Careers

We are looking for professional and support staff and we have the means and strategy to maintain substantial growth. We are attracted by applicants who clearly state what they seek. To apply for employment, call us or send your (1) resume, (2) academic results, and (3) covering letter to the Managing Partner.

You should possess a keen intellect, energy and motivation, a good sense of humour, and an ability to work independently. You will face changing and growing demands and so we look for people who are world-class or have the potential to become that.

The many attractions of working here

We provide genuine career development opportunities.

The practice is a learning organisation and a supportive place to work and we rank the development and progress of our people as a key goal. Indeed the fact that we take training seriously is the key reason stated by young lawyers who work with us as to why they join us.

Dilanchian is a firm with:

  • a solid, diverse and entrepreneurial client base,
  • innovative leadership, strategies and business systems,
  • growth in traditional as well as sustainable new practice fields,
  • a business focus, including on dynamic markets,
  • a commitment to continuous improvement, and
  • a culture which values creativity, teamwork, trust, and enthusiasm.

You will enjoy and benefit from:

  • a clear understanding of our expectations,
  • challenging projects for stable and stimulating clients,
  • close relationships with clients, including in business development activities,
  • a real opportunity for career development in a collegial and unconventional firm,
  • training in law, management consultancy and practice leadership, and
  • work practices that balance work and personal life commitment.

Positions

Work experience students

We only provide work experience if we believe that there are long-term possibilities for future positions with us. The level of training we provide involves just too great an investment to justify short-term arrangements.

Professional support

All staff undertake an extensive induction program on joining the firm, and training in our systems and procedures is an ongoing process. We are leaders in using information technology, document design, and plain language communication.

Lawyers

Experience and above average academic performance, in subjects relevant to our areas of expertise, is considered important in our assessment of candidates. Highly relevant fields of law include all fields of intellectual property, contracts and other commercial law, corporate and business structuring, and litigation practice and procedure.

Certainly, it would be true to say we are an "IP law firm" or an "IT and IP law firm". However, we believe it is more accurate to say we are a business law firm specialising in technology and IP law, management and commercialisation.

We do a great deal of IP and IT advisory and dispute resolution work. The work is for a wide range of clients, not just clients  in the entertainment or  IT sectors. For example we advise clients who are education service providers, business consultancies, inventors, financial services advisers, manufacturers, wine makers, and food and beverage distributors,.

It would greatly aid any application you may make if you can demonstrate industry or business knowledge or experience. You may have conducted special research, written a major thesis, or worked in a non-legal or semi-legal position.

We look for team players with strong communication, project management and client management skills. Some work involves considerable academic rigour best conducted by an individual lawyer for subsequent review by others. In contrast, other work calls for brainstorming sessions between a team, often during conference calls with clients. For example, in name protection and trade mark registration work we regularly brainstorm ideas with clients and graphic designers regarding proposed word or logo trade marks, trading names, packaging design and domain names. These brainstorming sessions optimise integration of legal, design and commercial considerations for marks, names, brands and domains.

In applying for a position you should be guided by the knowledge that Dilanchian is a firm which often combines methodologies and solutions from law  and other disciplines. If a client's needs require it, we may integrate legal advice with advice from other disciplines. For example, when we design and draft a new in-house template contract for a client, we also advise on its use with the client's available web and mobile technology.

You will join in the knowledge that your career will develop with many options for the future. Among our alumni group is a barrister, senior lawyers at other firms, manager in a real property management company, trade mark attorney, in-house counsel at a university, and in-house counsel in a health sector software company.

More information

Call (02) 9269 0229 or email Noric Dilanchian for more information to apply for employment.

Career develpment from Sydney to London and back

What can you expect for your career from working with us? Here's a case study.

Simone Flanigan, one of our alumni lawyers moved to London working as an intellectual property lawyer, from there she travelled abroad regularly and years later returned to an in-house counsel position in Australia working for a health sector software company. Simone worked with us on about 50 varied matters. Some are overviewed below.

Simone's work in our firm involved a range of clients, including small and medium sized enterprises, listed companies, start-ups and charitable foundations. The clients came from a range of industries including software development and licensing, publishing, food and nursery retailing, manufacturing, advertising, investment management, and management consultancy.

Among Simone's matters were those overviewed below.

  • Negotiating and drafting licensing and assignment agreements regarding trade mark, copyright, and patent assets and confidential information rights
  • Drafting software licence agreements
  • Trade mark licensing and assignment agreements for educational programs, radio shows, performers, cartoon characters and franchises
  • Distribution agreements for distributing furniture, software, building materials, coffee and books
  • Manufacturing agreements involving licensing furniture moulds and designs, and protection of product formulas for patented products
  • Book publishing agreements addressing copyright and confidentiality issues
  • Technical and scientific research and collaboration agreements addressing legal and managerial issues, eg confidential information, patent assignment, setting performance targets and funding and project management processes
  • Franchise agreements addressing issues regarding confidential information, licensing trade marks, marketing materials and performance targets for a coffee distribution franchise
  • Intellectual property auditing and valuation and drafting intellectual property policies
  • Trade mark infringement letters of demand and conducting trade mark oppositions
  • Advising in regard to branding, advertising and marketing eg misleading, deceptive and comparative advertising
  • Negotiating and drafting employment, collaboration and confidentiality agreements and managment documents for management consultants, radio announcers, researchers, models, fashion designers, furniture designers, ghost writers
  • Drafting letters of demand, trade mark oppositions, affidavit evidence, injunction applications and briefs to counsel in regard to infringements relating to trade practices (competition law), confidential information, copyright, moral rights, domain name, contract and trade mark law
  • Drafting articles and guides for the firm's website and the Law Society Journal of The Law Society of New South Wales
  • Drafting submissions to various regulatory bodies on behalf of the Intellectual Property and E-Commerce Sub-Committee of The Law Society of New South Wales
  • Interviewing clients and drafting proposals to prospective or existing clients