Legal Counsel

Paris, France
17 Jul 2017
14 Aug 2017
Job Title
In House Counsel
PQE Level
2-4, 5-7
Contract Type
Full Time

Legal Counsel – FORTUNE Best Company to Work For – IT, Paris

Let me introduce you to a true dream employer. It is a famous, innovative and ambitious global technology business consistently leading Fortune’s list of 100 Best companies to work for, a #1 leader in their industry with exciting innovative products and technology and perfect reputation.

You can expect fantastic career prospects, best legal team and systems (no admin, pure legal), flexible schedule if required, cross-border work, above market salary, 15-20% bonus always paid, stock option, extra holidays, professional development and other great benefits.

There is a strong message from the General Counsel of this top global organisation to hire and support high potential legal talent who the business can nourish and develop.

The People

The quality of people is outstanding – the company is very selective. You would be working with some of the brightest and most intelligent legal professionals in technology. What is nice is that there is great camaraderie at all levels, people are friendly and helpful. The business brand is amazing – 92% of employees are proud to tell others they work there. The company has a strong focus around culture, integrity and respect for the individual – the atmosphere is trusting and empowering.

Your Manager

The manager for this position is a caring and ethical person keen to look after and to develop their legal team. A very modern and contemporary individual with over 20 years of experience with top tech businesses – great boss to work with and keep learning from.


The manager and the business care about results and not about how many hours you put In. They understand that you may need flexibility. So you can work from home if needed, you can take time off work when you think it’s necessary, start and finish time is flexible – generally they will adapt the schedule to the needs of person in this role.

Career and Development

This is a perfect company in which to really develop and push yourself. The legal team enjoys excellent regular training, coaching and mentoring from the managers and huge personal development opportunities. If you are interested in progressing in your career, moving abroad or have an interest in another legal area, it is easy to do so. Your manager will be keen to make sure you are using your true talents, that you are happy in your role and that you are progressing.

The Legal Team

Worldwide, the legal department consists of 300 lawyers. They are a truly innovative bunch, having started using advanced technology for legal processes over 10 years ago. The General Counsel is held in awe and admiration by all in his team - he is funny, strategic, incredibly intelligent and hard-working. His philosophy is to “hire people smarter than himself” – this is the attitude that is cascaded down to Regional Legal Directors and he acknowledges that the team members are the pillars of the success of the legal function.

As a new member of the team you would find the degree of sharing of knowledge and resources truly amazing. Every conceivable task has been automated. The tracking of contracts is brilliant; the approval process is totally automated; there is a separate group of lawyers who do the NDA agreements with very fast return times; no lawyer ever has to chase a contract signature or copy – it is all taken care of by a specialist global function. There is constant sharing of information and experience.

In-house counsels here are business enablers and are often the people recommending a decision to their executive teams — and in some cases, they make the judgement calls themselves. The legal team is viewed and respected as business enabler, strategic agents and opportunity makers.

You would be working on both French and international legal matters as part of the EMEA team. 


Base salary is excellent (we can discuss on the phone). Also there is: bonus based on personal and company performance of at least 15-20%, profit share, medical, pension, extra holidays, flexibility about hours if needed and other benefits. This is a generous and caring employer.

Your skills and experience

We are looking for a high potential legal counsel with 2-8 years PQE with experience in the technology/IT sector. Ideally with law firm background. Experience with Cloud, SaaS, Data protection would be beneficial. Fluent French and ability to draft in French is absolutely mandatory for this role (if you don't meet this requirement still get in touch - there will be other roles with this client).

Would you like to discuss this role?

Please get in touch with Mila Read at McKenzie Douglas. I look forward to hearing from you

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