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Jon Riley

Partner - Legal, Australia

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Practice Areas

  • Insurance
  • Construction
  • Property
  • Corporate / M&A
  • Banking & Finance
  • Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Employment


Jon has over 15 years’ recruitment experience across the Professional Services, Engineering Consulting & Legal sectors within Australia and the Asia Pacific. Now focusing solely on the Legal Sector, he covers all role levels from Associate through to Partner with success and experience in building teams and new service lines.

The main tale.

Growing up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Jon lived at the beach either surfing where he states he learnt how to stay calm through being “stuck under a wave, not knowing which way is up, in rough, broken water” or making trips down south to learn next best thing – snowboarding.

This love of board sports saw Jon head to Canada on sabbatical after high school where he learnt what he credits to be one of the most important lessons in his life. During a lesson where he was doing tree runs through the snow pines, his instructor said “focus on the trail. Whatever you do, don’t look at the tree”. His working & life philosophy is; if you focus on what could go wrong, you will hit that tree…

Jon’s calm positivity and measured approach towards life combined with a BA & Graduate Diploma in Psychology have played a huge role in leading to his life as a recruiter and eventually, joining ALRA.

After working hard both studying and slinging beers through Uni and then in his first traditional 9-5 job as a Recruiter, he joined ALRA for the freedom, choice & control it offers – where he can “choose where and how I work, how I operate and who I work with.”

Stories for another time…

Ask him about…

  • DIY Renovating a 150-year-old house with no trade background but EPIC YouTube watching skills.
  • Making friends in Sicily through hand gestures & body language alone as he couldn’t speak Italian.

Recent Placements

  • Partner, Corporate, Mid-tier
  • Senior Associate, Property & Real Estate, Top-tier
  • Special Counsel, Corporate, Boutique
  • Senior Associate, Commercial Litigation & Disputes, Top-tier
  • Partner, Employment, Mid-tier
  • Associate, Professional Indemnity, Insurance specialist Mid-tier
  • Senior Associate, Medical Negligence, Mid-tier
  • Solicitor, Construction litigation, Top-tier