Legal Counsel - Commercial

Job Title: Legal Counsel - Commercial
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: London
Salary: Competitive package available
Start Date: 2019-08-01 00:00:00
Reference: SDX/TP/RF3271/EC
Contact Name: Elanor Currin
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 08, 2019 12:15

Job Description

An outstanding opportunity has arisen for an excellent commercial solicitor to join our in-house legal team to provide high quality commercial and strategic legal support to its Sports and Leisure business segment.  Sports and Leisure has unrivalled expertise in hospitality, catering and logistics at airport lounges, historic venues, cultural destinations, racecourses, sporting stadia and major events.


The role is based in our One Southampton Row office but there is the opportunity to work flexibly from home, subject to department policy.


We envisage that candidates with around 3-5 years PQE contract and commercial law experience will have the relevant skills/knowledge for this position.  However, this is an approximate guide for applicants and all candidates with relevant skills and experience will be considered. 


You must have good academics and have trained in a leading City or regional law firm.  It is essential that you are able to demonstrate a strong track record in negotiating and drafting commercial contracts and in-house experience would be advantageous.


You should be an able, outgoing and solutions-oriented lawyer with business acumen, who is comfortable working within an entrepreneurial and driven environment. You will work closely with directors and managers in the business and so you must demonstrate excellent communication skills and the ability to build relationships and credibility at all levels within Sodexo.


This is an excellent opportunity for a commercial solicitor to join a company which values its employees and offers a collegiate and friendly working environment.

Main responsibilities
  • Provide effective legal and commercial advice and assistance as required by the Segments/Functions supported
  • Draft and negotiate contracts
  • Assist the Segments/Functions supported regarding the assessment and management of legal and commercial risk
  • Train the Segments/Functions supported on legal, commercial and regulatory issues
  • Help to ensure that business is conducted in accordance with relevant law and Sodexo’s internal governance processes
  • Instruct external lawyers and manage external legal fees under appropriate supervision
  • Work collaboratively with all members of the UK&I Legal Department
  • Provide preliminary advice on disputes
  • Advise on regulatory compliance
  • Comply with company policies and Legal Department processes
  • Act within area of work and seek guidance where appropriate
  • Support a range of standard and bespoke contracts and queries with relatively low to medium levels of revenues, complexity and impact
Ideal candidate


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Qualified solicitor or barrister in the UK or equivalent jurisdiction.
  • Good technical knowledge and experience of the law (including contract / commercial law), contracts and practice relevant to the Segments/Functions supported
  • Good technical contract drafting and negotiation skills
  • Problem solving – ability to identify and analyse key information to make balanced and appropriate decisions
  • Ability to advise on legal and commercial options and challenge others where necessary
  • Ability to provide preliminary advice on legal disputes
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage relationships successfully with Sodexo representatives
  • Driving licence and the ability to travel when needed



  • Previous in-house legal experience in relevant industry
About the company

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 35,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, Defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.

Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. Certain roles will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to further engage ex-forces personnel and reservists.  Those applying for roles with us who meet the essential criteria advertised under the ‘ideal candidate’ on the vacancy advertised are guaranteed to progress within the selection process.

Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. Certain roles will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.

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