It's all about you

What kind of firm would you like to work for? One where your input is valued and your work is rewarded? Where innovation is welcomed? Where it’s understood that life doesn’t begin and end with work?

If you answered yes to the above, Swaab Attorneys could be the place for you.

At Swaab, we work hard to make sure that our staff are being challenged and enjoy coming in to work each day.

We understand that to keep our talented people happy we need to offer them more than just interesting work, we need to give them an incentive to do a good job.

Staff Benefits


We embrace generosity of spirit and encourage charity fundraising ideas and initiatives across the Firm.  The partners match charity donations dollar for dollar.  We also have a close alliance with particular charities, which we support both financially and non-financially. These charities include Lifeline, Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation, the Leukaemia Foundation and the Breast Cancer Network of Australia.
We have a calendar of charity events that we participate in each year as part of our commitment to giving back to the community, fundraisers include Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave, Red Nose Day, Jeans for Genes and Pink Ribbon Day. 
We have partnered with Corporate Citizen for workplace giving, enabling our employees to donate to their chosen charity from their pre-tax pay.
We are supporters of TJMF and staff are invited to attend the annual lecture and we support Lifeline through our ProBono program.


We understand that all work and no play makes us all a little dull!  We like to have fun and we host regular social events including Trivia Night, Family Day, end of year party, end of financial year party, Melbourne Cup Luncheon, quarterly shared lunches and weekly Friday night drinks.  We also welcome new starters and celebrate special occasions with morning teas. 


At Swaab respect for each other and the different skill sets we posses are paramount to the services we provide to our clients. Respect is one of our core firm values and is recognised during performance development and factored in to the criteria around other firm incentive programs. We encourage open communication between all levels of staff and expect all our employees opinions to be listened to and respected.


We love to see our staff getting out and being active. We encourage our employees to maintain healthy minds, healthy bodies and healthy hearts.  As part of our commitment, we provide contributions towards wellness activities and $500 per year towards gym memberships. 
We also provide contributions to team sports.  Recent contributions to Swaab team sports include lunchtime Touch Football in the Domain, The Virgin Pulse Global Challenge, and The Law Firm Champions Cup Soccer Tournament


We believe in our staff being equipped with the right tools to be able to do their jobs to the best of their ability. We encourage our staff to share knowledge that will further enhance innovation and efficiency.


We like nothing more than recognising our staff for the great jobs they are doing. We celebrate "Swaabiversarys" which are our way of saying "thank you" and recognising our employees' contribution for each year of service with the firm.  Gifts include flowers or wine, with a card, and for service milestones at 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, 15 years etc. our employees receive a special gift, which is usually a gift voucher of their choice.


We encourage all of our people to embrace lifelong learning.  We have a firm-wide budget for seminar and conference attendance and we encourage our staff to utilise external learning opportunities to enhance their skills. 
We also provide a structured in-house learning and development program.  Our Business Excellence Seminars are a forum to discuss current issues in the law with peers.  Our learning and development program also includes seminars on business skills, practice management, compliance and technology.  Most of our in-house seminars are designed to count towards MCLE requirements.
As part of our commitment to our people to encourage them to be the best that they can be, we may be able to provide financial assistance for approved courses of formal study; for example, postgraduate qualifications or specialist courses relevant to their role.  We also provide paid study leave and exam leave for approved courses. 

Mind, Body and Spirit – Wellbeing program

Swaab encourages our employees to have a balanced life, believing that this contributes to their capacity and capability in the workplace as well as their wellbeing in general. Our most recent in-house mindfulness meditation program "Thrive" was an 8 week course provided by Inner Performance Management. 
We also run free seminars on "health and wellbeing" as part of our "lunch and learn" series.  A previous lunch and learn was on spinal heath in the workplace.

salary continuance Insurance

We understand there are more important things in life than work.  Accidents and illnesses happen and when they do, the last thing you want is the added pressure of worrying about supporting yourself and your family on a rainy day.  That's why we provide insurance for all of our people through our group salary continuance insurance.  Our salary continuance insurance provides you with a monthly income if you are totally or partially disabled due to illness or injury and are unable to work. 

legal fee assistance

We provide a $750 per annum allowance for personal legal work (capped at 3 years' service).  This allowance can be used for the purchase or sale of an employee's principal residence, estate planning for an employee and/or their partner, family law or other personal legal services.  We also provide reduced fee packages for wills and estate planning. 


Graduate Lawyer

A fantastic opportunity for recent law graduates to join our innovative and dynamic firm, gaining valuable experience in our various practice groups.

