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Our culture and values

Rigby Cooke Lawyers rely solely on the quality of our people. The firm is our people; their expertise, talent and behaviours.

We work hard to ensure we recruit and retain those people who embody the Rigby Cooke values. Our culture is evolving, but together we have defined what matters to us as we work, and what we need from each other to get the best from our working life and the best from each other.

Passion: We are committed to the success of our clients through excellence

Accountability: We listen, communicate clearly, take responsibility and act with integrity

Respect: We demonstrate genuine understanding and dignity in all relationships

Team: We are united and empowered to bring out the best in our clients and each other

Our environment

Our environment reflects how we work and interact with each other; with a custom, award-nominated fit-out across two levels in the Melbourne Central Tower. Teams have the right mix of light-filled offices and open plan spaces to ensure that collaboration is continuous and partner access is easy.

The Melbourne Central Tower has great facilities which extend to the staff, including:

  • first-class concierge service
  • Refresh@Melbourne Central; male and female change rooms, 29 showers, 580 large lockers, 400 bike racks, a complimentary fresh towel service, ironing stations and drying cupboards
  • convenient access to Melbourne Central train station, trams, buses and car parking
  • all of the retail, services, food and dining conveniences of Melbourne Central including childcare, medical centre and gym
  • 4.5 star NABERS Energy Rating building

Our current vacancies

Our current vacancies are listed below. If the right opportunity isn’t available now, we invite you to contact our recruitment team to be considered for future opportunities at Rigby Cooke.

Lawyer, Customs, Tax & Trade – 3 years

We are looking for a lawyer to work in our Customs, Tax & Trade team. The successful candidate will have three years of experience in customs and trade matters and/or a commercial background.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Strong technological skills in use of legal research systems, internet research, document management systems, Word, Outlook, time recording system, electronic discovery (for litigation lawyers when necessary).
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Advocacy
  • Problem-solving, and negotiating skills
  • Running merits review matters
  • Disputes in relation to international transactions and provision of services such as shipping
  • Internal review of Compliance Assessments by the Australian Border Force (ABF)
  • Engaging directly with officers from border agencies
  • Advising on issues under the Customs Act 1901, Customs Tariff Act 1995, the Customs (Anti-Dumping) Act 1975 and other relevant legislation affecting border agencies.
  • Preparing submissions in relation to Anti-Dumping, Countervailing and Circumvention inquiries
  • Distribution agreements and other cross-border transactions
  • Advice on INCOTERMS
  • Advising on issues arising under the Biosecurity Act 2015
  • Advising in relation to issues such as modern slavery and port and stevedore charges
  • Advising on sanctions and export and import controls
  • Advising in relation to dangerous goods
  • Advising in relation to the Heavy Vehicle National Law and chain of responsibility obligations
  • Advising on direct and indirect taxes including capital gains tax, goods and services tax, transfer duties and payroll tax
  • Tax structuring advice including utilisation of the small business CGT concessions and roll-over relief.
  • Assisting with preparation of legal updates and presentations to clients

Qualifications, experience required

  • Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor
  • Victorian Practicing Certificate
  • Knowledge of legal procedure
  • 3-4 years of post-qualification experience

Interest in the field of international and domestic trade law including developments in Australia and overseas

Preferably experience with the following areas of law:

  • Administrative law (merits review and judicial review)
  • Commercial/contract law


Senior Associate, Corporate & Commercial – 5+ years

Our firm is looking for a Senior Associate to work in our Corporate & Commercial team. The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years working on commercial matters.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Drafting advice, drafting contracts
  • Working on commercial contracts
  • Commercial advisory and regulatory advice
  • Mergers and aquisitions

Qualifications, experience required

  • At least five years experience in commercial law
  • Candidates with experience in intellectual property and privacy and data protection are also encouraged to apply.


