Legal Counsel (6-8 PQE) - Global Manufacturer

London (Greater) (GB)
Competitive + benefits
11 Oct 2021
08 Nov 2021
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level, Senior Level

Purpose of the Role

As a Legal Counsel you will support the Senior Counsel (UK & Ireland) with managing all legal aspects of the business including those related to product regulatory compliance, competition law, marketing, sales, employment issues, commercial and corporate law, contract drafting, intellectual property, digital and data protection and any other matters assigned by Senior Counsel UK & Ireland and certain other global, regional, or local project teams.

You will partner with other functions within the firm to reach business objectives in a consumer-centric and solution-oriented manner consistent with all relevant laws, regulations and internal policies. You will work closely with and report to the Senior Counsel UK & Ireland and will join a team of two other Legal Counsels.

Key Accountabilities

  • Represent the Legal team and provide timely, accurate and business orientated legal analysis (advising, negotiating and providing legal documents) in a wide variety of areas listed above, to ensure you can support the business with initiatives as required.
  • Sharing issues of common interest and knowledge with the other members of the Legal team including information on commercial initiatives and proposals, legal and regulatory developments, best practices for advising clients.
  • Taking initiative and helping to ensure the provision of optimal legal support for business clients and certain other global or regional project teams using both internal expertise and services of outside counsel where required.
  • Assist the Senior Counsel UK & Ireland in the development and implementation of departmental plans and objectives to support the business initiatives. Review global or regional business proposals, marketing toolkits, etc, for consistency with local laws, company policies.
  • Support global packaging, product compliance and marketing on all requirements and approvals in order to ensure the timely local deployment or launch of any new products.
  • To remain current and knowledgeable with respect to current and pending legislation, case law and administrative regulations pertinent to all subject matters relevant to the
  • Assisting the Senior Counsel UK & Ireland to ensure that external counsel are managed cost effectively in accordance with agreed budgets and deliver work product on time and in line with expectations.
  • Participate in project teams with other members of the business, ensuring that their decisions and recommendations protect the legal interests of the company, and execute decisions to achieve objectives on a timely basis.
  • Provide training on legal issues to employees as needed including on compliance topics such as anti-bribery, the firms marketing code and competition law.
  • Manage commercial disputes and regulatory investigations in a cost effect and commercial manner to ensure the best outcome for the company.
  • Take initiative and ownership of providing timely and effective advice in respect of a variety of legal issues or requests for support.
  • Participate in cross-functional teams to help reach business objectives while minimising risk to the company.
  • Remain objective at all times while promoting compliance with the letter and spirit of the law and company policies.
  • Display consumer-centricity and solution-oriented qualities in providing advice to the business
  • Counsel and advise with both short and long term views and risk.
  • Ability to manage and priorities according to business needs

Key Requirements

The following capabilities are required for the role:

  • University degree with a minimum of 2.1 ideally in Law but not essential
  • Ideally 6-8 years post qualification legal experience in a relevant area of law from a well-regarded law firm or international business (ideally FMCG, Pharma or Retail). Candidates with less experience are not precluded from applying, PQE is an indicator of the level of experience for the role.
  • Admitted Solicitor/Barrister (or equivalent) and qualified to practice law in England and Wales.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Used to using Microsoft packages.
  • Career Stage Competencies: Clear and constructive communication, customer focus, building strong relationship, integrity and trust, courage, efficiency, diligence, excellent attention to detail, process management, priority setting, planning, emotional intelligence, composure, listening, self-knowledge.
  • Eligible to work in the UK without sponsorship

Contact Sophie Webb for more information
T: 0203 826 1810

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