Australian in-house teams unlikely to grow in 2013

February 15, 2013 A new survey predicts that in-house teams in Sydney and Brisbane are unlikely to grow much in 2013, and will instead be asked to do ‘more with less’. The survey by recruitment firm Robert Walters Legal found that businesses outsourced a significant proportion of their legal work in 2012, with the result that recruitment was stronger in private practice than for in-house. The one bright spot for in-house lawyers was in the Brisbane energy and resources sector, where legal teams grew in 2012.

“People I was speaking to over the Christmas period and general counsels I have met with at the start of this year have told me that unless they have somebody leave – whereby they can recruit a replacement – they will struggle to get sign off and they are expected to do more with the same or less resources in some cases,” said Nick Ahern, the manager of Robert Walters legal recruitment in Sydney. “Some organisations can put a good business case forward and they would recruit lawyers for growth purposes but, for the most part, it is doing more with less.”

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