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Interim Senior Legal Counsel – Technology/Commercial Contracts (5-7+ PQE)

LONDON, 08 March 2017

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Job Role: Interim Senior Legal Counsel – Technology/Commercial Contracts (5-7+ PQE)

Duration: Fixed Term Maternity Cover – 12 months (with possibility of permanent senior legal counsel role offer at conclusion of fixed term)

Seniority: Senior Associate (minimum 5-7 PQE)

Areas of Law: Technology, Intellectual Property, Data Protection, Commercial Contracts, Financial Regulation.

Location: London (EC3N)

Hours: Full-Time for fixed term

Salary: Competitive

Reports to: General Counsel/Chief Operating Officer

The Role

Algomi’s in-house legal team is on the hunt for an experienced Interim Senior Legal Counsel (at least 5-7 years PQE qualified) to work on a fixed term 12 month maternity cover contract in relation to a range of technology-focused, commercial contract and general legal matters. In this role you will have the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and drive the company forward, including by leading a wide range of technology-focused commercial contract matters, advising the business on a diverse range of legal issues, providing direct assistance to the General Counsel and Algomi’s Founders, supervising Algomi’s existing legal team, leading buyside and sellside client and supplier negotiations, guiding our existing team to maintain contract records and manage deadlines, conducting legal research, preparing complex and bespoke drafting and advising in relation to the preparation of legal communications across the wider-Algomi team.

The Person

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, solutions-oriented and personable team player with a strong legal skill-set and proven managerial, organisational, supervisory and communication skills. You're a self-starter who takes the lead and gets the deal done. You’re comfortable dealing with clients, external third parties and senior management, supervising junior lawyers, managing files and leading negotiations, preparing external communications and advising across the various ad hoc matters that arise on a daily basis within a technology company. You want to be challenged and given the opportunity to demonstrate your excellent organisational, commercial and general managerial skills and your ability to negotiate complex contractual terms and draft professional correspondence for matters in which there is no ‘road map’ or previous precedent. You build constructive relationships with senior management, direct reports and external counsel to progress and close out your matters efficiently whilst protecting the company and mitigating risk.

Application Requirements

To be considered for an interview, your application must include:

  • a detailed curriculum vitae;
  • a copy of your United Kingdom passport or other evidence of your right to work in the United Kingdom (e.g. a copy of your current visa); and
  • a copy of your current English, Australian, New Zealand or US practising certificate.

Key qualification requirements and necessary experience:

  • An English, Australian, New Zealand or U.S.A. qualified lawyer with a minimum of 5-7 years’ post-qualification experience. Post-qualification experience must include at least two years at a top-tier law firm and at least one year in-house (or on a reasonable-length secondment) in a technology or commercial contracts legal counsel role.
  • Front-end advisory experience across a range of legal areas is essential, and this must include advising on technology, commercial contracts, intellectual property and data protection (privacy) law. Experience dealing with financial regulatory matters and/or securities law would be an advantage but is not essential.
  • Experience in the following areas in relation to a technology or commercial contracts-focused role:
    • negotiating business’-own and third-party technology and intellectual property contracts;
    • managing multiple client and supplier files and maintaining records;
    • working with different business teams, including (for example) senior management, sales and client relationship management, support and operations, product development, project management, technology / engineering, human resources and finance;
    • supervision of junior lawyers and other direct reports;
    • coordinating and leading legal projects requiring input from different business teams; and
    • presenting to the business on legal issues.
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to use own initiative to identify and manage work flows.
  • Excellent organisational and forward planning skills, the ability to manage own workload and prioritise workloads effectively and manage multiple and competing deadlines.
  • Ability to work with and supervise junior lawyers.
  • Strong legal research skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to speak and write fluently and idiomatically in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to draft clear and professional documentation, including legal correspondence and contractual terms, as required, with appropriate form and style.
  • First class interpersonal skills – demonstrable ability to build and maintain good relationships both internally and externally at all levels.
  • Excellent attention to detail and thorough and methodical approach to tasks.
  • Computer literate – able to use Microsoft suite of packages - Word, Excel and PowerPoint – and be able to type proficiently.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a broad variety of matters and to work on a flexible timetable to help support our New York and Hong Kong offices.
  • You must have the current right to work in the United Kingdom.

How To Apply

Please send all applications directly to attaching each of the required documents as outlined above.