Legal Counsel

04 Apr 2018
02 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

What are we looking for?
Lendlease, a leading global construction and property firm, are looking to recruit a permanently employed Legal Counsel to work within our Construction department within the Legal & Risk Europe team. The vacancy is based from our London office near Great Portland Street station.

Lendlease Construction works in four continents, delivering ground breaking places such as London's Olympic Village, the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia and the Sydney Opera House.

Our reputation is founded on how we have achieved these and the many other challenging projects. Meticulous safety standards, an ongoing pursuit of improved sustainability and a creative approach to problem solving all play a part in achieving high standards and high levels of success.

And so naturally we are seeking those with the highest potential to achieve. Build your career with us.

Primary Objections:
Work with the Head of Legal, Construction, General Counsel, and other Legal Counsel, to provide legal support to the lendlease Construction Europe's business unit.

Core Duties:

  • Work closely with Lendlease Tax, Accounting and all other relevant functions to ensure that transactions are delivered in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Champion and implement the Legal Panel for Lendlease, the "Golden Rules" for retaining external counsel in Europe and other process improvements from time to time.
  • Develop positive and productive working relationships with internal stakeholders and external law firms.
  • Undertake legal activities and deliverables relating to the lendlease construction business in general and work on specified projects (including those which are an integrated development and construction offering, some of which are JVs), communicating organisational policies, legal rights, obligations and privileges, to provide technical input ensuring compliance with organisational policies and legal requirements.
  • Undertake construction and development business related legal aspects and activities and communicate organisational policies and legal updates to ensure operations comply with established organisational policies and legal requirements, rules, regulations and laws.
  • Analyse, review, evaluate and research risks, and develop and implement alternative solutions.
  • Maintain current knowledge on legal developments, disseminating updates to provide current legal advice and counsel on technical and procedural issues.
  • Provide input and contribute to the transactional and litigation matters and standard precedents, which may include examining and supporting the defence of lawsuits, legal action, litigation, claims and other legal procedures, to align to and achieve legal integrity and to project manage the internal client.
  • Produce, analyse, interpret and update the legal and risk policies, procedures and databases and prepare, review and provide legal documents and reports to track legal issues, recommend corrective actions and maintain timely information in compliance with requirements of Governmental agencies, laws, statutes, rules and regulations.
  • To provide legal support on proposed and active construction projects. This includes review and negotiation of main contract amendments (JCT / NEC in particular); stepping down to sub-contracts; consultant appointments; frameworks (especially government) advice on Construction Act, claims and dispute management and some litigation experience.
  • To assist in managing and update all precedent documents for the construction business.
  • To assist with legal work streams in all areas of the business as directed by Reports
  • To undertake a case-load of legal projects as required.

Essential Criteria:

  • Qualified as a solicitor or equivalent in other common law jurisdiction with strong academic background.
  • Legal practising certificate.
  • Minimum 3 years (for qualified lawyers) post admission experience preferably in a major law firm and / or as in-house counsel.
  • Experience in major construction projects in the UK with knowledge of the UK contractual law.
  • Experience in relevant ancillary legal areas including construction, development, real estate finance, litigation, insolvency.

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