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On the job as a senior corporate counsel at Cuscal

Jaymes Carr

Careers Commentator
Agnes Lee studied Master of Laws at University of Sydney and is now senior corporate counsel at Cuscal.

What’s your current role?

I’ve worked in-house as a senior corporate counsel at Cuscal for two years. Can you provide a brief overview of your professional background? I’ve spent most of my career as a specialist lawyer within financial services.

My focus has been on corporate governance, legal compliance and IT law.

What does your job involve?

My role involves overseeing and managing all corporate governance matters and reporting to the Board, partnering with the business to draft precedents, negotiating and finalising agreements and of course to provide expert legal advice and to ensure ongoing regulatory compliance.

Where did you study?

I studied at the University of Sydney where, after completing my undergraduate degree, I obtained a Master of Laws. I’ve more recently received a fellowship from the Governance Institute of Australia.

What attracted you to that field of study?

Back in high school, a friend challenged me to study law. The rest, as they say, is history.

What is your employer’s mission/goal?

Cuscal focuses on providing innovative, reliable and secure payment solutions for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

What do you do on a daily basis?

I meet with clients and internal stakeholders to provide legal advice as needed. I also review and approve the legal aspects of Cuscal’s products  and services.

What’s the most challenging aspect of your role?

It can sometimes be quite tricky to work through competing priorities.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your role?

I enjoy developing new agreements with various companies including airlines and financial  technology organisations.

What personal qualities are required for success in your position?

Leadership, interpersonal skills, and patience.

What are the limitations or downsides of your job?

The amount of reading can be exhausting at times.

Which three pieces of advice would you give to a university student?

  • Identify and live by your core values.
  • Build and take advantage of your professional networks.
  • Find a mentor in your field.