Stuart Ablethorpe

stuartDirector of Legal Recruitment

ph : +61 (0)3 9038 9360 (Melbourne)
ph : +61 (0)2 9011 5244 (Sydney)
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Stuart Ablethorpe is the founder and Managing Director of Ablethorpe Recruitment. He has been involved in Legal Recruitment since 2002 as a Senior Legal Recruitment Consultant and as Manager of teams operating within Australia and Internationally.

Practice Specialisation

Stuart’s clients include a mix of Australasia’s 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 recruiting assignments across a broad spectrum of legal roles both in private practice, in-house and government. A sample includes:

Client Role
Norton Rose Fulbright Partner – Banking and Finance
World Cup 2015 General Counsel
Baker & McKenzie Partner – Project Finance
Maddocks Senior Associate – Tax
Downer EDI General Counsel & Commercial Manager
Ashurst Reconstruction Lawyer
Herbert Smith Freehills Senior Associate – Private Equity
Australia Post Property Lawyer
HWL Ebsworth Senior Associate – Insolvency
Commonwealth Games Legal Team – Media, Sports & Commercial
DTZ (United Group) Projects/PPP Lawyers
Hall & Wilcox Litigation Lawyers
Herbert Geer Employment Senior Associate
Norwicki Carbone Insurance Lawyer
King & Wood Mallesons IT Lawyer
Siemens Commercial Managers
Clayton Utz Construction Lawyer
LaTrobe Finance General Counsel and Compliance
Accenture Senior Contract Managers
Hansen Technologies General Counsel
Minter Ellison Stamp Duty Lawyer
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Special Counsel – Environment
Russell Kennedy IP Lawyer
Maddocks Property Lawyer
Dept of Premier & Cabinet General Counsel
Hall & Wilcox Junior Employment Lawyer
Pacific Hydro Legal Counsel
Jemena Senior Legal Counsel
Knight Frank Legal Counsel
Holding Redlich Resources Lawyer
SPI Ausnet Legal Counsel
Clayton Utz Equity and Capital Markets Lawyer
Department of Transport Senior Procurement Lawyers
HP IT Legal Counsel
Computer Associates State IT Counsel
Sportsco General Counsel
AGL Senior Energy Lawyer
Herbert Smith Freehills Property Lawyer – Senior Associate
Jetstar Contract Manager
Telstra Telecommunications Lawyer
Bosch Senior Lawyer
ANZ Finance Lawyer
CSL IP Lawyers
Norton Rose Fulbright Litigation Lawyer
K&L Gates IT Lawyer
Lander & Rogers Workcover Lawyer
John Holland Construction Counsel
Becton Property Lawyer
Legal Services Board Senior Lawyer
News Corp Legal Counsel
Kelly Hazel Quill IP and Commercial Lawyers
IFM Senior Investment Lawyer
Madgwicks Renewable Energy Lawyer
Kliger Partners Commercial Lawyer
Macpherson & Kelly Franchise Lawyer
Hall & Wilcox Partner – Tax
CGU Disputes Lawyer
Connect East General Counsel
P&O Maritime Senior Lawyer & Commercial Manager
Coles Senior Commercial Lawyers

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