Graduate Program

Our team is growing and we have a strong need for the very best graduates.

Our team is growing and we have a strong need for the very best graduates.

Our graduate program is structured with both “on the job” and formal, focussed, one-on-one training (usually with our senior lawyers and partners), and is offered by way of a 1 year contract.

In our graduate program, graduates are given carriage of real transactions (under close and careful supervision) so that they are exposed to a wide range of tasks to develop skills in drafting, client relationship management, legal research, file management as well as the practical aspects of conveyancing and leasing complex commercial assets. We pride ourselves on providing a high level of mentoring and development feedback throughout the program.

Our graduate program is open to applicants who, at the commencement of the program have completed their law degree.

Intake

We usually have 2 graduate intakes per year (for programs commencing in February and August).  If you qualify for a graduate position and are interested in the timing of our next intake, please contact us directly at property@massons.com.

What can we offer you?

Massons is a premium law firm specialising exclusively in Australian commercial property law. Led by Jodie Masson and Leisha de Aboitiz, Massons has a high profile within the real estate industry and a sophisticated client base built on long-term relationships.

We also offer all graduates the opportunity to undertake a 2-month Massons’ sponsored secondment with Human Rights for All during their graduate year. HR4A is a team of exceptional lawyers representing refugees and stateless people seeking freedom before Tribunals, in the Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court and the High Court.

This model significantly differs from the usual ‘pro bono’ model adopted by most law firms. Not only will graduates experience a litigation rotation, but they will be encouraged to think creatively and courageously and use their legal training as a means of giving back to the community.

Massons advises on any legal issue relating to the acquisition, sale or ongoing management of commercial property. It is a rapidly growing firm, prioritising retention of the best people.

Massons delivers simple solutions for complex property projects.

The goal: making hard things look easy.

If successful, you would be working in our state-of-the-art office located at 185 Clarence Street, Sydney.

What we are looking for?

If you are interested in being part of the Massons formal graduate program, ideally you will need to:

  • be intelligent and driven and passionate about commercial property law
  • have outstanding academic results
  • be available to work full time (subject to any College of Law or PLT program)
  • have strong attention to detail
  • have the ability to manage a large workload under pressure, prioritise and deliver work with a high level of accuracy
  • have maturity and common sense
  • have advanced Microsoft Office skills, particularly Outlook, Word and Excel
  • have a positive attitude

Massons considers that diversity is the path to an evolved legal practice. We encourage applications from all cultural and academic backgrounds and invite applicants to identify any aspects of their cultural or personal background (eg indigenous, refugee, rural etc) and any academic, community or social engagement or interests (eg sport, the arts, volunteering, passions or social causes) which they believe would contribute positively to the quality of cross-thought and ideation within our firm.

Application process

If you fit the above criteria, and would like to apply for a graduate placement at our next intake, please send your resume and academic transcript to property@massons.com. Your application must include a cover letter providing answers to the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to take part in the Massons graduate program?
  2. What skills and attributes do you think that a lawyer working in a premium specialist law firm might need compared to a lawyer working in a more traditional multi-service law firm?
  3. Having regard to your answer to question #2, why do you think you might be suitable for the Massons graduate program?
  4. Massons is a transactions-focused firm. Are you able to identify some of the ways our lawyers might add value to clients in commercial transactions? If you were a graduate at Massons, how would you provide that value?
  5. At Massons, we understand that our people are more than just the sum of their work history and their academic results. We value both diversity and well-rounded people. Can you tell us something about yourself that you think we might find fun or interesting (ie something that isn’t apparent from your resume and university results)?
  6. Historically, Massons has been privileged to have attracted a large number of exceptional candidates for our entry level positions. What is the one thing that you would like to say about yourself in closing that might make us prioritise your application above our other candidates?

Selection

Candidates will be assessed and selected based on:

  • their formal application as outlined above; and
  • an interview with one of our senior lawyers or partners.

