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Senior Commercial Counsel

Hays Legal
England, Berkshire
£90000.00 - £100000.00 per annum + additional benefits
Closing date
11 Feb 2021
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Permanent, Full Time, Flexible Working Available

Your new company

An innovative technology and world leading communications business with specialities across cloud, AI and interaction analytics and a leader in CCaaS solutions and more, spanning over 50 countries. A family ethos who always strive for the best.

Your new role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Commercial Counsel on a permanent full time basis with flexibility available for the right candidate. The Senior Commercial Legal Counsel provides comprehensive and professional advice across all Group legal, commercial and regulatory compliance matters. They lead commercial contract negotiation and as part of this responsibility they ensure proper administration and accuracy of all contracts.

Contracts and management

  • Draft, negotiate, gain approval for and execute favourable commercial agreements that the Company can deliver and rely on, whether with customers or suppliers.
  • Brief Directors accurately, concisely on relevant contracts/agreements.
  • Fully manage contract management and control processes to ensure managers and colleagues comply with internal policy and contract/agreement approval processes.
  • Ensure the timely renewal and updating of contracts as required, whether by end of term, legislative changes or changes of business circumstances.
  • Ensure contracts/agreements are appropriately stored and accessible, in accordance with data protection policies.
  • Track, monitor and make relevant teams/internal contacts aware of bespoke contractual commitments.

Legal advice

  • Advise on legal and commercial risk/mitigation where required including for projects, concepts and ideas.
  • Provide reliable and up to date legal advice on (but not limited to) matters of intellectual property, disputes, privacy, consumer issues and day to day legal queries.
  • Maintain an awareness of international legislation to a sufficient level to be able to identify business requirements/risks and consult with suitable legal consultants.
  • Manage external counsel and proactively arrange appropriate agreements/relationships exist so that individual matters can be dealt with promptly and effectively.

What you'll need to succeed

You will be a qualified solicitor with 5-10 years post qualification experience and the right to practise in England and Wales. You will have relevant legal practice experience (PQE) gained either in a law firm and/or in a fast-paced, commercial in-house environment. Substantial experience of delivering commercial legal advice Demonstrable experience of managing and delivering to senior management expectations in complex legal matters. Demonstrable experience of delivering positive business outcomes. Good experience of drafting, negotiating and executing commercial contracts. Experience as an In-house legal counsel. Experience working with IP and M & A. Experience managing a team (Paralegal + Junior Lawyer (future). Experience in preparing bid/tender responses.

What you'll get in return

You'll get a friendly and collaborative adult working environment albeit virtual for the duration for now in light of current Covid-19 restrictions, with a view to returning to the office when restrictions are lifted on a flexible basis. How many days in the office at this point is yet to be decided but it will certainly be flexible for the right candidate. There is a Paralegal in the team to support you and a Junior Counsel (future role to be added).

What you need to do now
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Hays Legal provides an integrated recruitment solution to the UK's Legal and Company Secretarial sectors. Working across a nationwide network of offices, we offer employers and jobseekers a highly specialised recruitment service for permanent and interim positions across all business sectors, skill sets and levels of seniority.

We have a proven track record spanning almost 20 years in all areas of Legal and Company Secretarial recruitment, from one-off contingency requirements through to large-scale recruitment campaigns and wider employee management solutions.

We offer confidential, expert advice on job opportunities, compensation, business plans and exit strategies pertinent to professionals considering a move. We have the ear of key decision makers across all our clients and we have been instrumental in introducing and placing hundreds of fee earners and company secretaries into a vast array of organisations. From blue chip corporates, national and international firms through to niche practices, we have deep knowledge of the legal company secretary market.

If an organisation has strategic growth plans or needs incisive market analysis, we are often consulted as a first point of contact.

Understanding your needs

Whether you are looking to progress your career as a lawyer, legal executive, paralegal or company secretary, Hays' unparalleled recruiting expertise will assist you realising your career potential by finding you the right role at the right time.

Our consultants have an expert knowledge of the legal jobs market within UK and internationally. We aim to work closely with you and build a thorough understanding of your goals and aspirations through discussions and meetings.

We will:
- work with you to refine your CV
- offer guidance on how to improve your prospects
- provide insight into the sulture and expectations of the organisation to ensure you are well prepared throughout the interview process
- guide you through any job offer discussions, acting as your representative to ensure your interests are looked after

To find out more about currently available jobs or for advice on your recruitment needs visit or contact your local Hays office.

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