Property Partner or Dynamic SC | Melbourne

Property Partner or Dynamic SC | Melbourne

Job Title: Property Partner or Dynamic SC | Melbourne
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Melbourne
Salary: $250K to $1M Neg in line with Skillset and Profile
Reference: 3181808
Contact Name: Trudy Reading
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 28, 2020 13:15

Job Description

  •  Dynamic National Property Team | Active Blue Chip Clients 
  • Lateral Appointment to Partnership | Employer of Choice
  • Excellent Rem and Bonuses $250K (SC) or $350K (SP) or $1.2M (EP)
Our client is a strong national firm looking to further expand their Melbourne Property practice. 

As a firm of young dynamic Partners, they are seeking a likeminded Partner looking to make a lateral move or a Special Counsel who is hungry to step up and take Partnership within this Employer of Choice.


The firm is seeking a mid-career Commercial Property Partner (or Special Counsel) ideally with 10 to 20 years experience to join their Melbourne office. Working with 3 other local Property Partners as well as a sizeable national team of Property Partners and Lawyers, you will be responsible for assisting in the management and mentorship of lawyers in this the team as well as taking an active role in the further development of exisiting and new client relationships.

Key areas of practice will include: 
  • acquisitions and disposals of commercial properties;
  • community titles work and property development including industrial parks, shopping centres, and residential towers;
  • land resumptions; 
  • negotiation and drafting of ancillary contracts;
  • commercial, industrial and residential leasing;
  • acting for real estate investment trusts; and
  • other general commercial property work.
Whilst experience in all these areas is not essential, to be compatible with this team the person is expected to currently work across approximately 50% of these practice areas. 

The expectations are genuinely for 10-20 years post-admission experience, a fair portion of which must have been recently obtained in Melbourne within a reputable specialist firm, a mid-tier, or a large practice where your skills have been allowed to develop in that commercial property stream.
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 if you expect to step into this Partner level role.

In addition, you will have well-developed team management skills and a high level of commercial acumen together with a strong client focus.

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 in excess of industry benchmarks without the need to compromise on prestige or resources.

Work-Life Balance is typically 8.00am to 6.30pm.
While other firms are cost-shedding to maintain their profit pool, this firm has consistently grown by 25% each year for the last 4 years. It also maintains an extensive local and national back-office infrastructure that underpins the very success of each Partner.

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 a uncompromisingly confidential discussion, please contact either:
  • Trudy Reading (Client Advisor)
  • 0401 504 203 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm 7 days)
  • Craig Ashton-Sward (Director & Senior Client Advisor) 
  • 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.