Legal Counsel (US)

Comms & Strategic Planning London, England


Position at GroupM

Legal Counsel, GroupM North America 

The GroupM Global General Counsel is based in London but has worldwide responsibility for the legal function across GroupM and assists operating companies with legal issues worldwide.

Job details

Job Title:


Legal Counsel, GroupM NA


Reporting to:


Global General Counsel, GroupM WW




UK (but supporting US businesses)



Preferably UK 1.30-9.30

(but at least 4 hour cross-over with ET working day)

Overview of role

The role is as one of two legal counsel supporting vendor contracting for GroupM North America. Vendor contract requests are managed through a workflow management system operated by the Investment support team in the US.

The work will predominantly comprise contract drafting and drafting support to the relevant procurement teams. Vendors range from online publishers to data providers to technology companies and agreements relate to standard media buying or to custom content and creative projects as well as influencer agreements, other talent arrangements, data access agreements and non-disclosure agreements.

There may also be the opportunity to become involved in wider legal projects in collaboration with the General Counsel, for example, creating precedents, setting policies or providing training on relevant legal issues.

Work will include:

  • Negotiating and drafting Technology services agreements and data licences
  • Negotiating and drafting vendor terms and conditions for media buying and content projects
  • Marking up Service Provider terms and data Processing Schedules.
  • Working on ad hoc projects to improve efficiencies or compliance across the business
  • Helping to create a high profile of the legal resource throughout the business and encouraging active legal involvement in operational decision-making


GroupM’s objective is to make advertising better for people. As market leader GroupM has a responsibility for implementing this objective in its broadest interpretation and it must be applied in all we do. The Legal counsel is required to have a thorough understanding, and act in the interests of, GroupM’s and its agency networks’ commercial goals and to do so in the spirit of the above GroupM advertising objective.

The role requires a confident, pragmatic drafter happy working with US-style legal agreements but maintaining light touch amendments to achieve agile business solutions and acceptable and equitable apportionments of risk. The successful candidate will be confident in managing remote relationships with colleagues in the US, and comfortable working in a fast-paced business and able to prioritise competing demands.

This role offers the opportunity to work non-standard office hours with a requirement to cross over each day with at least 4 hours of the US East Coast working day (i.e. at least 4 hours to be worked between 1.30 to 9.30pm UK). The role may typically need to be based from home up to 5 days per week. However, attendance at the London offices where the Global Legal team is based is welcomed on a daily basis and will be required 2 days per month. A one-week induction in London will also be required and potentially an annual trip to New York.