Senior Associate - Planning, Environment & Government

Date: 17 Jul 2024

Location: Sydney, NSW, AU

Company: Dentons

About Dentons

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm. We are the lightbulb moments. The bold ideas. We’re 20,000+ people globally across 80+ countries. We are a global polycentric firm. Moving with innovation. Making the decisions that will take us from largest to leading. From now to next. The opportunity is huge.

Dentons continues to improve its standings and now consistently ranks as one of the five best regarded legal brands in the world according to the Acritas Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index.


About the Role


Work alongside our successful Partners who specialise in a broad range of planning, environment and government matters. With a strong track record of success and clear direction, our Partners continue to raise the bar on what defines excellence in client service and delivery. 


The team’s success is built on an inclusive, empowering and collaborative foundation. Their enabling learning culture empowers you to improve your technical ability and commercial astuteness to achieve your career aspirations.


This practice group advises high profile corporate developer and council clients and you will be an integral part of the team. In addition to Land and Environment Court litigation matters, you will also be involved in major, long term, development projects, and will learn to sharpen your front end planning law skills in relation to the rezoning of land, the negotiation of VPAs, and the resolution of complex and novel environmental and planning issues for greenfield and infill development projects.


This is an opportunity for a 5 to 8 year PQE lawyer to join a prominent Planning, Environment and Government practice that continues to expand their footprint in the Sydney market place.


About You


Your sophisticated communication style and professionalism, combined with an ambitious, resourceful nature will see you thrive as a member of our Dentons team.


You will have:


  • A minimum of 5 years' PQE in NSW planning and environment law
  • Excellent legal advice skills
  • Solid client and matter management skills
  • A high degree of technical ability
  • A strong grasp of general commercial legal principles
  • Great communication skills – both written and verbal
  • Superior time management skills and the ability to manage conflicting priorities
  • Strong team orientation and a collaborative approach


Why Dentons

Dentons Australia offers a wide range of incentives aimed at embracing your authenticity, providing purpose, and strengthening your ongoing development.
We offer:


  • Equitable salary packaging, incentive pay and rewards
  • Salary continuous insurance (for permanent employees or employees on a 6 month or more maximum term contract basis)
  • Salary sacrificing and novated leases
  • 5 days Bonus Leave per year after 12 months of service
  • Additional leave options
  • Equal family leave for all genders (including kinship groups)
  • Floating public holidays for days of cultural significance
  • Exclusive retailer discounts
  • Offices designed for collaboration on Gadigal, Naarm, Yuggera, Kaurna and Whadjuk land
  • Learning & Development opportunities
  • Generous health and wellbeing programs
  • Agile and flexible working for all
  • Social and diversity networks providing year-round events
  • Opportunities to undertake pro-bono legal work

Diversity, Equality & Inclusion

Embedded in our people is a passion to help others through the delivery of justice. It is through this that our commitment to inclusion, equity, and reconciliation has evolved. We are proud to say that by design, we have no single headquarters or dominant national culture, this means the unique perspectives, experiences, and identities of our people come together globally under one purpose to create an inclusive and accessible environment where anyone can thrive.

Please apply online with your CV, Cover Letter, and academic transcripts. If you have questions beforehand, please email our recruitment team at Enquiries only please, applications will not be accepted by email.

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