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Thinking of relocating to Australia from New Zealand?

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Make the move

Picturing yourself on the beautiful beaches of Bondi? Or is Melbourne’s vibrant café culture more your scene?
We have exciting legal career opportunities available in both our Melbourne and Sydney offices.

Arnold Bloch Leibler is a premium Australian commercial law firm. For over 60 years, we have partnered with our clients to protect their legal position and commercial interests.

Our difference is often best demonstrated by the way we work and our approach to problem-solving. We pride ourselves on providing strategic guidance and solving complex issues related to our clients’ commercial interests, legal position and reputation. We do not try to be everything to everyone - rather, we strive for excellence in our chosen areas of expertise.

What does this mean for you as a lawyer? Our clients come to us for their most important business decisions - this translates to innovative and cutting-edge work where you will develop skills that will endure throughout your professional life. 

Hear from our team

Curious to know more? We’ve asked some of our New Zealand recruits about their relocation experience and what it’s like to work at the firm.

Legal roles in Melbourne and Sydney

With offices in Melbourne and Sydney, the firm is operated as a professional practice rather than a corporatised business.
We’re seeking talented New Zealand lawyers or graduates to join our team. Interested? Find out more below.

Our clients

We are renowned for advising entrepreneurial businesses (ASX-listed, family owned and international) and for our work with private clients. You can find out more about some of our clients below.

Want to know more?

Where does Arnold Bloch Leibler sit in the Australian legal market?

Arnold Bloch Leibler is a premium Australian commercial law firm. We have earned our reputation by acting on high-profile commercial transactions, projects and disputes for entrepreneurial listed companies, private businesses, not-for-profit organisations and prominent individuals.

What are practice areas Arnold Bloch Leibler offers?

Our firm's structure allows our lawyers to be broad generalists, with transactions and disputes often spanning practice groups.

Our services cover:

  • banking & finance
  • competition
  • corporate & commercial
  • dispute resolution & litigation
  • native title & public interest law
  • property & development
  • private wealth law
  • restructuring & insolvency
  • taxation
  • intellectual property
  • workplace advisory, and
  • white collar crime & investigation.

I’m a New Zealand Lawyer – can I practise law in Australia?

The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Legislation allows lawyers from New Zealand to apply for admission in Australia. The process doesn’t involve further study and usually takes a few months – significantly shorter than other jurisdictions. 

I’m about to complete, or recently completed my law degree in New Zealand – can I practise law in Australia?

We have successfully recruited several law graduates from New Zealand in our Melbourne and Sydney offices. We will support you through your admission process in both jurisdictions. 

Does Arnold Bloch Leibler cover my relocation costs?

Yes. We review relocation on a case-by-case basis when we make an offer.  This may include flights, temporary accommodation and other expenses associated with relocating. At a minimum, we will cover the costs associated with admission in Australia and obtaining your practising certificate. 

How much post-admission experience do I need?

We have a long history of successful hires from New Zealand – from graduates through to more senior practitioners.  We look for smart and commercially savvy lawyers who will make a good cultural fit.  Whether you’re a final year law student, have recently been admitted in New Zealand, or have a few years under your belt, we’re keen to speak to bright and passionate lawyers looking to move to Australia. 

Does Arnold Bloch Leibler have a public interest practice? If so, tell me more.

Making a contribution in the community is one of the firm’s core values. We are immensely proud of our community partnerships and of our Public Interest Law practice. We engage with not-for-profit and charitable organisations responsible for Indigenous, communal, social, artistic, medical, religious and environmental causes. In addition to the provision of pro bono legal services, many of our lawyers commit themselves to community based directorships, advisory committees, guest lectures and external fundraising activities.

To find out more about the firm’s efforts in the public interest space, click here.

Keen to progress?

We’d love to hear from you – you can view our current vacancies and apply for roles on our website via this link. That said, we’re always keen to speak to talented lawyers and will often create roles for the right person, particularly if you’re looking to relocate and have a longer lead time before your planned travel.  If you’re looking for further information or would like to have a confidential discussion, please register your interest by submitting an expression of interest below.

Submit your expression of interest here

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