perth legal recruitment

Shaun McRobert

M&A and ECM Corporate Partner, MinterEllison

Chris has a deep understanding of the Perth market and is dedicated to the legal profession in many ways. He understands cultural fit and the strong external forces impacting on the WA market. He is also an innovator and business owner here – so he understands issues beyond the legal industry. His business acumen creates great and lasting opportunities for his clients


Matt Gunn

Lawyer, Lynn & Brown Lawyers

Siemone combines incredible professionalism with a truly friendly and warm approach. Siemone recently assisted me in the search for a new role and very quickly matched me with a fantastic firm. The most impressive part of the process was her ability to really get to know me and then recommend a firm that was a great match for my personality, style and skills. Since taking up the role I have found that all of Siemone’s insights into the firm in question and their staff were true- she clearly knows her stuff.

Siemone’s diligence and her friendly manner smoothed the recruitment process immensely and I have already recommended both her and KBE to others. Thank you again!


Catherine Robinson

Legal Counsel, IMF Bentham Limited

Siemone is a great operator in the Perth market. From the beginning, she was lovely to deal with, she regularly checked in and warmly welcomed me to the broader Perth network. She was very attentive including following up in the new role. I would recommend her and KBE.


Harriet Hay

Lawyer, Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Sharon was great, excellent communication in how the process was going, assisting me with negotiation and helping me decide on the career path that was the best for my professional development and progression. The special cupcake delivery to share with the team was a definite plus!


Rachel Todd

General Counsel & Company Secretary, Holchim

Chris recently assisted me replacing a key position in my team in Perth. He provided quality candidates that really met my brief. He provided great summaries of each candidate’s attributes and very detailed reference checks. The whole process was incredily smooth and I was delighted with the results. I will definitely use Chris again if recruiting in the Perth market.


Melanie Weaver

Senior Associate, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

I have had the pleasure of working with Chris twice now, both times as a candidate / job seeker in tough market conditions. Chris has helped me to obtain two legal roles, most recently a Senior Associate position at a top-tier law firm. From the beginning, Chris took the time to understand me and my requirements and to tailor his approach accordingly. Throughout the process, Chris was consistently proactive, enthusiastic and responsive (keeping the firm and I updated at all times but never being too pushy). Chris went out of his way to ensure that the process and transition went as smoothly as possible and that it was a positive experience for me. Chris has a detailed knowledge of the legal market and law firm cultures in Western Australia. He is clearly passionate about his role in matching the right people with the right job. I have dealt with several recruiters but none are as honest, proactive, approachable, professional and knowledgeable as Chris. For all these reasons, I would recommend Chris and his team to any professional seeking a role in the Australian legal market.


Murray Thornhill

Director and Owner, HHG Legal Group

Chris and his team are extremely pro-active and can-do in everything they do. Chris is a brilliant networker and constantly goes out of his way to put people together. He understands law firm cultures and dynamics and isnt afraid to give blunt, honest advice. Chris has excellent listening skills and is driven to really understand client’s HR needs. He is a creative thinker and problem solver, and always a pleasure to work with.


Tom Meagher

Director, Balfour Meagher

Chris sets the standard by which all other professional recruiters should aspire to. Not only does Chris ensure he understands, and gets to properly know, his clients but he also does so in the most positive of ways; for both the employer and their prospective team member. These attributes, together with Chris’ promptness of service and wonderfully amicable nature, makes him in my view the leading legal recruiter in Western Australia.


Jeremy Newman

Associate, Bellanhouse

Thanks for your help Chris. You were by far the most effective recruiter I have dealt with and also were the most realistic in terms of appraising the current market. In other words you promised the least and delivered the most, for which I am very grateful.


Rochelle Airey

Senior Associate, HWL Ebsworth

I was not actively looking to change jobs when I met Chris but asked to be kept in mind if the right opportunity came up. Chris was true to his word and identified a role which he thought might be the right fit. I was impressed with how Chris managed the recruitment process (particularly when I had a sudden bereavement during the process). I am now happily settled into my new role, with thanks to Chris.


