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.
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
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
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
Competitive base salary
Company part-funded health insurance
Matching pension scheme
Employee assistance programme
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