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The Role / Position Overview

You will report to the General Counsel.   

You will be the key contact person within the legal team for the FT’s events businesses: primarily our global conferences and events division FT Live, but also FT Forums, Board Director Programme, FT Talent, and TNW, an FT company based in the Netherlands focused on the technology start-up sector. You will be responsible for understanding their commercial and operational needs, providing them with legal advice on a broad range of issues, and the legal review and negotiation of commercial agreements (procurement, sales and other strategic partnerships). You will be supported by others within the team who focus on compliance (mainly around data protection and marketing regulations) and the negotiation of sales contracts, but will lead and coordinate the legal support provided and be the main point of contact for senior management within those businesses. You will work alongside TNW’s lawyer based in the Netherlands, providing them with support and a point of contact within the UK legal team.

You will also be the key contact person for the FT group’s global facilities management, HR (non-employment law issues), and video production business units. The role will involve regular interactions with your business partners in these areas, including senior management, and colleagues in the procurement and compliance teams.

You may support other team members with work from other areas of the business and supervise and mentor junior lawyers in the team as needed from time to time.

 

Required Skills / Experience 

  • UK qualified lawyer.
  • At least 6 years PQE, with at least two years private practice experience. Experience working in-house or on client secondments.
  • Strong experience in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and advising on a wide range of commercial legal issues, including a good working knowledge of GDPR and related laws and regulations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels across the business.
  • The ability to manage relationships with senior leaders and build trust through collaboration.
  • The ability to think pragmatically about legal issues and deliver practical, business-focused advice and solutions. 
  • Professional, ethical, proactive, with a growth mindset.
  • Well organised, with an ability to effectively prioritise, delegate and supervise work within a team to ensure high quality and timely delivery in a dynamic and fast-paced working environment.

 

What’s in it for you? Our Benefits

Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working (including working from home), medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages, subsidised gym memberships and Giving Back opportunities.

We have a hybrid working model at the FT where employees work a minimum of two days per week in our London office next to St Paul’s Cathedral, and the rest of the week from home.

 

Further Information

The FT is committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We also promote flexible working and will consider specific requests around flexibility for all roles where it can be accommodated. Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help.

 

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