Roberta Grealish

Solicitor, Consumer Credit Legal Service WA

Chris’s positive and proactive approach to recruitment is very refreshing. He has an impressive network of personal and professional friends and clients. Obviously his time spent working in the legal profession stands him in good stead and he is highly regarded. He takes time to get to know his candidates and accordingly has a great ability to match his candidates to the right client and position.


Rebekah Williams

Solicitor, Law Firm

Chris and his team are incredibly professional and thorough in placing the right person in the right role. I have personally experienced a very rewarding placement through KBE, where Chris and his team have ensured both I and my employer was supported throughout the transition phase.


Matt Caddy

Senior Associate, Minter Ellison

Chris provided honest, strategic advice about the WA market and worked hard to help me secure the position that best suited my career plans. What sets Chris apart from others in the legal recruitment industry is that he genuinely listens and has exceptional Partner level relationships across Perth. This is a testament to his nature and willingness to add value to his clients over and above recruitment. Chris kept me informed throughout the recruitment process and I was able to call on him for advice every step of the way. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Chris and would wholeheartedly recommend him to others. At the end of the recruitment process, I now consider Chris as both a valued career adviser and personal friend.


Bryn Hardcastle

Managing Director, Bellanhouse Legal

Chris understood the importance of employing the right people for a newly established law firm and took the time and effort involved in finding our perfect candidate seriously. He also assisted in providing advice on the strategic direction of the firm and has made key introductions to potential clients through his seemingly unparalleled contact network. His proactive approach, honest advice and contact network all made him a valuable resource for the firm and I will continue to draw on his experience in the future. He not only provided quality applicants and business advice but has become a reliable sounding board and confidant during the process. I would be very happy to refer Chris to firms across WA.


Grant Cheeseman

Managing Principal, Grant Ross Legal

Chris assisted me with my role change earlier this year after a number of years with another firm. Chris was very thorough and the recruitment process was painless and quick. Chris had met with me, listened to my requirements and set up a number of opportunities for me within days and I had interviewed with 2 separate firms within a week of our first meeting. Chris is a well connected guy and knows his market. He doesn’t oversell you or your potential employer and it is obvious that he is driven by ensuring that both parties are happy with the fit. Chris’ interest in my career has not stopped with my appointment and Chris has since been instrumental in introducing me to other professionals in Perth allowing me to increase my own networks.


Ben Tippett

Legal Counsel, HSBC Commercial Banking

Chris landed me the exact job I’d been hunting for. He’s extremely personable, organised, and well-connected, and always made a point to ensure I was happy with how things were progressing. If you’re after a change of scenery and can’t quite seem to find the right job, Chris is your man!


Keith Radley

Solicitor, Law Firm

I found Chris to be very likeable, having a no nonsense approach to recruitment. Chris was excellent at ‘thinking outside the box’ and was readily available for consultation throughout the entire recruitment process. I would have no hesitation in recommending Chris to a colleague and wish him much success in the future.


Ben Secrett

Senior Advisor, Listing Compliance, ASX Limited

Chris and his team are consummate professionals. Chris has an extensive network from which he was able find me a great role which I am thoroughly enjoying – over the years he has taken the time to understand me and my abilities, and so knew what would work for me. I appreciated being kept well informed throughout the process and the service continued beyond being placed in my role. I don’t intend to need recruitment services again anytime soon but when I next do I know who to see.


David Kernohan

Former CEO, Mental Health Law Centre

Chris has worked with the Mental Health Law Center for a period of time providing skilled staff members through KBE. Chris is both professional and personable. His approach is to assess carefully the requirements of the position and the culture of the organisation and make appropriate recommendations. He works with the organisation to achieve positive placements. His work is supported by an effective team that ensures the service is both seamless and efficient. I am very happy to endorse and recommend Chris and his team.


Tun Yeo

Solicitor, Law Firm

Chris provides great advice for young lawyers trying to break into a competitive market. His positive attitude, sound advice, support, career counselling and enthusiasm was not only calming, but also gave me the courage to approach my current workplace and secure a position. Thanks for your help Chris.


Amy James

Associate (Family Law), HHG Legal Group

Chris and his team at KBE recently helped me secure a position at a premier mid-sized law firm in Perth. I found his assistance during this process invaluable and he alleviated a lot of the stress associated with transiting to a new firm. He gave me genuine and honest advice and I felt that he really had my best interests at heart. I have no hesitation in recommending Chris and his team.


