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Legal Counsel

  • Location: Surrey
  • Sector: Management
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Job reference: LC302
  • Salary: £55,000 - £70000
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Job description

Our client is looking to appoint a Qualified Solicitor or Legal Consultant with an LLB degree or similar into a position of Legal Counsel. In addition to qualification, my client is looking for someone to have had a minimum of 3 years working at this level within a commercial environment.

The successful applicant will give in house legal advice with respect to the operating practises and procedures across a number of countries within the EMEA group. The role serves a substantial internal market of people with various requirements and it is a key need of the successful applicant that they be able to clearly and concisely articulate the company's position to the internal market as well as the external client base to ensure a low risk of business exposure.

The principal responsibility is in the area of commercial law in northern Europe, but the main focus will however be within the UK and Ireland regions. Due to the basing of the Company's legal department in Canada, the role will require regular interface with the legal entity there. The position will also be expected to advise on all other legal matters, including employment and company secretarial issues.

The role carries a high level of responsibility and will have interface with senior personnel. An ability to communicate detailed matters in a simplified way and to make decisions based on best available data is therefore essential. The role will report to the Head of Legal EMEA with a dotted line into the Legal entity in Canada.


> As required draft, review and update agreements and appendices/supplemental agreements made with/by customers, including (but not limited to) Frame Agreements, Terms of Business, Bonded Inventory Managements agreements, Consignment Agreements and other business contracts.

> Review Customer Purchase Agreements and ensure that the terms therein are manageable and favourable and thereby pose low risk of business exposure

> Review supplier agreements for general compliance in line with customer transactions (and vice versa) with particular emphasis on warranty, indemnification provisions or defective product and patent infringement, late delivery and termination provisions

> Provide legal advice on liability and warranty terms relating to defective product / quality claims and maintaining a presence at the Quality Assurance meetings as necessary

> Review any incoming Non-Disclosure Agreements and make suggested changes whilst taking into account other sales terms and condition queries

> Undertake the review of office lease agreements for various business sites within the area of responsibility

> Gain a clear understanding of the export and import control laws and regulation applicable for trading operations in the UK, EU and US, ensuring that current processes are compliant with customs, duties, licensing, and trade regulations

> Provide necessary legal advice on trade compliance consulting the trade compliance team in EMEA and Canada, as required

> Regularly undertake drafting of documents on a wide range of different topics relating to commercial or employment issues

> Assist in the defence and protection of the Company trademarks and generally help to develop and enforce the company's IP policy.

> Work with other legal counsels within the Company based within EMEA and Canada, to utilise the knowledge and where possible to provide grounds of commonality

> Review insurance policy arrangements for employees, commercial terms (product recall), property, transportation etc. That are applicable for the UK

> Additional projects or duties as management may at times require