Legal Counsel


Location: Gloucestershire

Job Type: Full time


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Who We Are

At Iress, we believe technology should help people perform better every day. Since our beginning in 1993, people across financial services have trusted us to take their performance to the next level. From the world’s most established financial brands to new and disruptive players, we help improve every aspect of our clients’ businesses so that they can work better, every day. Iress is one of Australia’s largest technology companies and employs more than 2,300 people across Australia, United Kingdom, Africa, Canada, France, New Zealand and Asia.

Role Purpose
As Legal Counsel, you will be responsible for supporting the UK based Legal Team on a range of legal activities in the EMEA regions in which the business operates. These activities will include supporting the management team in achieving its corporate goals, whilst ensuring that the business operates in accordance with relevant laws, and that contractual and commercial risk is minimised. You will work closely with the sales and account management teams in negotiating contracts with clients, and with central business units in negotiating agreements with suppliers whilst providing practical and commercial advice and support.

Accountabilities & Deliverables

  • Providing effective, accurate and timely legal advice to business managers in relation to general commercial contracts

  • Identifying and managing legal risks in the context of the overall commercial plans of the business

  • Drafting, negotiating, amending and reviewing a wide range of legal documents including master services agreements and service orders, software licenses, support and maintenance agreements, consultancy and confidentiality agreements

  • Providing assistance with M&A transactions and general corporate matters when required

  • Advising on privacy issues

  • Fully visible and accessible within the business working closely with sales, contract teams and clients as required

  • Representing the business in meetings with existing and potential clients

  • Providing a balanced and robust commercial approach to negotiations

  • Providing high quality precedents for internal use, and inputting on internal processes from a legal and good governance perspective

  • Encouraging the adoption of a strong and positive compliance culture

  • Assisting with the drafting and implementation of legal policies and procedures

  • Assisting with or leading (as appropriate) legal projects and initiatives

Core Skills, Knowledge and Attributes

  • Fully qualified lawyer of 2+ years

  • PQE Experience/ exposure in drafting IT/ technology contracts, as well as data protection experience will be highly regarded

  • Sound knowledge of contracts and commercial law principles and practices

  • Pro-active approach to providing solutions to risks of a commercial or legal nature

  • Displaying confidence and composure when in difficult negotiations

  • Ability to balance and prioritise own workload and deliver to deadline

  • Displaying a team ethos but with ability to work without supervision when required

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills

  • A proactive, professional and flexible approach to work

  • A persuasive advocate who is not afraid to convey difficult messages to the business in order to identify practical solutions

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to build strong working relationships with key stakeholders

Why work with us?

  • 6 paid days per year to extend your weekends + 25 days annual leave

  • State-of-the-art offices

  • Free on-site gym in our Cheltenham office open 24/7

  • Equity grants for our top 25% performers

  • Annual Profit Share when Iress meets its annual profit targets

  • Casual dress, flexible work policy

  • Generous referral scheme

  • Access to learning and development programs through Udemy

  • 3 days’ leave per year for charity initiatives

  • Global 36-hour hackathon

  • Starting school leave - 8.5 days of leave to assist your kids with the transition to school

  • Life Insurance & Private Medical

  • Up to 26 weeks’ paid parental leave for primary carers (up to 4 weeks for secondary carers), and the ability to work part-time when returning to work

Employment Type


Time Type

Full time
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