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About the job
The In-house Legal Counsel is responsible for all matters related to Unispace’s core business including review and negotiation of project contracts, project and M&A support, claims management, and legal and risk education. The Legal Counsel will also support the Global Legal & Risk team with firm-wide initiatives and be a trusted advisor to the Leadership team on legal issues and risk mitigation strategies.
In-house Legal Counsel, EMEA
EMEA (flexible, but preference would be London or Zurich)
You will report to the Global Chief Risk Officer, with a dotted line into the Regional Operations Director, EMEA
Why you’re here
This is a newly created role, and responds to Unispace’s growth and expansion, as well as a recognition of the need to provide local legal expertise to the EMEA’s Leadership Team (ELT).
What you’ll deliver
This role will bring legal expertise, combined with a strong business acumen, and provide the EMEA business with practical guidance on achieving a best in class approach to contracting and legal risk management. You will be critical in integrating Global company standards and systems with strategies to deal with the needs of the ELT and ensuring compliance with local requirements.
You will also provide hands on management of ‘on the ground’ issues for the region, partnering with internal and, where required, external stakeholders (including insurance brokers, external counsel, etc). In particular, the role will be responsible for ensuring the right level of external legal support is available and centrally coordinated.
How we’ll measure it
We want commercial risk management to be completely embedded in the way we work, while achieving great commercial outcomes for the business. We expect that this role will partner closely with key stakeholders and deliver continuous enhancements to effectively mitigate legal risks within a growing pipeline of construction projects, spread geographically across EMEA..
What you’re responsible for
· Review and negotiate contracts for strategy, design and/or construction services and sub-contractor agreements.
· Engage with key stakeholders to analyse risk/reward in every project or transaction and make informed business decisions.
· Manage general liability and professional service claims, using outside counsel as needed.
· Managing and maintaining our templates for contracts/ agreements
· Work with project teams to mitigate potential claims and escalate response as appropriate.
· Work with the People & Culture team to mitigate risks on claims as they arise, using outside counsel as needed
· Provide guidance and advice on corporate structuring, licensing and other corporate governance issues as required, using outside counsel as needed
· Manage and coordinate outside counsel, ensuring costs remain within budget
· Review Global and local vendor contracts (particularly IT vendors) and provide assistance to the business in managing commercial disputes as and when they arise
· Work with Global to draft and implement policies and procedures to manage contract workflow and appropriate signing processes.
· Develop and deliver legal training materials.
· Teach and advise on all aspects of risk related to contracting, consultants, ethics, and licensure.
Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school and a minimum of 8 years of law firm experience in the field of construction law (litigation and transactional), preferably with an emphasis on representation of licensed professionals.
Minimum of 8 years of law firm experience in the field of construction law (litigation and transactional), preferably with an emphasis on representation of design professionals.
Proven ability to drive and implement change strategies and initiatives
Demonstrable track record in reducing risks and costs associated with claims
Contractor management experience
Technical knowledge, skills or other requirements
• Familiarity with industry standard forms (e.g., JCT, FIDIC).
• Understanding of construction law across EMEA legal system.
• Excellent communication, presentation and negotiation skills.
• Creative problem solver with a demonstrated ability to tailor communication style to diverse audiences and creatively resolve negotiation barriers.
• Willing and able to engage with all level of stakeholders
• Ability to work autonomously and independently
• Thrives in tackling new and diverse challenges
• Demonstrated ability to work in a high-energy, fast-paced practice with diverse clients.
• Ability to travel as required.
The statements on the job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person(s) assigned to do this job. The job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.
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