Legal Counsel | Office of General Counsel

 - Great diversity of corporate and commercial work - Support our internal teams with commercial contacting arrangements - Hybrid working arrangements available The role offers an ambitious and adaptable corporate lawyer the opportunity to pivot their skills in a law firm environment into an influential business-facing role. This role can be based in either our Sydney or Melbourne office. 


Location: Melbourne, Sydney 


Contract Type: Permanent 


MinterEllison is one of Australia’s largest law firms, with nearly 200 years of business history.  We're known for our legal and consulting expertise - and for our inclusive and authentic character.


Our purpose is to create sustainable value with our clients, people and communities.  That means we have a proud history of providing excellence to clients, nurturing our people and giving back to the communities in which we live and work.


We value excellence, curiosity and collaboration.  Clients rely on us for our responsive, commercial approach.  Our clients include government departments and agencies, private and publicly listed companies, and small and large businesses in Australia and overseas.  


As a highly valued employee we will also provide you with a wide range of benefits. To view our benefits, please copy this link into your browser

The Opportunity


Our General Counsel’s Office is currently seeking a corporate transactional lawyer to join the team to play a key role in fulfilling our purpose: to create sustainable value with our clients, our people and our communities. This will be a permanent position.


You will work closely with Jon Downes (our General Counsel), Anne-Maree Hunt, Head of Legal, Commercial and other senior legal practitioners within the Firm's General Counsel’s Office to advise on and support the Firm's legal, consulting and commercial operations. 


This role blends a top-tier law firm operating environment with the diversity of work and commercial perspective of an in-house role. Supporting internal stakeholders across our global network, you will enjoy a diverse range of work, including:


  • Client engagement, tenders and contract negotiation
  • Working with the Firm’s Legal Operations and Digital teams to explore the development of generative AI
  • Publishing, licensing and intellectual property
  • Corporate restructuring transactions
  • Formulating and operationalising a range of regulatory, risk and policy initiatives
  • Regulatory compliance and risk advice
  • General corporate and commercial advice


The role offers an ambitious and adaptable corporate lawyer the opportunity to pivot their skills in a law firm environment into an influential business-facing role. There is flexibility for this role to be based in either our Sydney or Melbourne office.


More About You


We welcome applications from lawyers who have:


  • At least 4 years' experience
  • Experience in corporate and commercial law (transactional / complex contractual negotiation capability will be highly regarded)
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Commercial acumen
  • Demonstrated ability to form enduring relationships with peers, stakeholders and fellow advisers, being a team player
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Energy and enthusiasm

Why MinterEllison


We offer flexible working options to encourage balance, wellbeing and support for sustainable ways of working and a range of social, financial and health benefits, including free gym membership - all with no minimum tenure.


We encourage applications from people of all ages, abilities, cultural backgrounds, genders (including trans or gender diverse), LGBTQ+ people and those with carer responsibilities. We particularly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.


How to apply


We prefer to connect with people directly, so please submit your CV by clicking on the 'Apply' button. We encourage all applications, including if you do not meet the criteria listed for the role. Your application will also enable us to consider you for other opportunities that may be available at MinterEllison.


If you would like further information, require any adjustments throughout the recruitment process or for a confidential discussion, please contact [email protected].


Melbourne, AU Sydney, AU

Contract Type:  Permanent