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Legal Counsel - Dispute Resolution (12 Month Parental Leave Cover)

CPB Contractors - Sydney, NSW

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Job Description

CPB Contractors is the CIMIC Group’s construction company and a leading international construction contractor, with operations across Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Combining the expertise and track record formerly delivered by Leighton Contractors and Thiess, we deliver projects spanning all key sectors of the construction industry, including roads, rail, tunnelling, defence and building.

Our Mission is to generate sustainable returns for our shareholders by delivering projects for our clients, while providing safe, rewarding and fulfilling careers for our people. We need people who are talented, motivated and disciplined, and who have a strong work ethic that drives them to succeed.

The Opportunity

This role is a 12-month parental leave position, with the primary purpose of providing commercially relevant legal advice in respect of disputes, project delivery and other general legal support to CPB Contractors. Legal advice will be provided in the context of applicable CPB Contractors and CIMIC Group policies and procedures.

This may also include providing commercially relevant project support/construction advice and general legal services to CPB (including its subsidiary companies) to support its work winning goals, with particular focus on large-scale projects that may include PPPs and Alliances.

Reporting to the Legal Manager – Dispute Resolution, the Legal Counsel will primarily be accountable for:

  • Providing advice and assistance in conducting claims or defence of claims
  • Analysing contractual insurance and other relevant legal rights and obligations
  • Instruct external solicitors and counsel and managed external legal / expert costs including obtaining and monitoring fee estimates and reviewing/approving invoices
  • Advise project teams throughout lifecycle of projects on interpretation and contract administration issues, including strategy for dealing with delays, cost overruns and unexpected events.
  • Ensuring compliance with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements and all relevant Company and Group policies and processes
  • Establishing cooperative working relationships with Senior Leaders, Tender teams, Project Directors, and peers that increases the overall level of support of the function
  • Creating and maintaining effective working relationships with the team as well as key personnel in other Divisions and on operational sites

Our Minimum Requirements For This Role Are
  • Bachelor of Law (LLB or equivalent)
  • Qualified to practice as a solicitor in an Australian jurisdiction - holding current practising certificate
  • 6+ years post qualification experience, ideally made up of private practice and in-house experience (whether permanent role or on secondment).
  • Experience of personally conducting or managing construction disputes subject to litigation, arbitration, adjudication, etc. from the outset to conclusion.
  • Knowledge of construction industry practices, including procurement methodology, risk profile norms, standard form contract provisions.
  • Excellent communication skills - ability to communicate complex concepts clearly
  • Excellent legal drafting skills – ability to draft contracts, notices, pleadings, submissions, statements, affidavits, correspondence.
  • Verbal reasoning skills - ability to interpret the precise meaning of written documents such as contracts, legislation, case decisions.
  • Risk assessment and risk mitigation skills - ability to identify risks/issues and offer practical commercially appropriate solutions to manage/ mitigate risks.
  • Negotiation and Influencing skills

We support diversity in the workplace. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people with a multicultural background are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please note: This role is being sourced through CPB Contractors directly and we will not accept applications via external recruitment agencies.