We believe it's essential for our professionals of all ages to pursue an interest (or two) that offers a release from the stresses of everyday life. You won’t find us working until the early hours of the morning. Music and the arts in general are popular here, but so is paintball, cooking, triathlon, yoga, footy (tipping), computing ...
2. We're flexible
We understand you have commitments outside of work, so we work with our people to come up with flexible working arrangements. Many of our staff work part-time or work from home to allow them to maintain other commitments, such as studying or taking care of children.
3. We encourage leadership and innovation
We empower all team members to take charge and be leaders within their areas of responsibility. We encourage our staff to be innovative and constantly challenge them to look for better ways of doing things.
4. We have fun
We’re not about to take ourselves too seriously. There’s an enjoyment in what we do and we approach it with integrity, diligence and a sense of humour.
5. We want you to make a difference
We encourage our lawyers to make a contribution to the wider legal profession and will facilitate your involvement in Law Society committees or groups.
6. We help you achieve your goals
What really motivates people to love their jobs is achievement, recognition and the work itself. The question we ask of each team member is “what sort of career do you aspire to?” Then we set goals with you to help you achieve it.
7. Our teams
We use teamwork for almost every client file and for management and marketing projects. Our offices are open-plan and we encourage collaboration between team members at all levels.
What's important to us
1. Top quality work
Nurture the inner perfectionist
High standards are a way of life here. Good writing reflects clear thinking: before we write a word we get the facts right and formulate clear objectives. Our documents must be concise, clear and persuasive. Our lawyers are respected in Court for being thoroughly prepared and articulate.
2. Customer focus
Service, service, service...
We have the experience, skills and knowledge to give our clients the best possible representation. We seek and obtain feedback from our customers. Their testimonials can be found throughout this web site – for example: settlements, Probate & estates and family law.
3. Fixed price services
Transparency as to the scope of the services and cost are hallmarks of our success. We have replaced traditional time-costed legal services with fixed priced products across the practice.
4. Leaders training leaders
Leadership at all levels
We empower all team members to take charge and be leaders within their areas of responsibility. Our in-house training and continuing professional development programs are a core strength of our firm.
Greater than the sum of their parts
We use teamwork for almost every client file and management project. Work of all kinds is “strata-titled” into tasks for team members at different levels. Clients benefit from multiple perspectives and cost savings. Team members contribute to a variety of interesting matters.
6. Tech focus
Information is our stock in trade
Each and every member of our team is committed to using computerised systems in new and innovative ways to deliver legal services.
The back-bone of this quest is ContactsLaw – revolutionary new legal practice management software we’ve developed in partnership with boutique IT firm Overtech Technologies.
7. Vibrant physical environment
Workspaces with energy and inspiration
Considering how many hours each week we spend at work, it makes sense to make it a pleasant and attractive environment. Our belief that workspaces should be stimulating and promote teamwork has informed our decision to include vibrant open-plan spaces in the mix of traditional offices and meeting areas. We’ve decorated with energising colours and bold, contemporary art.
Selection criteria no. 1
We’re not about to take ourselves too seriously. There’s an enjoyment in what we do and we approach it with integrity, diligence and a sense of humour.
We believe it's essential for our professionals of all ages to pursue an interest (or two) that offers a release from the stresses of everyday life. Music and the arts in general are popular here, but so is paintball, triathlon, footy (tipping), computing...
Since 2002, we have successfully employed law undergraduates on a part-time basis whilst they study. Our objective is to build mutually satisfying long-term relationships with exceptional men and women. We invite applications from law undergraduates at any stage of their degrees.
These part–time career positions are not designed as vacation clerkships or to provide temporary student employment.
We advertise vacancies through the Western Australian law schools, generally in February / March each year. We hold a free information session at UWA in early March and applications usually close in mid-March.
Applications must be made via our cadetship page. We welcome applications at any time. We will hold your application on file until our next intake.
Graduate executive program
We are a boutique city-based law firm with a focus on litigation and property matters. We have a non-hierarchical, collegiate environment and a commitment to using information technology to grow and improve our business.
Our objective is to build mutually satisfying long-term relationships with talented University graduates with qualifications suited to the needs of our business. We employ, or have previously employed, graduates in law, marketing, accounting, business administration, web development and applications development.
You will have the potential to be a talented business professional with considerable personal qualities, commitment and enthusiasm. We will provide you with the resources that you need to conduct yourself as a professional.
Depending on the position, you will work in one or more multi-disciplinary teams which will include business owners, lawyers, legal executives and our web site and software application developers.
As a general rule, to be eligible for the program you must have a bachelor degree from an Australian university, preferably in Law, Arts, Economics, Commerce, Business or Computer Science. University students completing the final semester of their degrees are welcome to apply. We would expect you to work for us on a part-time basis while you complete your degree; and thereafter on a full-time basis.
