Senior Associate - Construction and Major Projects

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Job Number: 969129
Work type: Permanent
Location: Canberra
Categories: Lawyer, Canberra


MinterEllison is renowned as one of Asia Pacific's leading legal practices. What sets us apart is we are driven by a strong sense of purpose: We create lasting impacts for our clients, our people and our communities. MinterEllison is redefining the boundaries of what it means to be a law firm.

In 2020, Legal 500 Asia Pacific identified MinterEllison as the equal most ranked firm in Australia, with 24 rankings across practice areas. We also placed as the highest ranked law firm in LinkedIn's 25 Top Companies in Australia for 2019.


In the past 5 years MinterEllison's Projects, Infrastructure & Construction team has been the lead advisor on more than 150 nationally significant construction and infrastructure projects and disputes.  We are focussed on providing end-to-end legal support on infrastructure projects – from project structuring, advice on procurement options, financing, tender strategy, contract documentation and negotiation through to contract administration, maintenance issues and dispute resolution.

The team offers a comprehensive range of legal services for complex large scale property development transactions, and construction and infrastructure projects acting on behalf of government, developers, construction companies and corporate clients. Our team has worked on, and continues to work on, all of the major deals which define and continue to change the built landscape of Australia.  We offer our clients an end to end solution which allows us to see the project from conception until completion. The team also has a busy dispute resolution practice, including litigation in all superior courts, domestic and international arbitration, and adjudication.  

In this role you will work alongside Partner Ben Fuller and his team, who are operating on a truly national basis from the Canberra base, including by leading major development and construction projects in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory, and the Australian Capital Territory. However, there will also be close contact with other leading lawyers working in the broader national team on large scale projects.


An opportunity currently exists in our Canberra office for a Senior Associate with strong front end property and construction experience to join our national team. This work involves early stage advisory work in structuring major projects as well as drafting and negotiation for major development and infrastructure projects and general construction matters. There are also a range of broader property, planning, and environment advisory elements which are connected with the significant precinct development projects which are in progress.


We welcome applications from Lawyers with a minimum 5-8 years PQE. Ideally, you will have specialist major projects, infrastructure or construction industry experience and are looking to cement your career in a market leading practice. In addition to your legal knowledge, you will have an ability to manage strong client relationships and complex transactions with minimal supervision and have the ability to provide guidance and mentoring to the junior lawyers in the team.

You will also have: 

  • a commercial approach to all matters;
  • superior drafting ability and a strong attention to detail;
  • the ability to work in a highly collaborative fast-paced environment;
  • excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; and
  • resilience and a commitment to excellence that matches our own


This is truly one of the best practices in Canberra. The quality of the work is excellent and the team values and openly shares experience, meaning that your professional development will be positively supported.

MinterEllison enjoys a band 1 projects and construction practice, and is renowned as one of Asia Pacific's leading legal practices. What sets us apart is we are driven by a strong sense of purpose: we endeavour to build authentic and enduring relationships with our clients, our people and our communities.  Through our leading-edge innovation and our collaborative legal and consulting specialists, MinterEllison is redefining the boundaries of what it means to be a law firm.

Lawyers Weekly ranked MinterEllison as the most attractive law firm of choice for 2020 as voted by our Peers. MinterEllison was placed in the top 25 best workplaces in Australia and in LinkedIn’s 25 Top Companies in Australia for 2019—the highest ranking of any law firm. In 2021 our Construction, Project Development and Real Estate teams have been awarded Tier 1 in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific Ranking.

Diversity is one of the five elements that underpin our firm's purpose and informs the way we work internally and with our clients. An inclusive workplace environment is critical to leveraging the impact this diversity brings to all that we do each day. MinterEllison has been recognised as a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality in Australia for the past 11 years and has been recognised as both a Gold (2019) and Silver (2018 and 2020)  Employer in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI).

We believe that agile workplaces can be instrumental in delivering increased levels of productivity. At MinterEllison we support our people to maintain a healthy balance between the demands of work, life and family.  We have a wide range of social, financial and health benefits to support your wellbeing including free gym membership.


We prefer to deal with you directly so please submit your CV, cover letter and academic transcripts for consideration by clicking on the 'Apply' button below. If you would like further information please contact Lisa Fleming on 61 7 3119 6460 for a confidential discussion.

Agency submissions will not be accepted without prior express approval from the MinterEllison recruitment team. All agency candidates must be submitted through our on-line recruitment portal to be valid.


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