Stuart Ablethorpe

Director of Legal Recruitment

ph : +61 (0)3 9038 9360 (Melbourne)
ph : +61 (0)2 9011 5244 (Sydney)
m : +61 (0)4 0379 1000
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Professional Memberships


Stuart Ablethorpe is the founder and Managing Director of Ablethorpe Recruitment. He has been involved in Legal Consulting and Recruitment since 2002 as a Senior Legal Recruitment Consultant and as Manager of teams operating within Australia and Internationally.

Practice Specialisation

Stuart’ clients include a mix of Australasia’ largest and highly regarded top tier, mid tier and boutique law firms, major international blue chip corporations and also local privately owned corporations. Stuart has also completed work across the Federal and State Government Sectors, Statutory Authorities and for large international law firms across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Professional Experience

Stuart Ablethorpe graduated with a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University in 1999. He then completed his articles and practiced as a solicitor, gaining wide exposure to the law as a Commercial Litigator with a specialty in Trade Practices and Intellectual Property disputes. Stuart is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, The Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and also retains his Victorian Legal Practicing Certificate.

Recruitment Experience

Stuart has successfully completed a range of consulting and recruitment assignments across a broad spectrum of legal roles both in private practice, in-house and government. A sample includes:

Australian Cricketer’ Association General Counsel
Accenture IT Lawyer and Senior Contract Manager
Acciona Energy Contract Manager
AGL Senior In-House Legal Counsel – Energy
Allens – Linklaters Corporate M&A Lawyer (multiple)
Allens – Linklaters Senior Construction Litigation Lawyers
Ashurst Insolvency Lawyer (multiple)
Ashurst Banking & Finance Senior Associate
Australia Post Property Lawyer
Australian Super Senior IT Lawyer
Baker & McKenzie Partner – Project Finance
Bespoke Principal Lawyer (multiple)
Clayton Utz Project and Construction Lawyer (multiple)
Clayton Utz Equity and Capital Markets Lawyer
Clayton Utz Environment and Planning Senior Associate
Commonwealth Games Legal Team (multiple)
Connect East General Counsel and Company Secretary
Connective General Counsel
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Construction Litigation Special Counsel
Cricket World Cup 2015 General Counsel
CSL IP Lawyer (multiple)
Department of Transport Senior Procurement Lawyer (multiple)
Dept of Premier & Cabinet General Counsel – Baillieu Ministry
Downer EDI General Counsel & Commercial Manager
Gilbert + Tobin Litigation Lawyer
Gilbert + Tobin Banking & Finance Lawyer
Hall & Wilcox Partner – Tax
Hall & Wilcox Commercial Lawyer
Herbert Smith Freehills Senior Associate – Private Equity
Herbert Smith Freehills Property Lawyer – Senior Associate
Herbert Smith Freehills Litigation Lawyer (multiple)
Herbert Smith Freehills Employment Lawyer (multiple)
HWL Ebsworth Senior Associate – Property
HWL Ebsworth Superannuation Lawyer
IFM Senior Investment and Funds Lawyer
iSelect Senior In-House Lawyer
Jemena Senior Legal Counsel
Jetstar Contract Manager
K&L Gates IT Lawyer
KHQ Litigation – Partner
Knight Frank Legal Counsel
LaTrobe Finance General Counsel and Compliance Lawyer
Legal Services Board Senior Lawyer
Maddocks Property Senior Associate (multiple)
Maddocks Employment Lawyer (multiple)
Melbourne Airport In-House Legal Counsel
Movember Foundation Senior In-House Legal Counsel
Multiplex Regional General Counsel (multiple)
News Corp Regional General Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright Partner – Banking and Finance
Norton Rose Fulbright Project Finance Lawyer
Pacific Hydro Legal Counsel (multiple)
PwC Senior IT Lawyer
Quintessential Equity General Counsel
Russell Kennedy Public Sector Lawyer
Siemens Commercial Manager (multiple)
Toyota Australia Legal Team – In-House Counsel (multiple)
Uniqlo Australia Regional General Counsel
White & Case Environment & Planning Lawyer

Read what clients and candidates have to say about Stuart here.