Australia

Dolman’s main base is in Sydney, however we regularly place lawyers into top roles in other State capitals (and sometimes rurally). Most of our law firm clients and many corporate clients have offices throughout Australia.

Dolman consultants regularly conduct face-to-face interviews in all States in order to offer the best service to candidates and clients. We also regularly place lawyers who are returning or relocating to Australia from overseas. Contact one of our consultants for more information.

 

Visas

New Zealand citizens do not need a work visa to work in Australia. People who have a different status will be required to obtain a visa that allows them to work in Australia from the Department of Immigration.

Foreign lawyers may obtain a work visa under either the Employer Nomination Scheme or the Skilled – Independent visa. The former allows Australian employers to sponsor employees who are foreign nationals for a permanent visa to work in Australia. The Skilled – Independent visa uses a points test to select visa applicants with characteristics needed in the Australian labour market. If you are a solicitor between the ages of 18 and 45 with good English language skills it is most likely that you will meet the requisite criteria.

These visas allow you and any dependent family members to live as permanent residents in Australia.

 

Practicing in Australia

New Zealand lawyers do not need to sit any additional exams in order to be admitted in New South Wales (NSW). The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1996 enables New Zealand solicitors or barristers to be able to apply for automatic admission as NSW solicitors.

Lawyers admitted in other jurisdictions must complete or receive exemption from the academic and practical legal training stages of qualification in NSW. The Legal Profession Admissions Board may provide exemptions or partial exemptions to these stages, the extent of which depend on your qualifications and experience.

Similar requirements exist for foreign solicitors who wish to be admitted in other Australian states.

 

Top Firms

  • Allens Arthur Robinson
  • Allen & Overy
  • Baker & Mckenzie
  • Blake Dawson Waldron
  • Clayton Utz
  • Clifford Chance
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • DLA Piper
  • Norton Rose
  • Freehills
  • Gilbert & Tobin
  • Mallesons Stephen Jaques
  • Minter Ellison

These law firms have offices in most state capitals in Australia. All firms offer a complete range of commercial law services, with each firm boasting particular areas of expertise.

 

Salaries

Please contact one of our consultants to discuss your expectations or alternatively check out our salary survey for a guide.

 

Taxation

There is a progressive personal tax system in Australia, with most employees being on the PAYE system, in which tax is deducted by your employer. For current rates please visit the Australian Tax Office (ATO) Website

  • To register for tax in Australia you need to apply at the ATO for a tax file number.
  • GST is charged on most goods and services at a rate of 10%.
  • The tax year starts on 1 July and ends on 31 June each year.

 

Superannuation

Most people are entitled to compulsory super contributions from their employer. These super guarantee contributions must be at least 9% of your ordinary earnings, up to the ‘maximum contribution base’. You may also be entitled to choose the fund your super is paid into. Salaries will vary depending on whether they are inclusive or exclusive of superannuation, so this fact should be clarified with your prospective employer

 

Useful Contacts

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Legal Profession Admissions Board
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Legal Services Board
  • Department of Immigration
  • Medicare Australia
  • Australian Taxation Office

 

New Zealand

Dolman consultants travel regularly to New Zealand to meet with candidates interested in working in Australia or further afield.

Dolman advertises top global positions every month in New Zealand Law Talk.

Dolman also places lawyers into leading New Zealand firms and corporations in both Auckland and Wellington. This service is particularly useful for New Zealand expatriates working in London, looking to return home

 

Visas

Australians are not required to hold a visa or work permit to work in New Zealand. Other foreign nationals must gain a working visa using a points system. The following requirements need to be met by all applicants:

 

Practicing in New Zealand

Solicitors admitted in an Australian jurisdiction are required to apply to the New Zealand High Court for admission and then to the relevant New Zealand district law societies for practising certificate. Unless you are admitted in Western Australia, you will not need to sit any additional exams.

All other foreign-admitted lawyers will be assessed by the New Zealand Law Society on how their academic qualifications, professional training, professional experience and knowledge of and experience in the use of the English language compare with admission requirements for New Zealand candidates. Approval of an application for admission may be subject to the completion of a New Zealand LLB degree, a course in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, the New Zealand Law and Practice Examination and an English language proficiency test. For further information please visit the New Zealand Law Society Website

 

Top Firms

The top-tier national law firms in New Zealand include:

  • Bell Gully
  • Buddle Findlay
  • Chapman Tripp
  • DLA Phillips Fox
  • Hesketh Henry
  • Kensington Swan
  • Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
  • Russell McVeagh
  • Simpson Grierson

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