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Opportunities in Asia Pacific

HFW was one of the first international firms to establish an office in Australia. With offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, we have 26 partners and more than 70 legal staff. We are fully integrated with HFW's global network of offices, and work collaboratively with our colleagues around the world in support of our clients.

Our specialist lawyers are sector focused and offer a comprehensive range of legal services to our clients in the following sectors:

Our Melbourne team service clients operating in industries including, construction, infrastructure, ports and terminals, insurance, as well as corporate matters across all of our key sectors.

In Sydney, HFW's specialist lawyers provide support in major real estate developments, shipping logistics operations, key infrastructure projects including renewables and industrial relations as well as asset financiers.

We also have a strong presence in Perth supporting the energy sector, shipping/commodities and commercial litigation.

Clerk and Graduate Opportunities

Each year, we recruit a number of seasonal clerks and graduates who will get the opportunity to work alongside our specialist lawyers on a diverse range of both Australian and international matters.

Our clerkship program is very hands-on and allows you to gain an insight into each of our practice groups and exposure to our clients. During the clerkship, you will be assigned a mentor and buddy in one of our major sector teams, predominantly Insurance/Reinsurance and Construction, where you will experience working on real matters

Graduates will participate in a 12-month rotational program, which will include three placements, two of which will be in your local office, with the option of a third in either another Australian office, or one in our APAC network, dependent on availability.

  • Summer Clerkships Applications and Programme - Sydney
  • Summer Clerkships Applications and Programme Melbourne
  • Grad Programme Sydney and Melbourne

Applications for our 2023/2024 programmes will open in June 2023 for all states. Please check the additional information by state for closing dates.

Application dates

Application periods for HFW's 2024/25 clerkship programs are:

  • Sydney Monday 20 May 2024 until Sunday 14 July 2024, 11.59pm AEST.
  • Melbourne Monday 8 July 2024 until Sunday 11 August 2024, 11.59pm AEST.

Clerkship dates

  • In Sydney, the clerkship will run from approx. 25 November 2024 until mid February 2025.
  • In Melbourne, there are two clerkship periods: Summer 25 November – 20 December 2024 and Winter 23 June – 18 July 2025.

How to apply

Please apply via the 'see our vacancies' link above and include a copy of your CV, academic transcript, and a cover letter addressing why you would like to join the firm, as well as some information about your extra-curricular activities.

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