CLOSE

Minter Ellison

Careers

At MinterEllison, collaboration, innovation and opportunity are the foundations of our workplace environment. We welcome people who want exciting careers in high performing teams. 

We embrace flexibility and empower all our people to learn, grow and become truly extraordinary. We provide our future leaders with best practice programs to accelerate their development and grow their careers.

MinterEllison people aspire to be our clients' best partner.

 

  • Legal
  • Clerks & Graduates
  • Practice group operations
  • Business operations
Legal

Our legal teams are supported in achieving their career goals and ambitions through regular feedback and coaching from partners who are industry experts and leaders in their fields. We facilitate secondments to clients, and within and across our lines of business.

We also develop capability through exposing our people to a broad range of clients and diverse work experiences – this approach supports our people to become our clients' best partner. We also offer learning programs that focus on building business acumen and personal leadership skills in addition to legal skills. We provide financial assistance and paid study leave for approved external courses including post-graduate studies. 

 

Why is MinterEllison a great place for legal staff?

We spoke to lawyer Maxine Minter 

What drives you on a daily basis?

Day-to-day, what drives me is the challenging, dynamic and fun team environment.

What opportunities do you have at MinterEllison?

Working here offers many opportunities, the most notable being the ability to learn from some of the best lawyers in the business and working on some of the most interesting and challenging deals in the market. I have a leading Asia-Pacific brand on my CV and access to resources I wouldn't have working at another firm.

Did you start your career with MinterEllison?

I started at MinterEllison three and a half years ago – as a summer clerk, progressing through the graduate program and now in my role as a lawyer.

What advice would you give lawyers thinking about a career at MinterEllison?

Come join us! MinterEllison is a great place to work, with people who value relationships and thrive in an environment that fosters collaborative performance and prioritises people’s happiness as a whole.

How have you found the mentoring of developing lawyers at the firm?

MinterEllison has a culture of continual learning, and this is seen in a whole host of different initiatives for developing lawyers including Continuing Legal Education, team knowledge sharing, senior investment in lawyer development and work and team structures that set people up to succeed.

Have you had any experience working on some of the firm's innovative projects?

I've been lucky enough to have been involved in several innovation projects, including the firm's recent acquisition of the IT consultancy ITNewcom and the provision of IT consulting services as part of MinterEllison's business; being trained in coding and then working on the development of apps; participating in working groups on blockchain at Data61 to develop recommendations to government on use cases for blockchain; and being a part of a collaborative IT / legal team building internal systems, such as the enterprise collaboration software, that challenges the status quo.

Clerks & Graduates

Is MinterEllison where it all starts for you? MinterEllison is the place to start your career if:

  • You're driven to find the best solutions for our clients.
  • Your passion for excellence leads to client focused solutions.
  • Building relationships excites you. You see yourself partnering with clients to truly understand their needs.
  • You think outside the box and embrace new ideas.
  • You want to be part of a high performing team.
  • Collaboration and inclusiveness are principles you value.

 

Click here to visit our clerks & graduates website

 

Why is MinterEllison a great place for clerks and graduates?

We asked graduate Will Ma

What drives you on a daily basis?

I'm driven by the opportunity to work collaboratively across our team, drawing on our shared experience and expertise to become our clients’ best partner. I strive to truly understand the client's business, and to help deliver seamless legal solutions that are clear, innovative and commercially pragmatic.

What drew you to MinterEllison?

MinterEllison is home to some of the brightest legal minds in the region and has assisted clients with some of their most sensitive ‘bet-the-company’ matters and high-profile transactions. So while you're contributing as part of a team, you're also learning from some of the best in the industry. Lawyers here are not only technically experienced, they're also down-to-earth, approachable and deeply committed to your growth and development.

What advice would you give to other graduates thinking about starting their career at MinterEllison?

