Interim Senior Legal Counsel - Retail

  • Location

    West London, London

  • Sector:

    Corporate & Commercial

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  • Contact:

    Priya Shah

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  • Published:

    11 months ago

  • Duration:

    9-12 Months

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I have partnered with a global retailer in their search for a Senior Commercial Lawyer to join their Legal function for a 9-12 month maternity cover contract. The role will be based in London and working on commercial legal matters across multiple jurisdictions.

Job Purpose and Scope

  • Providing all areas of the Business with commercial legal advice covering general contractual issues and legal advice on matters which affect the Business on a daily basis
  • Working collaboratively with the rest of the Commercial Legal team on strategic projects for the business. Supporting the Head of Commercial Legal
  • Supporting the Deputy General Counsels
  • Supporting key business units such as Food, Clothing, Home, Marketing, Logistics, IT, the company website and Digital, International and UK Franchise
  • Managing the allocation of legal and other advice between in-house resources and external providers (including our managed service provider) and associated spend

Key Accountabilites

  • Support the business and Commercial Legal team with strategic projects
  • Be the lead Legal Business Partner to the Company's Food team
  • Prepare and negotiate commercial contracts on behalf of the business
  • Advise on the legal implications and constraints of existing contracts
  • Ability to provide commercial, user appropriate and concise advice
  • Advise at a high level on regulatory risks relevant to the company's supplier relationships and contracts (e.g. Data Protection, Competition law and the Grocery Supply Code of Practice)
  • Work in a fast-paced environment with a high volume of work and act with pace
  • Make judgements on the viability of litigation and advising on the legal and policy implications of reaching commercial settlements
  • Research and interpret existing legislation and case law in relevant areas
  • Draft/prepare documents (including the creation of relevant precedents)
  • Prepare and deliver training and presentations to enable commercial business partners to make informed decisions
  • Assist with the management of law firms (UK and International) and non-legal service providers such as technology providers and outsourced legal support
  • Challenge current processes and practices to safeguard and enhance the Business' reputation
  • Work in partnership with Business areas to build a relationship of trust and confidence, to understand business and customer needs and act as a true business partner
  • Support on department wide and commercial team initiatives, such as the legal document management system, process and document automation, learning and development, know-how/contract templates, corporate social responsibility initiatives and social events etc.
  • Making decisions on contract negotiation escalation points from external law firms
  • Advising on corporate governance and delegation of authority

If you are interested in this opportunity and your experience aligns with the above, please apply now.

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