Law Partner (Salaried)

Melbourne Full-time Hybrid

About the job

Rare opportunity to work with industry leaders and award-winning lawyers in a boutique employment law firm to lead a team in our Melbourne office.

  • Looking for the next level in your legal career? This career defining move will secure you career satisfaction, professional and personal development, and real potential is waiting for you at FCB Workplace Law
  • Unique, genuine and respected culture where everybody has a say
  • Our close knit Partnership team are looking to welcome the next outstanding practitioner “into the fold”

This role would suit a seasoned Partner/ Principal who is wanting to make a change, a sole practitioner who is looking to transition back to a larger team or an experienced Senior Associate/ Special Counsel who is looking to step up to Partner.

Who is FCB?

FCB Workplace Law is one of Australia’s leading workplace relations law firms. As a top-ranked firm in the Asia Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, and a Leading Employment Law Firm in Doyle’s Guide Legal Rankings, we’ve been making life easier for businesses for nearly 30 years.

Our team advises clients across major Australian industries including manufacturing, retail, construction, infrastructure, health, aged care and professional services.

FCB Workplace Law is equivalent to (or larger than) most workplace relations groups in top-tier firms, with a team of 30 professional staff, including eight Partners. FCB is the only firm in Australia with five Accredited Employment and Industrial Law Specialists leading our Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane teams. In addition, Campbell Fisher, Managing Partner and Solicitor Director of FCB Group, is the only solicitor in Australia to hold specialist accreditations (workplace relations) in both New South Wales and Victoria.

About the Opportunity

Working closely with our Partnership who are spread across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, this role will provide you the opportunity to work in a highly skilled and fast-paced team with the good fortune of being gifted an established client base. We will expect and encourage you to bring your own knowledge and experiences to everyday situations to best perform the role and responsibilities.

FCB is known as one of Australia’s leading Workplace Relations Law Firm and a recognised Employer of Choice. We offer an enviable work environment with progression and training opportunities and a young, talented, dynamic and outgoing team of professionals.

As a Partner at FCB Workplace Law, you will provide pragmatic and technically accurate legal advice to clients in a timely manner and commit to the development of the business by primarily managing and expanding client matters and accounts. This involves developing and managing case files consistent with cost estimates, updating clients on progress of matters, acting as primary client contact and working with Law team members and our Finance team as needed to ensure proper billing.

As a Supervising Partner you will be responsible for the overall strategy, implementation of that strategy and quality control of accounts under your supervision whilst working with other members of the Law team to ensure a positive and collaborative team environment.

Essential job functions

Client Focused Activities/Client Matter Related Work

  • To provide legal advice and representation in a professional, ethical and effective manner
  • To provide quick turn around and high-quality output in oral and written communications
  • To maintain and/or build upon a client base and practice in your specialist area including delegation to and the training of other legal staff
  • Lead a team of 4 professionals in the Melbourne office
  • Consistently demonstrate the ability to move into problem-solving mode on client matters
  • Successfully run multiple accounts, including managing work plans, client expectations, and internal staffing and ensuring project is consistent with time and financial scope in the costs agreement.

Firm Wide Responsibilities

  • Contributing to firm wide BD activities and events
  • Drafting roundtable session handouts and case studies
  • Meeting clients and hosting roundtables; discussing case studies with clients and answering queries/concerns.
  • Contribute to publication articles: drafting thought leadership articles to submit to various magazines or publications.
  • Attending fortnightly tech sessions – developing, preparing and running sessions on an as required basis.
  • Work well with and demonstrate respect for colleagues at all levels and consistently contribute to a positive work environment.
  • Mentor junior staff and play an active role in helping staff meet their performance benchmarks and development objectives.
  • Identify new business opportunities, participate in new business opportunities and assist in drafting new business proposals.
  • To be involved in such training, education, technical and personal development activities organised by FCB to meet the strategic goals of the firm.
  • To work effectively within designated cell.
  • To demonstrate a commitment to upholding the firm’s core values and behavioural standards.

The position of Salaried Partner will be client facing, and the successful candidate will need to be commercially minded, love intellectual challenge, not afraid of hard work and able to work independently and self-sufficiently. It is desirable that you will have completed at least 8+ years with a reputable law firm specializing in Workplace Law.


  • Willing to look for solutions and go the extra mile
  • Disciplined and dedicated, but happy to ‘have some fun along the way’
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast paced and focused environment
  • Happy to be involved in tasks/projects outside the generic job description
  • Personable attitude and enjoys working in a dynamic and diverse team
  • Best in market approach
  • Ability to provide client confidence
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, focused and collaborative work environment

Required Technical Skills or Experience

  • 8+ Years PAE experience
  • Outstanding technical knowledge
  • Enterprise Bargaining and Industrial Disputes
  • All aspects of performance management
  • Award interpretation
  • Workplace safety
  • Contract drafting;
  • Delivery of training;
  • Enterprise bargaining;
  • Policy and Procedure development;
  • Representation to government;
  • Experience with discrimination, general protections and unfair dismissal claims
  • Termination advice and management.

What’s it like to work for us?

We pride ourselves on operating under four (4) core values: Inspired & Innovative, Exceed Expectations, Relationships Matter and We’re Better Together. We ensure that these values are embodied by every employee, every day.

We recognise the efforts and achievements of everyone involved, no matter how small. We’re a business that strives for excellence, aiming to exceed expectations and make the impossible, possible. We value the relationships we build with clients, suppliers and employees. Our mentoring program has been designed to support our employees and push them to continuously be inspired and innovative. We lead by example but never take ourselves too seriously.

We’re a company that benefits from a dedicated Social Committee who create and organise plenty of events (virtual and face to face) and activities to participate in such as corporate volunteering days, lunchtime yoga, bowling, EOFY parties, Pinot & Pilates, fitness challenges, quarterly shout outs and regular trivia. Our nominated charities are important to us – we volunteer our time and host regular fundraising events to help causes including cancer research and mental health.

How to apply

If you think you have what it takes and believe you would be the right fit for this role, we’d love to hear from you! Hit that apply button to start a conversation about your career.