About us

Meet The Team
Thomas Eckardt

Thomas started his career in the UK working at various law firms in London within the corporate M&A sector.

Whilst working in one of the UK’s top tier law firms he made the decision to leave law and work in the recruitment to help lawyers with their career planning.

Thomas developed his experience in both the UK and Sydney helping qualified lawyers at both he junior and very senior level make strategic career moves. Working across both in-house and private practice Thomas is able to provide guidance on both options.


Thomas joined with Luke to Co-Found Eckardt Guanlao Consulting with the aim of providing candidates and clients with a service which exemplified his values of; Integrity, Informative and innovation. The aim is to provide candidates with lasting, ongoing, career services, and clients with a recognised brand for excellence.

Outside of recruitment Thomas has a morbid passion with long course endurance events and has completed various Ironman and Distance events.

Luke Guanlao

Luke was admitted as an Australian lawyer in 2005, to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and Queensland and has over of 10 years of experience practising law in Australia.

He commenced his career with Australia’s leading law firm, Minter Ellison in their corporate and litigation teams before expanding his career in-house and into more commercial roles.

In May 2016 Luke co-founded EG Consulting.

Luke is ideally placed to not only assist candidates in finding the right role but to advise on strategic steps necessary to be taken to solidify a fruitful career path .

Outside of work, Luke’s passion is his family, fitness, and health. When not recruiting he can be found working out at his local Anytime Fitness club, or otherwise at home spending quality time with his wife and kids.

Kumara Mallikaaratchi

Kumara started his career in the UK working at various law firms in London within the Insurance and Commercial Litigation sector.

Kumara is focussed on giving detailed, impartial advice to his clients. He particularly focusses on talking with Senior Associates and Partner within Private Practice.

Kumara has developed a deep network with both lawyers and law firms and can speak fluently regarding successful progression tactics.

Outside of recruitment Kumara has a love for all sports, Rugby, Cricket and Triathlon being a few. He recently completed his first full distance Ironman and is always looking for the next challenge..

Robbie Reid

Robbie has 5 years in Recruitment and HR in both the Irland and Australia. He has extensive management experience which allows him to understand his clients’ challenges.

Robbie is focussed on helping legal secretaries and paralegals navigate their careers across both private practice and in-house.

Robbie has developed a close-knit network with his clients and is know for providing in-depth advice to both job seekers and to hiring managers. He will always meet with his candidates and provide detailed feedback.

Outside of recruitment Robbie is a fitness fanatic. If he’s not in the office then he will be in the gym or out for a run. He has also recently developed a love for running and is looking to complete his first 10Km race soon.

EG Consulting is a specialist legal consultancy which aims at providing expert career consultation to the legal sector:

  • Partners
  • Head of Legal/General Counsels
  • Senior Associates
  • Senior Legal Counsels
  • Associates
  • Legal Secretaries, and
  • Paralegals

Founded by two legal professionals who have extensive experience within the recruitment sector the company provides current and detailed advice. Open communication is key for any partnership to be a success. We see our consultancy as a partnership between us and our clients.

The company’s core value is integrity. Providing honest, detailed and specific advice to clients. Understanding needs, culture and technical requirements is where we excel.

Our Approach

EG Consulting’s core value is Integrity. This emphasis comes from our background and experience of being job seekers ourselves.

We make guiding a client through the recruitment process our core process. This is what we do. We provide open and honest advice (Integrity), We think outside the box to present all options (Ingenuity) and we guide through the application and interview process (Informative).

Most importantly, we listen. Then we find solutions.

We are here to help. Our Process;

  1. Introduction – We explain about ourselves and our services
  2. Consultation – We understand what is most important to you
  3. Advice – We provide market information and advice on potential options
  4. Search – We provide information on the market. Thinking about all available options
  5. Preparation – We will prepare you for your search from initial interview to signing a contract
Why Us?


We Listen. We respond. We understand.

We will provide open, honest advice relating to your requirements.


All of our interactions are designed to strengthen our partnership with our clients and candidates. We aim to be the first call should there be any career questions.


We place the highest value on this aspect of our business. We aim to be consultative. To suggest, to advice, to listen and to respond to the client’s requirements.


All consultants are experts in their given discipline. The aim is to treat the client as we would aim to be treated as clients. We have in depth knowledge of our given markets both nationally and internationally. In todays increasingly global market place we need to have an understanding of international options and their effect on domestic markets.

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