Job Title

Legal Counsel

South Africa, Gauteng
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Area: South Africa, Gauteng
Sector: All
Posted: 10 May 2024

Job Details

A dynamic, innovative and inspiring company providing fintech solutions across multiple sectors is looking for a Legal Counsel to provide high value strategic legal services including advice, transactional work, preparation of documents, legal negotiation and representation in the Governance and Legal team. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Working closely with the business to identify and manage legal risks in respect of: 
    • existing operating businesses and strategic partnerships 
    • commercial arrangements with internal and external counterparties 
    • expansion of the business through technology development and digital banking initiatives (e.g., development, IP protection and partnerships) 
  • Ensuring that the business enters into commercial arrangements (including ICT and IP) on terms that are acceptable to the company, and which reflect best practice and appropriately manage risks 
  • Providing appropriate legal advice to the business regarding the company’s rights and obligations under corporate and commercial arrangements (including ICT and IP) and related legal matters 
  • Ensure internal clients receive appropriate advice when disputes arise  
  • Assist in managing external law firm relationships, engagements and costs 
  • Provide accurate, timely, commercial advice in plain English 
  • Ensure deadlines are strictly adhered to  
  • Work actively and productively as a team member including willingly sharing your expertise with others and clarifying the tasks assigned to you 
  • Consistently display behaviours that encourage productive working relationships and a strong performance culture 

REQUIREMENTS 

  • Law degree and admission in relevant jurisdiction (South Africa) 
  • Minimum 5 years’ post admission commercial law experience in negotiating, drafting and vetting commercial agreements including software, technology, digital services and Intellectual Property transactions and agreements 
  • Broad risk management (including regulatory and compliance) and corporate governance experience 

Skills/Attributes 

  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of commercial acumen 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and manage relationships 
  • Demonstrated judgement in identifying and managing emerging issues 
  • Strong interest in understanding and contributing to the strategic objectives of the business 
  • Demonstrated plain English verbal and written communication skills 
  • Highly developed organizational skills, follow- through and the ability to work effectively under pressure and to deadlines 
  • Ability to convey legal advice clearly and effectively