Our engagements are typically one of three forms:
We work as an advisor to a major project or matter—often a major procurement, a significant dispute, a legislative reform program or a WHS audit.
We work as a member of an in-house team for a defined period—often to cover for someone on extended leave or who has left, or to provide specialist skills in a particular area.
We provide independent consultancy services to clients that often involve our team reviewing client processes or frameworks, for example their procurement framework, and then making recommendations for improvement. We will also often be involved in implementing the recommendations.
Our advisors are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get involved in the bigger picture issues. Our engagements vary from a couple of weeks to a couple of years, but a common engagement is around six months.
Proximity sets a high bar for recruitment. Our employees must have the right combination of technical skills and personality for onsite work. Proximity values employees that are:
Proximity values diversity of background and skills and embraces advisors with skill sets and personalities that are outside the norm, including non-law skills and backgrounds.
If you like the idea of working with a team to develop creative solutions to challenging problems, you will fit right in at Proximity. If you prefer theory over practice, then Proximity is probably not for you.
Our values are central to everything we do and are:
The roles within our group are:
Our advisors benefit from:
In addition, we provide opportunities for pro bono, career progression, continuing professional development and all the usual practice management assistance—including insurance, professional membership and a practising certificate.
We employ both ongoing employees and casual and contract employees.
We also offer salary packaging that is tailored to suit employees’ preferences. Proximity employees can choose how they divide their salary package between salary, additional superannuation, additional leave, or car allowance.
Proximity is committed to being a good corporate citizen.
Proximity also looks to show leadership in other areas of legal practice and social responsibility, such as:
Proximity was the first incorporated legal practice to become a signatory to the National Pro Bono Resource Centre’s Aspirational Target. In fact, we worked with the Centre in late 2011 to develop a Statement of Principles that applies to incorporated legal practices (as distinct from law firms). The Centre now uses this Statement of Principles for all incorporated legal practices.
We also provide significant pro bono services to:
Proximity has a strong commitment to diversity. One of our most significant partnerships is our exclusive teaming arrangement with Indigenous-owned law firm Terri Janke and Company.
Our two firms have worked together across a range of government and Indigenous-owned corporation clients.
The partnership gives government clients access to a highly qualified Indigenous business and a highly talented team of government advisors. It also allows you to meet your professional services needs and your obligations under the Commonwealth Indigenous Procurement Policy. Find out more about our teaming agreement with Terri Janke and Company here.
We use a diverse range of suppliers including Indigenous owned, minority owned, women owned, disability inclusive as well as small and micro businesses for printing, design and merchandise.
Proximity has a team of lawyers with signiﬁcant experience undertaking government sector legal work. Proximity is appointed to the Australian Government’s Legal Services Multi Use List to provide legal services across all the substantive areas of law: government and administrative law, corporate and commercial law, dispute resolution and litigation. This enables Proximity to provide legal services to all Australian Government agencies – big and small.
Proximity generally looks for advisors that have worked in the public and/or private sector as lawyers or procurement and commercial advisors and understand government. Our advisors need to understand the regulatory and policy framework within which government and regulated industry clients operate. We have a range of experience in our team from senior general counsel level to paralegals, and all our advisors have experience in major legal or consulting firms or highly regarded in-house legal and procurement teams.
Yes. While some of our advisors work on a full-time basis, many of our lawyers work part-time for a reduced number of days per week or work reduced hours five days per week. We are happy to explore full-time, part-time, casual and contract arrangements.
Proximity has a strong team culture and works very hard to maintain close contact with all advisors regardless of their physical location. Our IT platform allows real-time remote collaboration on all our work and we get the entire team together regularly to discuss and share our work experiences. We also have regular social get-togethers so we can get to know one another in a more relaxed and social setting.
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We are interested in talking with experienced government lawyers with strong communication, strategic and analytical skills, very good attention to detail and experience in any of the following areas:
We are interested in talking with experienced commercial lawyers that have strong communication, strategic and analytical skills, have very good attention to detail and preferably Australian Government experience in the following areas:
We are interested in talking to experienced procurement advisors with strong experience on major government projects, in particular, high value, strategic procurement projects. Preferred candidates will have strong analytical, strategic advisory and drafting skills and experience in: