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Job Ref 6320LA
Gatwick, West Sussex
100,000 GBP per year, plus bens

General Counsel

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a services business that has experienced strong growth in recent years. They are a global business with their head office in West Sussex area.

As General Counsel, you will be working alongside the CEO as well as the Board in providing a robust and effective legal service that will enable the business to mitigate risk and reduce the reliance on external legal support. The role will be focused on commercial contracts, company secretarial with exposure to M&A, litigation and employment matters.

About You

  • A Commercial Solicitor with at least 5 years' PQE.
  • Either operating as a Solicitor, Associate or Senior Associate with a top-tier firm, where you have responsibility and accountability for managing your own case work or In-House Legal Counsel / Legal Adviser working in sole role or leading a small team.
  • Must have working knowledge and proven experience with Company Secretarial responsibilities.
  • Detailed knowledge of the Companies Act and UK Corporate Governance Code.
  • You will have a pragmatic, calm and measured approach to delivering on a variety of legal requirements in a fast paced environment.
  • A self-starter who can manage own agenda and influence others at the highest level

About the role

  • Commercial Legal Support - Commercial contracts, draft and review contract terms, contract review and contract disputes
  • Managing External Legal Suppliers - work with a number of law firms to gain the appropriate level of external support.
  • Company Secretarial - Oversee the smooth running of the board ensuring board meetings, agendas, minute taking and follow ups are completed. Ensure compliance to the UK Stock market, Transparency Rules and UK Law. Involved in investor commutations, company share scheme and maintaining statutory registers
  • Policies Compliance - Ensuring compliance through review and updates to company policies that are or could be affected by changes in law, including: Ethics Policy, Hospitality, Bribery, Data protection, Anti-Corruptions
  • IP - Protect and work with trademark agents to protect trading names, logos and other IP owned by the group
  • Corporate - Assisting in corporate restructuring, joint ventures and M&A activity

This is a senior role and will form part of the Operations Board and will require the successful candidate to be delivery focused in carving out this new position for this international group. This role would suit either someone moving from another In-House Legal role or for a Commercial Lawyer in private practice who is looking to make their first move In-House.

For more information please called retained consultant Louise Alce at Harvey John

Harvey John recruitment is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this Gatwick based General Counsel vacancy .

If after consideration this opportunity is not relevant to you, please consider your professional and personal network.
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