Legal Counsel - Part Time 25-30 hours a week

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An award-winning employer, our people are trusted and responsible, believing in what they do with a clear commitment to contribute to transforming the world we live in and shaping a world of trust. Bureau Veritas operates in a wide range of sectors, delivering Testing, Inspection and Certification services to some of the world’s biggest household names. With more than 400,000 global clients and a reputation for quality, we are at the forefront of service and innovation.

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Our people are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we have worked hard to create a supportive and engaging working environment, which is open and inclusive and individuals are given the opportunity to fulfill their potential and really leave their mark.

Job description:

Role: Legal Counsel

Hours: Part Time (25-30 hours a week)

Location: Fort Dunlop, Birmingham

Salary: Competitive plus excellent benefits package

Bureau Veritas operates in a wide range of sectors delivering Testing, Inspection and Certification services to some of the world’s biggest brand names.

With more than 400,000 clients worldwide we are a true global leader, working with clients including airports and major retailers, manufacturers and oil companies.

Choose Bureau Veritas and you can benefit from a supportive team environment where individuals are given the opportunity to fulfil their potential. All backed by a competitive salary, excellent benefits package and a structured development programme from an award-winning employer.

The role will see you provide senior level commercial legal and risk management leadership for the UK I&F business. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support for high level tenders and bid including contract negotiation and review
  • Commercial risk training, management, awareness and advice to the internal business
  • Control of commercial risk management and compliance activity within the region. Responsible for tracking and maintaining local and regional risk registers and providing support to the local entities to implement improvement measures
  • Acting as Data Protection Officer for the UK and ensuring interface with Group is managed effectively
  • Develop and embed commercial compliance within the region.  Assist with both HO and external audit process in country and ensure NCR’s are monitored and closed out.
  • Manage risk management elements of internal audit programme across region that would improve efficiency and areas of strength and weakness
  • Ensuring corporate governance basics are observed and all company directories are kept up to date. Director’s appointments and resignations, director and senior management training in conjunction with L&D), Board meetings minuted and key decisions and resolutions recorded
  • Support OG GC in implementation of HO lead initiatives
  • Assist HR in management of employment law issues facing operations.
  • Support compliance investigation activity across the region.
  • Support to business with acquisition, mergers, divestments and restructuring.
  • Advice and internal support in relation to contract due diligence on acquisition and disposal processes, etc
  • General legal advice and use of preferred external legal suppliers for use as approved. Ensuring external legal spend is controlled and used solely on specialist or litigious activities.
  • Drafting and negotiation support on significant joint venture and partnering agreements, supporting operations with the development and presentation of new service lines
  • Maintain proactive support and guidance to all business units, providing contract reviews in a timely manner
  • Embedding compliance culture by promoting Code of Ethics.

Experience & Skills Required:

  • Ability to advise and practice in commercial/corporate law including company secretarial duties, insurance and audit
  • Strong commercial focus with excellent communication and negotiating skills in cross functional context
  • Line Management experience
  • Experience of working in a large matrixed organisation preferred
  • Circa 8 years PQE including minimum 2 years In House
  • TIC/Services Company experience an advantage


Employing close to 66,500 employees across 140 locations worldwide, only Bureau Veritas can offer:

  • Structured development programmes to help you fulfil your potential, including face to face and e-learning programmes.
  • The opportunity to contribute towards delivering excellence for high profile clients, including some of the world’s most recognised brands.
  • A long list of awards recognition including Top Employer six years in a row and continued success in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards.


  • Comprehensive financial package including competitive salary and allowances, defined contribution pension, 25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays, various insurances including Private Health Insurance and other flexible benefits to suit individual requirements