In-House Construction Disputes Lawyer - North Sydney

Last updated an hour ago
Location:New South Wales
Job Type:Full Time

About Laing O’Rourke

Laing O’Rourke is a $6 billion international operation with over 50 years of involvement in Australian construction and infrastructure including more than a decade under the Laing O’Rourke banner. We are currently delivering some of Australia’s most exciting projects across the transport, building construction, defence, airports, mining, civil and social infrastructure sectors.

Laing O’Rourke is committed to becoming the recognised leader for innovation and excellence in the construction industry. Laing O’Rourke is proud to hold the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Citation - Employer of Choice for Gender Equality.

About the role

The in-house legal team currently consists of 12 lawyers and is a lively and young team of lawyers who service the whole of South East Asia. The team are primarily a team of specialist front-end and back-end construction lawyers.

Laing O’Rourke is currently recruiting a disputes lawyer to join the North Sydney based in-house Legal team on a 14-month contract for maternity leave cover.

Key responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Legal, your role will involve partnering with the business to assist on live projects and to help them work through any issues as the arise. This will include defending claims and representing the company in a range of dispute processes including contractual disputes, adjudications, expert determinations, mediation, arbitration and litigation.

This role offers ownership of the legal service for certain projects and significant disputes (commensurate with your level of experience). You will be asked to address both the internal management and preparation of disputes as well as being responsible for the management of external counsel and experts for the entirety of the dispute process.

There is also the opportunity to be involved in a number of other areas including some front-end construction work, training to the business, project legal reviews and a number of other corporate legal areas (depending upon your interest and experience).

About you

To be successful in the role you will ideally meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 7 years’ PQE. In-house experience and experience working for large contractors would be well regarded.
  • Substantial experience acting on a range of contractual disputes in different forums, including contractual claims, adjudication, litigation and arbitration.
  • The ability to work autonomously as part of a collegiate team.
  • A pragmatic and practical approach, as well as being solutions focussed.
  • Impressive interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A drive to succeed.

There will also be opportunities in broader business priorities and specialist areas of law depending upon your interest. Some experience and capability in drafting, reviewing and advising on project documentation, tender preparation and other front-end work will be favourably considered.

This is a unique opportunity to join a strong in-house legal team with great career development opportunities and the ability to make the role your own. A competitive salary package is on offer, depending on the level of experience.

There is a flexible working environment, with opportunities for both office based work and working from home.


We work hard to create an environment that brings out the best in our people. We believe in building careers through providing a safe, connected and innovative culture that supports ongoing growth and development. We offer industry-leading benefits such as specialised learning and development programs, a mental health and wellbeing program, industry leading paid parental leave policy, family friendly work practices, additional purchased leave option and coaching programs for staff on parental leave.

Diversity & Inclusion

We are committed to building a workforce that reflects the diverse society in which we live and work. We recognise the increasing importance of flexible work arrangements and family friendly work practices to enable and maintain a diverse, adaptive and high performing workforce.

As a proud RAP organisation, Laing O'Rourke is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Download our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan at

Applications from recruitment agencies will not be considered.