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Senior Legal Counsel (Internal Applicants Only)

Apply now Job No:511677
Area:Office of Chief Operating Officer
Salary (FTE):Professional Level 09 ($117,548.77 - $124,391.32)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

Legal Services

Led by the General Counsel, The University of Queensland (UQ) Legal Services is responsible for the delivery of legal services to the Vice-Chancellor, executive management, and other key decision makers at UQ in order to support the achievement of UQ’s strategic objectives while protecting its interests.

About This Opportunity

The Senior Legal Counsel (Property and Projects) is responsible for providing legal advice on a broad range of property transactions and commercial projects, including complex matters relating to the planning and delivery of major development projects.  The position also provides legal advice on a wide range of other commercial transactions and other legal issues affecting UQ.

The position will primarily work on matters relating to the Property and Projects stream but will be flexible and available to work across other streams of legal work (depending on client demands, expertise and priorities as directed by the Associate Director and General Counsel).

As a senior member of the Legal Services team, you will also supervise and manage the work of junior and mid - level lawyers and actively  undertake business and strategic activities in support of the General Counsel – including in promoting and maintaining a high performing and collaborative team culture and actively contributing to continuous improvement programs and systems/ process improvements.  To see a full list of duties, see the PD embedded below.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

The successful applicant must be admitted as a Solicitor or Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland, with demonstrated relevant expertise and experience (for example, a minimum of 7 years post admission experience is preferred).

You'll be highly capable advising on property related, contract and commercial law matters, plus a high level of drafting skills for a wide variety of legal documents. It is critical that you're confident handling and resolving complex legal issues whilst demonstrating sound judgement and commercial acumen. You'll be a highly adept communicator, with the ability to influence various interdisciplinary stakeholders and negotiate mutually favourable outcomes.

This opportunity is only available to current casual, fixed term or continuing employees at The University of Queensland.

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed-term position at HEW level 9.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $117,548 - $124,391, plus 17% employer superannuation contributions. The total FTE package will be in the range of $137,531 - $145,537.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File PD_Senior Legal Counsel_511677.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Leanne Fox (Associate Director, Legal Services – General team) at 3346 6240 or

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • A statement addressing the key selection criteria found within the PD, and;
  • CV/Resume.

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.


Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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