To assist us to recruit the best possible people and also to ensure a good fit with our team members, we may require appointees to undergo psychological testing as part of our selection process. If we decide to offer you an advertised position, our offer may be conditional on you being satisfactorily tested by our human resource consultants, Chandler Macleod.
Chandler Macleod is a leading human resource consultancy providing similar services to a wide range of clients in the resources, manufacturing, retail and professional sectors. We have retained them for more than 20 years.
The tests are conducted at their local offices and take about three hours. They assess literacy, numeracy and speed and accuracy (measured against the Australian adult population); critical thinking (measured against the Australian management population); and personality. There may also be an interview conducted independently of the tests.
We will arrange for you to discuss the report with Chandler Macleod on a confidential basis should you wish to do so. We treat this information as confidential and will destroy it if ultimately you do not accept the position.
Family law, property subdivisions, commercial property settlements, Wills, litigation
Bethany is the principal lawyer involved in the delivery of our Family Law Resolution services where she assists clients with consent and property-based services including financial agreements, applications for consent orders, property transactions and divorce applications.
Since joining our team in 2011, Bethany has acquired considerable experience in real estate settlements and property dealings in our busy Flat Rate Settlements division. Bethany is responsible for the firm's commercial property settlements, off-the-plan contract matters and subdivision applications. She drafts applications, contracts, easements and other land development documents and advises clients on matters including the transfer duty implications of their projects.
Bethany also undertakes criminal and traffic law matters including applications for extraordinary driver's licences. She has received much positive feedback from satisfied customers.
Bethany completed bachelor degrees in Law and Commerce at the University of Western Australia in 2015. Her Commerce majors are in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management. Bethany was admitted as lawyer of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in August 2015. She is a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of WA and the Law Society of WA.
Bradley is a degree-qualified Software Engineer with 5 years of commercial software development experience. He works for Overtech Technologies on a range of projects, including their flagship product ContactsLaw – currently deployed at Birman & Ride and other firms. Bradley works closely with our legal professionals to ensure that the software is of the highest quality and meets our ongoing (and demanding) requirements.
Emma joined Birman & Ride and Flat Rate Settlements in 2017. Emma recently completed her Masters in International Law and International Relations at the University of Western Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Communication Studies and Asian studies.
Emma has extensive management experience in the retail industry where she has developed exceptional customer service skills.
Emma’s interests include travelling, reading and playing hockey.
Accounting and business administration, Real estate settlements
Gunanithi joined our firm as an Accounts Executive in 2014. Guna is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm's general and trust accounts.
Guna has a bachelor degree in Accounting and Finance at Curtin University and is currently undertaking the CPA program. He has developed his technical skills and knowledge in Accounting in previous work experience in the legal and retail industries.
Hazel graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Science (Podiatry) in 1995 and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion in 1997. Hazel has enjoyed a diverse and rewarding career across government, commercial and not-for-profit agencies, gaining valuable experience in social marketing, sponsorship, project management, policy development, recruitment, clinical practice, resource development and administration. Hazel currently has a key role in the roll-out of the Birman & Ride marketing campaign and is a regular contributor to the FRS blog.
James has recently completed bachelor degrees in Law and Commerce (majoring in Management) at Murdoch University. James was a committed member of the Murdoch Student Law Society, making valuable contributions to the negotiation and sports portfolios.
James has managerial experience in the hospitality industry where he developed excellent client service skills.
James is a passionate sportsman and has excelled in both cricket and football. James’ other interests include travel and fitness.
General, civil and commercial litigation, criminal law, property and commercial law
Jeremy established the practice of Birman & Ride in 1979 and has been practising law as a barrister and solicitor since 1977. Jeremy leads the firm's litigation team. He has extensive experience across a broad range of legal areas including civil, commercial and criminal litigation and commercial law. He has appeared as counsel in nearly every court and tribunal in the state.
Since joining the firm in June 2014, Jessica has built up her experience across a wide range of real estate and property transactions and has become a valuable member of our busy settlements team.
Clients of Flat Rate Settlements have commended Jessica on her efficiency and good understanding of the business acumen. With her friendly approach and prompt assistance with settlement enquiries, Jessica endeavours to provide a pleasant settlement experience to our clients.
Jessica graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2011 with degrees in Law and Commerce. Before joining the firm, Jessica worked as a full-time tax consultant at a public accounting firm in Perth. Jessica brings to the firm her strong commercial background and experiences and her promise to deliver excellent client services.
Jessica is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and is currently studying Chinese (Mandarin).
Real estate settlements (team leader), probate, Wills
Krysten is a talented lawyer involved in the delivery of Birman & Ride's Wills, estate administration and real estate settlement services. Since joining the firm in 2015 as an outside clerk, Krysten's attention to detail and efficiency have seen her excel in every role she has undertaken.
Krysten completed bachelor degrees in Law and Commerce (Human Resource Management) at Murdoch University in 2014 and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2015. Krysten was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in June 2016.
