Lawyer or Associate, Environment & Planning - full-time or flexible work pattern (Melbourne)


About Allens

Allens is an international law firm with offices throughout Australia and Asia. Through an integrated alliance with Linklaters, we offer clients access to an extensive network comprising 40 offices in 28 countries. Allens offers one of the most comprehensive legal networks in Australia and Asia.

We have been named Australian Law Firm of the Year in the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2017 thanks to positive feedback from our clients. The award caps off a year of working with clients on some of Australia's largest and most complex deals.

The opportunity

Our experienced Environment & Planning legal team at Allens sit within our Real Estate & Development Stream in our highly regarded Projects & Development Practice Group. We work with a range of local and international clients, providing advice in a broad range of areas, including:

  • All aspects of town planning advice and representation (permits, planning scheme amendments, objections and appeals).
  • Environmental impact assessments and approvals.
  • Land access and acquisition.
  • Environmental prosecutions and compliance.
  • Climate change and sustainability

We regularly work on landmark matters with blue chip clients in the mining, resources and industrial sectors. We also work closely with colleagues in other parts of the firm to deliver projects in the water, renewables and transport sectors. Many of our clients are looking to transition to the lower-carbon economy and we are assisting them with complex site closures and rehabilitation processes.

We have particular expertise in creating innovative and commercial solutions to the issues that arise from environmental liability and pollution law, the planning and regulatory requirements of major projects, and environmental risk in mergers, acquisitions and privatisations.

Our team is expanding and we are now seeking a Lawyer or Associate to be part our growing national Environment & Planning offering. We are open to flexible work requests or full-time candidates and happy to chat to you about what options will work for you and for our team.

You will be a key member of the group, getting the opportunity to work on a broad range of Environment & Planning issues on major projects. Our Environment & Planning team also work collaboratively with our Real Estate and Projects Practice Groups in Melbourne as well as across jurisdictions, giving our lawyers an opportunity to work on major projects throughout Australia and overseas.

What you'll bring

To succeed in this role you will need:

  • Experience working in an Environment & Planning team, ideally at a well-regarded top tier firm, international firm, Australian firm or boutique firm.
  • Experience focus on property development, water and waste issues and infrastructure planning.
  • An ability and desire to effectively manage matters.
  • A desire and ability to grow, both as a lawyer and leader.
  • A willingness to build an understanding of clients and develop effective working relationships.
  • An ability to establish a professional profile and internal networks.
  • A willingness to develop others through mentoring and sharing experiences and networks.

What we'll offer

At Allens, we’re focused on advancing our industry through equipping our people with the skills and experience they need to be the lawyers of the future. We’re ready to define tomorrow. Are you?

With us, you’ll be more than a lawyer. Our people are technical experts, but they’re also trusted business advisers who think bigger, more broadly and more strategically. Together, we solve complex legal challenges, and collaborate across practice areas and disciplines to guide our clients.

We work across borders too, thanks to our alliance with Linklaters. This strategic partnership opens up worlds of opportunity for our business and our people, including rotations in Linklaters London, Hong Kong and Singapore for our graduate lawyers.

In a rapidly changing world, we seek opportunities to innovate, embracing creative thinking, new approaches and emerging technology. And we don’t just use them to benefit ourselves and our clients. We believe strongly in driving positive change to do right by our community too.

Our teams are open, inclusive and encouraging, giving you the chance to learn and grow, but your development will be down to you. You’ll have the flexibility to drive your career, and we’ll recognise your achievements and hard work as you progress through the firm. Are you ready to begin?

How to apply

We prefer to hear from you directly. Please submit your application via our on-line careers site addressed to Charlotte Norman, Resourcing Manager or call Charlotte on +61 (0)3 9613 8983 for a confidential discussion.


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