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Ross Dakin - Peppercorn Recruitment

Ross Dakin



Ross is a qualified lawyer with over fifteen years’ experience as a lawyer and legal recruiter both domestically and internationally. His strengths are his in-depth knowledge of the people in the legal market and his ability to connect exceptional talent with great opportunities

Ross began his career in recruitment in 2004 in the London head office of a global agency. He worked in their financial services regulatory and compliance team covering the UK and Europe market before moving into the legal recruitment team. During this time, he placed lawyers in private practice in Magic Circle, UK and US firms.

On return to Australia, he practiced as a solicitor with a respected Queensland law firm before establishing the legal recruitment function for a national search and selection company in Brisbane. He then reconnected with Peter (who he had studied law with) while working at a Brisbane boutique agency before establishing Peppercorn Recruitment.


  • Partner (Regulatory), National Law Firm
  • Partner (Litigation), National Law Firm
  • Special Counsel (Construction), International Law Firm
  • Special Counsel (Taxation), National Law Firm
  • Senior Associate (Insurance), National Law Firm
  • Senior Associate (Banking & Finance ), National Law Firm
  • Associate (Corporate), Top Tier Law Firm
  • Associate (Family), National Law Firm
  • Lawyer (Commercial), Brisbane Law Firm
  • Lawyer (Employment), International Law Firm


  • Legal Manager, Energy Business
  • Senior Legal Counsel + Legal Counsel, Infrastructure Business
  • Senior Legal Counsel, Fund Manager
  • Senior Legal Counsel, Financial Services Business
  • Legal Counsel, Renewable Energy Business
  • Legal Counsel, Luxury Beauty Business
  • Legal Counsel, International Distribution Company
  • Legal Counsel, Renewable Energy Company
  • Legal Counsel, Property Development Company
  • Compliance Manager, Financial Services Company
  • Bachelor of Laws
    University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (History and Economics)
    University of Queensland
  • Graduate Certificate (Carbon Management)
    Bond University
Peter Liaw - Peppercorn Recruitment

Peter Liaw



Peter has over fifteen years of experience as a lawyer and legal recruiter in the Brisbane market. He takes a consultative approach to recruitment that utilises his industry knowledge and wide network of clients and candidates.

From 2006, Peter has worked in legal recruitment, initially working with one of the largest recruitment agencies in the world. During this time he sourced lawyers domestically and managed international recruitment campaigns for UK firms. Peter then worked with a Brisbane boutique agency where he placed lawyers across most of Brisbane’s law firms, in-house and government teams before establishing Peppercorn Recruitment with Ross.

Prior to recruitment, Peter worked as a lawyer with international, top tier law firm Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters) as a projects lawyer. During this time he also worked in-house on a number of secondments.


  • Partner (Disputes), National Mid Tier Law Firm
  • Partner (Property), Boutique Law Firm
  • Special Counsel (Corporate), Top Tier Law Firm
  • Senior Associate (Energy/Resources), International Law Firm
  • Senior Associate (IP/IT), Top Tier Law Firm
  • Senior Lawyer (Estate Planning), New Law Law Firm
  • Associate (Planning/Environment), Brisbane Mid Tier Firm
  • Associate (Construction), Specialist Litigation Firm
  • Lawyer (Litigation), Brisbane/Gold Coast Law Firm
  • Lawyer (Commercial), Mid Tier Law Firm


  • Head of Legal, Retail Business
  • General Counsel, Aged Care Business
  • Inaugral Legal Counsel, Government Entity
  • Senior Legal Counsel, Listed Technology Business
  • Senior Legal Counsel, Financial Services Business
  • Legal Officer, Qld Government Department
  • Legal Counsel, International Energy Business
  • Legal Counsel, Childcare Business
  • Legal Counsel, Technology Business
  • Policy Lawyer, Peak Legal Body
  • Company Secretary, Not For Profit
  • Risk Solicitor, Insurance Business
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
    University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Business (Management)
    University of Queensland

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