SENIOR LEGAL COUNSEL

Job Description

Salary: Competitive

This is a high profile, challenging and integral position requiring a highly experienced Senior Legal Counsel to support the General Counsel and Director of Legal with the management and mitigation of legal risk across the business and ensuring legal compliance. What you will be doing as Senior Legal Counsel You will be responsible for the management and oversight of material legal matters, projects and litigation and the provision of legal advice to manage legal risk and reputation across the business. You will be jointly responsible for the day to day performance of Thames Water’s outsourced legal services provider (“the Legal Service Provider”) to ensure that Thames Water’s contractual requirements are being met and the anticipated benefits of outsourcing realised. You will also be responsible for managing other panel law firms and related work. Key Accountabilities Managing complex and material litigation and regulatory issues in conjunction with external legal providers, extending to high court litigation and/or disputes and regulatory investigations. Overseeing complex commercial arrangements including those between Thames Water and related companies. Ensuring appropriate and adequate reporting of material matters at an Executive and Board level. Ensuring the Legal Service Provider and panel law firms are being correctly instructed and assisted by Thames Water, including managing the day-to-day contact, the legal scope, delivery and budgets. Trouble-shooting to unblock issues that arise with the Legal Service Provider and panel law firms on a daily/weekly/monthly/quarterly/annual basis and to find solutions to the same. Identification of emerging, common issues and legal and commercial risks and agreeing the most practicable means of addressing/mitigating these with the Director of Legal, the Legal Service Provider and panel law firms. Management, supervision and/or conduct of legal matters falling outside the scope of the outsourced legal services, and/or in relation to complex material matters that require interface advice between the Legal Service Provider and/or panel law firms.What you should bring to the role? Must be a qualified and experienced Solicitor with an understanding of an in-house function and providing a broad range of legal advice in a fast-paced environment working on complex matters and/or projects. Commercial/contracts experience; real estate and planning experience; and a good understanding of procurement law relevant to the water industry. Experience of or proven aptitude to effectively manage and work well within a team and significant experience in the management and supervision of external legal providers from a performance/budgetary perspective is desirable. A good understanding of the water industry, key legislation affecting the sector, the regulatory environment and the operation of water licences would be also preferable, or extensive transferable experience in a similar regulated environment. A resilient self-starter and team player with the confidence to operate in a rapidly changing and fast paced environment at management level. Commercial acumen and awareness of internal and external impacts. Ability to prioritise changing demands and demonstrate resilience under pressure A broad range of legal experience, including commercial law experience in the negotiation of a wide range of commercial agreements and contracts. Experience of risk management and legal compliance reporting, including managing and reporting material and commercial risks.What's in it for you? Competitive salary - £90,000 - £100,000 per annum Annual Leave 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 with the length of service (Plus bank holidays) Car Allowance - £5,800 per year Annual Bonus Private Medical Health Care Contributory pension – Defined Contribution - Maximum of 12% -2x employee contribution Personal Medical Assessments – Open to all once a year Wider benefits scheme including our benefits hub, which is packed full of offers and information to save you money and support your wellbeingWho are we? At Thames Water, our purpose is crystal clear - to deliver life’s essential service so our customers, communities and planet can thrive.    Water is life’s great leveller. Every living thing needs it, every single day. From people to plants, birds to bees, farms to factories, we all need it to thrive, and we’re committed to taking care of it for us all.    But keeping water flowing is becoming harder. From scorching summers to wetter winters, extreme weather affects everything from our pipes to our local rivers. We need to keep millions more kettles boiling, public services operating, washing machines spinning, showers running and more, so every drop is more precious than ever. Are you ready to play your part?  Working at Thames Water  At Thames Water, we recognise that people are at the heart of our business. To help us succeed in providing life's essential service, we need a range of skills and capabilities, representative of society throughout our business.  We seek to attract and retain a cultural mix of people who can offer different but complementary attitudes, values, talents, and knowledge. We understand the importance of appreciating and harnessing the unique skills, experiences, backgrounds, and differences that each individual brings.  Our over-arching diversity and inclusion aim is to ensure Thames Water is a diverse and inclusive great place to work. We encourage applications from everyone and offer extra support for those who need it throughout the recruitment process.  Find out more about working at Thames Water.  When a crisis happens, we all rally around to support our customers. As part of Team Thames, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up to support our customers on the frontline as an ambassador. Full training will be given for what is undoubtedly an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about our business, meet colleagues and earn some extra money along the way.  Disclaimer: due to the high volume of applications we receive, we may close the advert earlier than the advertised date, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment

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