Legal Counsel - Telstra

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Closing On: Wednesday, 23rd January 2019
Category: Legal
Location: NSW
Job Type:
Full Time
Education: Young Lawyer

Job Description:


The Legal Services group at Telstra is a team of trusted legal advisors with the judgment and passion to deliver brilliant outcomes. We do this by partnering with the business to provide simple and commercially-focused advice, enabling execution of our company’s strategic priorities. We are innovative legal professionals, with a focus on the customer in everything we do.

As one of the largest in-house counsel teams in Australia, Legal Services works closely with all parts of our organisation and has an active role in business decisions and development.

Telstra is embarking on a rapid transformation as we implement our T22 strategy. This includes the development of world-class technology programs such as construction of our 5G network and our digitisation program of work.


This role is for an experienced Legal Counsel to join the Buy, Build and Partner Contracting practice area. This team provides legal support for strategic procurement, IT, network construction, digital, product sourcing and outsourcing transactions with Telstra’s suppliers and delivery partners. We also support Telstra’s delivery contracts with nbn co. Reporting to the Buy, Build and Partner Contracting Practice Lead, you will be an integral part of this collaborative and inclusive team.

To thrive in this role, you’ll be a brilliant communicator with keen influencer and negotiation skills. You will provide high quality, independent and strategic legal advice that is integral to Telstra delivering its strategic priorities for T22. You will have the opportunity to contribute to the Legal Services team culture of innovation and collaboration, as we embrace new ways of working and emerging technologies to reduce low value legal work.

As part of your role you will also be responsible for providing legal support to clients of the Buy, Build and Partner Contracting practice area by:

  • Drafting, negotiating and providing advice on a range of sourcing agreements (including network design and construction, partner delivery and IT sourcing) with a broad range of providers;
  • Providing legal advice to support the implementation of Telstra’s key commercial contracts with network delivery partners (including nbn co);
  • Advising on a range of other related legal issues, including construction industry compliance (including security of payment), disputes, and intellectual property matters;
  • Providing training and updates to internal clients and the Telstra Legal Services team, and developing precedents and tools to build up legal knowledge and expertise.


  • Managing a volume and complexity of work commensurate with your level of experience
  • Giving legal advice that is clear, commercial, fit-for purpose and tailored to the audience
  • Developing proficiency in technology tools and agile ways of working
  • Working well as part of a team in the Buy, Build Partner practice area, as well as developing capability to enable movement into other practice areas to meet peak periods of demand or business priorities
  • Understanding the strategic priorities, legal requirements and current and emerging risks for the relevant practice area
  • Exercising judgment, providing options and being willing to make and communicate the “tough calls”
  • Building strong, trusting relationships with clients and be able to deliver difficult messages whilst maintaining an effective relationship


This role can be based in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane and is a permanent role. To be successful in this role, you will require a current practicing certificate and at least 4 years’ post-qualification experience working on large projects, procurement and construction work in a leading law firm or in-house.

Things we’ll value:

  • Front end construction contracting experience including design and construction, minor works and EPCM contracts acting for principals and suppliers.
  • Experience with infrastructure or mining projects, as well as a good understanding of construction legislation throughout Australia;
  • Experience in managing negotiations directly with suppliers or delivery partners;
  • Experience or interest in innovation and the way legal services are delivered, such as contract automation or other legal technology solutions;
  • The ability to work independently when solving complex problems;
  • Some experience or interest in general property or technology contracting is desirable


On offer is the opportunity to take the next step in your career and refine your legal skills, while building strong networks across our business. If you are dedicated to developing yourself, have a desire to achieve and have an innovation mindset, then we want to hear from you!

So what are you waiting for? It's time to connect to a future created by you.

We’re committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. To enable everyone to participate, we’ve developed an ‘All Roles Flex’ policy to consider flexible ways of working for every role. To learn more, visit

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