Legal Counsel Job at University of New South Wales in Sydney NSW

Job Description

Job no: 500571

Work type: Full-time, Part-time

Location: Sydney, NSW

Categories: Administration

One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities

Part-time (4 days per week) Continuing role

Senior position

The Opportunity

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. The Legal Office comprises the General Counsel, who has overall responsibility for managing the legal, governance and compliance functions within UNSW, the Deputy General Counsel, a team of legal counsel, compliance and support staff.

The primary responsibility of the Legal Counsel (Research) will be to provide sound, practical legal support and advice in relation to research contracts entered into by UNSW (such as arrangements with funding

bodies and collaborative research projects).


Specific accountabilities for this role include:
In an ethical, solution-focused, timely, practical and effective manner, taking into account applicable law and UNSW policies and procedures, the Legal Counsel (Research) will be expected to undertake the following activities:

Draft, review, assist with negotiations and advise on a broad range of commercial agreements in connection with the research activities of UNSW, that may include:

research collaboration agreements;

research funding agreements;

establishment of unincorporated research centres; and

contract research for industry sponsors.

Provide strategic legal advice to senior management, often on an urgent basis, in relation to issues arising in connection with research and other commercial contracts such as in relation to intellectual property matters, publication rights and risk management.

Skills and Experience required for this role include the following:

Tertiary qualifications in law with a minimum of 8 years’ PQE providing legal support for commercial transactions, 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).

Ability to review, draft and advise on both standard and more complex commercial agreements.

Demonstrated ability to develop practical solutions to address client needs, while effectively prioritising and executing tasks.

Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop and foster relationships with stakeholders at all levels of the organisation.

Excellent drafting and negotiation skills.

High level of attention to detail, an ability to organise and appropriately prioritise tasks, and deliver work within tight timeframes.

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

Please provide a copy of your CV and a cover letter addressing your suitability to the role.


Simone Donovan

Talent Acquisition Lead

E: s.donovan@unsw.edu.au

P: 02 9065 7278

Applications close: 11:55pm, Wednesday, 10th February 2021

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 or Indigenous heritage.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).

Position Description

Advertised: 21 Jan 2021 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: 10 Feb 2021 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

About Company

Company: University of New South Wales

Company Location:  Sydney NSW

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