Legal Counsel

Job Detail

Job Title: Legal Counsel

Salary: £50,000 + benefits

Location: Manchester

Posted: 15/05/2024


or call 0161 836 9043

Job Purpose

This role involves working in the Group In-House Legal Team at the Manchester Head Office, covering any contentious and non-contentious commercial, intellectual property, immigration and employment law matters that arise within the Peninsula Group of companies, as well as supporting the Group’s Compliance Team in relation to FCA, SRA and Data Protection affairs.


Job Overview

We are looking for a bright and confident Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive, with strong commercial and employment law experience and a broad general legal knowledge, to work in a dynamic team and cover a wide range of matters including negotiating commercial contracts, the preparation and conduct of civil litigation and appearance at Employment Tribunals.


The ideal candidate will have directly relevant experience and will relish assuming responsibility for a caseload in a fast-paced but supportive team environment.  The focus is on great service and care for our internal customers, along with a firm commercial approach towards the Group’s legal and risk management strategy. We are looking for someone with exceptional communication skills to provide commercial and pragmatic advice to a range of stakeholders across the Group.


Day-to-Day Responsibilities

·         Negotiating, drafting and reviewing commercial contracts, ensuring that they meet the Group’s commercial needs and comply with relevant legal requirements

·         Prepare and submit standard Trademark applications and, supported by external Trademark Attorneys, take lead on complex applications and contentious Trademark matters

·         Have conduct of civil litigation, including negotiating settlements, attendance at ADR, drafting pleadings and, from time to time, appearing in court

·         Liaise with our PII insurers in relation to ongoing litigation and maintain and manage a global bordereaux

·         Have conduct of contentious employment law matters, including Early Conciliation, drafting pleadings and attending at hearings

·         Point of contact for any new employment law issues referred internally from the Group businesses to the Group In House Legal Team

·         Advising Senior Managers on internal HR and Employment Law matters including assisting or conducting internal hearings such as investigations, grievances, capability or disciplinary proceedings and appeals

·         Supporting the Recruitment Team with immigration and right to work queries and, supported by external specialists, prepare and submit Home Office applications and overseas visa applications

·         Trusted advisor to the Group Directors and General Counsel on Employment Litigation matters, Dispute Resolution and employment issues, such as TUPE, arising within potential Mergers and Acquisitions as well as FCA and SRA compliance

·         Investigating and responding to the exercise of data subject rights

·         Reporting on the progress of live issues to the General Counsel, ensuring that a proactive approach to all live issues is maintained

·         Producing weekly and monthly activity reports for the Group In-House Legal function


Person Specification



·         Qualified lawyer with strong and relevant pre or post qualified experience in commercial and employment law

·         Fee earning experience either within a leading Law Firm or In House

·         A broad range of knowledge and skills across a wide legal spectrum

·         First rate drafting skills

·         An able and confident negotiator

·         Excellent workload and deadline management skills

·         Strong communicator

·         A commercially focused mindset with the ability to communicate with a range of stakeholders

·         Willingness to continually learn new competencies and areas of law

·         A strong work ethic and a positive attitude towards teamworking



·         Previous intellectual property, immigration and data protection experience

·         A background in risk and compliance



Why Join our Team?

This is a really great opportunity to assume significant responsibility from the start of your tenure and get real job satisfaction from problem solving, developing relationships with Senior Managers and Board Members across the Group.  This is a significant opportunity for career development, but whatever your starting point or experience, you are guaranteed to grow and develop your knowledge and abilities and will feel that you are making a real difference in a commercially focused, service-led business.


or call 0161 836 9043

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