Workers' Compensation - Senior Associate



Location: Perth 


Contract Type: Permanent 


MinterEllison is one of Australia’s largest law firms, with nearly 200 years of business history.  We're known for our legal and consulting expertise - and for our inclusive and authentic character.


Who we are

Our purpose is to create sustainable value with our clients, people and communities.  That means we have a proud history of providing excellence to clients, nurturing our people and giving back to the communities in which we live and work.


How we work

We value excellence, curiosity and collaboration.  Clients rely on us for our responsive, commercial approach.  Our clients include government departments and agencies, private and publicly listed companies, and small and large businesses in Australia and overseas.  


As a highly valued employee we will also provide you with an extensive range of wellbeing, recognition & benefits offerings.  To view our benefits, please copy this link into your browser 


Your role

A great opportunity currently exists for a Senior Associate with at least five post-admission years of experience to join our Perth Insurance and Corporate Risk team and work with Melissa Joyce, who is nationally recognised for her pre-eminence in insurance law. We have a diverse and well-established client base, including public liability, professional indemnity and workers' compensation insurers, ASX–and foreign–listed resource and mining companies, self-insured corporations and not-for-profit organisations.  We advise them on public, professional, product and employers' liability claims, workers' compensation claims, employment practices liability claims, discrimination claims, defamation allegations and many other insurable liabilities. 

While some experience in advising insurers on policy coverage is desirable, we also recognise the depth of experience that can be acquired working in a plaintiff-focussed practice.


What you need

We welcome applications from lawyers who:

  • have at least 5 years technical experience with employers' liability and workers' compensation claims (with some technical experience in public liability, professional indemnity, property and business interruption and/or employment practices liability desirable, but not essential);
  • understand and apply reserving philosophies in the insurance industry;
  • demonstrate proficiency in the interpretation and application of the Civil Liability Act, Workers' Compensation and Injury Management Act and common law of torts and contract;
  • are familiar with District Court, Supreme Court and Federal Court civil procedure and who preferably have experience arguing (or prepared submissions for) disputed interlocutory applications;
  • can explain complex issues to clients clearly and concisely;
  • have unwavering attention to detail and technical excellence;
  • have a strong client focus and demonstrated ability to form enduring relationships with clients and industry experts
  • thrive in a highly collaborative environment
  • take pride in their work and who they work for.




An inclusive culture

Our culture attracts key inclusion awards.  We are recognised as a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, and we hold Gold employer status with the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI).


We offer hybrid working options to encourage balance, wellbeing and support for sustainable ways of working.  We offer paid parental leave for the primary carer within the first 24 months following birth or adoption, and a range of social, financial and health benefits, including free gym membership - all with no minimum tenure.


We welcome applications from people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, genders (including if you identify as transgender or gender diverse), sexual orientations, as well as people living with a disability or who have family or carer responsibilities. We particularly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for roles with MinterEllison.


Excellence, curiosity and collaboration

We foster growth and development in our people so we can continue to make excellence the hallmark of everything we do, drive market-leading innovation and harness the power of working together.  Our learning programs will help you build the skills of tomorrow, today.




We prefer to connect with people directly, so please submit your CV and cover letter for consideration by clicking on the 'Apply' button below.


If you would like further information, require any adjustments throughout the recruitment process or for a confidential discussion, please contact [email protected]


Agency submissions will not be accepted without prior express approval from the MinterEllison recruitment team.  All agency candidates must be submitted through our on-line portal to be valid.


Perth, AU

Contract Type:  Permanent