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General Counsel - Creative Agency - 7yrs+PQE

  • Location: London
  • Salary: £ Very Competitive + Bens + Bonus per year
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted 16 days ago

  • Sector: legal
  • Contact: Nick Wasserman
  • Contact Email:
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Expiry Date: 11 February 2022
  • Job Ref: BBBH94878

An award-winning global creative agency is looking for a General Counsel. Reporting to the Global COO, the role is a fantastic opportunity for a commercial lawyer to join a large yet still rapidly growing agency with a presence in multiple territories. You will be the primary source advising the business on all legal issues that arise, working closely with all group companies across the globe.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Deal structuring, review and negotiation of client and supplier contracts with the objective of protecting the agency's interests. This will include negotiation with extremely high-profile brands, as well as a range of talent (influencers, celebrities etc.) and project-related and general business service providers

  • Advising the business on a range of ad-hoc legal queries, in areas such as marketing law, IP, data protection etc.

  • Identify risk from a commercial and/or legal perspective and assist with finding creative solutions

  • Ensure contracts are in place for all client business

  • Assist relevant parts of the business to understand contractual obligations and train staff members to be more legally and commercially aware

  • Stay on top of current legal issues and developments and share relevant information with the agency

  • Maintain and develop standard documentation

  • Advise personnel across the business on commercial decisions


  • Be involved in the drafting of internal and group business policies and procedures, and the monitoring of compliance

  • Advise management on business growth, M&A activity and other corporate affairs

  • Drafting and maintenance of board minutes

Much more information will made available upon request by suitable candidates.

To be considered, you should be a qualified commercial lawyer with 7yrs+ PQE* with experience of a similar in-house role in the advertising or media industry. Some knowledge of corporate affairs and data protection would also be useful, but not essential.

*NB: PQE levels are offered as a guide only. Our clients will accept applications from all candidates who can demonstrate the skills necessary for the role.

Handle actively welcomes applicants from under-represented backgrounds - we pride ourselves on attracting the best talent for every opportunity through a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.