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Legal Counsel

Philip Morris International UK

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time


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Legal Counsel

Purpose of the role

As a Legal Counsel you will support the Senior Counsel (UK & Ireland) with managing all legal aspects of the business of Philip Morris Limited including those related to product regulatory compliance, competition law, marketing, sales, employment issues, commercial and corporate law, contract drafting, intellectual property, digital and data protection and any other matters assigned by Senior Counsel UK & Ireland and certain other PMI global, regional, or local project teams.

Your day to day

  • Representing the Legal team and providing timely, accurate and business orientated legal analysis in a wide variety of areas, supporting the business with all initiatives.
  • Sharing knowledge with the other members of the Legal team including information on commercial initiatives and proposals, legal and regulatory developments, best practices for advising clients.
  • Provision of efficient legal support for business clients, or global/regional project teams using both internal expertise and services of outside counsel.
  • Supporting the Senior Counsel UK & Ireland in the development and implementation of departmental plans and objectives.
  • Reviewing global or regional business proposals, marketing toolkits, promotional materials and their terms and conditions, ensuring consistency with local laws, company policies.
  • Support global packaging, product compliance and supply chain on all requirements and approvals, including those under WEEE and CLP Regulations, in order to ensure the timely local deployment or launch of new products.
  • Assisting the Senior Counsel UK & Ireland to ensure that external counsel are managed efficiently in accordance with agreed budgets and deliver work product on time and in line with expectations.
  • Participate in cross functional project teams, ensuring that their decisions and recommendations protect the legal interests of the company, and implement decisions to achieve objectives on a timely basis.
  • Provide training on legal issues to employees of Philip Morris Limited as needed including on compliance topics such as anti-bribery, the PMI marketing code and competition law.
  • Support Procurement to negotiate a full range of commercial agreements.
  • Collaborate with both the Data Privacy Lead and the Information Security team to ensure compliance with data protection laws.
  • Lead commercial disputes and regulatory investigations in a cost effect manner to ensure the best outcome for the company.

About you

  • University degree with a minimum of 2.1 ideally in Law but not crucial
  • Ideally 1-4 years post qualification legal experience in a relevant area of law from a well-regarded law firm or international business (ideally FMCG, Pharma or Retail). Candidates with less experience are not precluded from applying, PQE is an indicator of the level of experience for the role.
  • Admitted Solicitor/Barrister (or equivalent) and qualified to practice law in England and Wales.
  • Fluency in English is required.

What we offer

We are a Global organisation that supports our colleagues around the world. We pride ourselves in providing security in an ever-changing world.

PMI offers outstanding performers the opportunity to develop themselves, and grow their careers within the business, both locally and worldwide. Working with us offers a demanding, fast paced career, and we want to reward that.
From our competitive salary, flexible working options, enhanced parental leave policy, medical cover, life assurance and season ticket loans, we have you covered. Our comprehensive flexible benefits pot allows you to further tailor your benefits to suit you.

Our commitment to inclusion
PMI is committed to ensuring that all of our employees feel welcome and feel that they belong and can thrive with us!

We have a number of internal networks that are inclusive and open for anyone to join, including EMBRACE our Race and Ethnicity network, STRIPES our LGBTQ+ network and WIN our women's network. We’re also extremely proud to be the first global company to be awarded Equal Salary Certification.

We take wellbeing seriously, so we have trained mental health First Aiders to help support our employees, as well as support in the form of our LifeWorks app and Employee Assistance Programme.

PMI is an equal opportunities employer, hiring solely on merit and business need. We encourage applications regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood and disability. If you require reasonable adjustments in any recruitment process with us, please make us aware.