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For Melbourne associate Jessie, being part of a growing firm is a no-brainer

“Being part of a firm that's building from the ground up was a no-brainer!”

Melbourne-based associate Jessie Huynh tells us why she chose White & Case to launch her career.

“The structure is flat, which means that every single person on the team is heard.”

Why did you decide on White & Case? 

The prospect of joining a firm that was essentially building its Australian offices from the ground up was exciting. I knew that White & Case had a strong reputation overseas, and had the resources to support the opening of its Australian offices, so it was a no-brainer for me. As a junior, I feel like my voice is heard, and I get the opportunity to work on business development and recruitment activities—aspects of a business not many firms offer to their junior lawyers. 

What was your first impression of the Firm?

The camaraderie and cohesiveness of the whole Firm. There is something to be said about the difference a great work culture and environment make. You can really tell that White & Case has made a concerted effort to hire team members that are diverse, get along and enjoy spending time together. The structure is flat, which means that every single person on the team is heard. When I started as a vacation clerk in 2017, everyone was approachable and willing to offer up their time to talk to me about their experiences, what offerings the Firm had and the current matters they were working on. 

Why is White & Case the best place to start your legal career? 

The training and the calibre of work assigned to the juniors is unparalleled. I started with a team of four other graduates in Melbourne, and the breadth of work and level of responsibility we were given were diverse and complex. We were entrusted with a lot of responsibility early on, which means we had to learn on our feet quickly. 

What do you think is most exciting about the White & Case experience in Australia? 

It’s a new entrant on the market backed by the resources of a global top-tier firm. You get all the perks of a small firm (more responsibilities and collegial culture) paired with the benefits of a large firm (thorough training, inter-office mobility, administrative support and sophisticated IT and knowledge systems). 
It’s also one of the only firms in Australia that is truly globally focused. White & Case associates are encouraged to seek work and secondments in one of our many overseas locations.

What type of work have you been involved in so far?

The great thing about White & Case is that the Firm encourages you to work across several teams. Although I am now doing an international rotation in the Asset Finance team in our Tokyo office, I have had the opportunity to assist in the refinancing of a co-generation power station in Western Australia and various pro bono matters.  

How is White & Case different from other law firms?

There is an emphasis on developing a lawyer that can work in any jurisdiction around the world and be mobile in every practice of the Firm. 

What is your most memorable moment with the Firm?

As I was part of the first graduate cohort in Australia for White & Case, the Firm hosted a Graduate Program launch event, and invited our families, friends, partners, university deans and college of law supervisors. This night definitely demonstrated how grateful the Firm is to have us join the team, and how much everyone has and is willing to invest in our career. It was definitely demonstrative of the collegial culture.

What are you most looking forward to achieving at White & Case?

In the immediate future, I hope to gain as much experience as I can in Australia before heading overseas for a secondment in either Asia or the US. The corporate M&A work in Asia is varied and complex, and the opportunity to work with the talented teams in other Asian offices would be an incredible professional learning experience.

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