Legal Counsel – Octopus Australia

South Yarra, AU

Company Description

This is an opportunity to join Octopus Investments Melbourne office to help us transform the energy industry in Australia. Here at Octopus we develop, construct and operate large-scale renewable energy projects around the world. The successful applicant will be part of the fast growing, dynamic and energetic business, shaping the energy transition in Australia. 

About Octopus

Octopus Group is one of the largest owners of renewable energy projects in Australia and Europe.  It owns some 260 assets, on behalf of wholesale and institutional investors. Domestically, Octopus Australia is responsible for managing over $1 billion of assets for local and international investors.

Octopus Australia mission is to accelerate the transition to a future powered by renewable energy. As a specialist renewables manager, we believe there is a huge opportunity to unblock investment in renewables by building a bespoke portfolio of multi – technology renewables assets in Australia.

We have invested in the 333 MWDC Darlington Point Solar Farm – one of the largest so far connected to the grid in Australia – and the 180MW Dulacca Wind Farm. We also have a strong national pipeline of projects across solar, wind, battery storage and hydrogen opportunities. 

Our local team has extended its on the ground presence, with 30 dedicated energy professionals across a broad range of expertise including funds management, investment, development, engineering, energy markets, and asset management.

We have a team of 30 across Melbourne, Sydney, and Auckland.

Job Description

About the Role

We are looking for a 3-6 year PQE solicitor to support the business through a period of exciting growth.  The role is part-time or full-time.

Ideally the successful applicant will have energy projects experience in the Australian market.  However, we value diversity and will consider talented candidates from other walks of life. 

We value individuals with a growth mindset and who love to make a difference.  Our mission is to invest in the people, ideas and industries that can change the world and unlock a brighter tomorrow.

You will be joining a growing legal team responsible for providing legal advice to all aspects of the business.  This will, in conjunction with support from external counsel, include providing legal, commercial, transactional and regulatory advice across the full life-cycle of renewable energy projects from development, construction, operations, project finance and M&A, to ensure the successful delivery of our renewable energy projects.  

This role will report into our General Counsel and work closely with our Senior Legal Counsel


Ideally you will have 3-6 years’ PQE experience gained within a reputable law firm working on grid-scale renewable energy projects (development, construction, finance and/or M&A experience).  However, we recognise that not everyone fits this mould and will consider candidate with transferable experience who have a keen interest in building a career in the renewable energy sector.    We value diversity of thought and experience, so if you are interested in renewable energy and eager to learn and grow with the team in a fast-paced environment then we would love to hear from you

Additional Information

What we offer

💰  A competitive salary, bonus, share incentive plan
✈️ Take what you need holiday
🏡 Flexible working 
👪 Enhanced family leave policies

Octopus has built an exciting and inclusive high-performance culture where employees feel empowered. This means we welcome discussions around flexible working hours or part time work. We also understand the value of diversity, and we have a team dedicated to promoting gender, ethnic, socio-economic, LGBT and disability equality, to make sure we back up our words with actions. All Octopus employees are given the opportunity to develop new skills, aim higher and accelerate their careers.

Octopus culture

Our culture is critical to our success and is built around three principles that underpin how we pursue our goals.

  • Straightforward – Consistently clear and straightforward communications with everyone that you work with.
  • Helpful - Assist teammates and wider colleagues to reach and exceed their business targets. Get stuck in and demonstrate you have the passion to make a difference at Octopus.  Manage your own mood positively and act with humility, transparency and integrity in all that you do.
  • Bold - Identify, develop and implement fresh ideas that demonstrate commercial insight and contribute to greater success at Octopus.