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General Legal Counsel (part-time / flexible working arrangement available if preferred)
at Winnow Solutions

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  • London
  • fulltime

About the team

Following several years of rapid growth through global expansion and recent fundraising, the company is looking for its first dedicated in house legal position on a part time to full time basis. This person will be responsible for maturing the legal function within the business and setting up the structure for future growth, and transitioning legal responsibilities from the founder, business development team, and existing out-sourced providers.

As the General Legal Counsel you will be responsible for all legal matters globally based out of London. With a focus on commercial contracts, this role will provide a broad spectrum of work across the diverse enterprise hardware/software as a service, sustainability startup spectrum.

Responsibilities:

  • Commercial contracts: Drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts
  • Employment: Managing employment law compliance, templates, and ad-hoc requests
  • Product: Defining templates, terms and conditions for products new to the industry, working closely with the AI and software development teams advising on IP and best practice
  • IP: Filing for and overseeing intellectual property rights portfolio including patents and trademarks
  • General documents: Publishing agreements, technology agreements and responsibility for legal operations
  • Growth support: Researching and advising on general and commercial legal, employment, tax, data, and regulatory matters for a dynamic growing business already operating in over 40 countries, with offices in 6.
  • Data: Managing data risk, privacy and protection matters
  • Financing: Negotiating and advising on corporate financing transactions including fundraising and possibly M&A and/or IPO in the future.
  • Sourcing: Selecting and optimising use of outside counsel where needed
  • Business Support: Address any other general or ad-hoc commercial legal queries from internal business stakeholders
  • Process & Controls: Assist in the development of standard processes and appropriate internal controls regarding legal matters

Requirements

Education and experience

  • You are likely to be a UK qualified solicitor with at least 3 years PQE
  • In-house experience is desirable, but if you are a private practice lawyer looking to move in-house and can point to good business and commercial skills we are also interested to talk to you
  • You will have experience of drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, ideally within SaaS / Tech / Software environments

Personal attributes

  • You have excellent attention to detail and a meticulous eye for identifying inconsistencies or inaccuracies in data
  • You have proven experience in challenging and questioning the status quo. You enjoy suggesting and implementing creative and innovative solutions to improve the way things get done
  • You are transparent and act with integrity at all times
  • You are results driven and able to organise yourself, including effective scheduling, prioritisation and time management skills, managing multiple tasks in parallel and completing tasks to tight deadlines
  • Ability to convince others to expressed point of view and gain acceptance and agreement of plans
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills. You are a confident and articulate presenter. You communicate clearly in both written and spoken language. You listen attentively; you process and comprehend what you hear. You are also confident enough to ask questions and to clarify ambiguous points.
  • Track record of identifying problems, analysing options and deploying sound decision making skills.
  • Motivated and curious, you love absorbing new information and are able to reliably recall and figure out how to rapidly apply it. You have the courage, when appropriate to learn new technology rather than sticking to what you know already.

Our shared attributes

  • You are both passionate and measured. You carefully balance the need for quick solutions and pragmatism with the ability to step back, take in the bigger picture and build for the long term
  • You are transparent in approach and enjoy healthy, respectful debate. You work hard to build open and honest collaborative relationships
  • You get things done and seek to continually improve. Your customers want you on their team
  • You are passionate about the value of food and are committed to the fight against food waste
  • You are humble in approach and quick to pitch in if you see someone struggling

Benefits

  • Competitive base salary
  • Life insurance
  • Company part-funded health insurance
  • Matching pension scheme
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Eyecare vouchers
  • 25 days of paid vacation time (plus the option to buy a further 5 days annual leave) in addition to national holidays
  • You will love what you do – waking up every day solving one of the biggest social problems of our generation
  • Committed team members with broad experience who share a common passion to build a world class business
  • Our own office space in central London with a great working environment

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