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Level 40
140 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Who We Are

Burrows Legal is an established executive search firm specialising in partner and senior legal appointments to law firms and in-house legal teams across Australia.

Our Foundations

The success of Burrows Legal has been built upon four key foundations. These continue to guide us every day.

Deliver Exceptional Service

Delivering exceptional service to our clients and legal practitioners is paramount to everything we do. This is achieved through our carefully researched hiring strategies, our relentless work ethic, and our commitment to only delivering quality candidates who meet the specifications of our clients.

Maintain Long-Term Relationships

Because we believe in providing long-term value, we believe in the importance of maintaining long-term relationships. Beyond exceptional service, this is achieved through being transparent through imparting knowledge, giving honest feedback, and demonstrating an on-going commitment to our clients.

Impart Knowledge

We substantially invest in our own knowledge to provide real value to our clients. We achieve this through actively participating in legal associations, workgroups and training programs. This knowledge is shared with our clients and candidates, along with our own views on changing market trends.

Be Trusted Advisors

We are trusted advisors, transparent, honest and committed to delivering on our promises. We behave with ethical professionalism at all times, and always protect the confidentiality of our clients and candidates.


Burrows Legal specialises in Partner, Special Counsel and Senior Associate searches for law firms as well as General Counsel and Senior Legal Counsel for in-house teams.

Our Commitment To Quality

We believe our track record speaks for itself, and we are proud of the reputation we have built for providing exceptional people to fill key roles. We stand behind the quality of our work with a 12-month guarantee period on all retained appointments.

Where We Work

Burrows Legal has offices in Melbourne and Sydney and service clients Australia wide.

We also provide senior legal search and selection services to international law firms and corporations, with previous roles successfully filled in London, Paris and the United Arab Emirates. 

Send us your brief

Burrows Legal was founded by Craig Burrows to assist law firms and legal practitioners through specialist knowledge and tailored service. Craig is a qualified lawyer and commenced his career with PWC. Burrows Legal has been responsible for several of the leading partner appointments in the media and has been integral to the growth strategy of some of Australia’s leading law firms.

Examples include:

-Partner IP/Technology Boutique Firm (Melbourne) -Partner Insurance Law National law Firm (Melbourne)
-Partner Insurance Law National law Firm (Melbourne) -Partner Insolvency National Firm (Sydney)
-Partner Insurance National Firm (Melbourne) -Partner Corporate National Firm (Melbourne)
-Partner Insolvency Boutique Firm (Melbourne) -Partner Construction National Firm (Melbourne)
-Senior Legal Counsel Construction Listed Company (Melbourne) -Partner Construction/Property Projects top tier firm (Canberra)
-Partner Construction National Firm (Melbourne) -Special Counsel Workplace Relations (Melbourne)
-Senior Associate Construction (Melbourne) -Legal Counsel Intellectual Property (Melbourne)
-Partner Family Law (Melbourne) -Partner Insolvency (Melbourne)
-Partner Employment Law (Melbourne) -Partner Tax (Melbourne)
-Partner Intellectual Property (Melbourne) -National firm Merger (Melbourne and Perth)
-Partner Insurance (Melbourne) -Partner Corporate (Melbourne)
-Partner Commercial Litigation (Melbourne) -Partner Intellectual Property (Melbourne)
-Senior Legal Counsel (Sydney) -Senior Associate Global Firm (Paris)
-Associate Global Firm (Dubai) -Special Counsel Property & Projects (Melbourne)
-Chief Legal Counsel (Melbourne)
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What Our Clients Are Saying About Us

We have built a strong and enjoyable working relationship with Craig and his team over several years now. Craig has an extensive knowledge of the legal market, works collaboratively with us to understand and help shape the brief, and pro-actively assists through all stages of the recruitment process. Craig has placed a number of our senior lawyers who are key to implementing the firm’s growth plans. I would not hesitate to recommend Burrows Legal.

— CEO, Mid-Tier Law Firm

On top of his game. Knows the brief and delivers

— Managing Partner, Melbourne International Law Firm

We have engaged Burrows Legal on executive searches at the partner, special counsel and senior associate levels. Craig has successfully placed several partners and senior lawyers at our firm. Our experience with Craig has been excellent; he listens to and understands our requirements, and he only puts forward suitable candidates. I have no hesitation recommending him

— Director, Boutique Top Tier Melbourne Law Firm

I engaged Craig Burrows on a number of occasions for legal recruitment services. Craig is highly professional, makes the effort to understand the role required in line with your business and provides a handful of suitable candidates. I would highly recommend Craig for legal recruitment services at all levels.

— Manager, Legal & Commercial In-House

Craig has worked on a number of legal roles for our team which he has successfully filled. He definitely values quality over quantity – taking time to understand our organisation and the culture of our team. He proactively searches for the very best talent, offers advice on best process. I would rate the experience as exceptional. I have no hesitation in recommending him.

— Craig Laughton, General Counsel CPA Australia Ltd

Proven Success
98% of all retained search assignments successfully filled.
Since 2009 100% of all senior lawyers placed with law firms under retained assignments stayed beyond the 12 month guarantee period.


Over $40m+ estimated client revenues generated from partner search

Community Support

As well as taking part in legal community functions, and networking events, Burrows Legal is proud to support the humanitarian work of the Fred Hollows Foundation.

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