Lawyer, Construction & Projects

We are looking for a lawyer to work in our Construction & Projects team. You will have a demonstrated ability to work autonomously on technical and complex matters as a developing lawyer in their field. You will possess strong interpersonal skills and have client and business acumen.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Experience in front and back end construction matters (if not in both in one or the other)
  • Drafting advice, drafting contracts
  • Reviewing and advising on contracts
  • Legal research
  • Advice on contract administration to optimise client’s outcomes
  • Conducting disputes in various jurisdictions
  • Adhering to the firm’s policies and procedures, particularly those in relation to client and file management
  • Advancing business development plan

Qualifications, experience required

  • Knowledge of legal procedure
  • Solid understanding of construction methodology and exposure to construction contracts and dispute resolution processes (including litigation and the Security of Payment regime)

Excellence in

  • Analytical skills
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Interviewing
  • Advocacy
  • Problem-solving and negotiating skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Drafting
  • Managing work, deadlines and priorities
  • Strong technological skills in the use of legal research systems, internet research, document management systems, Word, Outlook, time recording system, electronic discovery (for litigation lawyers when necessary)
  • Ability to work in teams as well as autonomously
  • Accountable
  • Professional
  • Client-focused


Law Clerk, Property – 5+ years

We are looking Law Clerk with five or more years of experience in property and conveyancing to work within our Property practice group.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Opening and closing files, entering new files into Affinity
  • Preparation of all relevant documents, including contracts, vendor’s statements and related correspondence
  • Undertake statutory searches and  review and advise accordingly
  • Receipting and investing deposits
  • Exchange contracts and complete data entry
  • General file maintenance and attending to day to day matters
  • Preparing files for settlement including PEXA and Duties online forms
  • Reporting settlement to the client
  • Attending to notices of dispositions after settlement
  • Monitoring payment of invoices and subsequent archiving

Qualifications, experience required

  • 5 years property and general conveyancing experience
  • Excellent understanding of off the plan transaction requirements and procedures
  • In-depth understanding of certificates of titles, title restrictions, covenants, easements  and plans of subdivision
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Professional communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent organisational and administrative ability
  • Advanced word processing skills, including tracking changes and cross-referencing
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel would be an advantage
  • Build relationships to understand and appreciate client needs


Lawyer, Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution – 1/2 years & 3/4 years

Our firm is looking for two lawyers the first being a junior role with a minimum of one year of experience in commercial litigation. Our preference would be for this role that the successful candidate has either been successful within a clerkship in a litigation team or has worked is working in a litigation team.  For the second role, we are also looking for a lawyer with a minimum of three to four years of experience in general commercial litigation. Both of these roles will work within our Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group. We require someone who is approachable, engaged and committed to providing excellent work whilst working with key internal and external stakeholders.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to work on a range of complex commercial disputes for a diverse client portfolio. Experience working on matters within the superior courts such as the County Court or Supreme Court is preferred as well as complex Tribunal work.

Qualifications, experience required

  • At least one year’s experience as a junior litigation lawyer working on commercial disputes for the junior role
  • At least three years experience as a litigation lawyer working on commercial disputes for the lawyer role
  • Working knowledge of the Court rules
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong research and legal drafting skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • You will be flexible and possess a progressive attitude, and of course, be a team player
  • Experience with document management systems to manage discovery tasks large scale


Lawyer, Planning & Environment – 2/3 years

Our Planning & Environment team is growing.

We are currently looking for a second or third-year Lawyer to join our Planning & Environment team.

This role will cover a range of duties, including drafting advice and planning documents, preparing Court documents, briefing expert witnesses, briefing counsel and applications and the opportunity to appear before VCAT and Planning Panels Victoria.

If you think this is the role for you, read the full Position Description and how to apply here.



For queries regarding any of the current vacancies or to submit your resume, please contact:

Tiffany Smith
Human Resources Manager

E: TSmith@rigbycooke.com.au

Our benefits

Rigby Cooke offers a range of benefits to staff well in excess of standard employee benefits programs. These benefits have not been driven by what other firms do, but evolved over time, driven by what the firm and often our staff have suggested would be of value and appealing.  We are proud that our staff benefits are well received by our staff, because we think our people deserve it.

We offer:

  • adaptable, flexible work arrangements
  • salary continuance insurance for all staff paid by the firm
  • 12 weeks paid parental leave
  • health and wellbeing program (including free flu shots)
  • training and professional development program
  • study assistance policy
  • incentive scheme bonus payments for client introductions to the firm – no matter what your role in the firm.
  • an employee assistance program
  • a comprehensive community giving program

Less formal, but no less important to making Rigby Cooke a great place to work, we also provide:

  • celebrations of personal milestones – every month
  • weekly Friday night drinks at the office
  • an active social club that organises a range of activities, many of them designed to include families of staff
  • monthly firm-wide morning tea

Our staff

What our staff say about working at Rigby Cooke: