36 George St
Newtown NSW 3333 M: 0400 000 000 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
R Turner and Associates
Dear Mr Ling,
RE: Commercial lawyer position
I am writing to apply for the lawyer position as advertised on the Lawyers Weekly website.
I am a lawyer in my second year of practice, having been admitted in the Supreme Court of New South Wales on 13 March 2011. I have two years’ experience in the industrial and employment department of Goldman & King, where I developed my evidence-gathering, case-drafting and analytical skills, as well as my knowledge of relevant industrial relations law. This experience has given me the opportunity to work both autonomously on personal injury claims and as part of a collaborative legal team for class actions, from which I have learned a great deal.
Prior to this I developed a wide range of interpersonal skills through my work as a volunteer paralegal at the Central Community Legal Centre. My work there involved interviewing clients, conducting research and analysis of their claims, drafting legal documents, preparing briefs for counsel, acting as an advocate for clients, providing appropriate referrals and managing a busy caseload with multiple portfolios across new and longstanding clients. One of my strengths is my ability to gain trust and conduct effective settlement negotiations between employers and employees. I communicate easily and confidently with people of all backgrounds, and in all kinds of situations. Building positive relationships both with clients and my associates gives me great satisfaction and I am proud of the integrity with which I operate both individually and as part of a team. I am passionate about industrial relations issues and would look forward to the opportunity to build up a base of long-term clients with an established firm such as R Turner and Associates.
I believe that the combination of my legal experience and professional approach would make me an ideal candidate for this role. Thank you for your consideration of my application and I look forward to hearing from you.