Hayley Dodson

Senior Associate, Cullen Macleod

I highly recommend Chris and the hard-working, attentive team at KBE.


Daniel White

Partner - Workplace Relations & Employment, Mills Oakley

There is no doubt that Chris Bates is the best in the business. Chris knows the Perth legal market like no other person and has a sound knowledge of each firm, its culture and its needs. Chris also takes the time to know you and the direction you want your career to head. The result is Chris making exceptionally well informed decisions that work well for all concerned when it comes to moving practice. Chris is the leading career advisor for the Perth legal market. I would not trust any body else with such important decisions.


Jonathan Jacobson

Principal, Jacobson & Associates

Chris is a superb legal recruitment agent. I admire his professionalism, his dedication towards his clients and his genuine philosophy of giving back to the community. I am not the first, nor the last person he has helped to secure employment. I could not recommend Chris and KBE highly enough.


Archana Luktuke

Solicitor, Austasia Group

In today’s employment market, most employment agencies seem to act as their client’s mouth-pieces with an overwhelming focus on discarding candidates as outsiders to their business. They don’t realize that even in an employer’s market as it is now in WA, employees are as important to their success as are potential employers who retain them to fill a staffing requirement. Chris from KBE is a welcome change from the above trend. I was made redundant from a law firm recently due to change in business conditions. Chris was prompt in replying to my application, reasonable in his expectation of the previous employer and proactive in his approach. He spent time in actively understanding me before he matched my skills with an available vacancy at the time. His intelligently designed introductory email sold my strengths appropriately to a potential employer leading to an offer of employment being made in less than 24 hours after the interview. I strongly recommend Chris from KBE to potential jobseekers in the legal profession in WA.


Alice Commander

Commercial Associate, Murfett Legal

Chris made the process of moving to a new firm so much quicker and easier than I ever could have imagined. He’s responsive, acts fast and had plenty of opportunities for me to consider. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you use Chris, he’s a great recruiter.


Kristen Flood

Lawyer, MPH Lawyers

Chris helped me to secure a role in Perth having recently moved here from the UK, and I feel really fortunate to have had his assistance in such a move. It was clear early on that Chris has excellent knowledge of the Perth market and solid relationships with a variety of firms. I found him to be not only strategic and pragmatic in his approach, taking the time to really assess which firms might be a good fit for me specifically and tailoring his submissions to them to suit my specific circumstances, but also incredibly supportive on a personal level. Overall, the team at KBE helped to make the entire process as seamless as possible from start to finish and I would highly recommend them without hesitation.


Marcus Procopio

Director, Procopio Legal

When it comes to legal recruitment, networking and business development, Chris is simply best-in-class. He’s a tireless worker who takes the initiative and gets things done for his clients. Above all, he’s a great person and an absolute pleasure to work and chat with. I have no hesitation at all in recommending Chris to anyone.


Mairead Reidy

Consultant, AWE Limited

Chris (and the KBE team) are the best in the business! They are professional, knowledgeable and extremely proactive. I really appreciated that Chris took the time to listen to my career aspirations and understand what it was that I valued before matching my skills with current legal vacancies. Chris’ guidance, knowledge of the legal market and relationships in the legal sector here in Perth were invaluable for me and I relied on and trusted his insightful and pragmatic advice. He had numerous interviews lined up for me within 48 hours of contacting him and made the whole process quick and seamless. Chris clearly loves his job and his friendly, enthusiastic nature makes him great fun to work with. Unlike most recruiters, Chris’ genuine interest doesn’t end when his clients are placed in new roles and he goes above and beyond to ensure his clients are settling well into their new jobs. My experience working with Chris and the KBE team has been nothing but positive. I am loving my new role and I have no hesitation in recommending him!


Joe Ablitt

Associate, Bellanhouse

I would recommend Chris and his team to anyone looking for employment in the legal sector in Perth. Chris provided honest, constructive and timely advice throughout the whole process and is clearly well connected in the market place. I could not speak highly enough of the KBE team.


