Main activities • Negotiating and drafting changes to standard form contracts used by the organisation. • Drafting new forms of contracts for the organisation. • Negotiating major commercial transactions. • Managing major litigation and advise on claims, including those concerning customers, suppliers, competitors and regulators. • Monitoring changes and developments in the legal and regulatory environment. • Assisting in the implementation and maintenance of legal systems (such as contract management systems). • Assisting in the development of policies, procedures and training programmes for staff on relevant legal issues. • Participating with the management team and external advisers in the evaluation, structuring and documentation of future business opportunities. • Managing matters briefed to external lawyers where the cost for individual matters are not expected to exceed $1million.
Key skills • Ability to provide commercially focused legal support. • Excellent drafting skills. • Excellent negotiating skills. • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with the ability to communicate to people in a range of positions. • Supervisory skills. • Project management skills. • Ability to manage competing priorities and escalations. • Ability to work autonomously
Internal contacts All employees within the organisation up to the Managing Director of the business unit.
External contacts Regulatory authorities, external lawyers, customers and suppliers.
Typical experience Admitted as a solicitor in one or more States in Australia (or equivalent qualifications from overseas and taking steps to be admitted in Australia), coupled with 8+ years legal experience in general commercial law and/or litigation.
Other comments Alternative Title: Senior Legal Counsel.