Corporate M&A Partner or Dynamic SC

Location: Brisbane
Discipline: partner & special counsel
Job type: Permanent
Salary: Negotiable based on Skillset & industry Profile
Contact name: Craig Ashton-Sward

Contact email:
Job ref: CP270722
Published: 16 days ago
  • Dynamic National Corporate Team
  • Resourceful International Law Firm
  • Lateral Appointment into Partnership 
  • $250K - $300K (SC) or $350K (SP) or $3.5M++ (EP)
  • April - July 2022 Start Negotiable
This is a firm with proven financial performance for a decade or more, where it has consistently achieved $3.5M+ per 100 point partner. It is also a relatively young and highly collaborative partnership that has set its course for continued growth and development in its Queensland office, targeting 20% to 30% increase in its Partner ranks over the next 12 months. 

The firm offers the full range of commercial solutions and has an excellent reputation for providing superior legal services to their corporate clients.
The firm is now seeking a talented Corporate Partner ideally of 10 to 25 years experience to join their highly-regarded corporate practice. You will work with a number of other Corporate Partners nationally, while working collaboratively in managing and mentoring a team and servicing clients on a range of matters: 
  • regulated and off-market mergers and acquisitions,
  • equity capital markets,
  • back door listings,
  • corporate advisory,
  • joint ventures, as well as
  • ASX and Corporations Act compliance.
Whilst experience in all these areas is not essential, to be compatible with this team the person is expected work across the majority of these practice areas. 

The expectations are genuinely for 10-25 years post-admission experience, a fair portion of which must have been recently obtained in Brisbane within a specialist M&A firm, a mid-tier, or a large national practice where your skills have developed in that corporate stream, such that your profile in the corporate market is strong.
Indicative of the soft skills the firm seeks in a Partner, (or Special Counsel) they expect your client communication and business profile will generate additional client activities. Essentially, you must be able to back yourself in your ability to have supervised fees of $800K if you expect to step into this Salaried Partner level role, or $1.6M as the entry point to equity.

This is a lateral appointment into Partnership and your earnings will reflect your abilities as well as what you bring to the table. A remuneration package at the upper end of the market is expected for the successful candidate and is likely to exceed your expectations. For entry level Partners they offer generous salaries plus bonuses on reasonable KPI's. For Equity Partners their earnings are triple the industry benchmarks.
This firm is unquestionably one of the more profitable practices in Australia and its prosperity is increasing exponentially every few years. 

In challenging times, there has been the need for law firms to re-calibrate in order to maintain a competitive advantage and a sustainable profit pool for its Partners. Those that have managed this have emerged as magnets to other Partners looking to transition their clients to a more innovative and profitable platform.

With 30 years as specialist consultants to the legal profession, Law Staff has an impressive history of facilitating discreet moves for Partners (and whole teams) to specialist firms as well as mid and top tier practices, all while providing critical intelligence on:
  • Individual profitability of the relevant firms;
  • Partnership structures and equity distribution;
  • Strategic growth plans;
  • Intra/Cross practice compatibility;
  • Historical transitions;
  • Performance expectations; as well as
  • Partnership culture and idiosyncrasies (trust us when we say that no one firm is perfect).
In addition, our Senior Client Advisors have assisted hundreds of Partners in writing detailed business plans that identify only relevant information including key practice components as well as transitioning requirements, and less of the white noise. We advise you when the appropriate time is to table this information to ensure your commercial interests are preserved.

Most importantly, we have an uncompromising commitment to confidentiality, such that everything stays in the proverbial vault until you confirm in writing that you would like to move beyond our one-on-one discussions and meet with the relevant Managing Partner. We strive to provide detailed Information Documents to allow you to make an informed decision and to do research at your own leisure. A list of partner references can be made available at your request. 


At LawStaff we offer a virtual or lounge room setting for a relaxed confidential discussion over coffee/tea, allowing you to comfortably provide us with an understanding of your considerations in that next move. 
For an uncompromisingly confidential discussion, please quote REF: CP270722 and contact our Director & Senior Client Advisor - Craig Ashton-Sward on either:
  • 0413 743 838 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm 7 days)
Feel free to maintain your anonymity in the first instance if you choose.