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Corporate / Commercial Counsel (1-3 PQE) – Applegreen

Type Permanent

Salary Negotiable

Location Dublin (All)

Ref # 4997E

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An ambitious, commercially minded corporate / commercial counsel is required to join Applegreen’s growing Group legal function. The candidate will have excellent technical legal skills and sound business judgment. Reporting to the Senior Legal Counsel with a dotted line to the Group General Counsel, the candidate will provide legal advice and support to the Group’s business functions in the U.S., the U.K. and Ireland, and will have a proven ability to manage and resolve complex legal challenges.

An opportunity may be available for the successful candidate to transition to Applegreen’s U.S. headquarters in New Jersey, if desired.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the Group legal function on legal matters relating to all aspects of the Group’s operations.
  • Draft, negotiate and advise on general business and contractual terms and large scale, high value commercial agreements, including supply, services, consultancy, franchising, licensing and non-disclosure agreements, to minimise risk and optimise legal protection.
  • Establish procedures for contract management and maintain a database of the Group’s legal documents.
  • Provide legal advice to the Group’s business functions on contractual, transactional and governance issues, including on the business-critical aspects of property, IP/IT, M&A, competition, data protection, finance and employment law, as required (prior experience in these areas would be helpful, but is not essential).
  • Assist with company secretarial, compliance and governance matters, and maintenance of the Group’s IP.
  • Assist with the legal aspects of intra-group restructurings.
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Group’s multi-jurisdictional business, including a particular focus on the Group’s U.S. contractual relationships.
  • Keep abreast of legal and compliance developments and advise of any proposed changes in law that might affect the Group’s commercial activities.
  • Instruct and manage external legal counsel, as required, while being acutely mindful of the Group legal budget.
  • Support the Group legal function to establish and maintain culture, tone and consistency across the Group on legal and compliance matters.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with all key stakeholders in the Group.
  • Energetically contribute towards innovation and continuous improvement.

Background required:

  • Qualified solicitor, ideally having trained in a top-tier Irish or international law firm.
  • 1-3 years’ PQE, ideally with a mix of private practice and industry exposure.
  • A confident self-starter with a strong commercial and legal mindset, capable of independently managing workload and priorities.
  • Experience in negotiating high-value commercial agreements with an ability to work independently and efficiently, while exercising good judgement.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced and dynamic organisation.
  • Excellent relationship management and communication skills, with an ability to explain complex legal issues and associated risks succinctly and in a commercial manner to non-lawyers.
  • Ability to provide legal advice and support to senior level management on highly technical matters.
  • Strong planning and organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Driven to execute and deliver optimal results for the Group, as well as flourish in a high-growth, entrepreneurial environment.

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Bernardo is a qualified lawyer, having qualified in Portugal through a top tier law firm in the country. Before joining the world of recruitment in 2017 he practiced in-house for 4 years with IBM and Parexel, two of the leading multinational companies within the technology and healthcare sectors. Bernardo is an expert in recruitment within the legal, company secretarial and data protection markets. He partners with and supports a variety of companies and clients across all industries, both in the private and public sector, with a particular focus on in-house legal roles.

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