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Abendsekretär / Abendsekretärin in Teilzeit

Ashurst LLP Germany, GA

Sie sind Fremdsprachensekretär/in und haben mindestens ein bis zwei Jahre Berufserfahrung in einer internationalen Sozietät oder einem… Stepstone Germany

5 days ago

Human Resources Adviser (m/w)

Ashurst LLP Germany, GA +2 locations

Bei uns als eine der international führenden Anwaltskanzleien legen wir nicht nur Wert auf exzellente Rechtsberatung sondern auch auf erst- klassigen… Stepstone Germany

30+ days ago

Training Contract

Ashurst London, England

During the first two weeks of your training contract well give you a comprehensive induction to the… Adzuna

30+ days ago

Derivatives Associate

Ashurst London, England

You would typically act on all elements of a derivatives deal from term sheet stage, through to closing and post-closing. Your specific areas of…

30+ days ago

Banking Associate

Ashurst London, England

A significant part of our practice focuses on leveraged and acquisition finance transactions - an area in which we are one of the market leaders…

30+ days ago

US Securities Associate - Corporate department

Ashurst London, England

include: • Assisting in the drafting of prospectuses; • Drafting of legal documents and agreements; • Assisting on and overseeing…

30+ days ago

Rechtsanwalt (m/w) Bank und Finanzrecht

Ashurst Frankfurt am Main +2 locations

Begleiten Sie den Mandanten in der Optimierung und effizienten Investition von Kapital. Insbesondere bei Leveraged-Buy-out, Buy-in und…

30+ days ago

Rechtsanwalt (m/w) Arbeitsrecht

Ashurst Frankfurt am Main +2 locations

Sie möchten Besonderes leisten und sind auf der Suche nach einer neuen Herausforderung? Lassen Sie Ihrer Karriere freien Lauf in unserem…

30+ days ago

Rechtsanwalt (m/w) Kapitalmarktrecht

Ashurst Frankfurt am Main +2 locations

Lernen Sie, die Vertragsparteien zu koordinieren, die englisch- und deutschsprachige Dokumentation mit Blick auf das Prospektrecht und die…

30+ days ago

Rechtsanwalt (m/w) Real Estate

Ashurst Frankfurt am Main +2 locations

Sie möchten Besonderes leisten und sind auf der Suche nach einer neuen Herausforderung? Lassen Sie Ihrer Karriere freien Lauf in unserem…

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    Former Employee - Lawyer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Ashurst full-time (more than 3 years)


    Starting salary AU$76,000
    A few brilliant lawyers - you have to look hard to find them
    Good location (Circular Quay)


    Once Blake Dawson became Ashurst, management pushed for higher KPIs, pushed out the normal partners and staff, and encouraged longer working hours for all. Those that weren't pushed out left - have a look at Lawyers Weekly and you'll see there's a constant exodus of partners who have worked there for several years/decades.

    Like many professional services firms, Ashurst has succumbed to the exploitative nature of billing per hour - the partners push everyone to work longer hours into the evenings and weekends and holidays, without giving an increased salary, bonus, or time off - because they make more money, of course.

    Ashurst is top tier, but not in the top three like Freehills, KWM or Allens - meaning they don't get the biggest and best matters.

    Billable hour target has gone up to 7 hours a day (high for Australia, but not high for Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Toronto or New York) - this means you will probably do about 3 hours of admin, so minimum 10 hour days. Expect to eat lunch (and dinner) at your desk while you work.

    Lawyers are encouraged to bill in chunks - eg 8:30 am to 1 pm (lunchtime) - even if they stop for coffee, chatting, reading the paper, bathroom, morning teas, etc.

    The work done for clients is often a waste of their time/money. For example, a draft agreement will be done by a graduate - 3 hours, then reviewed by a junior lawyer for an hour, then reviewed by a senior associate and completely changed, then reviewed by the partner who again will change it.

    Don't come in with the expectation that you will be mentored and taught the ropes - you're unlikely to find that. Instead, teach yourself what you need to know and bill, bill, bill. Otherwise you can expect to be put on a performance management plan or asked to leave.

    Most summer clerks will find that their "graduate offer" start date is in 2-3 years time.

    There is little to no attention to mental health issues. When there is a suicide at the firm, an email is sent around saying "X has unfortunately passed away."

    It takes longer than ever before to make partner. In the 1970s and 80s it would have taken 5 years; in the 1990s, maybe 7-9 years; since 2000, it takes around 10-15 years, but for those starting now, it will be unlikely that you make partner in the less than 16 years. You can be in the exception if you have great connections or you can develop strong clients and use that as leverage - "either I'll take these clients to another firm or you'll give me partnership". Don't expect it to be handed to you.

    There are virtually no inspiring personalities in the partnership. There used to be plenty - Elizabeth Broderick, Alan Cameron, Ron McCallum are some examples. Many of the partners have huge insecurities and issues in their personal lives - divorced, never see their kids, cheating, etc. Sometimes the cheating occurs with staff, and when it gets out, they are all asked to leave. This is not specific to Ashurst, but arguably more prevalent because of the negative culture.

    There is a bloated administrative team (marketing, HR, learning & development) that delivers far less value than they are worth - and often cause as many problems as they solve. The firm is getting smarter on outsourcing, but it still well behind the curve technologically.

    Terrible food for lunches and dinners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get ideas from your staff and consultants.
    Get with the movement on technology - you're way behind the curve.
    Treat people with dignity and respect - if someone is not performing, give them clear guidance on how to improve and options to plan their departure.

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