Why Allens?

Comparing firms can sometimes feel like an impossible task.

While we think there are a few things that make us unique – like our two-year graduate program which offers two 12-month rotations and a commitment to invest in your career for the long term, our illustrious list of alumni and the fact that we're one of Australia's longest running businesses – it's our culture and the way we work together that really sets us apart.


'It's the culture'

Every firm claims their culture is what sets them apart. But culture can be a tricky thing to put your finger on from the outside. We've had almost 200 years to build ours, and it's what we think makes Allens such a great place to build a career.

But don’t just take our word for it. We've drawn back the curtain on our culture, so you can see whether it's one you'd thrive in.

Allens Confidential

From the inside scoop on clerkships as told by clerks to how we support mental health and wellbeing, our award-winning podcast gives you unprecedented access to life at Allens, from the outside.

Diversity is our strength

There's isn’t an 'Allens type'. Be yourself and become your best self in our uniquely inclusive culture.

Grad life

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Community impact

Our people contribute their time and expertise to work with inspirational organisations and people on community initiatives and pro bono matters, with a particular focus on alleviating disadvantage, advancing reconciliation, improving access to justice and promoting sustainability.


Why we choose Allens

Mona Abu Zalaf, Lawyer, Sydney

Mark Leersnyder, Associate, Melbourne

Amanda Podbury, Innovation Program Coordinator, Melbourne


Benefits are a bonus

We offer a benefits package that reflects your dedication, provides support and allows for development inside and outside the firm. Our rewards and benefits package is paired with a supportive and inclusive culture to ensure that you have every opportunity to succeed.

Financial benefits
  • Salary sacrifice
  • Salary continuance insurance
  • Lawyer and Senior Manager incentive plan
  • Novated lease options
  • Employee referral rewards
  • Discounted products and services
  • Discounted health and travel insurance
  • Charity matched funding program
Health and wellbeing
  • Gym membership
  • Subsidised sporting events
  • Flu vaccinations
  • Skin checks
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Emergency childcare
  • Priority access to childcare
Flexibility and leave
  • Flexible leave options
  • Best practice parental leave support
  • Top-down support for workplace flexibility
  • Purchased annual leave
Career development
  • Learning and development programs
  • Secondment opportunities including client, overseas and Linklaters secondments
  • Membership of professional organisations
  • Study leave and support
  • Promotion conferences to equip you with skills for your next career milestone
Committees and interest groups
  • Allens ALLin (LGBTI)
  • Women@Allens
  • Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee
  • Philanthropy Committee
  • Sports@Allens
  • Pro Bono Committee
  • Ethics Committee
  • Sustainability Committee
Parents and carers

We offer support for working parents and those with caring responsibilities. Working parents have access to a modern parental leave policy that encourages co-parenting and features 18 weeks paid leave, superannuation on unpaid parental leave and a temporary break from billable expectations for lawyers returning from more than three months parental leave. Our parents can also access transition coaching, priority placement for onsite childcare and on demand 'emergency' childcare.

We also provide support for those with other caring responsibilities and offer generous leave provisions.

Volunteering

We're committed to pro bono, charity and community activities. You'll be encouraged to take part in our programs.

Read about our recent pro bono achievements and community initiatives.

Secondments

Our size and success mean we can offer exceptional choice as you develop your career. Stay flexible and you can take up secondments abroad, via our Linklaters alliance, or with clients.

Learn more about the opportunities our global alliance offers.

 

A career at Allens: It's a two-way deal

Every career journey is different. At Allens we know that successful and enjoyable careers come through your focus and commitment to being the best you can be, in an environment where you are supported and encouraged, and have clarity on key processes and decisions. Our two-way deal is a key part in achieving this; our deal asks you to take the lead for your career, with us providing the coaching and support to help you meet your goals and aspirations.

We want you to tell us about what's important to you – whether that be about your career aspirations, the types of matters you want to get involved in, or communicating what your priorities are at home.  You'll play a key role in your development through seeking out opportunities that will stretch and challenge you – that may be technical legal matters, building your business development skills or helping with our graduate recruitment – as well as asking for feedback that you will be able to implement with our support. 

In return, we'll develop your skills through on-the-job learning, providing stretch opportunities that align to your goals. You'll work on challenging matters with multiple partners, getting to know our clients and their business.  This will be supplemented with formal development opportunities, including training programs and secondments, as well as regular, open and honest feedback. We're committed to coaching you through your career milestones and working with you to enjoy a successful and rewarding career at Allens.

What we need from you

You'll share:

  • your goals and aspirations
  • your desired progression opportunities
  • what you need from your Performance Coach
  • when you need support
  • your priorities at home and at work
  • your feedback to others - regardless of whether they are more senior than you, junior to you or one of your peers.

You'll play an active role in your development by:

  • being clear on the expectations of your role through our career framework
  • asking for feedback on specific skills and development areas,
  • actively listening to and acting upon the feedback
  • speaking up about client and matter opportunities that are of interest to you
  • seeking out opportunities that will stretch and challenge you
  • engaging in the processes we put in place to support you, such as check-in conversations and development opportunities.

You'll be part of our success by:

  • engaging with and getting to know our clients
  • sharing ideas and finding opportunities to improve the way we do things
  • setting objectives that align to our growth strategy
  • adopting a growth mindset, and being open to development opportunities
What you can expect from us

We'll be open:

  • and listen to your needs, aspirations and feedback
  • about our expectations, our assessment of your performance and how we see your career
  • about the policies that effect your career and how they work – like remuneration, promotions and rotations.

 

We'll invest in your development through:

  • giving you a broad career experience
  • on the job learning
  • coaching and mentoring
  • formal learning
  • secondment opportunities
  • pro bono opportunities

We'll support your physical and mental wellbeing through:

  • flexible working opportunities
  • our internal support networks of Practice Group Leaders, Staff Partners, Staff Contact Partners, Work Allocation Partners and People & Development
  • our confidential Employee Assistance Program
  • creating an environment where you feel able to bring your whole self to work, and to raise concerns when needed