As a graduate, you'll have the chance to experience different areas of practice. During this time, you should take every opportunity to 'try something new' and embrace new challenges with open arms. Whether it's appearing in Court for the first time or working off-site at a client's office, it is these hands-on experiences that will be invaluable to your learning. It's also important always to remain intellectually curious and ask questions when you're unsure – your colleagues are interested in hearing what you have to say and are there to help.

What opportunities exist for you as a graduate at MinterEllison?

From the moment I joined our team, I benefited from being mentored, was given real responsibilities, and have had the opportunity to play my part on some of the most interesting legal matters and headline transactions in the region. The legal issues I've faced have often been complex and I've been required to think outside the box and work across the firm to find a solution. No two days are the same! As part of the graduate program, my training has also been complemented by sessions focused on developing relationship-building skills, creative thinking and key legal skills.

What is the culture like at MinterEllison?

MinterEllison is a dynamic law firm that is willing to take bold steps to realise innovative ideas and new opportunities. There is a real sense of momentum in the firm. We're all invested in our shared mission of being our clients' best partner and working collaboratively to deliver integrated solutions and tailored advice. Lawyers here are diverse, approachable, and genuinely recognise the importance of balance in and outside the workplace.

How have you found the graduate program so far?

The graduate program has given me the opportunity to practise three different areas of law, to learn from the best lawyers in the field, and to build strong relationships with interesting clients – all within an 18-month period. The program blends the best of on-the-job learning with structured, bespoke training that equips junior lawyers with fundamental skills. I've been encouraged to aim high, to shoulder real responsibilities and to make a real contribution to the firm. The program has exceeded all my expectations and given me a strong grounding on which to base my career.

Has the firm's innovation focus been visible to you in your time here?

Innovative thinking is at the heart of MinterEllison. An example of practical innovation is the Empower Program, which provides a range of remote access and technology options equipping lawyers and graduates to work alongside our clients at their offices. This has allowed us to better understand client expectations, increase our integration with their business and improve our ability to deliver better solutions and advice.

Practice group operations

Our practice group operations teams provide vital support across the business to enable our clients to succeed. Our executive assistants continuously develop their skills through regular coaching and feedback and our in-house learning programs. They also enjoy the support of our wide network of business operations teams, working collaboratively to be our clients' best partner.


Why is MinterEllison a great place for legal administration staff?

We spoke to Practice Team Leader Brittany Cook

What drives you on a daily basis?

My daily driver is my team. I'm incredibly fortunate to work amongst some very skilled and talented people and they inspire me in all that I do here at MinterEllison.

What opportunities exist for you at MinterEllison?

I've had a huge range of opportunities here, all of which have helped me develop my career. Currently I'm benefiting from ongoing specialised training and participation in workshops, regular one-to-one meetings with my direct manager that focus on my monthly KPIs, and my mid-year Annual Growth Plan where I take the lead and can be proactive in setting my goals for the coming year.

Why is MinterEllison a great place to work?

I’ve found that the firm endeavours to identify your individual strengths, embraces them, and finds specific areas where you can apply them to further your personal and professional development.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy being in a position to support and assist my peers as they work towards expanding and improving their roles.

How long have you been at MinterEllison?

I’ve been with MinterEllison for five and a half years. I worked my way into the Practice Team Leader role by starting out as a secretary supporting the Private Equity team.

What advice would you give to other practice group operations staff thinking about a career at MinterEllison?

The best advice I could give anyone considering a career with MinterEllison is to be clear about what areas you want to build your strengths and skills in. Even if you're not currently working in that area, there are always opportunities for you to move and expand into other areas within the firm.

Has MinterEllison’s position on flexible working enabled you to deliver better results and achieve a work/life balance?

Having the convenience of remote access, which makes it just as easy to work from home, means that I can advance my work outside of the office. This also enables me to deliver high quality work and ensures that I'm accessible to my team regardless of my physical location.

How does MinterEllison's approach to innovation play a role in your day-to-day business?

Innovation is crucial in the role of a Practice Team Leader, where you constantly need to find solutions to problems within the team and then implement the initiatives. For example, my team had been facing issues around time sheets and utilisation for some time. Within the first three months of taking on the role of Practice Team leader, I collaborated with the Finance department to design and create a capacity tracking model that reflected true time data. This innovation has now been rolled out nationally and many teams across the firm have benefited as a result.

Business operations

From Client & Market Growth, Corporate Services, Financial Services, Information Technology, Legal Service Delivery and Talent, our business operations teams help drive MinterEllison's success through firm-wide projects that support our growth, capability and innovation strategies.

Our business operations people are continuously learning and growing through on-the-job feedback and coaching. They also have access to tailored learning modules to develop their skills such as leadership, coaching, feedback and personal brand.

 

Why is MinterEllison a great place for business operations staff?

We asked Talent Adviser Susanna Dodson

What drives you on a daily basis?

To stay motivated, I need to be continually learning. Each day, I endeavour either to learn something new or contribute in some way to the team or the firm.

What opportunities exist for you here?

At MinterEllison I have the opportunity to continue to develop in my role as a Talent Adviser, and progress my career within the Talent Business Partner team working on some interesting projects.

Why is MinterEllison a great place to work?

MinterEllison is a place where you can bring your whole self to work and feel respected and valued for what you bring to the table.

How long have you been at MinterEllison?

I started at the firm in 2014 as a Coordinator in the Talent Connect team. I learnt a lot in this role and was promoted to Adviser level after a year and a half. I then moved across to the Talent Business Partner team in 2016.

Has MinterEllison’s position on flexible working enabled you to deliver better results and achieve a work/life balance?

Most definitely, yes. I wouldn't have been able to sustain studying and working full-time without my team supporting me in working from home when needed and taking study leave.

MinterEllison talks about its focus on innovation – have you experienced first-hand any innovative practices?

MinterEllison's approach to innovation is all about finding better ways to service our clients. The Empower Program being rolled out across the firm helps each of us find how and where we work at our best. The program encourages you to adopt new ways of working and encourages individuals and teams to find new ways to add value to their clients.

Valuing our people

We are committed to our people and reward them for their contribution.

 

Total reward

Our total reward program includes market competitive salary packages, incentive pay, salary sacrifice packaging, additional leave programs (SA/SC leave, purchased leave, parental leave) and referral rewards.

We also provide salary continuance insurance and corporate discounts including telecommunications products, financial solutions and travel.

Flexible work practices

We encourage our people to work flexibly to be our clients' best partner - this includes spending regular time at client sites to support their business needs. We also understand our people have a diverse range of personal commitments and we actively support them to balance these with work.

Health and wellbeing

MinterEllison's health and wellbeing program has been recognised for taking a holistic approach to wellness, by employing a wide range of initiatives designed to equip our people with health, safety and wellbeing strategies.

Our people benefit from free gym membership, financial wellbeing information sessions, access to Employee Assistance Programs (also available to their families), subsidised in-house massage and more.

Support for caregivers

MinterEllison supports caregivers through our paid parental leave, carer's leave, emergency childcare, eldercare and working parents programs.

Social

We offer a variety of firm sponsored teams – including touch football, netball, basketball, soccer, skiing, cycling and swimming for those enjoy an active lifestyle. We host social events throughout the year and also have active social clubs.

Programs, rewards and benefits may differ by location.

Building your career – achieving your potential

 

At MinterEllison, our people are encouraged to be their own career architect by learning through experience, exposure to others and program participation.

MinterEllison is made up of teams of people who are experts in their fields. Being surrounded by this experience provides opportunities for everyone to collaborate, build their personal capabilities, share their knowledge and diverse experiences in an inclusive environment to inspire others.

We also offer a wide range of learning programs across the business to ensure our people are set up for success. We believe that continuous development is key to career success. 

 

Instagram