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The Company

BenevolentAI unites technology with human intelligence to re-engineer drug discovery and deliver life-changing medicines. We have developed the Benevolent Platform®, a drug discovery platform built on powerful data foundations with state of the art machine learning and AI technology. Our technology empowers scientists to decipher the vast and complex code underlying human biology, find new ways to treat disease and personalise medicines to patients. Benevolent has active in-house R&D drug programmes in disease areas such as neurodegeneration, immunology, oncology and inflammation and has research and commercial collaborations with leading pharmaceutical and research organisations. The company is headquartered in London with a research facility in Cambridge (UK) and a further office in New York.

Who we are

We are an eclectic bunch at Benevolent, united by our belief that innovative thinking and purposeful technology can truly change outcomes for the better. Our mission is to re-engineer drug discovery and deliver life-changing medicines for patients in need and we do this by applying AI, machine learning, and other advanced technologies to reinvent the ways drugs are discovered and developed. We strive to bring together unique skills and perspectives across biology, chemistry, engineering, AI research, informatics, precision medicine, and drug discovery.


The Role

We have an exciting opening for a commercially-minded & pragmatic legal counsel to join our Compliance, Legal & IP team and shape how we scale our support to advance Benevolent’s strategic objectives. With prior experience of working in a high-growth technology or biotechnology company, you will be excited by the challenges ahead and relish the opportunity to grow as part of a dynamic and fun team.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Drafting, reviewing, and amending a wide variety of commercial legal agreements.
  • Developing and drafting documentation to support licensing agreements.
  • Escalation point for issues arising from Non-Disclosure Agreements, Master Service Agreements, Statements of Work, and other regularly used “standard” legal documentation.
  • Providing general ad-hoc commercial legal support across the breadth of the business, including legal research.
  • Providing day-to-day corporate legal support (including oversight of company secretarial matters) and involvement in periodic larger corporate projects.
  • Supporting the development and roll-out of new products and services from a legal perspective.
  • Being a key driver of streamlining existing processes, documentation, and precedents and creating self-service tools for the business to enable the legal team to scale as the business grows.
  • Assisting in the provision of regular training to the business and legal updates to the team.


Additional Responsibilities

  • Assisting with People Team and employment-related legal matters and ad-hoc corporate transactions - bonus points for prior experience of either.


We're looking for someone with...

  • 5-7 years’ post-qualification legal experience, although all experiences and backgrounds will be given due consideration.
  • A mixture of private legal practice and in-house experience is preferred - ideally at least 2 years of this experience will have been gained working in-house in the technology or biotechnology sectors, preferably in a start-up or other high-growth environment (time on secondment is also useful).
  • Undergraduate law degree (preferably from a common law jurisdiction), or non-legal degree with conversion and completed Legal Practice Course.
  • A solid understanding of the key commercial legal issues facing a company such as BenevolentAI, including applicable licensing, IP creation and ownership and data privacy frameworks.
  • Experience of commercial in-licensing and out-licensing deals in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical/life sciences sector.
  • Experience of structuring and drafting SaaS and similar agreements.
  • A “can-do” attitude and a willingness to learn and exist outside of your comfort zone.
  • Interest, knowledge and experience of the technology and biotechnology/pharmaceutical industries and surrounding law and regulation.
  • An interest in legal operations and a willingness to identify and implement solutions and processes to drive efficiencies.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Evidence of a constant desire to drive for results and steadfastly pushing themselves and others for results.
  • Making internal customers and stakeholders a top priority and understanding and meeting their needs and expectations.


Together, we envision a world in which no disease goes untreated. If you are benevolent, curious, want to tackle real world problems and are willing to embrace new ideas, hit that ‘apply’ button and join us.

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