Strategy is a top priority for Managing Partners. The legal sector is subject to a range of macro forces that are redefining service delivery, business models, remuneration, talent management, digitisation and project process. The confluence of new technology and globalisation has blurred traditional competitive demarcations and opened the sector up to new and alternative operators.

EATON works with Managing Partners, law firm Boards and executives to help them define their strategies and implement their approaches within the rapidly evolving legal services landscape.
Our core strategy services for legal firms are:

  • Law firm expansion strategy
  • Market analysis and segmentation
  • New market entries, mergers and acquisitions
  • National and international combinations
  • Executive coaching and mentoring
  • Partner exit advice and interventions

EATON helps high-performing partners optimise their career growth and potential and works closely with leading law firms on their most important growth needs.

EATON knows law firms, their practices, markets and cultures. We assist clients who are seeking to fill a specific and strategically important role on a timeline and offer exclusive or retained search methodology to source, screen and select candidates.

Our aim is to help law firms grow by identifying the best and most suitable partners to join firms where they want to stay and for clients to welcome partners who will be a natural fit and grow with them.

EATON is known as pre-eminent in law firm merger and strategy advisory consulting having been lead advisors to many of the global firms entering and expanding in the Australian Legal Services market since 2008. Our deep knowledge of legal market strategy, remuneration structures and practice areas has meant that we have been asked to prepare significant reports into the Australian and Asia-Pacific legal markets, assisting law firm management in their strategic decision-making and goal setting.

  • Strategic market reports
  • Merger introductions
  • New market entry by merger or new firm creation
  • Small firm combinations
  • Keynote speaking engagements
  • Private briefings of Law firm Management and Boards

We act for a number of top-tier, international, mid-tier, national, boutique and specialty law firms. Our clients have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra. We recruit for lawyers at all levels including Solicitors, Associates, Senior Associates and Special Counsel.

We, also, recruit for a variety of practice areas, including:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Competition & Consumer
  • Construction, Infrastructure and Projects
  • Corporate
  • M&A
  • Cyber, Data and Privacy
  • Digital and Technology
  • Employment and Work Health & Safety
  • Energy
  • Mining & Resources
  • Family Law
  • Financial Services
  • Funds
  • Governance and Risk Advisory
  • Government
  • Insurance (all areas, including professional indemnity, financial lines, general insurance, public liability, life insurance, CTP, workers compensation, historical abuse, and dust diseases)
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation & Disputes
  • Not-For-Profit
  • Planning & Environment
  • Property/Real Estate
  • Private Equity
  • Tax

We can assist you if you are a lawyer in Australia looking to move overseas. We act for leading overseas law firms. Our clients are in major cities, such as New York, Las Angeles, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. We can advise you on overseas jobs, law firms, salaries and bonuses, and admission requirements. We can, also, help you tailor your CV for a particular market.

We act for a number of national and international companies to find them in-house counsel for Australia. We recruit for a full spectrum of in-house roles, including junior counsel, legal counsel, senior legal counsel, and deputy general counsel.

The companies we act for are from a variety of industries across FMCG, Food, Technology, Telecommunications, Construction, Real Estate, Energy, Professional Services and Financial Services. We, also, recruit for a number of top-tier firms to find lawyers for their in-house legal teams.

If you are a lawyer looking to make a move to in-house, we can sit down with you and hone in on the specific type of role, company and industry you would like to join. We can then create a custom plan on how you can achieve your goal.

Legal Thought Leadership and market insights provide the basis for strategy development, brand positioning and effective law firm communication. We offer unique perspectives on the legal industry and provide a range of market research and marketing related services to clients, including the bi-annual Australian Legal Partnership Survey.

Our legal sector thought leadership services include:

  • Market analysis reports
  • Managing Partner surveys
  • People strategy
  • Industry-specific roundtable events
  • Keynote appearances

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.