Krysten is a keen baker and is responsible for supplying the office with delicious home baked treats on a regular basis. She is also a Pilates enthusiast.
Property and commercial law, Wills, probate and estate administration, real estate settlements (supervising Lawyer)
Lucy is a talented lawyer, business administrator and manager. In her seven years with Birman & Ride she has developed her skills in various roles including lawyer, team leader, HR manager, business analyst, salesperson and marketing manager.
In the legal sphere, Lucy is responsible for supervising the firm's Wills, probate, estate administration and real estate settlements departments. Lucy serves clients directly in more complex matters in these areas as well as in property and commercial law.
Lucy's high standards, ability to lead and inspire others and facility with computerised information systems have been instrumental in the firm bringing new and innovative legal services to the market.
Working side-by-side with technology partner ContactsLaw, Lucy developed systems that enabled Flat Rate Settlements to dramatically reduce costs and improve service quality. Leveraging these benefits and its flat-rate pricing model, the firm brought revolutionary change to the conveyancing industry in Western Australia.
Recently, Lucy has led the development the firm's on-the-spot services - advanced interactive instruction forms enabling the delivery of many consumer legal services and court applications in one client consultation.
Lucy's innovations have changed, and will continue to change, the way lawyers do business.
Lucy's favourite role, however, is mentoring and coaching law undergraduates and junior lawyers and assisting them with their professional development. Lucy co-ordinates the firm's in-house professional training program and spends much of her time pondering how the firm and its junior employees can grow together for mutual advantage.
You will often find Lucy sitting on the floor of conference rooms or dancing up and down the hallways with her 10-month old daughter who comes to work with her. Since becoming a mum, Lucy has become passionate about supporting and encouraging working mothers to fulfil their career ambitions.
Wills, probate and estate administration, real estate settlements
Matthew is the primary lawyer responsible for the delivery of Birman & Ride's Wills, Probate and Letters of Administration on the spot services. Matthew's trademark approachable, friendly manner and down-to-earth style has endeared him to every client that he meets.
Since joining Birman & Ride in early 2015, Matthew has acquired comprehensive skills in the areas of probate and estate administration, Wills and real estate settlements. He has also made appearances in the Family Court of Western Australia and the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
Matthew completed bachelor degrees in Law and Arts (Political Science and International Relations) at the University of Western Australia in 2014 and holds a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.
When not at the office or playing with his Labrador Bella, Matthew's other interests include social sports, fitness and fishing.
Family law, wills, probate and estates, estate planning, property and commercial law
Michael has been a partner of Birman & Ride since 1 July 2009. He leads the firm's family and property law teams which offer a broad range of services including real estate settlements, property and commercial law, family law, wills, estate planning, probate and estates.
The firm is a multidisciplinary team of lawyers, law cadets, website and application developers.
An experienced property lawyer, Michael has acted on the sale of farms, St George's Terrace office towers and everything in between.
Michael's business objective is to offer a wide range of consumer legal services that are accessible, competitively priced and delivered to a high standard.
Michael is the chairperson of the Board of a local Independent Public Primary School. He is a trustee of the charitable fund of Fremantle Chamber Orchestra Pty Ltd and the orchestra's principal clarinet. He is the web editor of several other community groups. He is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia.
Michael graduated from Murdoch University in 1996 with degrees in Law and Commerce and joined the firm as an articled clerk the same year. He was admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1997.
Nigel joined the firm’s law cadetship program in December 2011. After initially spending time in the firm’s settlements department, Nigel joined the busy litigation team in 2012. Nigel has worked on complex litigation matters including contractual disputes, family provision claims and trust and property matters.
Nigel has taken his skills and experience to other intellectual pursuits. In 2013, he was a Grand Finalist in the 2013 UWA Open Mooting Competition and a Quarter Finalist in the Kirby Contract Law Moot. In 2014, he represented UWA in mooting at the Australia Law Students’ Association Conference and was a Grand Finalist in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition.
Nigel is completing bachelor degrees in Law and Economics at the University of Western Australia.
Nigel’s other interests include travel, competing in triathlons and photography.
Sue has over 30 years experience in the preparation of legal documents and has been working at Birman & Ride since 1983. Apart from her skills with the keyboard, Sue juggles the demands of our lawyers and legal executives.
Thomas is an experienced customer service manager who has joined Birman & Ride and Flat Rate Settlements in 2017. He has worked in a number of intense service roles where he has consistently delivered a customer experience above expectations. He has experience in customer service, management, and business administration in the retail, car rental, and engineering industries.
Thomas graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Economics, from Curtin University in 2016. Thomas has broad interests and has studied elective units in engineering disciplines including Computer and Electrical Engineering.
Outside the office Thomas loves to discover new food experiences and looks forward to trying new cafes and restaurants. He is an avid reader, music lover and traveller. As a hobby he is involved in the local tabletop gaming community and has been privileged to represent Australia internationally in competition.