Legal and Commercial Counsel

We are currently looking to employ a Legal and Commercial Counsel to join our team, based in Old Street, London.

What is the role?

We are currently looking for a highly-motivated legal and commercial counsel to strengthen our legal team. You will work under the supervision and support of the legal director / company secretary and managing director with your key responsibilities including working with the assistant legal counsel to provide legal support across the company as a whole.

Your responsibilities will include the following:

  • Drafting and negotiating construction, engineering and infrastructure contracts, consultant appointments, sub-consultant appointments, and other construction documentation
  • Advising on general commercial contracts across the business
  • Assist legal director / company secretary in providing legal and professional support on a range of legal matters when required
  • Assist legal director / company secretary in managing outside counsel and third party suppliers
  • Support the construct and oversight of a legal risk management program, inclusive of the construct and oversight of an anti-bribery and client due diligence program
  • A willingness and ability to deliver legal and compliance training on selected topics where required by the business
  • Participate and assist in non-technical audits across the business
  • Report regularly to the legal director / company secretary and managing director on project status and participate in team meetings (including coordination with other group businesses)
  • Ensure that relevant documents are filed in Legal Department database / folders 
  • Advising and supporting on wider commercial issues where the business requires it
  • Advising on the management of high-value/high-risk contracts
  • Monitoring for and advising the business on new and proposed UK legislation, regulation and guidance
  • Support the implementation of new business processes
  • Support a collaborative and proactive relationship with other group businesses where required and attend any required meetings to support wider commercial issues under the guidance of the legal director / company secretary and managing director

Your qualities

You will need to be able to work well as part of a small, friendly team and operate across the wider business, with an ability to think and advise commercially. Your ability to adapt and offer flexibility to the needs of the business is paramount, and you will have a great appetite for driving projects and working in a creative, high-energy environment.

What we look for

  • Sound legal and commercial experience
  • Good organisational qualities and an ability to work on numerous tasks concurrently
  • Experience of advising on/negotiating/drafting/managing commercial contracts (ideally in the professional services sector) across multiple jurisdictions
  • Financial control, management and reporting experience desirable
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally and collaboratively with multiple business functions
  • Experience of rigorous analysis of complex issues as well as proven delivery of pragmatic solutions to problems
  • An incisive, open-minded and strategic thinker who can diplomatically and effectively resolve issues
  • A natural communicator: able to present ideas articulately, and openly; with the ability to effectively influence and marshal buy-in from people at all levels
  • In addition to first class technical legal skills, the successful candidate will possess strong business acumen and judgement, being able to effectively switch between the roles of legal advisor and business partner
  • Knowledge of current and emerging legislation
  • The ideal applicant will be able to demonstrate their experience, competency and flexibility to meet the demands of the role
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure and cope with peak work loads
  • Capability to prioritise workload without supervision
  • Confidence in dealing with and talking to people at all levels
  • Written communication skills to produce succinct correspondence
  • Sensitivity and discretion are crucial
  • Previous experience working in a fast-growing, agile, adaptable commercial environment preferred and in-house experience desirable, but not essential
  • A willingness to operate out of his/her comfort zone and a willingness to play a proactive role in developing the legal function
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Law or Legal Practice Course qualification/equivalent with ICSA qualification / part qualification beneficial
  • 3-6 years PQE (aptitude and personality culture-fit will be given significantly greater weight over PQE in assessment) as a lawyer, legal executive, contracts manager or senior paralegal or equivalent with commercial contracts experience, preferably in the construction consultancy industry

What we offer

  • A competitive salary
  • A comprehensive benefits package
  • An environment which allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and experience
  • A supportive and friendly team, based in an excellent working environment where everyone is respected and shares in our success
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