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Legal Counsel

Private Company - Prince Of Wales, QLD

Any Industry
Source: uWorkin


  • Join us at an exciting time of building a new strategy of innovation
  • Fixed Term until March 2022
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion

About the role

The UNSW Legal Office provides legal support in the form of advice and transactional services to UNSW and its controlled entities on a wide variety of matters.

Reporting to the General Counsel, the successful candidate is expected to provide high quality legal advice and representation to the University on a wide range of matters. You will assist in the resolution of complaints and disputes, including managing litigation for the University in a range of Courts and Tribunals. In addition, you will facilitate the effective and lawful conduct of University functions and activities by drafting, advising on and negotiating a wide range of agreements, and advising on the application of diverse Commonwealth and State legislation.

Specific accountabilities for this role include:

  • Advising on, managing and assisting the University to resolve, complaints and legal disputes, representing the University in lower Courts and Tribunals and instructing external solicitors and Counsel in superior Court matters;
  • Advising the University in relation to its accountabilities to State and Federal regulators and a range of external stakeholders, assisting in the University’s response to subpoenas and other compulsory processes and managing a busy and diverse legal practice;
  • Negotiating, drafting and advising on commercial contracts covering a wide range of subject-matter;
  • Advising on the University’s compliance with Commonwealth and State legislation, and University policies and procedures.
  • Advising the University in relation to corporate governance, compliance and conduct matters;
  • Assisting the UNSW Legal Office to develop model agreements.
  • Assisting with legal education and training for University staff, including developing training materials on various legal topics
  • Participating in the general activities of the UNSW Legal Office including attendance at team meetings, supervising legal interns, and supporting specific team projects as required

About you

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in law with a minimum of 8 years’ PQE, in either a high quality in-house or commercial law firm environment.
  • Admission to the Supreme Court of NSW and a current practising certificate (or admission in another Australian jurisdiction and eligible to be admitted and practice in NSW).
  • A demonstrated track record of handling complaints and legal disputes, representing clients in lower Courts and Tribunals and instructing external solicitors and Counsel in superior Court matters.
  • Preferably, in addition to a strong track record as a disputes lawyer, experience as a generalist lawyer and a demonstrated ability to review, draft and advise on both standard and complex commercial agreements. Demonstrated ability to develop practical and timely solutions to address client needs,
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop and foster relationships with team colleagues and with staff at all levels of the organisation.
  • Excellent drafting, and negotiation skills.

Please click Apply to submit your application online. Applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Please include a copy of your CV and a cover letter to note your suitability to this position.

A copy of the Position Description can be found here


Simone Donovan, Talent Acquisition Lead

E: S.Donovan@unsw.edu.au

T: (61 2) 9065 7278

Applications close: Tuesday, 8th June 2021 at 11:30pm

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UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply