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Legal Counsel - In House Construction- UK- Major plc

Clifton Legal
United Kingdom
Competitive Salary and Good Benefits
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors, In-House
Experience Level
Mid Level
Full Time
Practice Areas
1-3 Years, 4-6 Years

Job Details

In House- Construction Legal Counsel 

Our client is a major UK plc and one of the leading lights in the Construction sector.

Reporting to the Head of Legal, this newly created position will work with a whole range of business units operating across the UK. The legal team have developed a fantastic reputation across the business and are involved at inception with major projects across the group.


The legal team work autonomously across the UK with excellent support from long serving colleagues who know the business inside and out.


This role will engage with stakeholders across a complex organisation facing ever more complex needs. You will work closely, for example, with senior directors in Building, Planning and Highways where there has been huge and sustained growth.

This is an empowering environment with a fantastic legal function and leadership team.

Some of the main responsibilities will centre around some of the following areas.

Building contracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties, performance bonds, parent company guarantees, insurance and issues related to the construction and development process. This role will also involve advising upon day-to-day project issues and the workload is varied.


The role will be largely non contentious in nature but we would also be interested in speaking with Construction lawyers with a contentious background who are interested in developing their skill in more transactional work. There will be a requirement for pre litigation and contract interpretation with any adjudication work being passed to outside counsel. This is a largely non contentious role.


More about our client


Our client is one of the UK’s most formidable construction businesses. They are a people-orientated, progressive business, driven by values to deliver lasting change for their stakeholders and the communities.


There is a purpose to improve people’s lives through building the facilities and infrastructure that communities need, providing opportunities for their people to learn, grow and progress, working with the supply chain to promote the very best working practice and caring for the environment in which they work. 


They are committed to agile working, giving their people the freedom and flexibility to adapt their working life around their home life to achieve a proper balance.


More about the role

•  Being part of an established legal team, which provides strategic support across the business. It is an interesting role, involving real interaction with the commercial teams and is an excellent opportunity to obtain exposure to the business

•  Drafting, reviewing and negotiating construction contracts (JCT, NEC, IChemE) and associated project documentation from circa £5m to £100m in value

•  Providing advice on project issues

•   Handling low value disputes


There will be an expectation to spend 2 days in the office local to your location. With offices and hubs across the UK the legal team are able to provide a fantastic geographical coverage across the business.

Opportunities to progress with a rapidly growing organisation are excellent.

To be considered for this role you will need to have at least 2 years post qualified experience as a Solicitor or Barrister. You will have a background in Construction law and have a strong interest in moving in house. We are happy to consider candidates at the mid to senior level budget permitting.

This is a full time position.

The role is offered with a competitive salary, car allowance and a range of company benefits.







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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