Graduate Lawyer

About Us
Swaab Attorneys is a multi-award winning, commercial law firm and has been a finalist in the BRW Client Choice Awards for many years. We have won three times with the most recent win being Best Law Firm (rev under $50m) and Best NSW Firm at the BRW Client Choice Awards. We have also been nominated as a finalist in the 2015 Australian Law Awards for employee program of the year.
Swaab proudly serves the middle market; those listed companies, SMEs, family businesses, wealthy individuals, entrepreneurs and start-ups that want a responsive and nimble team of experts who celebrate their contribution to the broader Australian economy. 
Our key areas of practice are corporate, commercial, intellectual property and technology, employment law, property, litigation, insolvency, transport and franchising. We also work across a number of industries including retail and fashion, property, health, professional services and transport. In addition to our commercial practice we also have a highly reputable family law team.
Swaab is a member of Meritas, a global alliance of independent, full service law firms and is its only Sydney based member. This allows us to keep in touch globally, provide extended services to our clients and gives us the exposure and opportunity to work with international businesses.
About the role
As a graduate on our graduate program you will complete three, six month rotations through either our Corporate, Commercial, Litigation, Property or Family Law practice groups, before joining a practice group. You will be allocated a supervising partner in each rotation and also assigned a Senior Associate or Associate and a buddy to provide you with support and guidance throughout each rotation.
Your business skills and legal knowledge will be developed by undertaking research, drafting letters and legal documents, liaising with clients and getting involved in general day to day matter management. Exposure to clients and partners this early on in your career will enable you to develop your confidence, legal skills and profile at a more accelerated pace.
To make sure you get the best possible start to your career, we also invest in your professional development through internal and externally offered programs.
Why Us?
Our close-knit teams mean that you will have a higher level of engagement with partners and clients than you would get at a larger law firm.
Our graduate program has been designed with flexibility to ensure each graduate gets the most out of their rotation. It is very much a hands on experience. We are large enough to offer you the professional challenges you seek and small enough to provide you with the personal support you need to meet them. We care for our people and you are very much integrated in the wider Firm, not isolated to a practice area.
Our workplace encourages a balance of work and play and we are proud of our family friendly culture. We believe the generosity of spirit of our people, makes this a special place to work.
View our graduate brochure here.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for passionate and motivated individuals with a solid academic record and varied interests outside of academic life because we value the importance of a balanced lifestyle for individual and organisational health and wellbeing. The successful applicants will need to be able to demonstrate their excellent relationship management skills, their enthusiastic and dedicated approach to their work and a willingness to commit to their careers and learn all they can.
Graduate Application Dates
Applications Open         Wednesday 23 May 2018
Applications Close        Wednesday 20 June 2018
For commencement in March 2019.
How to Apply
If you are interested in a graduate position at Swaab Attorneys, please attach a cover letter, CV and your academic transcript in an email to to the attention of Nicola Brown, HR Manager.
All applications will be treated in strict confidence.

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Current Opportunities

Legal Secretary - Litigation

We are looking for an experienced, motivated and client focussed Legal Secretary for our Litigation practice group.

Legal Secretary - Litigation

  • Innovative and entrepreneurial firm
  • Professional, dynamic and friendly environment
  • People & wellness focussed initiatives
About the role
We currently have an exciting opportunity for a motivated and proactive Legal Secretary to provide support to one Partner, one Senior Associate, one Associate and one Solicitor in our well respected Litigation practice group. They have a thriving practice which keeps them very busy and we are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and client focussed Legal Secretary to help support them. This role will see you providing much valued support in the following ways:
  • Drafting correspondence and court documents
  • Preparing briefs to Counsel
  • End of month billing
  • Opening/closing files
  • Dictaphone typing
  • Diary management and organising meetings
  • Liaising with clients and internal departments
  • Assist in marketing activities, such as preparation and typing of documents, presentations, etc.
  • Coordinating travel, conferences and seminar arrangements

Skills & Experience
To be suitable for the role, you must be a strong administrator with at least 3 years' recent experience in Litigation. Experience in a litigation practice is essential to ensure this busy Litigation practice continues to run smoothly and efficiently. The following describes your strengths and attributes:
  • Positive, proactive and motivated nature
  • Pride in service delivery with a can do attitude
  • Exceptionally organised with the ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines whilst being calm under pressure
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Confidence and good judgement liaising with clients
  • Adaptability and flexibility to work in an ever changing environment
  • MS office suite experience at an intermediate level
Experience in Affinity and File Site Document Management would be highly regarded but not essential.

Workplace culture is everything to us, because when our people are happy we know they will look after our clients and themselves. Swaab is a place where people feel they can innovate, collaborate and develop their careers and are rewarded for their efforts.

How to Apply
If this sounds like an opportunity that you would like to explore further, then please click on the link below to apply and send your application to Nicola Brown, HR Manager. All applications will be treated in strict confidence.
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Association Memberships
Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation
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