Offers will be made promptly following the interview.

Mid-level Property Lawyer – 2-4 years PQE

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our growing and award-winning specialist property team.

Be the best property lawyer that you can be

Massons – a premium specialist property law firm

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our growing and award-winning specialist property team.  The team is led by committed and collaborative partners who left major global law firms so they could do things differently.

We are determined to be the best in our field by investing in knowledge, relationships and culture so that our lawyers simply enjoy the process of practising law.

The goal: help our lawyers love what they do, so they can’t help but do it well.

Role description – who are we looking for?

Massons is looking for a highly intelligent and driven specialist Property Lawyer.

To be considered for this role, ideally you will:

  • have 2-4 years post admission experience with a reputable property team
  • be technically savvy and have exceptional attention to detail
  • be able to demonstrate experience in:
    • drafting contracts, leases, deeds, agreements and advices
    • acting on high-value and complex property transactions
    • managing large volumes of work under pressure
  • have strong commercial acumen, maturity and common-sense
  • have excellent communication skills
  • value working in a positive, caring and friendly team-based environment
  • bring excellent client service skills to the team
  • have advanced Microsoft Office and legal software skills, particularly Word

Flexible working arrangements

Ideally the suitable candidate will be available to work full time.  However, we will also consider candidates seeking part-time and flexible or remote working arrangements.

We ask our lawyers to work from the office at least 3/5ths of their working week and to be in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  This is to ensure that we foster a real sense of team and encourage collaborative working.  We trust our senior lawyers to manage any remote or flexible working arrangements autonomously.

We set realistic and clear billable targets, with a focus on team results.

Why consider this role?

You will:

  • work on complex and interesting commercial transactions
  • work with Tier 1 clients and gain invaluable experience
  • be supervised by recognised market leaders and be surrounded by experts
  • be supported by a high calibre legal and administrative team, including senior and junior lawyers, graduates and paralegals
  • be given the tools and resources you require to build your own practice
  • have the autonomy to navigate your own working week whilst being part of a truly collaborative team
  • able to actively participate in business development, planning and practice management both on an individual and team level
  • be invited to participate in regular team building activities and events
  • be mentored based on your specific career goals and objectives

Why Massons?

Massons is a leading specialist commercial property law firm, dedicated to delivering a premium service to high quality organisations.  We are a busy practice with an enviable client base and an outstanding reputation for being experts in our field.

Where many firms are slaves to individual billable hours and are territorial about client relationships, we have team goals and budgets and shared clients.  Massons is built around a “growth” mindset – there is no shortage of opportunity and we do not have rigid lock-step structures or minimum PQE requirements for promotions.

We offer our staff:

  • state of the art facilities and technology in our brand new office located at 185 Clarence Street, Sydney – purposefully designed to foster an engaged (and engaging) office environment
  • wellness initiatives, including team sports, vaccinations and EOT facilities
  • extensive internal and external legal resources and training opportunities
  • genuine opportunities to drive business planning and client development
  • mentored involvement in industry associations and networking events
  • opportunities to participate in pro-bono and community impact programs, including with our pro bono partner Human Rights for All – a team of exceptional lawyers representing refugees and stateless people

How to apply

Please send your resume to: nicole.caryofyllis@massons.com

Contact details

Ms Nicole Caryofyllis
Ph: 02 8923 0909
Email: nicole.caryofyllis@massons.com

Massons is recruiting for this position direct to potential applicants and without involving external recruiters.  Please be assured that your application will be dealt with professionally and with utmost confidentiality by our recruitment team.

Massons considers that diversity is the path to an evolved legal practice.

We encourage applications from all cultural and academic backgrounds and invite applicants to identify any aspects of their cultural or personal background (eg indigenous, refugee, rural etc) and any academic, community or social engagement or interests (eg sport, the arts, volunteering, passions or social causes) which they believe would contribute positively to the quality of cross-thought and ideation within our firm.