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Australasia

We work closely with the majority of the leading firms in Australia and New Zealand and have developed considerable experience in placing domestic and international lawyers across all the major locations in both countries. Our consultants are regularly instructed by clients to locate exceptional legal talent across multiple practice areas and well placed to assist candidates looking for new opportunities.

Australia

 

Status: Sovereign Country

Population: 24.6m (approx.)

Size: 8,148,250 km²

Currency: Australian Dollar             

Income Tax: 0-45% Marginal Rates

  • Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country and the largest in Oceania, surrounded by the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

  • The sixth-largest country by total area in the world and 14th largest by GDP, Australia offers an attractive climate, lifestyle and sophisticated economy and legal market. Appealing to both families and individuals, the main commercial centres include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The weather in Australia ranges from very hot in Summer to warm in Winter, with the majority of the population living on or near the coast.

  • Firms will generally look to hire local and/or “returning” Australian and New Zealand qualified lawyers in the first instance, although will look to sponsor solicitors coming from England & Wales and other jurisdictions such as Canada and India - if possessing a strong pedigree and experience.

  • Practice area of particular demand include include Corporate, Banking & Finance, Competition, Energy & Resources, Disputes, TMT, Intellectual Property and Employment. 

  • As a major international hub, there are law firms of all shape and size, from large domestic to major international firms, including the Magic/Silver Circle and leading US.

  • Salaries can vary widely, depending on the individual firm and candidate experience, while most employers will also offer a full benefits package & bonus in addition to relocation assistance. Salaries are paid in Australian dollars at a marginal tax rate of between 0-45% and attract a Medicare levy and Superannuation contribution.

New Zealand

Status: Sovereign Country

Population: 4.7m (approx.)

Size: 268,000 km²

Currency: New Zealand Dollar       

Income Tax: 10.5-33% Marginal Rates

  • New Zealand is a sovereign country comprised of two islands, the North and South Islands.  A developed country, New Zealand ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, protection of civil liberties, and economic freedom and is an attractive location for both individual and families, especially those that enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. The largest city is Auckland, on the North Island, which is also the countries major economic hub while other “large” cities include Wellington (the official Capital) and Christchurch (South Island).

  • New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as – 10°C in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine

  • Those lawyers looking to relocate to New Zealand from an overseas jurisdiction will need to be common law qualified and will be encouraged re-qualify as a New Zealand lawyer as soon as practical. It is however not “obligatory” and overseas lawyers can practice as a “Foreign Qualified Lawyer”, if under the supervision of a qualified New Zealand lawyer.

  • Firms will generally look to hire local and/or “returning” New Zealand or Australian qualified lawyers in the first instance, although will sponsor solicitors coming from England & Wales and other jurisdictions - if possessing a strong pedigree and experience gained in a practice area of particular demand. 

  • The legal sector comprises of circa 10-12 large domestic firms and other specialist boutiques, with Auckland and Wellington the main locations on the North Island and Christchurch on the South Island. The work is varied and although often of a smaller value that Australia and other international locations, offers lawyers great exposure and responsibility. Practice areas in demand include Corporate, Banking & Finance, Real Estate & Construction, Projects, Litigation and Employment.

  • Salaries can vary widely, depending on the individual firm and candidate experience / skill set, while most employers will also offer a full benefits package & bonus in addition to relocation assistance. Salaries are paid in New Zealand dollars at a marginal tax rate of between 10.5-33% while also contributing 1.39% (up to NZD $126,286) to an accident compensation scheme (ACC).