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Title:  Senior Legal Counsel

Job Number:  10022

Sydney, NSW, AU, 2009

About John Holland

We’re all about transforming lives by finding solutions to complex challenges across a wide range of industries including infrastructure, property, rail, building and water projects in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

From the epic, to the intimate, everything we do improves life for someone, somewhere. It gives our business momentum and means we approach things a little differently.

While our competitors talk about what they do, we focus on why we do it. We transform communities to make them easier to move around, more connected and better to live in.

Are you up for the challenge?

About the Role

We have a unique opportunity available for a front-end Senior Legal Counsel to join us on a parental leave contract due to end in August 2022.  This role will see you supporting our Major Projects business group providing contract and construction legal advice throughout the tender phase. 
We are flexible for this role to be based out of our Melbourne or Sydney office.


Your key tasks will include (but not limited to):

  • Direct and manage the business group’s legal activities to protect its interests. 
  • Provide independent legal advice and recommendations across a breadth of works within the business group to ensure that any commercial arrangement and risk management is acceptable, particularly with reference to the John Holland required Corporate Limits of Liability Guidelines and applicable legislation. 
  • Negotiate, draft and settle all major contracts, leases, loan agreements, securities and other commercial arrangements.
  • Review legal aspects of contracts to protect the interests of the organisation and the business group/region.
  • Liaise with government officials, departments or tribunals on matters affecting activities within the business group.


To be successful in this role, you will have the following:

  • Graduate qualifications in Law. 
  • Current Australian Practicing Certificate.
  • Minimum 8 years post-qualification experience.
  • Experience as a practicing lawyer in construction, engineering, resources, or transport industries with majority of experience in providing contract and construction legal advice.
  • Experience in corporate and commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation, adjudications etc.
  • Experience in tenders and associated activities.

As part of the team, you help us deliver on our promise to transform lives.

Your success is reflected in ours, so we’re committed to being an employer of choice. We pride ourselves on having a diverse and inclusive workplace, as different perspectives and ideas will deliver our long-term success. 

We’ll do all we can to help you develop your skills, and make a difference, right from the start. We have a flexible workplace and focus on all aspects of your physical and mental health and safety. We want you to be with us for the long-term, so providing you with rich career experiences and ongoing development is our priority.

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