Legal Counsel (Maternity Cover) - 6-12 months - Retail

Hays Legal
England, London
07 Jun 2021
05 Jul 2021
Durshan Mistry
Vacancy Type
Barristers, In-House
Full Time
Practice Areas
Experience Level
Mid Level

Legal Counsel (Maternity Cover) - 6-12 months - Retail

Your new company
A well-known international retail business with over 170 UK stores and over 350 overseas franchises. The business is still run with family values in a collaborative atmosphere, providing its people with high-quality work, excellent work-life balance and a great package. The company has coped well through the pandemic, boasting strong financial security and it aims to double its headcount in the next year.

Your new role
A Legal Counsel maternity cover position reporting into the long-serving Head of Legal, as part of a small but crucial legal team. This role will involve advising the business on commercial and legal risk, while negotiating, drafting and reviewing a host of commercial agreements. These will include supply, distribution, franchising, advertising and procurement agreements. The successful candidate will also negotiate leases and deal with commercial property matters, including landlord and tenant matters. There may additionally be some ad hoc employment and IP matters. Further, the Counsel will be expected to build relationships with key teams, including finance, procurement and advertising, advising on legal compliance, internal policies and liaise with the likes of external counsel, Advertising Standards Agency and other third party stakeholders. This company will also consider part-time working arrangements for the right candidate.

What you'll need to succeed
You will be a UK or qualified lawyer with at least 3-4 years' qualified (as a guide only) and in-house experience in a commercial environment. You will have a proven track record of negotiating and reviewing varied commercial contracts, while also being able to showcase experience of dealing with commercial property issues including leases. You will be comfortable working in the company's Buckinghamshire offices 3-4 days per week, though the business will consider applicants who require part-time working arrangements. Any experience of franchising agreements would be welcomed, though this is something you can pick up on the job.

What you'll get in return
In a friendly, collegiate environment, you will benefit from interaction with a strong leadership team and a manager who knows the business very well. You will be able to maintain a great work-life balance, including some hybrid working opportunity.

What you need to do now
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