About us MinterEllison is renowned as one of Asia Pacific’s leading legal practices. What sets us apart is we are driven by a strong sense of purpose: we endeavour to build authentic and enduring relationships with our clients, our people and our communities. Through our leading-edge innovation and our collaborative legal and consulting specialists, MinterEllison is redefining the boundaries of what it means to be a law firm. Legal 500 Asia Pacific has this year identified MinterEllison as the equal most ranked firm in Australia with 24 rankings across practice areas. We also placed as the highest ranked law firm in LinkedIn’s 25 Top Companies in Australia for 2019. Your role Our Office of General Counsel – which is led by Theo Kindynis, the Firm’s General Counsel – is currently seeking an Employment/Workplace lawyer at the Associate level to join the team. You will work closely with the Deputy General Counsel – Workplace to develop, implement and promote the Firm’s workplace and health and safety policies with particular focus on employment law and employee relations. The role offers an employment lawyer the opportunity to re-focus their skills within a law firm environment onto the business and compliance challenges of the Firm itself. You will support the Firm’s Talent and FLEX teams and work with other lawyers and staff whose focus is managing the legal and commercial risks that the Firm has across a range of locations and projects. The role will also give you an opportunity to expand your skills beyond employment to a range of commercial and risk issues facing the Firm. In this role, you will assist the Deputy General Counsel – Workplace to advise on: a range of employment and HR issues (including employee rights issues, WHS, compliance with awards etc) that arise from time to time with respect to our staff, liaising with our Workplace and HR partners/lawyers and our internal Talent team; updating from time to time our staff employment contracts; day-to-day queries from the Firm’s contract lawyering business, including in relation to relevant labour hire legislation; outsourcing of lawyers, secondment issues, interpretation of restraint and similar provisions, employee confidentiality and privacy issues; embedding of risk management in the culture of the Firm; day-to-day risk management queries including in relation to professional regulatory issues; and the development of risk management knowledge (including the intranet site). What you need We welcome applications from lawyers with: technical expertise in the employment practice area, gained at a reputable Australian law firm; experience as an in-house employment legal advisor or risk professional at a professional services or corporate organisation is desirable but not essential; strong research, drafting and analytical skills; the ability to build sustainable relationships and effectively influence behaviours, communicate and liaise with partners and staff at all levels in order to facilitate a risk aware and compliant culture; the ability to work with various internal stakeholders and business support services, at an operational level including training and change management; resilience, adaptability and the ability to ask probing questions where required. Who We Are Diversity is one of the five elements that underpin our firm’s purpose and informs the way we work internally and with our clients. An inclusive workplace environment is critical to leveraging the impact this diversity brings to all that we do each day. MinterEllison has been recognised as a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality in Australia for the past 11 years and has been recognised as both a Gold (2019) and Silver (2018 and 2020) Employer in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). We believe that agile workplaces can be instrumental in delivering increased levels of productivity. At MinterEllison we support our people to maintain a healthy balance between the demands of work, life and family. We have a wide range of social, financial and health benefits to support your wellbeing including free gym membership. How to apply We prefer to deal with you directly, so please submit your CV and cover letter for consideration by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button below. If you would like further information, please contact Lee Robinson at lee.robinsonminterellison.com for a confidential discussion. Agency submissions will not be accepted without prior express approval from the MinterEllison recruitment team. All agency candidates must be submitted through our on-line portal to be valid.