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Job Summary

  • Richmond upon Thames
  • Permanent
  • JN -012023-1922742
  • Jan 23, 2023
  • Competitive
Job Description

A subsidiary entity of a larger European banking group is looking for a legal counsel with transaction and contract management experience (especially leasing) to join their Richmond-based team

The Organisation

The organisation is owned by an international banking group headquartered in Europe. Its UK office is based in Richmond-Upon-Thames. The organisation provides vendor and equipment finance in the Hi-tech, Transport, Construction, Industrial, Medical, Public Sector, and Agriculture markets.

This role will involve working cohesively as part of a small team, assisting the Head of Legal to establish the Legal Department. Duties of the In-House Lawyer include responsibility for legal risk management; lead role in transaction and contract management; dispute resolution; delivering legal awareness training; robust legal file governance; providing general legal and regulatory advice to Senior Management and other staff; and escalation of issues to Head of Legal and Senior Management.

The Responsibilities

  • Reviewing, drafting, and negotiating documentation for the organisation and its business and management.
  • Proactively handling incoming queries from the business on legal and contract issues and disputes.
  • Transaction and deal support in conjunction with Risk/Credit and other business departments.
  • Instructing and supervising external counsel.
  • Acting as the first point of contact on externally instructed files, taking account of budget requirements and Legal panel guidelines.
  • Advising senior management in relation to regulatory issues, queries, and investigations.
  • Managing litigation/disputes/complaints against the organisation.
  • Supporting Head of Legal Group reporting obligations and committees including legal risk reporting.
  • Lead role in European transactions and programmes for implementation in the U.K.
  • Oversight and training of Paralegal.
  • Deputising for Head of Legal as required.

The Competencies

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to give advice and influence internal and external customers.
  • Capable of analysing problems rigorously and from all angles, showing sound practical judgment as well as academic ability.
  • Proven track record of drafting and negotiating commercial agreements.
  • Ability to provide sound practical commercial advice, underpinned by the law but avoiding complex legal jargon.
  • Ability to work under pressure, independently, and as part of a team to enable the business to achieve targets.
  • Reliable and proactive.

The Requirements

  • Qualified solicitor or barrister in England with a minimum of 5 years PQE (current Solicitor's practicing certificate or equivalent)
  • Experience and knowledge of asset leasing or excellent knowledge of commercial and contract law with a law firm or in-house.
  • CCA and FSMA experience is desirable, but not essential.

The Package

  • Good salary
  • The benefits package includes a 13.8% non-contributory pension and employees can top up their salary by withdrawing 5% from their annual pension and still receive 8.8%
  • Hybrid working
  • Health care

To discuss this role further, please send your updated CV to Pippa Campbell (details below) or apply directly to this job advertisement.

Morgan McKinley is acting as an Employment Agency and references to pay rates are indicative.

BY APPLYING FOR THIS ROLE YOU ARE AGREEING TO OUR TERMS OF SERVICE WHICH TOGETHER WITH OUR PRIVACY STATEMENT GOVERN YOUR USE OF MORGAN MCKINLEY SERVICES.

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Consultant Details

Consultant Details

Pippa Campbell
Pippa Campbell