Head of legal

Job Description

Salary: Not specified

We're looking for a candidate to fill this position in an exciting company.

  • Managing small legal [and secretariat] team
  • Responsibility for delivery of key legal projects as well as ensuring support to the business for business as usual matters/overseeing day-today legal operation work
  • Assiatnce with leading and executing (end to end) complex projects
  • With the Group Company Secretary and General Counsel, coordinating all legal aspects corporate/finance projects, liaising with and managing external law firms to obtain advice (UK and overseas).
  • Drafting and negotiating the more complex commercial contracts
  • Supervision of the trainees/junior lawyers/secondees on commercial/IP/corporate legal advice/drafting.
  • Strategy: exploring and defining which projects/initiatives the legal team should prioritise, and setting a timeline to reach goals quickly
  • Review of workloads and allocation of legal work Helping managing legal spend/ the legal budget and mandates with external suppliers
  • Responsibility for putting in place and improving processes and procedures for the legal function (including precedents and templates, know-how and legal updates).
  • Determining root causes for bottlenecks in their internal legal processes and recommending and implementing solutions
  • Cultivating and maintaining a relationship with internal stakeholders and external counsel. Supporting overall relationships managed by Group General Counsel and Company Secretary.
  • Identifying and providing training to the business on relevant legal issues.
  • Recruitment of junior members of the team
  • Review of legal technology requirements/efficiencies (e.g. automation)
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Degree level education or equivalent.
  • LPC completed and admitted to the roll (with valid practising certificate)
  • Minimum of 7 years PQE (level of PQE suggested, but they will consider applications from candidates with suitable experience with other levels of PQE)
  • In house experience within a retailer essential
  • Previous experience in Head of Legal/General or Sole Counsel role essential
  • Previous experience of managing a small team/junior lawyers or trainees essential
  • Desired Attributes
  • In house experience
  • Retail experience
  • Commercial approach to delivering legal solutions, innovative and cost conscious
  • Ability to be responsible for the delivery of multiple tasks at the same time to work under pressure, prioritise, review capacity, allocate work and manage team commitments delivery/deadlines
  • Excellent organisational skills - ability to plan, organise and prioritise tasks and projects.
  • Ability to take responsibility and act autonomously., alongside ability to ascertain which matters need to be communicated/escalated to the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary or other Directors
  • Excellent drafting, negotiating and communication skills.​
  • Personable and confident, able to build relationships with partners/key stakeholders and manage expectations where necessary
  • Resilient and calm under pressure. Adaptable and flexible approach.
  • A high degree of professionalism and willingness to constructively challenge the status quo.

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