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Richard Schontag

Director | Private Practice

E: richardschontag@taylorroot.com.au

T: +61 2 9236 9077

Born and raised in South Africa, I moved to Australia in 2001. I graduated from ACU National in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing. My career began as a marketing and business development specialist in the legal industry before moving into a recruitment role at Clayton Utz.

I joined Taylor Root in 2017 and partner with all the major firms to recruit lawyers of all levels in the Sydney private practice market.

When I worked at Clayton Utz I operated in a national role, so I recruited lawyers of all levels in all practice areas for all major cities. Since joining Taylor Root my focus is on the Sydney market, and I’ve recruited lawyers in all practice areas up to and including Senior Associate.

Having been in a recruitment role at a law firm I feel I have a good understanding of our clients and their needs. I love building relationships. It’s something that has allowed me to work closely with our clients, and if you’re a candidate you’d find I have a unique insight into the firms and how they operate. I listen to my candidates and focus on really helping them with their career by providing good advice and ultimately helping them move into a role that they’ll love.

Personal interests:
Apart from spending time with my wife and family (I have a large family - my wife is one of five!), I love surfing and practicing yoga. I also enjoy watching rugby (Springboks) and soccer (Manchester City).

Recent Placements:
Senior Associate - Funds - King & Wood Mallesons
Partner - Corporate – Hall & Wilcox
Lawyer – Property – Mills Oakley
Associate - Employment – Holman Fenwick
Lawyer - Banking - Gilbert + Tobin