Associate - Construction



Location: 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





MinterEllison's Sydney Projects, Infrastructure and Construction (PIC) team is consistently ranked as Band 1 by APL500 and Chambers.  The team is led by partners Elizabeth McKechnie, Meredith Riley, Richard Crawford, Carrie Metcalfe, Simon Harvey, Claire Tait and Andrew Hales.


Our client base is diverse comprising Tier 1 Contractors, Developers, Original Equipment Manufacturers and Government. The team's Partners are recognised as leaders in the construction and infrastructure industry for their commerciality, depth of knowledge and technical excellence. A position within the team offers the opportunity to learn from the best.


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. MinterEllison's PIC team has been the lead advisor on numerous 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 and dispute resolution.




A great opportunity currently exists for an experienced major projects, infrastructure and construction lawyer at Associate level to join us. This role is front end with a focus on energy work and major infrastructure work (including PPPs).


To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate solid front end / transactional construction and procurement experience. This work involves early stage advisory work in structuring major projects as well as drafting and negotiating the documents for major development and infrastructure projects and general construction matters.


As a member of our collegiate team you will have the opportunity to gain exposure to renewable energy  projects, major projects and infrastructure and large scale property development projects


We would like to hear from Associates who are experienced and interested in the following range of work: 


  • major projects and infrastructure
  • renewable energy and resources projects
  • complex high profile construction matters
  • large scale development projects
  • PPP
  • dispute resolution.




We welcome applications from Lawyers with a minimum 3 years PQE. Ideally, you will have major projects and infrastructure industry experience and are looking to cement your career in a Tier 1 practice.


You will also have: 

  • a commercial approach to all matters
  • strong drafting ability and attention to detail
  • ability to work in a highly collaborative fast-paced environment
  • collaborate to deliver innovative solutions and ensure the best outcome is achieved for the client
  • inspire others through their commitment to personal growth, innovation and the delivery of exceptional results
  • excellent communication skills, both written and verbal and
  • resilience and a commitment to excellence that matches our own.


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].


Sydney, AU

Contract Type:  Permanent