Solicitor, Corporate and Commercial

Sydney, Australia
Competitive renumeration package + leave loading and up to 17% contribution to super
12 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
27 Jan 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Full time continuing role
  • Exciting opportunity to engage in a range of diverse and interesting corporate and commercial matters involving complex issues of strategic importance to the University
  • Located at Camperdown/Darlington Campus working as part of a specialist team within a large and collegiate in-house division
  • Competitive renumeration package will be offered which includes leave loading and up to 17% contribution to super

About the opportunity

This is a unique opportunity for a Solicitor (Corporate and Commercial) to be involved in advising the University during a period of transformative change and innovation.

You will have a practical commercial approach and an interest in working within one of the world's top universities to assist it to reach its educational and research objectives. You will have an opportunity to work independently within a supportive and collegiate team environment.

Your high quality interpersonal and communication skills will ensure you can develop strong relationships with professional and academic staff within the University, as well as manage complex matters and client expectations in fast paced and challenging environments, providing practical and accessible advice in a timely and cost effective manner.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Solicitor (Corporate and Commercial) who has:

  • qualifications in law and admission to practice in New South Wales and holds a current practising certificate;
  • 4 years post admission legal experience (though strong candidates outside this range will be considered); and
  • demonstrated experience in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and advising on a wide range of corporate and commercial law matters.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

About us

The Office of the General Counsel is responsible for overall co-ordination of the provision of legal services for the University, and for providing legal advice to the Senate and the Chancellor, and to the Vice-Chancellor, senior executives and other officers of the University. The goal of the Office is to provide advice of high quality, either directly, or by the engagement of barristers and external solicitors with relevant expertise.

The Corporate and Commercial team within the Office of General Counsel is responsible for a broad range of matters cutting across the University's research, educational and administrative functions. Every day is different and the Corporate and Commercial team is often the first port of call within the office for important strategic initiatives and quick responses to disputes.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We're Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

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EEO statement

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

How to apply

Applications (including a cover letter, CV, and any additional supporting documentation) can be submitted via the Apply button at the top of the page.

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For a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Liz Mackinlay Recruitment Operations, on 0422 994 254 or by email to

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