Legal Counsel

Melbourne Central Towers - Level 21

Group Finance - Finance


Full time

Posting Date: 06/06/2024

At MMS, our purpose is clear: To make a difference to people's lives. Guided by this commitment, we offer tailored solutions to clients and customers across our businesses in Australia and New Zealand. Our vision is to be your trusted partner, simplifying complexities and turning challenges into opportunities.

Our diverse services – from salary packaging and fleet management to disability support – aim to enhance your financial wellbeing and empower your aspirations.

Through our subsidiaries, we offer a breadth of services and expertise designed to responsibly deliver superior long-term value to our clients and customers, which include Federal and State governments and some of the largest public and private sector, health and charitable organisations.

The Legal Counsel role can be conducted from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane.

The Legal Counsel provides a wide range of legal services to McMillan Shakespeare Limited and its related bodies.

In your Legal Counsel role you will be responsible for supporting and contributing to the growth and success of McMillan Shakespeare’s operations by providing high quality, relevant, commercial and timely legal advice and services that meet business requirement and assist business units to achieve their corporate objectives in a way that complied with relevant legislation, as well as proactively advising the business of its regulatory and legislative requirements.

The Role:

Commercial agreements

  • Negotiating and drafting a wide range of client, supplier, lessor and JV agreements and the provision of quality commercial advice in the terms of those agreements
  • Reviewing, providing advice and preparing responses to tender/customer requests issued by large corporations and State/Commonwealth Governments
  • Providing legal sign-off on agreements and other documents for reliance by company officers when executing such documents.

Marketing Advice

  • Advise on all marketing related obligations including financial services, privacy, Do Not Call Register, SPAM, the Australian Consumer Laws and Trade Promotions
  • Provide legal sign off on advertising and other printed material for dissemination inside and outside the Group, including comfort that no financial product, financial taxation or legal advice has been provided, and advice on Australian competition and consumer issues

Risk Management

  • Providing pro-active advice on legislative and regulatory
  • Intellectual Property
  • Assist in managing the intellectual property portfolio for the MMS Group including applications and disputes in relation to trademarks

Litigation and dispute management

  • Assist in managing litigation and brief external lawyers in a cost-effective manner where litigation has been commenced against the Group to obtain the best possible outcome

Project Work

  • Assist the Group to achieve its objectives through provision of legal support on strategically important projects

Exclusion of tax

  • The responsibilities above exclude advice and management of taxation related issues.

You will bring:

  • Experience in managing a diverse workload and managing competing priorities
  • Self-sufficient in office administration, particularly in the use of Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • Large law firm experience and/or demonstrated in house experience
  • Tertiary qualification in law; and
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Victoria

What we can offer you:

  • Our strong people-first culture

  • Flexible/hybrid working to enhance your work/life balance

  • Novated lease benefits and discounts

  • 12 weeks Paid Parental leave and access to our Parents Portal

  • Exempt Employee Share Plan

  • Paid Income Protection Insurance under MMSG default Super plan

  • Access to a broad range of learning and development programs

  • Career break and volunteering leave

  • Access to Employee Assistance Program and annual Flu vaccination

  • Lifestyle Rewards program

As an employer who embraces Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, we hold a collective commitment to foster an environment where all differences are valued and respected.  We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, individuals from all backgrounds, including those caring for and living with disability to apply.  
Please note all successful candidates will be required to undergo background checks.

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