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In-House Legal Counsel - UK & NI - Enterprise IT & Technology

Billingshurst, UK
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21 Jan 2021

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Excellent opportunity for a Commercial Solicitor / Legal Executive to join a leading international authority in the Digital Transformation space.

Role Info:

In-House Legal Counsel - UK & NI - Enterprise IT & Technology Commercial Agreements
Up to £65,000 DOE + Benefits
Wisborough Green / Remote Flexibility + Some Inter-Company Travel
Monday to Friday. (37.5hrs per week) 9.00am to 5.30pm
Start date: ASAP

The In-House Legal Counsel Role:

We are now recruiting for a highly motivated legal professional to join our busy and well established UK-based in-house legal team. You will be expected to offer ad-hoc advice to the business and to review, advise on and negotiate commercial IT contracts with commercial and public-sector customers and suppliers.
Reporting to the Head of Legal, this is an interesting role which will require a "hands-on" and flexible approach.

Exceptional candidates with real ability and commercial nous but lower PQE will be considered.

Key Responsibilities:

Commercial Contracts:

+ Review, amend, draft and negotiate various types of commercial agreements including NDAs B2B IT agreements (IaaS NWaaS private cloud and public cloud agreements), MSAs, professional services agreements, SLAs, supplier agreements and various terms and conditions
+ Maintain and regularly review standard terms and conditions for the company's product and service offerings
+ Maintain and regularly review standard supplier terms
+ Advise on and produce additional terms and contract documents as required in response to new products and services
+ Liaise with all relevant areas of the business during contractual negotiations, collate feedback and red-line contracts
+ Liaise with Group Security on information security provisions in contracts
+ Be the chief negotiator in customer and supplier contractual discussions
+ Review SDDs and SoWs for consistency with contracts
+ In conjunction with the Chief Commercial Officer, take risk-based decisions on the acceptance of contractual terms

Policies, tools and processes:

+ Assist the Head of Legal to develop frameworks for effective contractual negotiations - including pre-agreed positions on commonly-negotiated clauses
+ Maintain contract registers and advise the business on the principles of good contract management
+ Implement an effective contract management system
+ Ensure that the processes in the legal and commercial department are continuously improved with a view to improving the speed of on-boarding customers and suppliers in a risk-assessed manner
+ Maintain up to date legal registers on legislation affecting the business
+ Assist the Head of Legal to develop a system for assessing risk across commercial contracts

Ad-Hoc Advice:

+ Provide ad-hoc advice on commercial contracts employment law GDPR Brexit and all other laws and regulations applying to a UK-based IT company
+ Assist the DPO in the interpretation and application of data protection laws and practices, including GDPR
+ Assist the Purchasing & Operations Lead and the Chief Commercial Officer with the creation of supplier tenders
+ Together with the Head of Legal and CCO, assist with the acquisition of new companies and the integration of group companies (both UK-based and internationally)
+ Liaise with external advisors on aspects of commercial, company and corporate law where required
+ Advise the Head of HR on employment contracts and settlement agreements
+ Provide training to the wider business on commercial contracts ad-hoc legal matters and the processes of the legal team
+ Assist with internal and external audits

Skills & Experience:

+ The ideal candidate will be a qualified Solicitor or Barrister with solid commercial contracts experience (3 years relevant PQE+), gained in-house or within private practice:


+ Excellent planning and organisational skills
+ The ability to prioritise, manage time effectively and work to tight deadlines
+ Accuracy and fastidious attention to detail
+ The ability to work independently with minimal supervision
+ The ability to work calmly under pressure
+ Highly proficient in MS packages including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook have experience or be willing to learn to use a document management system
+ Team player - understands the importance of teamwork
+ Pragmatic - understand the wider commercial and business impact of decisions made
+ Commercial - operates at all times with a view to promoting the business' ultimate objectives

Highly Desirable:

+ 2 years + experience gained in B2B IT contracts
+ Experience of responding to public sector tenders
+ Experience of preparing tenders with procurement
+ A keen interest in and/or a good understanding of B2B technology services
+ Experience of reviewing international contracts

Additional Information:

+ Must have the right to live and work in the UK.
+ Due to our location, access to own transport is essential.

Interested? Apply here for a fast-track path to the hiring manager
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