Associate, General Counsel (Contracts)

London (Central), London (Greater)
06 Aug 2018
10 Sep 2018
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Practice Area
Contract Type
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE

The Team 

As part of the Risk and Compliance department the General Counsel team provide advice and options on the legal risk and responsibilities of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP (the firm) to the firm and its management team. 

The Role 

We are currently recruiting an Associate to join the General Counsel team. The role is to be based in our London office. This person will deal with issues pertaining to business transactions with third party suppliers and will advise the London based LLP and the global network of member firms on major new contracts. They will identify legal issues and risks and ensure commercial and operational terms are accurately reflected in the contractual terms. In particular the specific risks related to regulation, information security, data protection, intellectual property, and practice policies and procedures.  This is the ideal role for an individual looking to bring private practice transactional legal experience to bear and act as in-house counsel in a fast moving dynamic environment. 

Their role will include: 

  • Analysis of contractual terms and distilling the key commercial and legal issues presented by the envisaged agreement and presenting these to the contract sponsors
  • Negotiating complex commercial agreements
  • Reporting to and updating General Counsel on key commercial contract negotiations
  • Assisting the business to obtain internal approvals and ensuring internal governance is adhered to before envisaged agreements are entered into
  • Significant day to day contact with wide range of people across all business services teams (including Executive Management, Compliance, Finance, office services and facilities, IT, HR, Marketing, Learning and Development, Knowledge and the Library) who will generally be non-lawyers and with differing levels of seniority
  • Acting with utmost integrity and mitigating risk by improving the awareness and understanding of legal issues and reputational risk affecting business services by providing training and advising on process and system improvements
  • Providing ad hoc advice on general commercial matters such as supporting the firm on queries related to third party supply contracts in client engagement terms and audits

Skills and Experience Required 

  • Must be an England & Wales qualified solicitor or barrister with training from a top-tier private practice firm or large corporate environment. In-house exposure during or post training is a definite advantage
  • Demonstrable experience of negotiating and drafting:
  • information technology agreements including software and system development and licensing, SaaS and other cloud related work; or
  • real estate/facilities agreements including architect, project manager, engineer and other construction consultant appointments; and building contracts including schedules of amendments to standard industry forms of contract such as JCT, NEC and FIDIC
  • Transactional document experience including drafting and negotiating commercial contracts such as: NDAs, software licensing, hosting and support agreements, hardware and infrastructure supply, support and maintenance agreements, outsourcing agreements, cyber security service agreements, sponsorship agreements, pilot agreements, framework agreements, professional services and consultancy agreements, building service agreements such as cleaning contracts and office maintenance and office fit-outs, and employee benefit agreements such as healthcare provision
  • Knowledge of IP, data protection and privacy and understanding implications of GDPR and information security methodology will be advantageous in this role
  • Able to review documents drafted by third party suppliers and quickly identify potential problem areas. Must have excellent drafting skills to provide high quality advice and ensure drafting leaves no ambiguity on key legal and reputational risk areas and at all times act with the utmost professionalism and integrity
  • Ability to take responsibility, be pragmatic and commercially minded. Consider and take active approach in minimising risk. Ability to take definitive position to protect reputational risk
  • Highly motivated and be able to work with flexible attitude and a level of supervision appropriate to level of qualification, proven forward planning skills and the ability to manage own workload and prioritise workloads effectively.
  • Strong team player, working as part of a unified team provide consistency of advice and approach. Encourage and provide opportunities for sharing of information and knowledge within team
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, authoritative with ability to deal confidently and build strong relationships with senior stakeholders
  • High levels of computer literacy and competence

At Norton Rose Fulbright we welcome receiving direct candidate applications via our careers page. 

If you would like to ask any specific questions beforehand, please contact Kirran Gill at


Diversity and Inclusion 

At Norton Rose Fulbright we value difference and promote a culture of respect for each individual. We encourage workforce diversity in all aspects and at all levels and in doing so create an environment where everyone can realize their full potential and career ambitions on the basis of merit and skill. 

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The Norton Rose Fulbright office in London has been awarded the Disability Two Ticks Symbol by Jobcentre Plus. The symbol identifies those employers who have agreed to meet five commitments regarding the recruitment, employment, retention and career development of disabled people. 

We want to support your application as best we can. For that reason, we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS). This means that applicants with a disability need only meet the minimum qualifying criteria for a role to qualify for an interview under the scheme. 

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright please click on the following link 

Norton Rose Fulbright 

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.  Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses. 

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact. 

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see 

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