Legal Counsel

Location York
Discipline: Legal
Job ref: 009344
Published: 25 days ago

We are looking for a Legal Counsel to join our legal team at our Head Office in York on a permanent basis. You’ll be part of a successful and growing business with ambitious plans.

Reporting to the Head of Legal, you’ll undertake an interesting variety of work with high levels of responsibility and exposure to the business.

As Legal Counsel you will support the business in the following areas: Corporate (M&A), Commercial Contracts, Intellectual Property, Dispute Resolution, Litigation and Compliance


Role Details

*         Salary: Dependent on experience

*         Role based: Portakabin, New Lane  Huntington, York, YO32 9PT

*         Contract type: Permanent

*         Annual leave: 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays


Role Responsibilities

*         Maintain expertise and increase knowledge to cover a number of disciplines, including corporate matters (M&A), contracts, intellectual property, legal and regulatory compliance and reporting, litigation and dispute resolution.

*         Undertake contractual work including accurately drafting, reviewing, advising upon and negotiating contractual engagements with customers (public and private sector) and suppliers.  Manage a variety of contracts, including standard form construction contracts (JCT, NEC etc), bespoke customer contracts and frameworks, standard supplier terms, amendments to Portakabin terms and conditions (hire and sale).  You will be required to support the business and negotiate directly with customers and suppliers.

*         Work closely with the Business Units and Business Functions such that you will be a trusted adviser to colleagues within Portakabin. Provide support to the IP Manager in ensuring the company's intellectual property assets are adequately protected.

*         Support the delivery of the team strategy and be proactive in suggesting better ways of working as a team and with colleagues.

*         You will support the business with general enquiries regarding legal and compliance matters and liaise with external legal firms where specialist advice is required.

*         Assist the business to resolve disputes with customers and suppliers.

*         Support our European colleagues and deliver consistent advice and support across the whole of the Portakabin group of companies.

*         Support the delivery and implementation of an Ethical Compliance Framework to include areas such as modern slavery, bribery and corruption, fraud, tax evasion, anti-money laundering and competition.

*         Develop and deliver e-learning, resources and in-person training on commercial and legal principles, compliance, and areas of risk to the business.


Benefits & Opportunities

*         Option to buy 5 days of annual leave

*         Working flexibly principles – to be discussed openly at interview stage (minimum of three days in the York office)

*         Contributory pension

*         A chance to give back to your community with an annual Volunteering Days

*         Cycle to work scheme

*         UK Eyecare vouchers

*         Employee Benefits Program (Discounts at 100s of shops, gyms, restaurants and even holidays!)

There is also great opportunity for career progression within Portakabin!


Our Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone who has:

*         Qualified as a solicitor (NQ- 2 years qualified)

*         Corporate and commercial experience in private practice or in-house

*         Experience in reviewing, drafting and negotiating contracts to manage legal and commercial risk

*         Experience in preparing reports and drafting correspondence

*         Experience in compliance matters (preferred)

*         Experience in construction contracts and construction law (preferred)

*         Commercial awareness and a pragmatic approach

*         A professional, motivated and conscientious attitude

*         Ability to multitask and prioritise own workload

*         Drafting and negotiating skills and excellent attention to detail


Even if you do not match all of our preferred criteria we would still be very keen to receive your CV as we love developing our people and may feel that you could be developed into this role.


About Portakabin

As innovators in the science of building, we provide modular buildings for hire and sale, as well as supplying refurbished buildings and construction site accommodation. We deliver building solutions for organisations of any size, in sectors ranging from manufacturing, education and health to transport, utilities and construction.

Portakabin now employs more than 2,000 people across the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg.

As an equal opportunities employer, Portakabin is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective colleagues. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and perspectives and hire great people to build talented and diverse teams.

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments throughout the application, recruitment, and onboarding processes for candidates that require additional support and/or adjustments to be made.

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