Andra Lang

Solicitor, Law Firm

Chris and his team were a pleasure to deal with. They helped me secure a role in Perth after relocating from Brisbane. The interstate move was very stressful and Chris took the time to listen to my concerns and find out what I was looking for. Chris gave honest, genuine and informed advise and made me feel like I was in good hands throughout the process. I would absolutely recommend Chris and his team!


Fabienne Sharbanee

Special Counsel, Pragma Legal

Chris’s approach to placing candidates is proactive and upfront. His many connections allow him to consider placements across a broad cross-section of the profession. He maintains a focus on both the professional and personal requirements of candidates and keeps you informed of all contacts he makes on your behalf. A strikingly honest and dedicated approach to recruitment.


Tony Martin

Head of Corporate and Commercial Law, Dwyer Durack

Thanks for everything and your team’s professionalism in not only locating me a suitable position, but also the follow up after the job was confirmed. I would highly recommend you to others.


Blake Primrose

Associate, Allen & Overy

Chris found me a fantastic new role in Perth whilst I was living and working abroad. The process was easy going and I was able to speak to someone when I needed to. I recommend Chris and KBE to other lawyers looking to find a new role in Perth.


Jason De Silva

Director, Murfett Legal

Chris is widely considered the market leader in Law Firm Strategy and Partner Level Recruitment in Western Australia. He continues to assist with our growth not only by way of Partner Level Recruitment but also Strategic Consulting. His knowledge of the legal industry and the business of law is invaluable, and his input doesn’t end at the placement of a recruit; value is added with on-boarding and strategy. I recommend him highly.


Darryl Daisley

Director, Pitcher Partners

I would highly recommend Chris and his team to anyone looking for employment in the Accounting/legal sector in Perth. Chris provided honest, constructive and timely advice throughout the whole process and is clearly well connected in the market place. The teams responsiveness and attention to detail provided a lot of comfort through the process of testing the Perth market for opportunities. I could not speak highly enough of Chris and the the KBE team.


Emma Maclean

Lawyer, Hall & Wilcox

I would highly recommend Chris and the KBE team to anyone searching for a new role. Their knowledge of the Perth legal sector was instrumental in securing me my dream role.


Dee Gandhi

Contracts Manager, RCR Tomlinson

Siemone is a great recruiter to work with. She is truly interested in creating the right match between employees and employers, and was a great help in finding the right placement for me.


Carla Vinciullo

Partner, Murfett Legal

I highly recommend Chris and his team to any high performing and ambitious lawyer looking for new and exciting opportunities in Perth. Chris and his team are responsive, professional, diligent and easy to work with. Chris knows and understands the Perth market and he knows and understands law. You will find Chris to be helpful, honest and thorough in all his dealings with you. Prior to meeting Chris my experience with legal recruiters was average at best. He is next level and just a generally excellent person.


Kym Low

Corporate Counsel, RCR Tomlinson

Siemone assisted with our search of a Senior Legal Counsel and placement of a Contracts Manager. Both roles were required to be filled quickly. Siemone was able to source high quality candidates quickly and her “can do” attitude is refreshing. Well done to both KBE and Siemone.


Nicola Ashford

Associate, Kim Wilson & Co

I have known Chris for approximately 8 years, he in his role with KBE and myself as a lawyer in the WA legal community. I have primarily worked with Chris through KBE’s generous sponsorship of well-deserving organisations and causes, such as Women Lawyers of WA. In every interaction I have had with Chris in 8 years, he has been incredibly generous with his time and knowledge and with his skill as a great connector. He is always happy to have a chat and find out how he can help. I very much look forward to continuing to work with Chris in the years to come.


Eleanor Scarff

Head of Personal Injuries and Insurance Litigation Department, Dwyer Durack

I highly recommend Chris and his team at KBE. Chris provides an incredible service that is second to none. His knowledge of the legal industry especially within the insurance sector is extensive and he also genuinely cares about securing the right candidate for the role all the while providing ongoing support and feedback. If you looking for a recruitment company to assist with finding the right candidate for your firm or looking for a change yourself – look no further than Chris and KBE!


Kelly Parker

Director, Murfett Legal

Chris’ knowledge of the Legal Industry in WA is second to none! He is the go to person for partner level recruitment and strategic consulting. Chris continues to assist our firm with the implementation of our strategic growth plan in an insightful and refreshingly direct manner. I highly recommend Chris.


Bronwyn Nevin

Lawyer, Hall & Wilcox

Thank you Sharon for being so lovely and professional during my experience with KBE.


Doris Matias

Family Lawyer, DS Family Law

I appreciate how Chris connects people at the right time and at the right place because he listens and understands what you want. I thank his team for making it happen in a seamless way. All the best Chris.


Evangeline Skene

Solicitor, Stork Davies

Siemone found me the perfect position within a firm after just a couple of weeks. She was a pleasure to deal with at all times and I found her positive attitude towards recruitment extremely reassuring.


Matt Ireland

Senior Associate, Steinpreis Paganin

I found Siemone great to deal with when I was recently looking to make a move to a new firm. I think Siemone and KBE’s deep relationships in the Perth legal market mean they are the go to recruiters for lawyers looking to make a move into or within the Perth legal market.



Alana Stallard

Solicitor, Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers

Siemone was a pleasure to deal with when I was recently looking to make a move to a different firm. Siemone was very approachable and was great at keeping me updated regarding the process of my application. Nothing was ever too much trouble and she really did make the entire process very pleasant. I would definitely recommend Siemone to others.



Michael Massarotto

Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright

Siemone’s approach and dedication towards ensuring that her client’s concerns are covered are second to none. During a recent employment change, Siemone managed to make the entire process seamless, while providing a supportive approach from initial contact.


Aimee Donjerkovich

Associate, HLS Legal

A big thank you to Sharon and all of the team at KBE for their assistance. I really appreciated their professionalism throughout the whole process.


Tracy Chew

Senior Counsel & Legal Manager (M&A), Automotive Holdings Group (AHG)

Siemone assisted with our search for a Corporate Lawyer (M&A) after little luck in finding a suitable candidate for the position. She was professional and a pleasure to deal with, and helped us to fill the role quickly and smoothly. Thank you to Siemone and the team at KBE.


Tim Kennedy


Having been out of the job market for some time I really wasn’t sure how to get started but one phone call to Chris immediately put me at ease. At our first meeting, he explained the market to me in considerable detail and took the time to really understand and appreciate what I was looking for, both in the short term and long term. Chris was quickly able to find an exciting opportunity for me and was with me every step of the way. I cannot thank Chris enough for his professionalism and the enthusiasm he bought to my recruitment. I highly recommend Chris and his entire team at KBE.


Luke O'Callaghan

Partner, Lavan

When I decided I was ready to test the market for new opportunities, I naturally contacted Chris Bates. Chris has an unrivalled understanding of the legal profession in Perth and the factors that motivate the growth and performance of its law firms.

Chris is widely regarded as the leader in the Western Australian market when it comes to Partner recruitment and law firm mergers and acquisitions, and my experience undoubtedly supports this view. Chris is very knowledgeable and highly personable. Most importantly, he understands the business of law firms with the contacts and networks to back it up. Chris has become a friend and colleague through the process, and continues to assist with business/client development strategy and planning.

Ultimately, Chris’s counsel was spot on and led to me taking the career step I was looking for. Highly recommended!


Clare Mould

Commercial Counsel

Chris is the most professional, connected, proactive and responsive recruiter that I have ever met. I’d heard that Chris was the market leader when it came to senior level legal recruitment in Perth, and he exceeded expectations. When I first met Chris, I was immediately impressed with his in depth knowledge of the legal profession and distinctive firm cultures here in Perth. He certainly has his finger on the pulse!


Liz Mitchell

Senior Associate, Zafra Legal

I cannot recommend Chris highly enough. He inspired me to believe I had something to offer potential employers and gave me the confidence to search for the right position. Even better, he focused on my attributes and put my CV in front of the people he believed would be a compatible match. Chris helped me secure a new position – I am so impressed by his professionalism offset by a really approachable and friendly disposition- if you want someone who actually cares and likes a challenge, if you don’t fit the traditional candidate mould, then call Chris. Even better, you will get cupcakes on your first day. Thank you Chris and your team.