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Legal Counsel RES Legal Real Estate & Regulatory Law


Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3000


RWE Renewables Australia Pty Ltd. 

To start as soon as possible, Full time, Permanent


The role

As a Legal Counsel within the Renewables Legal – Real Estate & Regulatory Law Team you will be acting as one of the key legal advisors handling legal matters relating to RWE Renewables’ energy projects primarily in Australia and Europe.


We are looking for an experienced, strongly motivated and self-confident legal counsel capable of working across the international RWE Renewables’ business, alongside other members of the RWE Renewables Legal Team and engage with other support functions to deliver a holistic and streamlined service to the RWE Renewables business.


This role will provide you with the opportunity to work on high profile, complex renewable energy projects and transactions. You will deliver to our Renewables business commercial and solution-oriented regulatory and real estate advice across a mix of projects, transactions and contracts relevant to development, construction and operation of renewable projects.


Real estate

  • Advise the business on real estate and property contracts and transactions, including drafting and negotiation of options, leases and easements
  • Provide legal advice and risk assessments in connection with due diligence of greenfield sites and property asset acquisition transactions
  • Provide legal advice in relation to disputes arising from property transactions



  • Advise the business on permitting procedures, planning and environmental law topics, and work with the development team on obtaining planning permission and other consents required for the development, construction and operation of renewables projects
  • Provide legal advice and risk assessments on planning pathways, environmental and permitting matters
  • Advise the operations team on grid connection matters and other Australian-specific electricity legislation and regulation, including engagement with regulators and market operators



  • Manage organizational or coordination tasks including process optimization  initiatives
  • Establish and nurture effective cross-functional and cross-cultural working relationships with legal but also business colleagues in the region of interest and the wider RWE group


The successful candidate

To be successful in this role, you will have exceptional legal instinct, combined with a strong understanding of real estate law, energy regulation and/or infrastructure projects. It is desirable, but not a must that you have worked in the Renewables sector previously. Other Energy or Infrastructure experience will also be an asset.   


You will also have:


  • Flexibility and ability to work professionally and accurately under pressure
  • Proven organizational, analytical and standardization skills
  • Command of English (capability of working in a further European language is beneficial)
  • Good understanding of front-to-end processes and passion for continuous improvement
  • Personal drive, willingness to take initiative and high level of commitment and engagement, enjoy working in an international team including travel
  • Excellent clear communication and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective cross-functional working relationships, customer centrism,  consulting skills and service- solution-oriented mindset
  • Australian legal qualifications, being registered to practice in an Australian state (or capable of seeking registration)


The benefits you can rely on

We offer you the opportunity to contribute your strengths to an interdisciplinary, open-minded and motivated team and bring your ideas to life.


  • Onboarding and development programs are offered too (including CPD)
  • Work with an international team on international projects.
  • Flexible working arrangements.

Promoting diversity (40x40) special offers for parents & children (40x40) flexible working times (40x40) cafeteria/canteen (40x40) health services (40x40) company sports (40x40) Free parking (40x40) shareholding (40x40) staff events (40x40) training/human resources development (40x40) career promotion (40x40) support of extra-occupational studies (40x40) attractive remuneration (40x40) accessibility (40x40) employee discounts (40x40) social commitment (40x40) International exchange (40x40) Graduate programme (40x40) good transport connection (40x40)

Apply now with just a few clicks: ad code 72231, application deadline 31/12/2022.

Any questions? Vanessa Binsch, 


We look forward to meeting you!


We value diversity and therefore welcome all applications, irrespective of gender, disability, nationality, ethnic and social background, religion and beliefs, age or sexual orientation and identity.


Of course, you can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Xing, too.


RWE represents change, innovation and sustainability. As one of the world’s leading generators of electricity from renewable energy sources, we aim to be carbon-neutral by 2040 and to enable a sustainable life for people around the world. To achieve this, we are looking for dynamic and motivated people to join us in creating a sustainable and secure energy future.


RWE Renewables GmbH, based in Essen, Germany, is RWE’s youngest subsidiary and one of the world’s leading companies in the field of renewable energies. With an international team of around 3,500 employees, we are drivers of the energy transition – and provide electricity for a sustainable life. Our total capacity of more than 9 gigawatts results from onshore and offshore wind parks, photovoltaic plants and battery storage. We focus on growth: on the American continent, on the European core markets and on new markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

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