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Makinson d'Apice

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We have a culture in which everyone shares a common vision and has a part to play in making things happen.

Develop your career at Makinson d'Apice

Makinson d’Apice offers great opportunities to learn, grow, achieve excellence and develop your career. You will work alongside specialists who view success by the achievements and accomplishments of their team, and of the firm as a whole. 

Be assured, whatever your role at Makinson d’Apice, you can make a difference, you’ll be the kind of person that works to the highest standards, accepts responsibility and is accountable for your results. You will be a creative thinker capable of solving problems, yet also a pragmatist with a determination to get the job done.

Personable, supportive & flexible culture

Our culture is personable, supportive and flexible. Above all, Makinson d’Apice is a great place to work. 

Want to know more? Refer to our current positions below or contact hr@makdap.com.au directly to discuss your next career steps.

Commitment to diversity, inclusion and sustainability

Embracing environmental and social sustainability

Makinson d’Apice has a formal Environmental and Sustainability Policy, which is overseen by our dedicated Environmental Committee. The Policy seeks to ensure partners and employees at Makinson d’Apice recognise, value and encourage practises that are beneficial to the environment and reduce our firm’s carbon footprint. 

Our social sustainability initiatives are many and varied. Read more about our initiatives below and on the Pro Bono and CSR page. 

Makinson d’Apice is committed to diversity and inclusion

Makinson d’Apice is a friendly and collegiate firm of people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and faiths who share values of respect, professional excellence and putting clients’ interests first. We are committed to celebrating and supporting our diverse team members and providing sensitive and informed services to our diverse clientele. 

Our approach to diversity and inclusion is exemplified in the areas of disability, gender, ethnic and cultural inclusion. 

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Hear from our people

Caroline Blair

Caroline Blair
Special Counsel

I joined Makinson d’Apice in 2016 as an Associate in the firm’s Government Health team.  The support and mentoring I’ve received from Sarah and Lesley (Health Government partners) have helped me to grow, develop and challenge myself. Today, I’m still in the same team but my role is Special Counsel.

Steven Song
Special Counsel

I have worked in the Building & Construction and Litigation team since 2021. I enjoy working closely with our clients and advising on a variety of matters across building and construction, property (including strata and community titles), and environmental planning and commercial disputes. I get to take charge of my own work while always being supported by David and the wider team and enjoy achieving positive outcomes for our clients.

Empowering employee benefits

Be rewarded

At Makinson d’Apice, we nurture and reward talent. We offer competitive, annually reviewed rewards packages plus additional rewards for significant contributions.  You can also earn thousands for successful referrals through our Employee Referral Program.

Grow and develop

We provide learning, training and development opportunities via workshops, online presentations and paid professional membership. We assist with post-graduate tuition fees and up to six days’ paid study leave per year.

Wellbeing

At Makinson d’Apice we support everyone to embrace a better day, in a way that suits their individual needs. Our Wellbeing Program encompasses all forms of physical and mental health related initiatives including our free 24/7 confidential counselling Employee Assistance Program for you and your family, flexible work arrangements, workplace adjustments, free annual flu vaccinations,  and opportunity to participate in sporting events such as City2Surf and our soccer team. 

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Our Pro Bono and CSR Program

Join in and make a difference

At Makinson d’Apice you can make a difference by participating in our multi-award winning Pro Bono Program and various Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. We are committed to providing  access to justice for people experiencing disadvantage in communities across Australia.  We have exceeded the National Pro Bono Target for law firms for the past 4 years. 

Pro Bono

Our lawyers provide advice and representation in a wide variety of matters and volunteer at a number of community legal centres. We have a particular focus on assisting people with disabilities and their families, First Nations communities and people experiencing elder abuse. 

In addition, Makinson d’Apice has supported our Pro Bono Special Counsel, Ella Alexander, to co-found and co-chair the Disabled Australian Lawyers Association (DALA). DALA is an organisation which advocates for the greater inclusion and representation of disabled people in the legal profession through raising awareness, working with legal organisations to improve their disability inclusion initiatives and building a network of legal professionals with disabilities.

Embracing environmental and social sustainability

Makinson d’Apice has a formal Environmental and Sustainability Policy, which is overseen by our dedicated Environmental Committee. The Policy seeks to ensure partners and employees at Makinson d’Apice recognise, value and encourage practices that are beneficial to the environment and reduce our firm’s carbon footprint. 

Our social sustainability initiatives are many and varied. For example, a number of our lawyers volunteer on the boards of charities. One of our partners is a longstanding board member for a women’s domestic violence service. Another one of our lawyers volunteers with the board of a disability charity.  Our Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate and Estate Litigation team has assisted numerous charity organisations by preparing Wills for their members and contacts including The Salvation Army and The Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

Current positions

Makinson d’Apice is a mid-sized Sydney-based firm known for our personable and down-to-earth culture and high-quality work and clients.  We’re one of Australia’s oldest firms which has successfully evolved and adapted to meet the challenges of being a trusted legal adviser in a modern world. 

Our size means we offer lawyers the best of both worlds: a truly friendly, supportive and flexible work environment, as well as direct access to partners and exposure to top-quality , complex and challenging work at an early career stage. 

Working with us

If you share our values of Excellence, Commitment, Accountability, Collaboration and Service, you’re the right fit for us. 

To apply, please email a copy of your CV and academic transcript to Debbie McKell, HR Manager – dmckell@makdap.com.au.

Grow your career - Paralegal roles

We’re always seeking paralegals to assist with a wide range of work including coordinating subpoenas, preparing briefs for counsel and experts, reviewing and summarising medical records and subpoenaed material, research, drafting and amending documents, billing and other general correspondence.

To thrive in a paralegal role, you will have:

  • Intermediate to advanced level MS Office skills in particular Word and Excel.
  • Strong drafting skills with a high attention to detail.
  • Excellent organisational, time management prioritisation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to manage the expectations of multiple fee earners.
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on reasonable additional responsibilities as required.

Take your career to the next level

  • Opportunities for junior and senior lawyers.
  • Agile work environment with direct access to partners who have an open-door policy, and foster a supportive, friendly team culture and care for your professional development.


We are always looking for motivated lawyers who want to build their careers and who have: 

  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to manage a busy workload while also being responsive to clients’ needs. 
  • Accuracy and high attention to detail.
  • A “can-do” attitude, a strong work ethic and an enthusiasm for contributing to our firm’s special culture.


Contact our HR manager now for further information.

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