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Why work with us

Proximity is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. Our advisors work closely with our clients, regularly working onsite for as long as needed. This allows us to work as an integrated part of the client team, develop close working relationships and influence the strategic direction of each matter.

Our engagements are typically one of three forms:

Project roles

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.

Team roles

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.

Consulting roles

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.

Profile

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:

  • technically excellent
  • practical
  • strategic
  • enthusiastic
  • efficient
  • easy going
  • team players.

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

Our values are central to everything we do and are:

  • Passion—enthusiasm for our work and for helping our clients.
  • Innovation—always being willing to explore how things can be done better.
  • Integrity—maintaining high professional standards and ethical principles and showing moral character.
  • Accountability—taking responsibility for our work and doing what needs to be done.
  • Quality—very strong technical skills and the ability to apply those skills in different ways to meet client needs.
  • Diversity—seeking and being open to a range of personalities and views.
  • Approachability—clients should feel very comfortable contacting us for any reason.
  • Commerciality—developing practical, real world solutions that work for clients in the long-term.
Our structure

The roles within our group are:

  • principal advisor
  • senior advisor
  • advisor
  • junior advisor
  • graduate
  • paralegal/intern.
Benefits

Our advisors benefit from:

  • Variety. Work with a variety of people on a variety of projects in a variety of practice areas.
  • Experience. Obtain exposure to the business, political and policy side of matters.
  • Diverse client base. Carry out engagements with a broad range of organisations.
  • Sophisticated work. Get involved in the cut and thrust of complex work and major matters.
  • Prestige. Work in a fast paced, high performance organisation.
  • Performance based pay. Be paid a market leading salary and get recognised and rewarded for success.
  • Work-life balance. You have the ability to take additional leave beyond the usual four weeks annual leave.
  • Flexibility. We offer flexible working arrangements.
  • Autonomy. You can lead the delivery of services to clients.
  • No personal budget. No more being measured based on the number of 6-minute units you bill.
  • Diversity. Working and social functions with a diverse team of talented colleagues.
  • Client access. Develop close professional relationships with clients

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.

Corporate Social Responsibility

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’s completely paperless office. We work on a cloud based system, which is designed around our onsite service delivery model. All correspondence and matters are conducted electronically. Proximity employees can access information and perform services remotely on any electronic device and can edit a matter document, search for a precedent or post information to colleagues anywhere, anytime and without printing.
  • Proximity’s flexible work environment that is supportive of people trying to balance work with family or other pursuits. We don’t have individual staff budgets and we embrace part time work. Proximity has always promoted being smart and efficient rather than being workaholics. Proximity staff can work on significant, high-quality matters on a part-time basis and they can take an unlimited number of weeks leave per year.
  • Proximity’s continuous staff engagement. Recently NAB, Microsoft, Deloitte and Accenture were applauded for moving away from the rigid once-yearly performance reviews. Proximity’s innovative approach meant that we never introduced them in the first place. Instead we rely on regular, continuous appraisal, training and mentoring identification, and performance feedback.
  • Proximity’s sponsorship of the Proximity Government and Business Triathlon to bring together clients, colleagues, friends and family in a supportive and fun environment that got people out from behind their desks and into physical activity.
  • Proximity being the first incorporated legal practice to sign up to the pro bono aspirational target and our work with the Australian Pro Bono Centre to develop a Statement of Principles suitable for incorporated legal practices.

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:

  • Menslink—supporting young men in the Canberra region for over 15 years through our free counselling, volunteer mentoring and education programs.
  • ACT Law Society Legal Advice Bureau
  • ACT Law Society Pro Bono Clearing House
  • Australian National University Law Reform and Social Justice Project.
Supplier Diversity

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.

FAQs for Lawyers

Type of work

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.

What sort of background and experience does Proximity look for in its advisors?

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.

Does Proximity allow flexible working arrangements?

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.

If I am working onsite with clients how do I get to interact with other Proximity advisors?

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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