Senior Lawyer

Job No: CN2637
Location: Newcastle

  • Provide legal advice in a local government and commercial/property environment
  • 9 month fixed-term contract, 35-hours per week
  • Flexible work arrangements including a 9-day fortnight

City of Newcastle (CN) is seeking an experienced Senior Lawyer to join our Legal team. As a Senior Lawyer, you will play an important role in providing quality legal advice and assistance to management and staff and facilitate CN’s dispute resolution programs.

You will negotiate, draft, review and interpret contracts, policies and other legal documents with a focus on commercial transactions and property matters including leasing, licensing and conveyancing. A key element of your role will require you to provide advice to CN in relation to legislative compliance and advising internal stakeholders of legal risks.

What’s it like working in CN's Legal team? 

The Legal Service Unit is a multidisciplinary unit that leads and guides City of Newcastle in its core legal, governance and risk functions.  

The Legal team supports staff and elected officials towards good governance, legislative compliance and risk management that supports the making of ethical, timely, risk informed and evidenced based decisions.   

Our people are valued and have access to a range of benefits that help balance life at work and at home. These include flexible working arrangements, professional development opportunities and health and wellbeing programs.

The essentials you’ll need:

  • Tertiary level qualifications in law with post admission experience and a current practising certificate.
  • Experience in providing a broad range of legal advice including in a local government and/or commercial/property environment.
  • Demonstrated competence in negotiation and dispute resolution.
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills.
  • The ability to work under pressure with limited supervision and as part of a multi-disciplined team.

Interested to know more?

CN proudly promotes the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and fosters a culture of diversity to represent the community of our Local Government Area. All candidates will be assessed against the selection criteria outlined in the position description.  Suitable candidates may be placed on an eligibility list for future identical positions for a period of 12 months. You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job.

We are committed to creating a safe and inclusive workplace where diverse styles, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are valued, encouraged, and respected. People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply!

If you need any adjustments to be made to the recruitment process or if you would like to discuss any accessibility requirements, please contact for a confidential discussion.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job.

To view the full position description please click here.

Application Closing Date: Sunday 26 September 2021.

Remuneration: $117,832.55 + 10% Superannuation per annum for a 35-hour week.

Contact: Aileen Phua- Manager Legal Services & Contracts – 02 4974 2447.

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