Thomson Geer

We are a large Australian Corporate law firm. We have around 500 people, including approximately 100 Partners operating out of our offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. By size we are one of the 10 largest law firms in Australia. Our industry coverage and client work is diverse.

SPECIALIST PRACTICE AREAS

Advertising & MarketingAgribusinessBanking & FinanceBiotechnology & PharmaceuticalCompetition & RegulationConstruction & ProjectsCorporate & AdvisoryEducationEmployment, Workplace Relations & SafetyEnergy & ResourcesEnvironment & PlanningFranchisingFunds Management & Financial ServicesGaming & LeisureGovernmentHealth, Aged Care & Retirement VillagesInsuranceIntellectual PropertyLitigation & Dispute ResolutionMedia, Broadcasting & EntertainmentMergers & AcquisitionsPropertyRestructuring & InsolvencySuperannuation & Wealth ManagementTaxTechnologyTelecommunications

We are a large Australian Corporate law firm. We have around 500 people, including approximately 100 Partners operating out of our offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. By size we are one of the 10 largest law firms in Australia. Our industry coverage and client work is diverse. 

Key values

Thomson Geer strives to deliver best practice legal skills to our clients, doing so efficiently, reliable and with an authentic and transparent approach.

We are focused on enhancing the competitive position of our clients in whatever circumstances they find themselves in.

This philosophy extends to the way we interact with each other. Honestly and transparently and supporting each other to be the best lawyers and people we can be.

Our approach to work life balance

The law is an incredibly rewarding profession, however at Thomson Geer we also recognise that it can be demanding. For this reason our environment is flexible, friendly, personable, collegiate and professionally stimulating.

We work hard to enhance this culture through transparent and authentic communication, and by ensuring we are respectful and accountable to each other every day.

Wellbeing has a significant impact on motivation, morale and performance at work. Our wellbeing@work program supports employees to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Our active social committee ensures there are lots of opportunities to develop close relationships with colleagues. Our lawyers and other staff also practice their teamwork outside of the office by participating in various sporting teams.

 
A snapshot of some of our benefits:WellbeingAccess to free, confidential counseling service for employees and their immediate familyIn-house exercise programs such as yogaCorporate health insurance ratesHealthy breakfast provision and fresh fruit dailyFlu vaccinations and skin checksBalanceAbility to ‘purchase’ additional annual leavePaid parental leave benefitsFlexible work policiesCommunity service leaveStudy assistance and study leave

Fun

  • End of Financial year and Christmas functions
  • Social Club activities
  • Discounted goods and services through our clients and commercial partners
  • Friday night drinks
  • Sporting teams

CLERKSHIP PROGRAM

Thomson Geer typically takes on 6-10 clerks each year, per office. In Sydney, there is one intake of clerks for an 8 week clerkship beginning November 2018 and ending February 2019, with a break for Christmas in between.

Our clerkship application process

Our recruitment process is efficient, informative and streamlined, acknowledging the often stressful nature of this period.

The first stage of our process involves your application being submitted through our website using cvMail. You will be required to respond to a number of questions regarding your experience, interests and academic achievements. You will also need to submit a copy of your current CV and most recent academic transcript.

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For those who move through to the first round of our interview process, you will be assigned a research and presentation task to be completed through an online video submission. This stage of the process provides you with an opportunity to perform at your best, by providing you with time to research, analyse and present responses to the questions assigned to you.

Applications that are selected to progress beyond this stage will be invited to a Firm Information and Networking Evening with our Melbourne Partners. You will have an opportunity to engage directly with our Partners on their current and recent work, learn more about the firm and gain an understanding of the contribution you may be able to make through your relevant studies, experience and interests.

Applications

How to apply:Applications open 18 June 2018 via cvMail or the Thomson Geer website.
Contact:Karolina Lisowski
Position:People & Development Manager
Email:klisowski@tglaw.com.au

What do you look for in a clerk? 

We are looking for hard-working and motivated law students who have excelled academically, are client focused, commercially minded, work well in a team environment and are enthusiastic about commencing their career with a dynamic law firm.

We are especially keen to talk to students who have an additional technical degree!

All of our clerks are viewed as potential graduates, and all of our graduates as potential leaders. We therefore look for the same qualities in our clerks and graduates that our lawyers need to possess.

Our lawyers are genuinely interested in our clients and their businesses. They need a critical and curious mind and are passionate about developing solutions in their commercial context. Our lawyers work constructively in diverse teams with both senior and junior practitioners across legal disciplines and jurisdictions.

How can you make your clerkship application stand out?

You will stand out from the crowd if you are able to demonstrate a genuine interest in, and understanding of, the questions that are put to you. We are less concerned with the ‘right’ answer, and more with your ability to consider an issue, and provide a measured, commercial and comprehensive response. In addition, you will display an understanding of how to consider the issue in the context of our clients’ commercial goals, and how you might assist them in achieving these

Our clerks are curious, hungry to learn and committed to constant innovation and improvement. When we receive a clerkship application, these are the things that make you stand out from the crowd:

  • Demonstrating an understanding of, and interest in, the Australian economy and a commercial environment, as this helps our clerks contribute to the success of our clients.
  • Demonstrating a dedication to pursuits outside of your studies. Whether it be in study, work, or community interests, being able to show that you constantly seek opportunities to contribute more than is expected – in both your personal or professional pursuits. We hold in high regard a commitment to continuous self-improvement.
  • We look for a strong work ethic in our clerks, so we look for an application that is able to demonstrate that.

And importantly, be yourself. Inject your personality into your application, so we get a feel for how you would fit into our firm!

Our clerkship program

We know you’re not just a student on work experience. We want to give you a realistic introduction to the legal profession.

How does this happen? From day one, you’ll be an active member of the team, working directly with experienced practitioners. We also want you to enjoy your time with us – there are lots of social events you can join – and what better way for you to get to know your colleagues?

We offered a structured program where clerks learn through a combination of hands-on experience, training and coaching and observation.

During your clerkship with Thomson Geer you will:

  • undertake meaningful work for real clients, including opportunities to attend client meetings, observe court proceedings, conduct legal research, draft correspondence and court documents and develop technical skills in areas such as drafting, due diligence and disclosure
  • participate in a structured induction program spread out over the course of your clerkship
  • have the assistance and support of a supervising partner and a junior lawyer who remembers what it was like to be a new clerk and can act as a buddy/mentor
  • have weekly catch ups with your buddy and with People & Development
  • have secretarial support and access to fantastic technology and research resources
  • participate in a formal performance review process with your supervising partner and buddy to reflect on your development and capture feedback from your colleagues.
  • participate in a structured induction program spread out over the course of your clerkship
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Students who complete a clerkship with the firm will be eligible to be considered for a position in the firm’s next graduate program, commencing in 2020. In Sydney, our program runs for 12 months and includes rotation among different practice areas to help determine the area of law

which best suits you.

This program is geared towards expanding your skills across a range of practice areas. You will be able to express your preference for the areas of practice through which you would like to rotate.

All Thomson Geer graduates complete comprehensive training in-house, as well as structured external training which will support them to become well-rounded and technically competent practitioners, fully qualified to gain admission to practice.

Our comprehensive New Lawyer Training program provides our graduates with skills that aren’t taught in the classroom; structured, real world development to set our graduates up as high functioning and savvy practitioners. Following the graduate program, all of our employees can access our comprehensive in-house continuing professional development program, and are encouraged to attend external training that will benefit their careers. We also have a Study Assistance program should our employees choose to undertake additional studies.

Want to know more?

For more information about our clerkship and graduate programs and our firm, please visit our website.

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