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We are currently looking for genuine people, with a bold approach to deliver helpful outcomes to join our team

We embrace advisors with skill sets and personalities that are outside the norm, including non-law skills and backgrounds.

If you like the idea of working across consulting, legal and/or commercial to develop creative solutions to challenging client problems, you will fit right in at Proximity.

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Our advisors are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get involved in the bigger picture issues.

Profile

Proximity sets a high bar for recruitment. Our employees must have the right combination of technical skills and culture fit. Proximity values employees that are:

  • genuine
  • innovative
  • helpful
  • 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.

Our values

Our values are central to everything we do and stand for:

  • bold approach — we think differently, we’re innovative and wide open to new ideas
  • genuine people — we are the people you want to work with
  • helpful outcomes — we provide helpful outcomes and generously share our experience and knowledge
Our structure

The roles within our group are:

  • principal advisor
  • expert consultant
  • special advisor
  • senior advisor
  • advisor
  • graduate
Benefits

Our team has access to many benefits:

  • Genuinely caring and collaborative workplace
  • Career and wellbeing manager
  • Health and wellbeing allowance
  • Professional development allowance
  • Exposure to a true multi-disciplinary professional services firm
  • Paid Maternity/paternity leave
  • Legal Practicing Certificate reimbursement
  • Flexible working environment
  • Fresh fruit, coffee machine and biscuits
  • Leafy outlook and natural light
  • Centrally located office
  • Monthly office social events
  • Underground carparking and free on street carparking
  • Free Canberra Triathlon Festival entry (participation is optional )
  • Promotion opportunities
  • Secondment opportunities
  • Recruitment referral bonus
  • Pro bono opportunities
  • Opportunities to partner with our chosen charities

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 projects 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 free counselling, volunteer mentoring and education programs
  • The Farm in Galong: Providing a place of restoration for women and children affected by substance abuse, with a aim to reunite families and provide a strong foundation for long-term recovery
  • Inclusive Australia: Improving social inclusion through behaviour change science-backed activities and outreach that addresses inclusion across Australia
  • Women’s Legal Centre (ACT & Region): Improving women’s lives through specialist legal representation, support and advocacy.
  • Fearless Women: Providing outreach and support services dedicated to girls and young women in the Canberra region
Supplier Diversity

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.

Graduate Lawyer Program

Proximity’s Graduate Lawyer Program offers graduates the opportunity to be involved with an innovative firm practising in the new law space. Graduates will gain skills and experience across a broad range of government legal practice areas and will be exposed to business development and management. For more information on Proximity’s Graduate Lawyer Program, including key dates for the application process, download the factsheet.

Equal Opportunity

Proximity is an equal opportunity employer.
Here’s a snapshot of who we are and how we value and foster diversity.

For further details, including gender breakdown of our staff, please download our Equal Opportunity Statement.

FAQs

Type of work

Proximity has a team of advisors with significant experience undertaking government sector advisory and 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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Experienced procurement advisors

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:

  • designing and structuring strategic procurement processes
  • drafting approach to market documentation and contracts
  • assisting with tender evaluation processes
  • negotiating contracts
  • implementing Australian Government procurement law, policy and practice
  • strategic and complex ICT procurement projects
  • major Defence procurements
  • major capital acquisition projects
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Management Consultants

Proximity is broadening its consulting team and looking for a range of management consultants with government sector or Defence experience.

Joining Proximity suits consultants that genuinely like to solve complex client problems, collaborate with their colleagues, and support client teams.

To be successful in such a role you will have:

  • at least 3 years’ management consulting experience
  • experience in organisational reviews, design, planning and transformation projects, preferably for government sector organisations
  • proven ability to provide client-centric solutions to any problem.

About you

You may be experienced in contributing to government sector programs and have developed broad consulting skills

To be successful in a consulting role with Proximity, you would ideally be:

  • a team player who will integrate easily with the Proximity team and clients
  • have well developed business skills, including communication (verbal and written), ability to see the big picture while delving into the detail
  • at a time in your career where you wish to work more autonomously, be a driver of solutions that really add value
  • utilise a range of proven methodologies to achieve client outcomes.

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Procurement/Project Management Advisors

Proximity is broadening its procurement team and is looking for a range of commercial advisors with government sector experience. Given the breadth of our services, these roles would ideally suit experienced:

  • government sector procurement specialists; or
  • project managers with major government projects experience, in particular high value, strategic procurement projects.

About you

You may be experienced in leading government sector procurement programs, or developing your procurement, project management, or contract management skillset within a commercial or government environment where you are working on strategic and complex ICT procurement projects, major Defence procurements, or major capital acquisition projects.

To be successful in a commercial advisory role with Proximity, you would ideally be:

  • designing and structuring strategic procurement processes
  • drafting approach to market documentation and contracts
  • assisting with tender evaluation processes
  • negotiating contracts
  • implementing Australian Government procurement law, policy and practice
  • project managing large-scale complex government procurement processes
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Experienced government lawyers

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:

  • public law
  • statutory interpretation
  • administrative law
  • legislative development
  • regulatory frameworks
  • information access and privacy.
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Experienced commercial lawyers with strong government experience

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:

  • drafting and negotiating contracts
  • implementing procurement law, policy and practice
  • major IT arrangements
  • significant capital acquisition projects
  • intellectual property
  • funding and grants.
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