Legal Counsel

Job No: GEORGE49
Location: Newtown, Australia

  • A Full Time - permanent position
  • Respected global research organisation 
  • Make an impact on global health outcomes
Application close date: 21 November 2018

‘The George’ is 600+ people globally focused on improving the health of millions of people. A medical research institute affiliated with leading universities and with projects in approximately 50 countries, we are challenging the status quo in healthcare to find the best ways to prevent and treat chronic disease and injury, and to influence policy and practice worldwide.

An opportunity exists for a Legal Counsel to join our growing organisation. The Legal Counsel will be working within the Global function of The George Institute, based in the Sydney office. The Legal Counsel will be accountable for the provision of legal services and advice to the organisation globally, with a focus on privacy compliance, and contract review / drafting

Key responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Provide high quality advice on legal and regulatory issues of importance to the organisation globally
  • Further develop, implement, and oversee the organisation's privacy management framework to ensure compliance with local and international requirements, including the Australian Privacy Act and GDPR
  • Coordinate and prepare responses to privacy incidents and requests 
  • Prepare responses to requests under the FOI and GIPA Acts
  • Draft, review, and negotiate contracts and other legal documents for the organisation globally
  • Update, coordinate, and prepare legal templates for use across The George Institute Group
  • Manage (along with other members of the team) The George Institute Contracts Register and related records
  • Monitor changes and developments in the legal and regulatory environment in which the organisation operates and provide recommendations to the LD, COO, and other staff, as appropriate
  • Provide training on relevant legal topics to employees and management teams, as appropriate, and maintain excellent relationships with all business units of the organisation
  • Participate in team meetings and activities

Desired Skills and Experience


  • Tertiary qualification(s) in law and admitted to practise as a solicitor in NSW, holding a current practising certificate
  • More than 5 years' experience gained from a combination of private practice and in-house roles and demonstrated experience in general commercial law, privacy, IP, and employment law
  • Extensive privacy compliance experience, preferably from a multi-national organisation
  • Extensive experience in reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts, and general corporate matters; and skilled in matters relating to governance and risk management
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines whilst maintaining attention to detail, seeing the big picture and a strong focus on quality
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong problem solving, analytical skills, and strategic thinking with the ability to be flexible and adaptable in the face of changing organisational priorities and ambiguous external global environments
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work autonomously, in small teams, and with a wide range of varying stakeholders with a demonstrated ability to act with integrity in all matters


  • Experience within a medical research institute and or Not For Profit sector is preferred

We offer a flexible and inclusive work culture with excellent staff benefits including, salary packaging arrangements and sound learning opportunities.

The George Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people who identify as LGBTIQ; mature-aged adults and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

Privacy Acknowledgment

The George Institute for Global Health, together with its subsidiaries and associated companies worldwide (“The George Institute”, “we” and “our”) is committed to handling personal information (including health and other sensitive information) in accordance with applicable privacy laws, including the Australian Privacy Principles (“APPs”) set out in the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

When you apply for a job at the Institute you will be asked to set up an account and apply for any of the jobs posted in the system. You may be asked to submit personal information including, but not limited to: a) your name; b) your address; c) your email address; d) your telephone number; e) and other personal and sensitive information.

Any personal information you submit to our recruitment system will be used to process your application and is retained in the database to match your skills against any future job opportunities. We may contact you about your current job application/s and any future job opportunities that match your criteria.

The George Institute works with people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds with varied life experiences, physical abilities and interests and we seek to employ people who reflect the great diversity of people. We may ask personal questions regarding your identity, which will be used to inform our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging strategies with regards to recruitment. You may elect to not disclose this information.

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