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Ross Dakin and Peter Liaw - Peppercorn Recruitment

We are lawyers, and we are legal recruiters. We understand the intricacies, demands and challenges of the legal, risk and compliance industries and this, combined with our extensive networks, ensures we help you find the one.

Based in Brisbane, we have recruited at all levels across private practice, in-house and government for permanent, fixed term, contract and temporary positions.

With our expanding international business and established overseas networks we have the capability and experience in placing candidates looking for offshore placements, in particular in the United Kingdom, Asia and the Middle East

Queensland Young Lawyers

Peppercorn Recruitment is also pleased to again be primary sponsor of the Queensland Young Lawyers (QYL) association.

Queensland Young Lawyers (QYL) is an independent not-for-profit association dedicated to encouraging and supporting the personal and professional development of “young” solicitors and barristers in Queensland.

Our information events hosted in collaboration with Queensland Young Lawyers are open to all. To view upcoming event visit latest news, or the QYL website.

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Association of Corporate Counsel

Peppercorn Recruitment is an Official Corporate Alliance Partner of the Queensland Division of the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia.

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Peppercorn Recruitment is pleased to be a primary sponsor of Women’s Legal Service Qld (WLS).

Women’s Legal Service Qld (WLS) is a specialist community legal centre providing free legal and social work help to people who live and identify as women in Queensland.

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Queensland Law Society

When a team includes people of different genders, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds and orientations, it produces more creative, innovative and effective results; but diversity doesn’t just happen on its own: Employers need to actively seek and recruit candidates from a variety of backgrounds to ensure they’re not inadvertently creating a homogenous workforce and employees need to feel comfortable bringing their authentic self to work. This is easier said than done.

The Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) has partnered with QLS to present a panel of employers, employees and recruiters as they share the lessons they have learned and practical steps you can take as an employer, employee and legal professional to encourage and support diversity in the legal profession.

Peppercorn Recruitment is proud to be partnering with the Queensland Law Society and Asian Australian Lawyers Association in a panel discussion on diversity in the legal profession. Peter Liaw will be a panel member sharing his insight into diversity trends in the legal industry.

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Our track record

Peter and Ross have the industry know-how to not only meet, but exceed my expectations. They deliver time and time again the highest calibre candidates, ticking all the boxes. I can trust that when they say they have found someone, I won't be disappointed.

Human Resources Director, National Law Firm

I was fortunate enough to meet with Peter and Ross at a Queensland Young Lawyers seminar, where they spent some time going through strategies for performance reviews. Until that point, I found those reviews to be overwhelming. With their advice in mind, I feel like I have been able to manage performance reviews with a sense of purpose, and to achieve the results I need. I am grateful Peppercorn Recruitment go beyond the traditional recruitment model, and can assist with overall career progression.

Junior Lawyer, Queensland Young Lawyers member

In my first meeting with Peter and Ross I was fairly new to the market and uncertain about my career path while transitioning into a brand new market. They were direct and straightforward in our discussions while demonstrating a unique ability to offer creative solutions to career planning. I appreciated not only their market knowledge, but their understanding of working conditions, career goals and the specific issues that arise for lawyers at various stages in their careers. In my view this set them apart from any other recruiters I had previously dealt with. I have an implicit trust in Peter and Ross and continue to rely on them for their insight and feedback.

Senior Legal Counsel, In-house

I soon discovered the benefit of going through Peppercorn Recruitment when I received a personalised response to my initial enquiry. Having only applied for a particular advertised position, Peppercorn Recruitment took the time to discuss my personal circumstances and aspirations to make a significant career move. Despite my firm of choice not having any advertised positions Ross approached that firm on my behalf, and in a matter of days secured an interview. From the first contact all the way through the interview process and contract negotiations until my first day in my new role, Ross continued to provide advice and support. I do not hesitate in recommending the Peppercorn Recruitment guys to my colleagues. In all seriousness this was not that difficult to write. Happy as a pig in shit here.

Senior Associate, Insurance, Queensland Law Firm

Due to his relationship with one of the leading law firms in Brisbane, Ross was able to place me in a role, that was created for me. Ross identified the group in which I now work, was lacking a particular skill set, which I could bring. My new employer agreed. It is the best career move I have made.

Partner, Property, National Law Firm

Peter has placed me in my last two positions. Peter has given me invaluable long term career guidance throughout my career. With Peter's knowledge of the legal industry, Peter has given me guidance on strategic career moves with a position to specialise in a new area and then recently a new role to advance my position to higher levels. I highly recommend Peter to give trusted career advice.

Senior Associate, Property, National Law Firm

I was very impressed with the service and advice I received from Peter at Peppercorn. I was looking to move from the public sector into private practice and Peter was willing to explore ways to promote my skills and experience in a new job market. Other recruiters were not as open to what I could offer private firms. Peter took the time to find me real opportunities.

Peter helped my secure a position with a top tier firm. I could not be happier with my experience with Peppercorn Recruitment. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to explore the next stage in their career.

Senior Employment Lawyer, Top Tier Law Firm

Peppercorn Recruitment take a considered and professional approach to servicing our legal recruitment briefs and demonstrate an exceptional understanding of the legal market. As known professionals in identifying high quality legal talent, both Ross and Peter provide exceptional support to us and take considerable time to understand our business; working as a true business partner with the firm to attract high quality legal talent. Our professional relationship continues to strengthen and I would highly recommend Peppercorn Recruitment in the provision of legal recruitment services.

Human Resources Manager, International Law Firm

Peppercorn Recruitment understands our business and without exception has delivered outstanding and ‘fit for purpose’ candidates for our consideration. It is a comfort knowing the Partners of Peppercorn Recruitment have a legal background and we think this assists their ability to recommend the best candidates.

General Counsel, National Not-For-Profit Organisation

I wanted to change industries within law but didn't know where to start. Peter and Ross were able to guide me through the steps, with a long term strategy in mind. They had up to date salary and market information, and were able to discretely establish several opportunities for me to pursue. Importantly, I really feel like as former lawyers, they "got" the industry and the pressures and challenges which are unique to that. I happily recommend Peppercorn Recruitment to my peers.

Junior Lawyer, Insurance, Brisbane Law Firm