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Senior Legal Counsel - Outsourcing & Commercial

Clifton Legal
Bristol (GB)
Excellent Salary plus Benefits
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors, In-House
Experience Level
Mid Level
Full Time
Practice Areas
Company/Commercial, Corporate, Financial Services
4-6 Years, 7+ Years

Job Details

Senior Legal Counsel- Commercial & Outsourcing

Our client is a highly acquisitive Financial Services organisation with a base in Bristol.

Having more than quadrupled in size over the last few years the organisation are gearing for the next phase in their evolution.


This newly created position will report to the Head of Legal.

We are looking for a Senior Legal Counsel who will be the subject matter expert for major outsourcing projects across the group.

The role will have a breadth of commercial and corporate responsibility, with this role 'owning' all matters relating to Outsourcing.

The outsourcing work pertains to recent high level acquisitions and the need to outsource the centre of operations and building a new platforms.

These are major outsourcing projects which will require a depth of knowledge and outsourcing experience.

This is a highly visible role sitting at the very centre of the organisations strategic plan.


Future progression

We see this role as an excellent platform from which to develop your career upwards and towards future leadership roles.

Outside of the Outsourcing arena and its cyclical nature you will have the opportunity to develop you legal skills equipping you with the tools required for a future GC role.

This work will include the full range of commercial and corporate if this is something you wanted to develop.

The team contains subject matter experts but crossover is encouraged in a growth mentality environment.




The team are warm, friendly and approachable, pleasure to work with. Expertly led by a leadership team invested in the exciting journey ahead. Growth mentality and an active interest in developing people and careers.



UK Qualified Solictor.

We are flexible on pqe.

High level experience in Outsourcing essential

Ability to work in Bristol for 2 days a week.

Experience with FCA/Regulatory/Commercial a strong advantage.

Team player with a proactive and can do attitude.

Private Practice or In House background.



A key role with fantastic opportunities for progression.

Based in Central Bristol.


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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