Legal Counsel, EMEA

Legal London, United Kingdom




 Legal Counsel, EMEA                                                                                                                                                 


The primary responsibilities of the Legal Counsel, EMEA will be to focus on drafting, reviewing and assisting in the management of a variety of sales and service agreements related to the company’s Career Transition, Talent Development & Coaching business and other supplier contracts relevant to the operations of the company. 


In this role, there will be a strong focus on supporting the UK & Ireland business and local management team on a variety of day to day operational issues. You will collaborate with key stakeholders in the UKI business on a number of operational matters, commercial governance and compliance activities. 


The Legal Counsel, EMEA will also liaise with and keep the Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH) global legal team (based in Florida, USA) informed of relevant legal matters and become involved in other global legal projects, including data protection, general corporate and employment law matters. 



Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports directly to the Legal Director, EMEA who is based in London
  • Member of the global LHH legal team based in the US


Direct Reports:


  • None

 What you’ll do                                                                                                                                                               


Contract Preparation

  • Review and assist business developers, sales leaders and corporate management in the negotiation of client contracts, technology agreements, licenses and other contracts relevant to the business, and provide advice to internal clients responsible for such agreements
  • Contracts include local, regional and global service agreements for the provision of career related services such as outplacement and talent development (coaching, change management, career services web portals, etc.), and supplier agreements


Contract Templates

  • Make adjustments as necessary to current templates to reflect any changes in internal process, corporate policies or procedures, laws or regulations, or other matters that would require modification of LHH’s standard agreement terms
  • Coordinate the process of completing contracts in a timely manner in accordance with the project's schedule, owning it from start to finish
  • Day to day support and management of LHH’s UK & Ireland Corporate Secretary to enable timely compliance and fulfilment of company secretarial obligations


Data Protection

  • Assist in the implementation of organizational information privacy policies and procedures in coordination with the LHH global legal team and IT department
  • Negotiate and advise the company about the implications of contract terms related to data protection and information security, in coordination with the company’s IT department
  • Review and interpret laws and regulations to become fully knowledgeable about laws and regulations applicable to LHH, including the company's capabilities and constraints
  • Review and help implement and enforce company and group policies and procedures to ensure compliance and with a view to risk reduction and productivity improvements
  • Assist and take responsibility in other duties and special projects as requested by the Legal Director, EMEA and EMEA leadership team
  • Advise the Legal Director, EMEA and other executives relative to legal considerations inherent in a variety of legal matters, in order to ensure that business decisions are made with full knowledge of applicable legal considerations and potential risks


 About you                                                                                                                                                                       


To be successful in this role, you will bring

  • First class communication skills
  • Business partnering skills
  • Commercial mind and pragmatism


Required Competencies and Experience

  • UK qualified Lawyer with some in-house legal experience is preferred with some exposure to contract negotiation with complex global agreements
  • Demonstrated knowledge of UK and European privacy and data protection legislation
  • Demonstrated experience closing large, sensitive contracts within aggressive timelines
  • Service industry experience is beneficial
  • Strong business focus and understanding, along with strong project management skills and a process development background
  • Ability and experience to work well with others, demonstrate performance on team projects, and work with cross functional teams and teams in other geographic locals
  • Self-starter to handle assignments, with the ability to adapt as required, be pragmatic and operate with confidence with minimal supervision
  • Ability to communicate simply but effectively at all levels of the organization
  • A naturally proactive professional easily able to build strong relationships within the business, is comfortable with executive exposure, and who has a strong commitment and identification with business objectives
  • Confident Legal business partner, reliable, and the ability to work well under pressure, manage challenging situations, including the ability to multi-task, complete projects on time and adjust to changing priorities to always deliver risk based legal solutions
  • High standard of personal and professional integrity, solid judgement and a flexible, but principled, problem-solving approach
  • European language skills desirable
  • Ability to undertake some limited travel to our LHH offices within UK and EMEA region as and when required  


About LHH

The world of work is changing fast.

Profound changes at profound speed.


But whereas many see change as an existential threat,

a select few see it as an opportunity to make a difference.


An opportunity to deliver lifelong employability to a generation of talent in transition.

An opportunity to develop leaders, recognizing the capabilities needed for today,

while nurturing the expertise needed for the future.

And an opportunity to look beyond what’s right for a company, to what’s right for society as a whole.


And out of the few that see these opportunities, there are even fewer placed to actually deliver them.

At Lee Hecht Harrison, we have the scale, the expertise and the insight, not only to identify these opportunities, but to realize them.


Transforming workforces though career transition, talent development and strategic advisory.


Developing future skills, flexibility and foresight, delivered with a distinctly human heart.


We’re obsessively passionate, and quantifiably effective.

Making a difference to everyone we work with and for. And delivering it on a global scale.


Because opportunities aren’t there to be observed.

They’re there to be taken.


This is LHH.

This is Opportunity, delivered.

LHH is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veterans’ status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For additional information on our Diversity and Inclusion policy, please consult the following link: