Legal Counsel

Job title : Legal Counsel
Location : Melbourne
Job type : Permanent or Full Time
Job reference : 1436038
Our Client

UNIQLO stems from the words ‘unique’ and ‘clothing’ – simple and clever, just like our clothes. Our philosophy is based on the premise of Life Wear: apparel that comes from the Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity. Designed to be of the time and for the time, Life Wear is made with such modern elegance that it becomes the building blocks of each individual’s style.
UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world's most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a global brand. Today the company has more than 2,400 stores in 26 markets – including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Japan, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, India, Malaysia, Macau, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K, U.S and Vietnam.

About the role

Reporting through to the Legal Director Australia, you will be a key member of the legal team, the broader global legal network and a trusted advisor to the business.  As a strong commercial generalist, with experience in retail leasing, you will have the opportunity to advise across a broad range of legal areas in this wide scoping commercial in-house role.

Some of your responsibilities are to:
  • Advise the business across a broad range of legal areas, including commercial agreements, supply and procurement, regulatory including competitions and trade promotions, privacy, Australian Consumer Law and supply chain, along with any other legal issues that may arise within a major global retailer.
  • Review and negotiate leases (and related documentation) end-to-end to ensure they comply with company policy (demonstrated experience in property law / retail leasing).
  • Participate and provide legal and strategic advice to internal committee and strategy groups.
  • Provide advice to senior management as to the legal implications of identified risks and the development of risk remediation strategies.
About you
You could already be in private practice thinking about that “first move in house”, or a Legal Counsel seeking a new challenge in an exciting industry with a global company. Either way we know you will have some great skills to bring to the table based on your commercial and property law experience. 
Some of the skills and experience you may have acquired that will help you succeed in this role are:
  • 5+ years PQE at a reputable law firm or equivalent in-house experience and a valid Australian practising certificate.
  • Excellent commercial contract drafting, negotiating skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated experience in property law / retail leasing.
  • Sound commercial reasoning and the ability to explain often complex legal issues in an easy-to-understand manner and manage a variety of stakeholders.
  • Comfortable working autonomously and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.
For a confidential discussion and full position description please contact Lee on 0450363147 or