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General Counsel, A&NZ

Main Purpose:
As General Counsel your role is to ensure that the company's operations are conducted within the law at all times and to provide counsel and guidance on legal issues and new strategic business activities. It is important that you can work closely with the business as well as maintaining your independence as a registered Australian legal practitioner. officer of the Court.
Major Duties / Responsibilities:
Provide expert legal advice across a broad range of areas and advise on legal implications of business strategy and work closely with the compliance team in carrying out your responsibilities.
Advise the company on its' legal rights and obligations, set internal policies where applicable and manage the impact of external factors
Identify proactive solutions to eliminate or mitigate legal and regulatory risks.
As a member of the senior management team, participate in and contribute to the senior leadership decision making process.
Act as Secretary to the Board and assist as required with meetings of the Board of Directors. Participate on other committees as required.
Ensure that the company is informed of new or proposed legislation or regulatory activity that may affect its operations and have oversights as necessary to ensure regulatory changes are fully embedded in the business.
Liaise with government officials, department or tribunals on matters affecting the company's activities where required.
Assume responsibility for the review of the legal aspects of policy documentation, marketing material, underwriting criteria, pricing structures and delegate to other legal counsel staff accordingly
Negotiate, draft and settle all major contracts, leases, loan agreements, securities and other commercial arrangements to safeguard the company's interest, in conjunction with external legal advisors where necessary.
Initiate legal action as required and oversee defense of the company in any legal action initiated against it, in conjunction with external legal advisors.
Counsel and advise directors and executives on the legal aspects of activities within their assigned areas.
Ensure all trademarks, patents and processes are protected and in good standing.
Retain custody of the Common Seal and ensure that the processes in place around its use are effective and maintained.
Select and retain external counsel as required, to obtain legal opinions and, handle claims litigation. Establish policies Ensure governing the retention of external counsel ensuring consideration are retained in accordance with internal policies and manage is given to the the cost effectiveness of engagement of external counsel. engagement.
Ensure the company is in good standing and fulfils its obligations pursuant to the Corporations Act and other applicable legislation.
Be able to attract, develop, direct, motivate and drive performance from the legal team so that it meets legal objectives for the company.
Develop constructive relationships with internal stakeholders to ensure matters are managed effectively
Knowledge & Skills
Prefer minimum 10 years legal experience. , preferably withFinancial services and/or insurance experience will be viewed favourably. in an insurance company or other financial institution.
Degree qualified and holds relevant legal qualifications including holding a current practicing certificate or ability to obtain one.
Senior leadership and management experience, including managing the performance and development of a team in the provision of legal services.
Superior communication and influencing skills with the ability to work across all levels of the organization and in cross-functional teams and within a multi-national environment. .
Strong strategic and analytical understanding of the Financial Services sector, especially including insurance and strong corporate and commercial law expertise.
Specialised knowledge of how statutory and regulatory frameworks impact the insurance industry in Australia and New Zealand
Strong understanding of all legal and compliance practices, principles and corporate governance requirements
Industry qualifications e.g. ANZIF preferred


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