Make the Move – Working as a Lawyer in Brisbane

Dylan Morrison, Legal Search Consultant

Brisbane is the third-largest city in Australia, the capital of Queensland and an area that is well regarded for its leisure, culture and nature. The city has significantly aided Australia’s economic growth in recent years, with a wealth of employment opportunities available for the right candidates. 

So, if you’re a lawyer looking for new opportunities in Australia, Brisbane should most definitely be on your radar, here’s why…

”The Sunshine State’’

Something that attracts many migrants to the city is its sub-tropic weather, bearing average temperatures of 16-25 degrees all year around. The pleasant temperatures contribute to the relaxed, easy-going atmosphere in the city, something you wouldn’t expect from such a major urban hub with a population of 2.4 million.


The best part about Brisbane is the ease in which you can get around, it’s cheap with great food options (including fantastic fresh seafood) and the locals are friendly. Eating and drinking in Brisbane is all about open-air experiences with many fantastic brunch spots and restaurants situated next to the river or leafy streets with tables and chairs spilling out onto the pathways. 

Brisbane ranks 18th in the 2019 Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Rankings. Lifestyle is high up on the value chain here. The city itself offers something for everyone, from scenic gardens, parks, gyms, outdoor activities, lively bars and even a man-made lagoon. For those with children, there is an array of both public and private schools to choose from and for extra curricular activities the South Bank features a museum, performing arts centre and a gallery of modern art. 

The city is situated on the Brisbane River and is a short drive to both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, home to an array of rainforests, mountains, beaches, walking trails and theme parks. It is also just a short flight from Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns if you wish to explore other areas of Australia on your weekends including the amazing Great Barrier Reef.  



Cost of the Living

Research released by PRDnationwide revealed that Brisbane is the most affordable and liveable capital city in Australia with consumer prices in Brisbane being almost 10% lower than Sydney. Compared to London, restaurant prices are 30% lower and rent prices are considerable lower across all types of accommodation.

Location & Transport

Brisbane lies on the East Coast of Australia in Queensland’s South-East corner. The airport is located 14km northeast of Brisbane’s central business district, just a short drive or train ride from the city. It’s an important hub for the Australian airlines, serving 41 domestic as well as 28 international destinations – mostly in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the West Coast of America. Brisbane’s transportation includes taxis and Translink, which operates the bus service, the boats and catamarans to the outlying islands, and the Citytrain lines.

Market Intel 

Over the past decade, most major Australian and many international organisations have set up offices in Brisbane, aiding their $160+billion economy and presenting many opportunities for lawyers across all levels. Queensland also possesses the lion’s share of Australia’s booming resources industry, meaning experienced Corporate, Commercial and Resources Lawyers are in high demand. From our experience, Brisbane firms seek lawyers with strong experience gained overseas or with knowledge in Construction, Projects and Energy & Resources.

However, like every city around the globe, Brisbane’s thriving economy has been dramatically affected due to COVID-19. Firms have turned to technology to keep their clogs turning and stay connected to clients and colleagues. Many law firms across Australia are also stepping up information dissemination efforts to provide clients clarity and guidance during these uncertain times. 

With this said, our conversations with respective firms in Brisbane remain positive and although they are being much more cautious with their recruiting efforts, we have continued to see a demand in practice areas including, Construction, Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation and Insurance. Looking forward, as Australia continues to flatten the curve on coronavirus we also expect an increase in demand for both Employment and Real Estate lawyers in Brisbane. 

Interested to learn more about working as a lawyer in Brisbane?  

For a no-obligation discussion about the next steps in your legal career and to see what opportunities we have available in Brisbane get in touch with Dylan Morrison on 

“The best way to predict the future is to create it”
– A Lincoln
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