Legal Counsel (Disputes) - BHP

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Closing On: Thursday, 9th May 2019
Category: Legal
Location: WA
Job Type:
Full Time
Education: Young Lawyer

Job Description:

About BHP

  • At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. 
  • Come and be a part of this success.

About the role

The Legal function is responsible for providing strategic legal advice to enable BHP to achieve its commercial objectives and manage legal risk in compliance with applicable laws and consistent with the BHP Charter.

We now have an excellent opportunity for an experienced disputes lawyer to join BHP  Legal team as  Legal Counsel - Disputes. 

Reporting to the Head of Legal - WAIO and Nickel West, this is a unique and exciting opportunity to use your specialist skills and experience in legal disputes with a leading global resources company.  This role will provide specialist legal advice and support to BHP’s WA iron ore and nickel assets, with particular focus on the management of disputes, including litigation and arbitration. The role is based in Perth, with occasional travel required to site.

Conform with the BHP Charter, Code of Conduct, Our Requirements and relevant statutory obligations

Have an overriding commitment to health, safety and environment responsibility and to sustainable development. 

Acting as a key adviser and providing independent legal advice in the area of disputes law to support effective and strategic decision making within the WA Iron Ore & Nickel West assets, particularly in relation to the management of disputes

Providing strategic advice on legal risks affecting BHP and advising on the management of those risks, particularly in relation to disputes or potential disputes, included regulatory investigations

Working collaboratively with the Legal and other functions to ensure BHP is appropriately managing legal and other external risks.

About You

A true strategic adviser you will bring experience in the management of complex litigation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution, along with strong commercial acumen, sound strategic judgement and the ability to achieve successful outcomes when working with multiple stakeholders.

You will be an excellent communicator (both oral and written) with the ability to influence stakeholders at all levels, and be able to resolve complex problems. With strong interpersonal skills you will be a team player who works effectively with others at all levels and in all disciplines in a team environment. 

To be considered for this role a Law degree and the ability to practice in Australia is essential.  A minimum of 5 years post admission experience with expertise in dispute management is desirable.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to consolidate your career with an organisation that places priority on safety and high performance. The size and magnitude of BHP provides significant opportunity for professional development, attractive salary packages which includes performance based bonuses, employee share options, and employer matched super contributions. 


You will be based in in our Perth office tower at Brookfield Place. You will have river views from your modern open plan office with access to state of the art facilities including bicycle racks, gym, showers, lockers and a large outdoor terrace and barbecues.

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP Billiton, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity.  We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people.

We know there are many aspects of our employees' lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life.   As part of our commitment to inclusion and diversity, we offer a range of family friendly work practices, including flexible employment arrangements, parent rooms, an on site creche  and a substantial parental leave policy, which now includes retirement savings / superannuation contributions during parental leave.a

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