Senior Associate / Senior Counsel – Data & Privacy Law (Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3000)


At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all. 



The opportunity


EY Law in Australia is part of the expanding EY legal network with offices in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, Middle East and the Americas (practising non-US Law). We have a truly global footprint, comprising over 3,500 lawyers across 94 jurisdictions. Whether acting directly for sophisticated clients as their external legal advisors, or as part of a multi-disciplinary engagement alongside professionals from consulting, strategy and transactions, tax or government and regulatory teams in EY, our direct access to EY’s international network gives you access to a broad range of interesting and complex matters, and the chance to truly partner with our clients in shaping a better working world.


As a leading employer of choice, we will provide you with the flexible working tools and technology so that you can meet your commitments to your clients, family and community. You’ll also be supported to create a personalised career journey that helps you turn your aspirations into action and be the best version of you both inside and outside of work. Working closely with other service lines across EY, you will help us build a better working world with your expertise in privacy law as well as your commercial, agile and collaborative mindset. 


This opportunity is open to candidates from other jurisdictions who have practiced law in Australia or New Zealand.


Your key responsibilities


  • Work alongside the Oceania Data & Technology Law Leader to help set and drive the privacy vertical within the Digital Law strategy across the practice
  • Acting as a subject matter expert on all aspects of data protection and privacy risk strategy and compliance, and assisting our clients in data-intensive industries with managing high data privacy risk projects;
  • Provide advice on complex governance matters arising from data as a product, data management, data monetization, AI use and deployment, data ethics and other advanced uses of personal data
  • Advising clients on privacy by design, DPIAs, responding to personal data management requests, managing data maturity assessments, drafting privacy policies and advising on international data transfers
  • Assisting clients with their employee and stakeholder privacy management policies and practices, as well as helping them to provide stakeholder education and awareness training, in line with Australia’s data privacy laws
  • Provide clients with incident management advice to help them ensure that data privacy incidents are responded to and managed effectively and that relevant authorities are informed within necessary timeframes
  • Drive business development initiatives and develop strong connections both internally and externally in the market to promote EY Law’s data and technology law offering
  • Advise a prestigious client base on a wide range of other technology (outsourcing, procurement, cloud, XaaS, AI/ML, AR/VR, IoT, blockchain etc.) intellectual property and e-commerce law issues.
  • Remain at the forefront of changes in the regulatory landscape to be seen as a SME in your field by clients and colleagues alike


Skills and attributes for success

To qualify for the role you must have 

  • Strong academic background, technical knowledge and commercial acumen with a minimum 10+ years PQE experience in Australia or New Zealand
  • Private practice experience in privacy, technology and commercial agreements is required. Experience in a leadership role of a privacy law practice would also be an advantage
  • Strong executive presence – ability to build and maintain a strong network of connections and stakeholders both within EY and externally to grow the digital law offering
  • Motivated self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced consulting environment with the ability to translate complex legal advice into clear, succinct recommendations
  • Comfort with novel technologies and a track record of providing logical solutions to complex legal challenges in the absence of settled law and practice
  • Proven strong technical legal skills and able to work across Australia’s diverse privacy legislation 
  • Proven stakeholder management skills including the ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure interdependencies on client matters are met
  • Proven business development capabilities to meet real revenue target and growth demands
  • Proven ability to manage engagements to time and budget across multiple projects across different industries and disciplines
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint to present reports


Ideally, you’ll also have 

  • A genuine passion for all things digital and tech and a desire to keep abreast of related legal issues in this ever-changing area.


What we offer


  • Success as defined by you: We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way. 
  • Continuous learning: personalised career development including coaching, experiences and formal learning so you’ll develop the mindset and skills you’ll need to thrive in the future.
  • Diverse and inclusive culture: You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.


At EY, you’ll be rewarded and recognised based on your performance and our comprehensive benefits package can be tailored to your individual needs. 


We hold a collective commitment to foster an environment where all differences are valued and respected, practices are equitable and everyone experiences a sense of belonging. If you require any adjustments to the recruitment process in order to equitably participate, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application via or  phone +61 3 8650 7788 (option 2).


We understand the importance of social distancing at this time so our recruitment and onboarding process may be managed virtually (if required) so we can continue to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of EY people, clients, guests and the broader public.  


The exceptional EY experience. It’s yours to build.


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