Your career

It takes determination, energy and talent to make it to the top of the legal profession. We’ll give you access to the best training and support to help you get there. At Allens, there will be ongoing opportunities to make an impact and drive your career. It’s up to you to make the most of them. As a qualified lawyer, here's what a typical career path looks like:


After completing the graduate program, you’ll specialise in an area of law that excites you. As an associate you’ll take every opportunity to deepen your legal knowledge, develop your commercial acumen, grow your business development skills and focus on your specialist area. 

Senior Associate

Once you’ve demonstrated significant technical expertise, leadership qualities and the ability to operate at a senior level, the next step is a promotion to Senior Associate. You will be an expert in your specialist area, able to apply deep understanding and strategic thinking. You’ll be aware of developments in adjacent areas and consider how these will affect your entrusted clients. You’ll proactively support and develop your team while ensuring your own career growth.

Managing Associate

The Managing Associate role is designed to accelerate the development of our senior lawyers towards partnership. As a Managing Associate, you’ll be more engaged in the business, contributing to firm-wide strategies and initiatives.

You’ll be tasked with the most complex work, solving the most difficult legal issues. As an expert in your specialist area, you’ll nurture client relationships, lead teams, be an internal advisor and account for financial performance.


The role of Partner recognises exceptional leadership across client relationships, people leadership and the broader market. You will be a trusted advisor to a portfolio of clients advising them on their most challenging and complex business and legal issues.

Our career deal 

Client demands, global competition, career expectations and shifting practice economics are changing the traditional career path of a lawyer. At Allens, we’re changing with it. We’ve developed a new approach to career development and progression so we have high performing, technically strong, mobile and flexible lawyers who want to build a career with us.

Our lawyers are rewarded on expertise, competence and performance rather than time with the firm. You’ll be encouraged to develop skills that extend beyond technical excellence. And, you’ll help others to do the same. We’ll make sure that you are ready for each promotion with individual career planning, focused training and a clear view of what needs to be achieved at each level.

For our legal professionals, careers at Allens are a two-way deal. You’ll be expected to work hard, be driven to succeed and committed to excellence. We’ll be focused on your development and support your career aspirations in return.

Beyond the path

Development isn’t all about job titles, our size and success means we can offer unrivalled choice. Stay flexible, and you can take up secondments abroad, or with clients. Then as our business evolves, you’ll also have the chance to explore new practice areas, some of which didn’t even exist five years ago.

Launching leaders

We support our people so they can succeed at Allens and in their future endeavours. We’re proud to have built a strong alumni network and we’re able to count former colleagues among our clients. We’ve created a flexible work environment, that people return to after secondments and big life changes.