Legal and Commercial Counsel

London (Central), London (Greater)
17 Feb 2021
17 Mar 2021
Job Title
In House Counsel
Practice Area
Commercial Contracts
PQE Level
2-4, 5-7
Contract Type
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 


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

ICSA qualification / part qualification beneficial


  • 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


  • 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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