Associate | Legal Counsel

  • Company:
    Brookfield Properties
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 days ago
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Brookfield Properties is a fully-integrated, global real estate services company that provides industry-leading portfolio management and development capabilities across the real estate investment strategies of Brookfield Asset Management — a global alternative asset manager with over $540 billion in assets under management. We are a wholly entity of Brookfield, one of the largest managers of real assets in the world.

Brookfield Properties develops and manages premier real estate with a focus on maximising the tenant experience in addition to the investment and operational performance of the asset. We also focus on integrating leading-edge real estate technologies which enables us to be at the forefront of innovation and sustainability – benefiting not only our tenants, residents and business partners, but also the communities in which we operate.

We manage more than 600 properties globally including 170 premier retail destinations, and we also have over 30 active developments in progress. In Australia, our main focus is on the commercial office sector.

For more information about our approach to operating and developing best-in-class real estate, please visit

About the Role

We are currently recruiting for a permanent Associate Legal Counsel in our Sydney office. You will be responsible for providing legal support to Brookfield Properties Australia regarding management and operation of the Australian property portfolio.

The role will include: advising on the structuring, documentation and implementation of commercial property transactions including leasing, property management dealings and development projects; being the key point of contact for our Operations and Marketing teams for their portfolio and placemaking activities; assisting the Brookfield Property Group with acquisitions/disposals and due diligence; and advising on general commercial and other operational matters and policies.

Your responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Managing external legal spend on matters, including setting and enforcing budgets on all matters briefed to external lawyers
  • Negotiating and documenting property dealings (primarily agreements for lease, leases, heads of agreement, management agreements, operations contracts)
  • Primary legal contact for operations and site teams in property and facilities management matters
  • Primary legal contact for marketing team to facilitate placemaking and other events and activities
  • Providing legal support to Brookfield Property Group in the acquisition and disposal of assets
  • Assisting with development projects
  • Assisting senior members of the Brookfield Properties legal team with matters as required
  • Documenting and managing projects and initiatives of Brookfield Properties
  • Assisting in creation and maintenance of precedent documents
  • Assisting with implementation, drafting and updating of policies and procedures when required
  • Assisting with managing external legal counsel
  • Providing accurate and up to date legal advice that is commercial, strategic and easy to understand
  • Assisting with facilitating training and presentations for commercial property team on relevant legal issues
  • Fostering positive and strategic relationships with tenants, co-owners and other third parties

    About You
    To be successful in this role, it is expected that you possess the following:

  • Professional qualifications and experience

  • 7+ PQE with mid-top tier law firm experience
  • Property law with a strong commercial property, operations and development focus
  • In-house experience preferred (not essential)
  • Commercial/corporate law experience recommended
  • Skills

  • Experience working on major leasing transactions, agreements for lease and development projects
  • Strong legal research, interpretation and writing skills, being able to make the complicated simple
  • Strong drafting and advisory skills coupled with accurate, timely and commercially practical legal advice
  • Strong time management skills and ability to appropriately prioritise tasks
  • Well-developed communication skills, with the ability to communicate professionally, clearly and effectively with all levels of management
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team in a high-performance, fast-paced environment, able to balance urgency and accuracy
  • Ability to interpret, understand and implement corporate strategy
  • A pro-active and flexible approach
  • Collegiate with ability to foster and build relationships quickly with internal and external stakeholders and advisers
  • Ability to assess and manage risk
  • Shows initiative and a willingness to be involved in challenging projects
  • Well-rounded team member who has a passion for and understands all facets of property

    Disclaimer: Brookfield Properties does not accept unsolicited resumes from Recruitment Agencies and the company shall not be liable for any fees incurred from any unsolicited resumes received from third parties.

    We are committed to creating a diverse environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. 

    Please submit your applications by 30 September 2020

    The application form will include these questions:

  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia
  • What’s your expected annual base salary?