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Senior Legal Counsel – Property and Planning

CWP Renewables

Closing date 23 July 2021

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Employment Type

Full Time

Canberra or Newcastle

About us:
CWP Renewables is the leading renewable energy developer, owner and asset manager. The company has over two decades of renewable energy experience, with development activities coordinated from its NSW base in Newcastle and our Construction and Operations centre based in Canberra.

CWP Renewables' philosophy is to manage each project from inception through to full operation which is key to its success and involves genuine engagement with all stakeholders, at every stage of each project.

This is an opportunity to join the growing CWP Renewables team in Newcastle or Canberra. Broadly, we are looking to recruit a new team of development professionals with a wide range of experience and skills. Specifically this includes project personnel (managers, developers and officers), technical services support (energy resource and grid connection fields) and legal counsel (to support a range of land and property based interactions).

The role:

The Senior Legal Counsel - Property and Planning will be primarily responsible for providing practical legal advice to assist the Development team at CWP Renewables in successfully delivering projects with a focus on property and planning.

The role will work closely with the General Counsel, Head of Development and the rest of the Development team. The role will be based in Newcastle with occasional travel to the Canberra and Sydney offices and to the project sites.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide practical legal advice and support to the Development team primarily in the areas of property and planning law based on a sound understanding of the business’ goals and commercial drivers.
  • Lead the drafting and negotiation of the full suite of land agreements required to deliver CWP Renewables projects including driving negotiations with landowners and their legal counsel in conjunction with project managers.
  • Advise in relation to planning approvals required for projects and associated facilities (transmission line and substation) and any secondary approvals including compliance with existing planning approvals and the conduct of any audits.
  • Coordinate FIRB applications in relation to land agreements as required
  • Manage the transfer of property and land agreements by host and other associated landowners during the operational phase of projects.
  • Coordinate the property and planning due diligence undertaken by external legal advisers for the purposes of financial close of projects.
  • Assist in the management of property and planning related disputes.
  • Maximise the value of legal services delivered by external law firms in relation to property and planning, ensuring work is delivered on time, within budget and to a high standard.
  • Advise CWP Renewables in relation to property and planning law and policy reforms which impact on projects.
  • Develop and evolve high quality template documents and actively promote a consistent approach to internal document management within CWP Renewables.
  • Balance a high-volume work environment and competing priorities and deliver timely, high-quality strategic legal advice.

About you:
You will have

  • Strong background in advising on property and planning law• Background in advising on environmental, native title and cultural heritage law (preferable).
  • Strong experience in managing negotiations with landholders – freehold and government.
  • Experience in liaising with local councils, government departments and regulatory authorities in relation to planning approvals to achieve successful outcomes.
  • Experience in dealing with rural land and/or linear infrastructure.
  • Strong interest in the renewable energy sector.
  • Interpersonal skills, including liaison and negotiation.
  • Organisation skills including priority-setting and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Tertiary qualifications in law with a current unrestricted practising certificate in Australia.

What’s on offer:
In addition to a competitive remuneration package combined with attractive benefits, employees have the opportunity to access training and career development, and workplace flexibility.

CWP Renewables also recognises the importance of diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. Visit our website to learn more about us.

How to apply:

Please click on the "Apply" button above. Applications close on Friday 23 July 2021. Submit your updated resume and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria to be considered for the role. Please monitor your email regarding communication on progress of your application.

Employer questions:
Your application will include the following questions:

  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • What is your expected annual base salary?
  • How much notice are you required to give your current employer?