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Legal Counsel - 12 month fixed term contract

PA Consulting

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Contract/temp

Posted


Company Description

About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are 3,300 specialists in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Netherlands and Nordics.

Our hybrid way of working is designed to help you plan your work and your life. We want decisions about ‘where to work’ to be governed by ‘the work we need to do’ – whether that’s at client sites, offices/labs/studios, or remotely from home.

We have five principles which will help us balance both creating a high-performance culture that delivers for our clients and the firm, and being understanding and inclusive to individuals, and the teams in which we all work. Our principles are: we put your safety first; we trust PA people; we respect difference; we are responsive to clients and we are responsive to individuals and teams.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Job Description

PA Consulting Group is seeking a qualified solicitor on a 12-month FTC contract to join our London or Cambridge office. The role of Legal Counsel will involve the provision of commercial legal advice to PA’s corporate and business units, particularly those located in the UK, Europe and US.

The Legal Counsel is required to work closely with a variety of teams and individuals within PA and will be the link between the legal department and the business to ensure the highest quality of services and compliance is met.

Reporting to Senior Legal Counsel we can promise a wide variety of work, in a supportive and collegiate environment.

The role will involve:

  • Provision of legal advice – risks and mitigations - on the following topics:

    • Contract law
    • IP and IT law
    • Dispute Resolution
    • Procurement processes (including public procurement)
  • Review and negotiation of -

    • Confidentiality agreements
    • Service contracts
    • Subcontract agreements
    • Framework agreements
    • Purchase terms and conditions
    • IT license agreements
  • Internal support for the legal function -

    • Contract summaries and maintaining online databases and registers
    • Administering large Framework Agreements
    • Ad hoc tasks to support other lawyers and other colleagues
    • Assistance with the production and delivery of internal training
  • Identifying commercial and legal risk and suitable strategies for mitigation

    • Supporting (and eventually leading) all aspects of legal support with the business
    • Assisting internal clients through the internal processes
    • Minimising legal risk within the business more generally
    • Assisting Procurement to negotiate successfully and within PA’s risk boundaries
    • Assisting Audit with internal reviews
    • Promoting best practice
    • Retaining and filing all relevant documentation
    • Delivering training to the business

Qualifications

  • A qualified lawyer, with a minimum of 2 years relevant PQE. Experience of working in-house, or particularly within a consulting firm is advantageous, as is experience of public procurement and UK public sector and/or defence contracts

  • Strong technical and problem-solving ability

  • Commercial experience and experience of working in IT and/or IP

  • Ability to deal with a wide variety of internal and external clients, with differing backgrounds (commercial, legal, academic and technical)

  • Ability to work to a deadline and managing several deadlines at one time

  • Ability to work with internal clients in other jurisdictions

  • Ability to work alone and as part of a close-knit team

  • Excellent communication skill with internal and external clients

  • Ability to think of creative commercially aware solutions, to provide guidance and pragmatic solutions rather than ‘the letter of the law’

  • Commercially aware and with an interest in the wider business and its ventures

  • Ability to work through complex legal documentation, identifying commercial as well as legal risk

  • Experience negotiating contracts across different jurisdictions

  • Experience in legal drafting, including bespoke agreements

  • The ability to pass security screening and the right to work in the UK

  • The team work flexibly, blending home working with office based days.

Additional Information

Benefits

  • Private medical insurance
  • 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Company pension scheme
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • Life and Income protection insurance
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)
  • Additional optional benefits (dental, critical illness, spouse/partner life assurance)

Diversity

Our approach to Inclusion and Diversity is a key enabler to our purpose - ‘Bringing Ingenuity to Life’. At PA, we are committed to creating a supportive culture where our people can thrive. To bring ingenuity to life for our clients we need people with different perspectives who think innovatively. We are on a journey to create an ever more inclusive place to work, where we all feel supported and can be ourselves.

We want our people to experience a working environment that promotes dignity, equality and respect for all. In terms of recruitment, we believe diversity makes us a stronger firm and we look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skillsets. This diversity stimulates a rich, creative environment – one in which our people develop, and our clients enjoy enduring results. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to PA’s goals, without regard to their sex, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

* Please note you must already have the unconditional right to live and work in the UK. We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.