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Head of Legal- Corporate- In House

Clifton Legal
Buckinghamshire (GB)
Excellent Salary plus Benefits
Closing date
19 Apr 2023

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Head of Legal- Corporate

Clifton Search  Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom (Hybrid)


Head of Legal- Corporate

Six Figure Package + Car/Bonus – Home Counties



The Organisation


Our client is a leading UK environmental services organisation employing over 10,000 people with a turnover exceeding £1.4bn.


Under new private equity ownership, they are now gearing up for the next phase of ambitious growth.


Following a restructure of the Legal, compliance and company secretarial function, they are looking for an exceptional Head of Legal to join the team, based at their head office in the Home Counties


Whilst the role is based at their Head Office, they operate a hybrid style working arrangement with flexibility to work from home or other locations a couple of days a week.


The Role


Reporting into the General Counsel and Company Secretary, this is a newly created role operating at the Senior Leadership level. Given the ambitious growth targets and increasing impact of compliance and regulation across the sector, you will lead the Corporate in-house legal function, providing flexible support at both Group level and to the various trading entities across the UK.


You will have overall responsibility for the legal aspects of M&A activity across the group and manage a small team within the Legal Compliance and Company Secretarial functions.


This is an all-encompassing role which will require you to constantly switch gear depending on the requirements of a large and complex organisation. You will provide a sounding board to your team members who will look to you for support, leadership, and advice.


The Person


We are looking for an exceptional and experienced corporate lawyer (10+pqe) who will share our client’s vision and values. You will join an incredibly close-knit organisation and a team of highly committed people who have been instrumental to their success.


We would expect the successful applicant to display ambition, drive, and a strong commercial aptitude. This is a highly dynamic environment which will require you to perform at a high level with confidence and resilience.


The role will require a breadth of experience requiring you to adapt and be alive to a multitude of novel challenges.


You will be a dedicated team-player with management experience and will need to demonstrate a flexible and commercial approach, be a strong communicator and have the gravitas and credibility to influence and advise at both main board level and with internal/external stakeholders.


You will have strong experience across corporate disciplines particularly M&A and the Companies Act. Experience of compliance in a large company (listed or private) environment, particularly data protection, anti-trust and anti-bribery would be highly desirable.


This role is exclusively retained with Clifton Search. Any third party CV's will be forwarded to Clifton Search for consideration.


Clifton Legal is the legal division of Clifton Search - a specialist search and selection recruitment firm. We are a niche, boutique firm and focus purely on the legal and corporate governance markets. Our primary focus is on opportunities from newly qualified to General Counsel level.


We set up Clifton in 2014 to fulfil what we believed was a gap in the market to provide clients and candidates in our core markets with the knowledge and connections of a specialist and experienced recruitment partner allied to a pro-active and integrated approach. In essence we bring the professionalism and targeted networking approach of a search solution but with a functional rather than sector driven model. We augment this with the personal touch, flexibility and proactive rate of response of a traditional contingent recruitment service.


The leadership team has c50 years of recruitment experience and as experienced recruiters with a proven track record, we have a deep knowledge and understanding of our markets, a large network of legal and governance professionals and a genuine passion for delivering a professional, honest and quality service to all stakeholders within the recruitment process.


We are rigorous in ensuring that we have a thorough understanding of both candidate and client requirements at the outset to ensure the delivery of a well-matched service and a successful campaign for both parties.


Our long-standing client base is comprised of large UK, US and European listed multinationals and corporate businesses and spans a wide range of sectors. We operate out of offices in Bristol and London but recruit right across the UK, Europe and the US.


Why work with us?

Unlike most recruitment companies we don’t operate with the typical “sales” driven culture that’s common in our sector. This gives us greater independence and objectivity and allows us to focus purely on your agenda and career aspirations and find the right opportunity for you – even if you are not “actively looking” in the market.

Whether you or keen to secure a new opportunity right now or simply keeping an eye on the market for that perfect opportunity, we commit to offer you:

  • Honest, impartial and specialist market advice/intelligence from recruiters with extensive experience.
  • CV appraisal and preparation guidance.
  • Full, in-depth application support throughout the recruitment process from initial approach, interview preparation and feedback, salary negotiation, resignation management – right up to starting your new opportunity.
  • Up to the minute and specific salary and benefits benchmarking relative to your experience, sector and location.
  • Long term career planning and professional development advice.
  • Complete confidentiality and a guarantee that we will never share your CV with any third party without your express knowledge and consent.

If that sounds like the kind of recruitment partner that you would prefer to work with then please do get in touch with one of our directors:

Giles Boustead

Mobile: +44 7500 113 777



Chris Conner

Mobile: +44 7818 644 577



Bristol Office: +44 117 975 8600


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