International Counsel, Australia

  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Full-time

Company Description

Our mission is simple: we want to help people everywhere start, run and grow a business. We’re a fast-moving global fintech company building the tools entrepreneurs need to simplify and streamline every business process, from accepting card payments and online invoicing to inventory management, real-time analytics, employee management and powerful data reporting. Now supporting millions of businesses worldwide, Square is recognised as a leader in financial technology, currently rated third in Fast Company’s 2018 edition of the World’s Most Innovative Companies. As we continue to expand globally, we are looking to drive that innovation further by scaling our smart, dedicated and passionate workforce in new markets. Square was founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices now operating across the United States, Canada, Japan, the UK and Australia.

Job Description

Square is seeking a highly motivated attorney as its first legal hire in Australia to provide legal guidance on commercial contracts, product development, and regulatory initiatives. You will be responsible for negotiating complex commercial contracts, monitoring Squares enterprise risk management, and ensuring Squares regulatory compliance in Australia. Were looking for a highly adaptable, self-motivated individual who can handle fast-paced projects independently.

You will:

  • Ensure Squares regulatory compliance with its Australian financial services licence, including the review and oversight of its enterprise risk management programme  

  • Draft and negotiate a wide range of commercial and intellectual property agreements affecting the companys products and services

  • Work cross-functionally on a variety of legal matters to support business development and innovation in the Australian market

  • Provide ideas and insights into how the company can work within the law to create amazing product experiences for our customers and reduce legal risks

  • Liaise with government authorities and regulators on matters relevant to the payments and consumer financial industries, including ASIC and AUSTRAC

  • Provide sound compliance advice on laws and regulations relevant to consumer protection, advertising, IP, data protection, and the software and financial services industries

  • Draft terms of use, product policies, and disclosures, and implement related processes

  • Manage communications and/or requests for information from government authorities, sellers and consumers

  • Effectively collaborate with domestic counsel to provide globally aligned legal advice


You have:

  • Familiarity with launching products and advising on the legal and regulatory aspects of product development in the technology space

  • Excellent commercial negotiation and drafting skills

  • A passion for fintech and the future of commerce

  • Fluency in translating legal advice into actionable guidance for innovative product and business teams

  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage projects effectively

  • Sound and practical business judgment, intellectual creativity, and problem-solving skills

  • 5+ years post-qualification experience as an attorney/contract negotiator practising in Australia

  • Experience in fintech/e-commerce/financial services (desirable but not essential)

Additional Information

At Square, our purpose is to empower – within and outside of our walls. In order to build the best tools for the businesses and customers we support all over the world, we have to start at home with a workforce as diverse and empowered as our sellers. To this end, we take great care to evaluate all employees and job applicants equally, based on merit, competence, and qualifications. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to assistance(at) We will treat your request as confidentially as possible. In your email, please include your name and preferred method of contact, and we will respond as soon as possible.