(12 Month FTC)

This role will ideally be based in Belfast, we are open to receiving applicants who can work remotely. 

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Role Overview

The Financial Times is recruiting for a commercial contracts lawyer to be based at its office in Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Belfast office is an integral part of the FT’s highly-regarded in-house legal team. The Belfast team currently comprises four commercial lawyers who report into a Senior Legal Counsel (also based in Belfast) and the FT’s deputy company secretary. The Belfast legal team provides dedicated support to important business divisions within the Financial Times, including the FT’s corporate subscriptions and services business, the Financial Times Live global conferences and events business (http://www.ft-live.com), FT’s thought leadership business, FT Longitude, and the FT Specialist range of titles.

The Belfast office is situated in Belfast city centre. The Legal team has a hybrid working model, which provides flexibility while maintaining collaboration and culture through regular in-person contact.

What you will be responsible for

  • Advising the business on contracts with clients from a wide range of industries and jurisdictions
  • Engaging directly in negotiating contract terms with external customers
  • Providing highly responsive, pragmatic and commercial advice 
  • Managing contracts which are usually based on standard templates, but can be subject to extensive negotiation
  • Understanding how the templates reflect the FT’s business model and updating templates as required to meet changing business needs and product developments
  • Delivering training to business partners
  • Identifying ways in which legal support can be delivered more effectively, leveraging new legal technology tools  

Experience/skills you need to be successful in this role


  • Solicitor qualified in the UK.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong commercial contract drafting skills and legal knowledge, with a good understanding of copyright, licensing, data protection, indemnity and liability issues
  • Demonstrates commercial awareness that takes strategic objectives into account
  • Highly organised, with strong time management skills, including the ability to prioritise work and keep internal stakeholders informed
  • Can build effective relationships within the legal team and wider business


Previous in-house experience

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. Full details of our benefits can be found here.


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, talent@ft.com and a member of our team will be happy to help.


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