At KWR, we see ourselves as more than just a successful commercial law firm with over 80 lawyers and staff. Rather, we see ourselves as one big family in which mutual respect, friendly interaction and individuality are of utmost importance. That is why we always see more in our employees than just the pure job description - namely the personality, without which our law firm would be a different one.
We have our very own positive KWR dynamic: it permeates all teams in the firm and has a significant influence on the work climate.
Team cohesion and mutual support are consistently rated as very positive by KWR employees - and we are particularly proud of this!
For us, respectful interaction on a par, regardless of hierarchical level, is particularly important. Open discussion is not only tolerated, but encouraged and filled with life.
The opinions of our employees are very important to us. We want to continuously develop and respond to everyone's feedback in a straightforward way. For us, there is no standstill!
The KWR culture also rubs off on our clients. That's how it should be!
Would you like some more?
Encouragement is a top priority at KWR. For this reason, we offer our employees opportunities to develop far beyond the normal level.
For us, it is not the profession that counts, but the interest in deepening one's skills and knowledge. Whether you are an assistant, a student, a candiate attorney, an attorney or a partner, no one will miss out with us.
In contrast to many other law firms, we do not just focus on the path to the bar exam, but also on the periods that follow. As an attorney, you take on more responsibility - entrepreneurial thinking and action are just as much sought after as professional and social skills! For this purpose, we at KWR have developed a special programme for these tasks and challenges to provide future attorneys with the necessary tools.
Join and stay
Join and stay - that is our motto! We are particularly proud that many colleagues feel very comfortable with us and remain loyal for a long time. We are aware that this is no longer a matter of course in this day and age. Therefore, it is a particular pleasure for us that our lawyers enjoy working at KWR and that some of them have already passed through all career stages with us, climbing the ladder from associate to partner.
We don't want to be just a period in someone‘s training in a CV, we want to actively help shape careers. Everyone should have the opportunities to fully realise their potential at KWR. For this reason, we create sufficient perspectives for our employees‘ personal development.
In addition, we are happy to listen to our employees and look forward to them helping us grow the KWR brand.
It is very important to us to respond to the individual needs of our employees and to offer tailor-made solutions. Whether it's studying part-time or writing a doctoral thesis alongside their job, whether it‘s educational or parental leave - we try to make it all possible!
The advancement of women is a matter close to our hearts. At KWR, women have the same opportunities as men. The wish to have children and a family are not exclusion criteria for us.
Our Job Enlargement Program aims to promote in particular the further development of our candidate attorneys and to support them in this process.
We offer various flexible working models to give all employees the opportunity to balance family and career. This applies to mothers and fathers alike. We are proud that we already have three partners at KWR who are all mothers and can still successfully pursue their careers. And we hope that this is just the beginning.
We are here for each other
We consider ourselves to be more than just an employer, we are aware of our responsibility toward our employees.
It is important to us that everyone feels comfortable with us and is able to work in a pleasant and safe atmosphere.
We always have a symphathetic ear for the problems of colleagues and are happy to provide support.
We also like celebrating! Joint successes and special events - passing the bar exam, a milestone birthday or the birth of a child – we will acknowledge and celebrate this because we see ourselves as a kind of family in which we stand by each other, in good times and bad times.
We put our hearts in it
Our cooperation is based on the KWR values:
- We are loyal to colleagues and treat each other with respect
- We support each other in our tasks.
- We consider KWR interests in our decisions and avoid "ego trips".
- We consider humor an important resource in our daily work.
In addition, we also set an example beyond the firm with our CSR program. We give targeted support to projects which aim to create equal opportunities for disadvantaged children. In 2020, we donated laptops to the Laptop Challenge and in 2021 we will sponsor computer courses at several Viennese schools as part of the Digital Support Initiative.
Children are our future and this is why we also want to give them a future.
Empowerment of women is part of KWR's corporate strategy. We are pleased to report an above-average percentage of women among our lawyers, no less than 50%.
We support an integrated approach to diversity and believe that fostering personal commitment has alasting impact on corporate culture.
KWR+ Women initiative
As our young female lawyers are particularly close to our hearts, we have launched the “KWR+ Women” initiative.
The aim of the "KWR+ Women" initiative is to create a platform by and for female KWR lawyers under the motto "A community that supports your career". We would like to foster our female lawyers across all career stages and provide an opportunity for a personal exchange of experience outside of legal work.
At the quarterly KWR+ Women Lunch, KWR female lawyers will exchange ideas in an informal atmosphere and meet inspiring female 'role models' from various fields. We are convinced that the exchange with each other and with female lawyers who have already gained professional experience will open up new perspectives, thus making an important contribution to self-actualisation in future professional life.
Our declared goal is to inspire young female lawyers to become attorneys; we want to show them the many opportunities which a career as an attorney can offer. Our partners work in various fields of law and are recognised experts intheir fields. What are the criteria for selecting a particular specialisation, what can I expect as an attorney and how do I build my own client base? In a personal exchange of experiences our partners will be happy to answer these and many other questions which young female lawyers and aspiring female attorneys may be asking themselves.
Cooperation partner of "Paragraphinnen"
KWR has been a cooperation partner of Paragraphinnensince 2022. The association offers a strong network of committed and competent female lawyers and decision-makers from the legal sector. We are very pleased to join forces with Paragraphinnen as we support young female lawyers on their career path.
At the same time, we also use the programme so as to get valuable feedback as well as fresh ideas and impulses and to reflect on our own work. This way, we also continue to develop as an employer.
„The best way to predict your future is to create it“ (Peter F. Drucker)
KWR is offering four law or business law students and graduates an opportunity of doing a one-month paid internship in one of Austria's leading business law firms and getting to know practical work in a law firm from close up.
Learning by doing
Close to the action, experience it live for a month!
Experience work on exciting cases from practice and immerse yourself in the world of
- Corporate Law and M&A
- Construction and Real Estate
- Public Law and Procurement
- Employment Law
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from our experienced specialists and ask everything you always wanted to know. After all, only curiosity makes you truly perfect! Everything you heard about in two dimensions at university will be right before your eyes in three dimensions here with us, to be experienced and understood.
Make this the experience of a lifetime!
In the KWR Summer Associate Program, you will be teamed up with our attorneys to work on exciting cases from the real world. Each week you will immerse yourself in a new area of law and get to know it, according to the motto "That's real life".
Be a candidate attorney for a month, writing memos, briefs, motions for preliminary injunctions, and contracts. Experience a lawsuit for damages and conduct your own due diligence. This and much more is what awaits you at the KWR Summer Associate Program.
Be part of it!