We are seeking a Solicitor (2-5 years’) to join our premier Band 1 Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team, to be based in Brisbane.

In this role you will work closely with leading Partners across our national employment group. You will undertake a range of work that supports and advises blue chip clients across multiple sectors on all aspects of employment law and industrial relations matters.

You will take on a key role in the practice group and work closely with our talented team to provide employment law advice on workforce strategy, employment aspects of large-scale M&A and projects transactions, enterprise bargaining, industrial disputes, industrial action, payroll compliance, general protections and all types of Fair Work Commission and anti-discrimination proceedings. You will benefit from exceptional learning opportunities working in a highly ambitious and collaborative team.


  • have demonstrable experience across a range of employment law and industrial relations matters from a leading top tier, national or international private practice or boutique employment firm; or an in-house environment;
  • ideally 2 – 5 years' legal experience, however we are open to considering candidates with more or less experience;
  • be a qualified/admitted legal practitioner in either Australia or New Zealand;
  • have an excellent academic record, strong communication and teamwork skills;
  • have a proactive desire to learn and develop, and maintain a market-leading practice.


Employment, pensions and incentives


The Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety (EIRS) team in Australia provides specialist expertise on all legal matters impacting on the employment relationship. Advising employers on a range of contentious, non-contentious and advisory matters, the team's expertise includes: employment, industrial relations, payroll compliance, discrimination and equal opportunity, work health and safety, crisis management, incident response, board and executive matters and workplace training.

Our sector expertise covers a wide range of industries, including resources, banking and finance, aviation, retail, manufacturing, construction, transport, maritime charities and the public sector. Our global team includes recognised preeminent and leading lawyers in Australia as well as almost 200 lawyers across offices in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the US.

Herbert Smith Freehills’ EIRS group is ranked as a Band 1 Labour and Employment & Workplace Health and Safety Firm (Legal 500 2020) and ranked a Band 1 Employment Firm (Chambers Asia Pacific 2020).

Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to be awarded Most Innovative International Law Firm, Asia Pacific (Financial Times Awards 2019 & 2020) and Winner of the Minds Count Annual Award for Best Mental Wellbeing Initiative 2019.


Legal professionals/Practice Group




Full Time


At Herbert Smith Freehills you will be part of a diverse, innovative culture where high performance, client focus and highly engaged people are our differentiator. People at our firm come from a range of backgrounds and bring a wide variety of experiences and perspectives to their work with us. We strive to ensure that our inclusive environment means you feel valued and able to perform at your best by being your authentic self at work. We know that our future success not only depends on being innovative and progressive in the changing legal market but, most importantly, on our people feeling highly engaged in meaningful work.

We understand that you have commitments and personal interests outside of work and we strive to create a working environment based on mutual trust and respect, in which you can perform at your best whilst maintaining sustainable balance across your life.

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