Legal and Commercial Counsel

Recruiter
AKT II.
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
Competitive
Posted
17 Feb 2021
Closes
17 Mar 2021
Job Title
In House Counsel
Practice Area
Commercial Contracts
PQE Level
2-4, 5-7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

AKT II (part of Tyréns UK Holding Group) is a progressive design-led UK consultancy which, over recent years, has been recognised as one of the most successful cutting-edge practices in its field, collaborating with architects, developers and contractors both in the UK and internationally. We enjoy a reputation as one of the country’s leading civil and structural engineers employing in excess of 350 people across a diverse cultural spread.

The Position

We are currently looking for a highly-motivated legal and commercial counsel to strengthen our in-house legal team. This position will be dual sited across 2 London offices within close proximity of each other. You will work under the supervision and support of the UK Group Legal Director / Company Secretary and will have the opportunity to work on high profile projects in the UK and internationally. The position will have a primary focus on the building services business and will suit somebody who is eager, self-motivated and who is prepared to challenge conventional practice and who will share in the organisation’s vision.

What is the role?

Your responsibilities will include the following:

  • Drafting and negotiating construction, engineering and infrastructure contracts, consultant appointments, sub-consultant appointments, and other construction documentation
  • Advising on general commercial contracts across the business
  • Advise on tender documentation for bid proposals
  • Support the construct and oversight of a legal risk management program, inclusive of an anti-bribery and client due diligence program
  • A willingness and ability to deliver legal and compliance training on selected topics where required by the business
  • Report regularly to the legal director / company secretary and managing director on project status and participate in team meetings (including coordination with other group businesses)
  • Advising and supporting on wider commercial issues where the business requires it
  • Advising on the management of high-value/high-risk contracts
  • Monitoring for and advising the business on new and proposed UK legislation, regulation and guidance
  • Support the implementation of new business processes
  • Support a collaborative and proactive relationship with other group businesses where required and attend any required meetings to support wider commercial issues under the guidance of the legal director / company secretary and managing director
  • Ensure that relevant documents are filed in Legal Department database / folders 

 Qualifications

Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Law or Legal Practice Course qualification/equivalent (or European equivalents)

ICSA qualification / part qualification beneficial

Experience

  • 2-6 years PQE (aptitude and personality culture-fit will be given significantly greater weight over PQE in assessment) as a lawyer, legal executive, contracts manager or senior paralegal or equivalent with commercial contracts experience, preferably in the construction consultancy industry or in-house
  • Working in a small team operating across a wide business with proven flexibility to adapt to the needs of the business
  • Specialist expertise in one of the following areas (desirable, but not essential):
  1. IT and Digital technology
  2. IP
  3. Public Sector
  4. M&A

Skills

  • Sound legal and commercial experience
  • Ability to work independently and off-site from main head office hub and prioritise workload
  • Good organisational qualities and an ability to work on numerous tasks concurrently
  • Experience of advising on/negotiating/drafting/managing commercial contracts (ideally in the professional services sector) across multiple jurisdictions
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally and collaboratively with multiple business functions
  • Experience of rigorous analysis of complex issues as well as proven delivery of pragmatic solutions to problems
  • An incisive, open-minded and strategic thinker who can diplomatically and effectively resolve issues
  • A natural communicator who is able to present ideas articulately and openly; with the ability to effectively influence people at all levels
  • In addition to first class technical legal skills, the successful candidate will possess strong business acumen and judgement, being able to effectively switch between legal and business requirements
  • Knowledge of current and emerging legislation
  • Sensitivity and discretion are crucial
  • Previous experience working in a fast-growing, agile, adaptable commercial environment preferred and in-house experience desirable, but not essential
  • A willingness to operate out of his/her comfort zone and a willingness to play a proactive role in developing the legal function

Strictly no agencies please

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