Special Counsel


We are looking for an experienced senior lawyer to join our general insurance team in our highly regarded government division on a full-time basis.

About Us

McCabes is an Australian Commercial, Government, and Insurance law firm with a reputation for providing high quality, timely legal services. Balanced with a strong internal emphasis on culture and values, we combine innovation with commercial savviness to deliver rewarding outcomes to all our clients.


The Opportunity

We are looking for an experienced senior lawyer to join our general insurance team in our highly regarded government division on a full-time basis. This role will focus on defendant institutional abuse claims and encompasses both casework and the crucial responsibility of mentoring and supervising junior lawyers within the practice area.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Oversee and manage a diverse caseload of defendant institutional abuse claims, ensuring exceptional client representation and successful outcomes.
  • Collaborate closely with the legal team to develop strategic defence approaches and tactics.
  • Provide guidance, mentorship, and supervision to junior lawyers, assisting in their professional growth and development.
  • Represent clients in negotiations, mediations, and court proceedings with expertise and confidence.
  • Offer ongoing legal advice and support to clients throughout the entire litigation process.


Skills and Experience

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A Bachelor of Laws or equivalent and a current New South Wales practising certificate.
  • Minimum 8 years’ post admission experience in general insurance matters.
  • Strong command of Australian tort law, civil procedure, and relevant legislation.
  • Proven ability to effectively mentor and supervise junior lawyers, fostering their growth and success.
  • Exceptional research, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication abilities.
  • Detail-oriented with exceptional organisational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with experts in multiple fields.
  • A commercial approach and ability to articulate and negotiate effectively; and
  • A strong, plain language communication style.


What We Offer

In return, McCabes will provide you with the opportunity to work with a talented team in a flexible, inclusive, and innovative environment. We also promote a culture focused on the firm’s values – integrity, excellence, and courage – that provides opportunities to develop and progress your career.

We are small enough to give you the personal attention and career development to help you reach your full potential, yet large enough to provide the challenge of diverse, high-quality work and clients.

Other benefits include:

  • Access to direct mentoring from senior lawyers of the firm
  • A competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives


How to Apply

If you wish to become part of a busy and successful practice with a distinguished reputation, please submit your cover letter and CV by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button.

Please note that we are not accepting applications submitted by recruitment agencies for this position.

Applications close 22 December 2023