clients
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to manage competing priorities effectively
  • The ability to work co-operatively and collaboratively in a team environment
  • A keen interest in your own professional development
  • The ability to thrive in a high performing team environment.

You will also be Australian qualified with working rights and have experience gained in an international or leading national firm.

In return, you will benefit from being part of an organisation that is genuinely committed to its people. Within our friendly practice you will have access to a range of learning and development opportunities designed to support your ongoing progression.

Our Values

Our values are the principles that guide the decisions we make, unite us in our endeavours and strengthen our delivery, for our clients and our firm. We:

  • Work as one: We are a globally connected team of talented people who act with a firm-first mentality to achieve success
  • Excel with clients: We aim high and challenge ourselves to deliver unique excellence for our clients, keeping them at the centre of everything we do
  • Celebrate difference: We help each other to be at our best and believe our differences result in greater achievement
  • Act boldly: We seek new opportunities, take action and learn as we go, recognising that curiosity drives our development and contributes to growth.

About Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co is a leading global law firm, helping organisations successfully navigate risk and maximise opportunity in the sectors that underpin global trade and commercial activity and enable global prosperity, namely: insurance, aviation, marine, construction, energy, trade and natural resources. Globally integrated, Clyde & Co offers a comprehensive range of contentious and non-contentious legal services and commercially-minded legal advice to businesses operating across the world. It is committed to operating in a responsible way by progressing towards a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the communities and clients it serves and provides an environment in which everyone can realise their potential; using its legal and professional skills to support its communities through pro bono work, volunteering and charitable partnerships; and minimising the impact it has on the environment including through a commitment to the SBTi Net-Zero standard and the setting of ambitious emissions reduction targets. The firm has 490 partners, 2400 lawyers, 3200 legal professionals and 5500 people overall in nearly 70 offices and associated offices worldwide. For more information please visit www.clydeco.com.

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