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Gilbert and Tobin


About Gilbert + Tobin

Gilbert + Tobin is a leading top-tier corporate law firm and a key player in the Australian legal market. We provide innovative, relevant and commercial legal solutions to major corporate and government clients across Australia and internationally, particularly the Asia-Pacific region.

With a focus on dynamic and evolving market sectors, we attract the brightest legal minds in the country;  a diverse mix of highly talented and motivated people who work with some of the world’s most successful organisations on ground breaking projects and matters. We have become the legal adviser of choice for industry leaders who value our entrepreneurial spirit, creative approach and determination to succeed.

We are as restlessly ambitious and innovative as when the firm was established 27 years ago.  Employing more than 500 professionals, we are proud of our continued recognition as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality and acknowledgement as a pioneer in providing pro bono services.


Eligibility Criteria

Penultimate year students only? Yes

Do you accept applications from interstate students?  Yes

Flexible Clerkship dates? Program dates are fixed however some flexibility may be considered for exceptional circumstances. Cases will be considered on an individual basis.


Clerkship Rotations

Clerkship rotations and duration vary between offices. Within each office clerks  have the opportunity to rotate through any of the available practice areas:

Sydney: Banking + Finance; Corporate Advisory; Competition + Regulation; Energy + Resources; Intellectual Property; Litigation, Pro Bono; Real Estate + Projects; Telecommunications + Project Services.

Melbourne: Banking + Infrastructure; Corporate Advisory; Competition + Regulation; Litigation; Technology, Media + Telecommunications.

Perth: Corporate Advisory; Energy + Resources; Litigation.


Special Opportunities

Gilbert + Tobin offers two clerks the opportunity to work as an intern in a native title office during the winter university break. The internship is fully funded by the firm and provides you with work experience in native title law. There are placement locations Australia-wide and students are placed according to the needs of the Aurora project. In 2013, our clerks were seconded to the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory and the Torres Strait Regional Authority on Thursday Island, Queensland.


Number of Positions Available: 6-9 positions per intake

Application Dates: 10 July - 13 August 2017

Interviews commence: September 2017

Offers made: 12 October 2017

Clerkship Dates: 

Summer 1: 20 November – 15 December 2017

Summer 2: 15 January – 9 February 2018

Winter: 25 June – 20 July 2018

Application Method: Applications must be made online via cvMail

Information required: Cover letter, CV, and academic transcript

Office contact: Meaghan Lust, People Team


T: 03 8656 3362


Number of Positions Available: 3-4 per intake

Applications: 17 July - 6 August 2017

Interviews: Early September 2017

Offers made and accepted: 22 September 2017

Clerkship dates: 

Summer: November - December 2017 (3 weeks)

Winter: June - July 2018 (2 weeks)

Application Method: Applications must be made online via cvMail

Information required: Cover letter, CV and academic transcript

Office Contact: Lisa Harold, People Team


T: 08 9413 8411


Number of Positions Available: 15-20

Applications: 15 June - 11:59pm 16 July 2017

Interviews commence: 19 August 2017

Second round interviews: September 2017

Offers made: 4 October 2017 and must be accepted or declined by 5:00pm 6 October 2017

Clerkship dates: November 2016 – February 2017 (10 weeks)

Application Method: Applications must be made online via cvMail

Information required: Cover letter, CV and academic transcript

Office Contact: Kristie Barton, People Team


T: 02 9263 4575





Twitter: @gtlaw@gtcareers

The best way to contact us is by email or telephone.


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Jack Coles, 2014 Sydney Clerk

G+T offered the right environment for me to start my legal career: an ambitious, values-driven firm with a flat structure and the highest aspirations for both its people and their work. I worked with a number of different partners and lawyers during the course of my clerkship. In Banking + Finance, my mentor taught me the ropes. This included a spectrum from the basics, such as document management and conducting searches, all the way through to drafting original documents and clauses. Their advice and guidance on matters ranging from managing time and emails to drafting documents was always sound and I felt like I learnt a significant amount during the course of the Clerkship. I was most impressed and surprised by the real responsibility which junior lawyers have at G+T. It’s been refreshing to see the quality of work and leadership over  a matter which junior lawyers exercise. It’s made me excited for the next stage of my career.


Emma Dowsett, 2014 Sydney Clerk

Clerking at G+T gave me exposure to how the legal industry operates in a top tier commercial environment, teaching me practical skills that fall outside of the scope of my law degree. I really valued being asked to do tasks for junior and senior lawyers alike. Especially if a task was complicated, I appreciated that a lawyer had chosen to reach out to me to assist them, making me feel a part of the team and teaching me valuable practical skills.   I did not expect to be asked to draft a contract that was sent to a client, so when I was I was thrilled, but admittedly also nervous! The chance gave me insight into future work as a junior lawyer. 

I really enjoyed the events the firm facilitated to allow the clerks to get to know one another. The initial experience of getting to know one another then paved the way for our social events we initiated after inter-firm clerk sport, at lunch times, or of an evening. The experience of developing friendships with like-minded, motivated and fun individuals who also happened to be colleagues made coming to work something to look forward to.


Matt Ampt, 2014 Melbourne Clerk

G+T is unique because of its size. It is big enough to work on top-tier matters and projects but small enough that, even as a clerk, you are given plenty of responsibility with a steady stream of interesting work. My team was incredibly friendly and inclusive. I was allocated to a particular Partner, given a mentor (senior lawyer) and a buddy. They all took a genuine interest in ensuring I was feeling comfortable, enjoying myself and properly managing my workload.

