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Legal Counsel

Job Title: Legal Counsel
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Salary: Competetive Salary and Package
Start Date: ASAP
REF: LegCou/TC034_1562060318
Contact Name: Tommy Clifford
Contact Email:
Job Published: 4 months ago

Job Description

Focus of the Role

The focus of this role will be general corporate commercial and also employment law matters. We are happy to consider a corporate commercial lawyer or an employment lawyer who is happy to undertake a broader in house legal counsel role.

Job Summary

This role is to support our Research & Development (UK) in providing and managing broad range of employment advice across all its research centres in the UK - Cambridge, Ipswich, Bristol and London and Edinburgh, as well to act as support on corporate and commercial legal matters affecting the business activities of the subsidiary's research centre in the UK . You will work closely with our Technologies Research &Development (UK) HR Team and other UK research centre teams and build and maintain strong relationship across these areas of the operations in order to provide timely legal support.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Advise the business on a full range of employment related matters including but not limited to the management of disciplinary, dismissal and grievance matters, drafting workplace policies and procedures, employee statutory and contractual entitlement issues applicable to an employment or engagement;
  • Dealing with employment tribunals. Deliver clear advice on the risk, merit and quantum in employment disputes, allowing the matter to be managed and conducted in line with the business interests;
  • Draft, review and produce a full range of employment related documentation including executive service agreements, employment contracts, independent consultancy agreements, agreements for services, staff handbooks, disciplinary and grievance procedures, HR policies and procedures, codes of conduct, severance agreements and all documentation and correspondence relating to internal disciplinary investigations, grievance, dismissal and appeal matters;
  • Conduct employment law training seminars on recent developments in employment law and training sessions on select topics tailored to our specific business and HR requirements, ensuring the teams are kept updated on relevant legislation changes and implications for us as a business;
  • Advising senior managers on employment law issues arising within their business projects;
  • Advising the business on immigration issues relating to entitlement to work in the UK and sponsorship under the Points Based System;
  • Support on collective consultation procedures, TUPEs and redundancies, providing in house support concerning Trade Union matters and redundancies
  • Support on corporate & commercial legal matters affecting our Research & Development (UK). This include reviewing documents, draft and review general commercial contract agreements (for example, NDAs, SOWs , supply of services agreements, research and development agreements - in particular bilateral R&D agreements for example technical cooperation agreements, technical licence agreement, technical consulting agreements, technical testing agreements and other procurements agreements (e.g for material/equipment);
  • Support acquisition projects and related corporate related matters;
  • Assist in developing and overseeing the implementation of legal policies and support in compliance initiatives across all its research centres in the UK;
  • Attend to ad hoc legal queries from our Research & Development (UK) Operations
  • Support in preparations of trainings at an appropriate level (with support provided where needed) - Anti-Bribery, GDPR, Competition law, Trade Secrets, Business Conduct Guidance and other compliance activities

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of our Research and Development UK Limited.

Person Specification:

List details of Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Qualifications needed to do the job:


  • Qualified solicitor or barrister with specialism in Employment Law or Corporate Commercial with between 6 to 10 years post qualification experience. Candidates outside this range who can demonstrate their ability to perform the duties of the role will still be considered.
  • An ability to work closely with a variety of stakeholders and develop strong working relationships
  • A strong commercial outlook which is demonstrated when drafting and presenting contracts for business and internally
  • identifying a commercial approach and understanding business needs
  • Good academic qualifications
  • Clear drafting technique
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise workload
  • Sound decision making
  • Good business acumen, commercially astute

· A self-starter - able to work both alone and as part of a team

· Excellent planning, attention to detail , organisational and time management skills with the ability to work to tight time schedules, prioritise and handle conflicting demands


· Previous experience of an in-house environment is an advantage

Right to Work in the UK requirement

All applicants should have the Right to Work in the UK without requirement for work sponsorship.

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