Associate / Senior Associate, Disputes - Construction (Melbourne)

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Work type: Permanent - Full time
Location: Melbourne
Categories: Experienced Lawyers

Your Role

Our Melbourne office has an opportunity for an experienced Associate or Senior Associate to join our construction disputes team.  The successful candidate will be a key member of the team, getting the opportunity to work on a broad range of disputes on major projects.

Our Team

Our construction disputes team delivers commercial and cost effective solutions utilising the whole spectrum of dispute resolution processes. Our approach is to gain a clear understanding of our client's objectives and assist them to achieve a solution that is workable and minimises the impact on successful project completion.

We have extensive experience in successfully prosecuting and defending formal proceedings and we also assist clients with claims during the contract phase and under security of payment legislation.  Our team is experienced in achieving results in litigation and arbitrations that involve complex technical and legal issues in a variety of industry areas, including energy & resources, mining, commercial developments, infrastructure and the defence sector.

Our construction team works collaboratively on large commercial disputes in Melbourne as well as across states, giving our lawyers an opportunity to work on major projects throughout Australia and overseas.   

As a member of our experienced and friendly team within Australia's leading law firm, you will be challenged, supported and guided as you continue to learn and develop during your career at Allens.  

Your day

The range of services provided by the construction disputes team is varied. Your role within the team could typically include advising our clients on:

  • prosecuting and defending formal proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria (and other Supreme Courts) ;
  • domestic and international arbitration proceedings;
  • claims and disputes arising during the contract phase of major projects;
  • adjudication proceedings under the security of payment legislation; and
  • various alternative dispute resolution processes including mediation and expert determination.

We can provide you with genuine knowledge of the construction and engineering industry and the people within it.

You will work closely with many parts of the firm (including the Construction and Major Projects Group), each with unique backgrounds and life experiences. Harnessing the many talents of our people helps us connect with our clients, solve complex problems, innovate and attract even more great people. We've long been committed to inclusion and diversity and we're proud that there isn't an 'Allens' type'.

Your clients

Our team works side by side with clients as they confront the challenges of a constantly changing legal and industry landscape, with the large number of projects being undertaken across Australia in a range of sectors.

You will have access to the firm's extensive client base to explore and develop new opportunities and deliver outstanding service.  You will act for a wide range of leading Australian and multi-national clients.. We mobilise quickly, listen to client concerns and base our recommendations on what's most important to them, ensuring we minimise reputational and legal risk.

Your career trajectory

Our Construction Litigation team is looking for an Associate and Senior Associate who has the desire to learn and develop their career with us. We will support you on your journey and will give you access to our career framework when you join, providing a clear understanding of what high performance at each career stage at Allens looks like.

We recognise that every employee's experience is different, and at Allens we know that successful and enjoyable careers come through your focus and commitment to being the best you can be, in an environment where you are supported and encouraged, and have clarity on key processes and decisions. Our career deal is a key part in achieving this; our deal asks you to take the lead for your career, with us providing the coaching and support to help you meet your goals and aspirations.

What you'll bring

  • Experience in construction disputes at a well-regarded top tier firm, international firm, large Australian firm or boutique firm.  We would also be open to interest from candidates with a background in general litigation, who would be interested in specialising in construction disputes;
  • A strong academic background.
  • An ability to effectively manage matters.
  • A desire and ability to grow, both as a Construction Disputes Lawyer and leader.
  • A strong team ethic.
  • An ability to establish a professional profile and internal networks.
  • A willingness to develop others through mentoring and sharing experiences.
  • A willingness to build an understanding of clients and develop effective working relationships.

Work pattern

This is a permanent opportunity for Disputes & Investigations Lawyers - Associates and Senior Associates. 

Allens supports flexible work practices and we are interested in speaking to lawyers wanting to work either part‑time or full-time. Allens also supports a hybrid working model where working from home part of the week is the norm. 

About Allens

Allens is a leading international law firm with a long and proud heritage of shaping the future for our clients, our people and the communities in which we work. 

From playing a pioneering role in the development of legislation and regulatory frameworks in the Asia region for almost 200 years, to acting on numerous 'firsts' across a range of industry and community issues, it is in our DNA to make a difference and help shape what our world looks like. 

Over this time, we've grown in scale and reach, today offering clients a global network of 40 offices in 28 locations through our global alliance with Linklaters. 

We have recently been named an elite "band one" firm in 18 practice areas and jurisdictions by Chambers Asia Pacific 2020. We were also awarded Law Firm of the Year (> 500 employees) at the Australasian Law Awards, 2019. This achievement caps off a year of working with clients on some of Australia's largest and most complex deals.

What we'll offer

You will be an integral part of a high performing, national team and have an opportunity to work with genuine market leaders. 

At Allens, we provide lifelong learning that develops you personally and professionally, and access to people and leaders who can help you become the best you can be. You'll be given ongoing opportunities to get involved and to take your career all the way. 

You'll enjoy a range of other benefits including free gym membership, staff discounts with hundreds of suppliers and regular social and sporting activities. Allens also leads the profession in community investment, giving you the opportunity to make a difference through our work on reconciliation, the environment and other social justice issues as well as our workplace giving and volunteering programs.

Are you ready to begin?

We prefer to hear from you directly. 

Please submit your resume via our on-line careers site addressed to Alison Maclurkin, National Resourcing Manager or contact Alison for a confidential discussion at 

If this isn't the position for you, please tell your friends or colleagues about it.


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