I had the opportunity to learn through both hands-on work and formal training. After a comprehensive induction, I had training sessions such as contractual drafting techniques and legal research. The clerks were also invited to attend any of the internal training G+T runs for its lawyers. With all this training and continuous feedback opportunities, it was clear G+T was investing in me from day one.

There are plenty of opportunities to involve yourself at G+T. I assisted with a number of pro bono matters, attended a number of firm-wide social events and even made a couple of cameos for the cricket team. It was a fantastic and genuine insight into working in a leading law firm – and I would recommend it to anyone.


Arabella Tolé, 2014 Perth Clerk 

If I was offered a position as a paralegal or a graduate at G+T I would accept for two reasons; the work and the people. This was my third clerkship working in Energy and Resources and it has been by far the most rewarding and challenging experience. I felt pushed out of my comfort zone in the work I was required to do, particularly working alongside leading E+R partner, Michael Blakiston. I really enjoyed the challenge.


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Our work

Gilbert + Tobin advise leading domestic and international companies on complex matters and transactions that define and direct the market. Some clients we have recently acted for and advised are the following:

  • Woolworths Holdings Limited (South Africa) on the financing of its $2.15 billion acquisition of David Jones Limited by scheme of arrangement and $1.76 billion takeover of Country Road Limited
  • Macquarie, UBS, CIMB Capital Markets, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch as lead managers on financing the $3.6 billion IPO of Healthscope Group
  • ANZ, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, NAB, Westpac and foreign banks on a number of PPPs and infrastructure project bids, including Queensland Schools, Ravenhall Prison, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and the University of Wollongong Accommodation Project
  • Pacific Equity Partners on the financing of its $1.2 billion public-to-private takeover of Spotless Group Limited, its Term Loan B facilities, the subsequent $1.8 billion IPO of Spotless Group Limited, and its corporate debt refinancing in excess of $600 million.
  • Telstra on it $857 million acquisition of the Asian-based telecommunications provided by Pacnet by way of merger under Bermudian law
  • Nine Entertainment Co. on its $1.9 billion IPO and transactions such as its debt restructure by a scheme of arrangement; securing broadcast rights for the National Rugby League; acquiring Perth and Adelaide-based affiliates of Channel nine; the sale of ACP Magazines; and acquiring the remaining shares of Nine Entertainment Co., which it did not previously own
  • Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley as the underwriters of Transurban Group’s $2.7 billion entitlement offer
  • Sundance Resources Limited on its development agreements with the republics of Cameroon and the Congo to establish a $5 billion iron ore project in both countries
  • Altona Mining Limited on the sale of its Outkumpu project in Finland, valued at $100 million
  • Google Inc. on its landmark win in the High Court of Australia regarding online advertising practices and the responsibility of website hosts for third-party content.
  • Brookfield Multiplex on its 7-nil win in the High Court of Australia in the matter of Brookfield Multiplex Ltd v Owners Corporation Strata Plan, a landmark case for the construction industry
  • BrisConnections Group on its $1 billion claim against Aurp for misleading or deceptive conduct and negligence in undertaking the traffic forecasting for the AirportlinkM7
  • ARIA and Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Ltd , in Copyright Tribunal proceedings involving FOXTEL, and in proceedings against the radio industry to determine a licence rate for the online use of music by commercial radio broadcasters in Australia.    


What we're looking for

Gilbert + Tobin  values diversity and individuality, so we don’t just look for strong academic results. We’re looking for candidates who are interesting people, can clearly demonstrate their ambition, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and ability to collaborate. We want people who can identify with G+T’s DNA of performance, Innovation, Authenticity and Collaboration. And it’s equally important that you enjoy what you do and don’t take yourself too seriously.


Graduate Program

Our main graduate recruitment path is via our Seasonal Clerkship programs.

In our Sydney and Melbourne offices, graduates complete a formal graduate program consisting of two nine-month rotations. Our Sydney graduates  commence with the firm in one of two formal intakes – either February or August.  In Perth, our graduates complete two six-month rotations.

As a graduate, you will undertake real work, build relationships with partners, lawyers and clients, and become an integral part of each practice group.  Rotations are available in all our practice areas and you will also be actively involved in other work activities, including business development, knowledge management, training and pro bono work.


Learning and Development

At G+T, you’ll benefit from a combination of practical on-the-job learning, mentoring and e-learning, with a leading and unique development opportunities.

Learning is a critical component of career development at G+T. Our commitment to staff development stems from the knowledge that ongoing professional training not only sets you up to succeed in your legal career, but enables us to deliver premium legal services.

Our learning courses are designed to develop the technical, legal and professional skills that you will use at all stages of your career. Harnessing the wealth of resources available at the firm, we use a variety of techniques including on-the-job instruction and mentoring, classroom based training, and web and experiential learning. Our staff are also encouraged to attend relevant external seminars.

Upon commencement all clerks participate in a formal induction program which includes an overview of our IT systems, meeting our partners and lawyers and getting to know our practice groups. Our clerks also participate in a tailored training program and are invited to various firm events, lunches and activities to help build relationships with people across the firm.

Gilbert + Tobin supports and funds Practical Legal Training (PLT) for all graduates through our tailored in-house program and the College of Law. Graduates are provided with PLT exam and study leave and are supported the whole way through by a dedicated PLT mentor.  Our graduates also benefit from a tailored Younger Lawyers training program that starts with a concise introduction to Gilbert + Tobin’s areas of specialisation and also includes core skills training you will require as a lawyer.

Through secondment opportunities lawyers are able to work in-house both locally and internationally to help expand their understanding of our clients and gain a greater understanding of relevant industry sectors. Our lawyers tell us their secondment experiences allowed them to rapidly develop confidence, skills and valuable exposure to the commercial environment. 


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