Legal Counsel

  • Full-time
  • Entities: Watpac Corporate Services

Company Description

As one of Australia’s leading national construction companies, our commitment to providing an inclusive workplace is driven by an organisational culture that embraces diversity and equality. By joining BESIX Watpac, part of the international BESIX Group, you will be part of our national team of over 700 dedicated and innovative employees. Our people proudly uphold our values each day and are committed to the safety and wellbeing of their colleagues, subcontractors and the communities in which we operate.


Job Description

BESIX Watpac are looking for a legal resource to join our commercial team, reporting to our group contracts manager this role will be based in our NSW office but service the business nationally. The key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Proactively drive company safety policies, practices and procedures in compliance with OH&S legislative requirements to provide a safe workplace at all times.
  • Ensure compliance with BESIX Watpac’s policies and procedures;
  • Advise the business on contract interpretation and administration on our projects;
  • Identify and advise on key contractual and legal risks and provide advice to the business on risk management and dispute avoidance;
  •  Advise the business on relevant legislative requirements (including updates to these) and ensure that BESIX Watpac’s policies are regularly updated to reflect these;
  • Prepare Commercial benchmark reviews of head contracts received in a tender;
  • Prepare returnable schedules regarding proposed head contract departures including where required, preparing amendments to the head contract
  • Attend tender, contract and dispute resolution discussions and negotiations;
  • Prepare special conditions to BESIX Watpac’s template suite of agreements to ensure compliance with the head contract requirements, and back down obligations/risks as appropriate;
  • Review and respond to proposed departures by subcontractors and consultants to BESIX Watpac’s template suite of agreements;
  • Review confidentiality agreements and MOUs and draft necessary amendments;
  • Assist in the management of formal legal disputes including security of payment, contract disputes, HBA and the Design and Building Practitioners Act


The incumbent in this role will require the following qualifications and experience

  • Degree in law and have a current NSW practicing certificate (or capable of having one).
  • 5-7 years PQE lawyer experienced in construction law (preferably with front end experience)
  • Solid experience in construction law and management.
  • Ability to communicate, influence and build effective relationships at all levels of the business.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate autonomously using initiative, sound reasoning, listening and decision making skills.
  • Proven ability to build and lead an effective results driven team.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results in a high pressure environment.
  • Proven high level of professionalism, maturity and candour in daily work ethic
  • Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems

Additional Information


  • Health and wellbeing, technology, financial, leisure and home improvement discounts.
  • Access to a Healthy Foundations and Employee Assistance Program.
  • Parental Leave Program.
  • Well-being days.
  • Professional development opportunities.

This is your opportunity to build a challenging and exciting career path with an industry leader. We attribute our successes to our innovative, driven and diverse team and offer a competitive remuneration package with flexible, supportive benefits and development programs.

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