Senior Associate/Special Counsel – Professional Indemnity/Commercial Litigation

Job Description

Cooper Grace Ward is well-known for the work it does for professional advisers, particularly advisors in the accounting, financial, legal, property and construction fields.

Off the back of considerable growth, an opportunity has come up at Cooper Grace Ward for a Senior Associate or Special Counsel with outstanding experience and credentials in the professional indemnity and commercial litigation space.

The role would be focused on running and assisting with litigation with a professional liability element, including complex claims, but may also involve advice on policy coverage, regulatory requirements and risk work.

The role would sit within Cooper Grace Ward’s market leading litigation and dispute resolution practice, headed by Rocco Russo. The successful candidate must also be well equipped to run professional indemnity matters but also general commercial litigation particularly with a corporate, commercial, regulatory and business subject matter.

The role presents a unique opportunity for the right candidate to help run and grow a professional indemnity practice within a premium and highly respected commercial law firm.

About you

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Outstanding experience and credentials in the relevant practice areas
  • Very strong technical credentials and ability
  • Excellent written communication skills including the ability to write complex and technical advices
  • Ability to manage a varied case load
  • Ability to quickly assimilate new information and problem-solve complex legal issues
  • Sound judgement and commercial acumen
  • A proactive, innovative and energetic approach
  • The ability to work well as part of a close-knit team.
  • Applicants with outstanding credentials and experience looking to re-join the workforce after a period of parental leave may also wish to apply to be considered for this role.


  • Recognised employer of choice with outstanding workplace culture
  • Large commercial law firm with market leading practice teams
  • Flexible work practices, including the ability to purchase additional leave
  • Income protection insurance
  • Salary packaging options
  • Medibank and BUPA Corporate Plan
  • Health & Wellbeing initiatives and much more!

Our workplace policies and strong values foster a safe and inclusive work environment. We embrace diversity of all types in our firm.

About our team

Our litigation and dispute resolution team is well-known in the market as one of Brisbane’s premier litigation practices. Our lawyers work Australia wide and are amongst the best in their field. Market leading partner Rocco Russo leads an agile tight-knit team recognised for its work ethic and ability to produce legal work that is technically excellent, clear, practical and, most importantly, ‘solutions orientated’.

About Cooper Grace Ward

Cooper Grace Ward is a large premium independent firm with partners consistently recognised as leaders in their field in all practice teams. Some of our key achievements are listed on our website.

Our collegiate and progressive culture is well known. We are a vibrant, energetic, growing and diverse team committed to supporting and developing our people to meet the changing needs of our clients. We take personal responsibility and pride in our work and have fun while we do it. We truly live our values of mutual respect, excellence, and curiosity.

Join us!

We pride ourselves in developing truly outstanding lawyers. If you have what it takes to be part of the Cooper Grace Ward team, we would like to hear from you.

Position reference # 10277093.