We are currently recruiting for a Senior Lawyer on behalf of our client, and Oil and Gas operator. This is a full time staff position based in Westhill.
Key duties include;
Provide management support to the General Counsel, to meet the needs of colleagues and to protect the company’s legal and commercial interests
Drafting, negotiating and advising in respect of contracts and agreements with a reputation and/or commercial risk/value potentially in excess of cica Â£500m
Highly complex matters where the law may not provide a black or white answer and where legal documentation is frequently complex
Matters which may be politically sensitive e.g. seen as high risk or commercially very important to the whole company.
Be responsible for meeting agreed objectives, identifying resources within the Legal team to provide support in realising these objectives
Experience and knowledge to provide fit for purpose advice on the range of Legal issues relating to company’s operations
Adapt to changes in work practices and job activities and encourage others to do the same
Openly question established practices and achieve continuous quality and commercial improvements, implement any changes required
Anticipate and evaluate legal risks at the appropriate level and advise colleagues of the risks and their consequence and development innovative solutions to mitigate any such risks to enable colleagues to make legal and commercial decisions based on considered and measured risks
Ensure clarity of understanding of the commercial and legal requirements of the business, provide legal and commercially aware advice and prepare legal documentation for negotiation, either from a blank sheet or by drafting new clauses into existing precedents
Provide support to other members of the Legal Department, assisting others to develop their knowledge
Carry out research, provide summaries and analysis of Legal issues required and/or instruct and manage external counsel to carry out this work when appropriate
Co-ordinate large and complex legal/commercial matters, managing documentation and securing appropriate input from multiple sources, checking all documentation (including third party documentation), advising on associated legal and other matters, ensuring that all documents are available on time and arranging meetings as appropriate to ensure smooth progress and successful conclusion of the matter
Maintain a professional awareness of Legal developments relevant to the industry and with internal compliance requirements
Deputise for the General Counsel in their absence, attending management meetings, identifying any correspondence which requires urgent response, acting as a point of contact, and providing support to colleagues in the Department, to ensure the smooth running of the Legal Department
As requested by the General Counsel, assist in the discharge of the company secretarial function of the Legal Department, preparing documents for the signature of the company’s Managing Director, together with appropriate explanation (e.g. summaries of documents) in support the Company Secretary
Law degree in a recognized jurisdiction
Fully qualified lawyer in a recognized jurisdiction
Experience, including practicing at a senior level as a commercial lawyer, gained in private practice or industry
Recognized as an industry expert with a thorough knowledge of the nature of the oil and gas industry.