Ashurst is Australia’s new global law firm. On 1 March 2012, Ashurst and Blake Dawson combined their practices in Asia and Blake Dawson changed its name to Ashurst Australia, adopting the Ashurst brand. Together we have created a powerful global legal presence as one team with one brand and a shared vision, paving the way for a planned full global merger in 2014.

This coming together of equals significantly strengthens both firms. We have over 1,700 lawyers across 24 offices around the world. We are a full-service firm, advising corporates, financial institutions and governments, and our core businesses are in corporate, finance, energy and resources and infrastructure. The collaboration also gives the Australian marketplace ready access to UK and US law capabilities, and seamless cross-border service around the clock.

With an expanded depth and breadth across our region, clients have access to legal teams across the globe providing tailored, commercially astute solutions for all of their transactions and projects.
With more than 3,500 people working in 24 offices across Australia, Asia the Middle East, Europe, UK, the US and an associated office in Indonesia, our reach, presence and global growth aspirations provide our people with the platform on which to develop and foster a deep understanding of local markets and industries, with the benefit of a global network and international insight.


We are a top tier full service global law firm with a particular focus on financial services, energy and resources, and projects and infrastructure. Our Australian office practises in over 30 different service areas including:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial Property
  • Competition & Consumer Protection
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • Energy & Environment
  • Government
  • Hotels, Tourism & Gaming
  • Intellectual Property
  • IT, Communications & Media
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Resources
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Tax


We are a full-service firm, advising leading corporates and financial institutions, and governments, and our core businesses are in corporate, finance, energy and resources and infrastructure.

We have the privilege of advising on some of Australia’s and the world’s largest and most complex deals. Our clients include 73% of the top 100 ASX companies and 93% of Australian companies in the Forbes Global 2000.


We have been working on the following high profile matters:

  • Defending Samsung’s right to sell its Galaxy Tablet 10.1 in the Australian marketplace (including defeating a special leave application to the High Court) pending a final hearing of the dispute between the parties, part of Samsung’s global dispute with Apple.
  • Acting for the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Group, which represents 16 coal companies, in relation to the development and financing of a new coal export terminal at Golding Point in the Port of Gladstone, valued at $4 billion.
  • Acting for Pick n Pay Retailers (Pty) Limited in its divestment of the Franklins supermarket chain to Metcash Trading Limited, defeating the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s application for an injunction to prevent the parties closing the transaction on the basis of the ACCC’s denial of informal merger clearance and having the ACCC’s appeal dismissed.
  • NBN Co’s negotiations with Telstra in relation to the National Broadband Network (NBN) project, valued at $9 billion â a key element in Australia’s largest infrastructure project.
  • BHP Billiton’s agreement with the State of South Australia to vary the Indenture annexed to the Roxby Downs (Indenture Ratification) Act 1982 (SA) which paves the way for the expansion of the Olympic Dam Mine in northern South Australia. Once operation of the expanded mine commences, Olympic Dam will be the world’s largest uranium mine and the third largest copper mine.
  • PetroChina’s $3.6 billion joint takeover of Arrow Energy, with Royal Dutch Shell â the largest Chinese joint venture acquisition in Australian corporate history and a model for future Sino-Western joint ventures.
  • Joint venture between Sekisui House Limited and Frasers Property Limited for the development of Central Park, Broadway, estimated value of $2 billion.


We look for abilities and strengths which experience tells us are critical to success as graduates and clerks and in the longer term. In particular we seek graduates and clerks who can demonstrate:

  • an ability to build rapport with a range of people
  • an ability to work in a team-based environment
  • the academic capacity to excel
  • a demonstrated interest or expertise in a commercial legal environment
  • the willingness to learn
  • resilience
  • motivation
  • a commitment to excellence in both work and client service.


We are accepting applications for the clerkship program from Monday 25 Feb to Monday 18 March 2013.

You can submit your application via the Ashurst Australia graduate website ( and via CVMail.

You will be asked to submit a copy of your covering letter, CV and academic transcript. You will also be asked to answer some brief application questions.


Marnie Devitt

People Development Consultant – Graduate Programs

+61 7 3259 7456