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Legal Counsel

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Date: 11-May-2021

Location: Hemel Hempstead - Breakspear P, Hemel Hempstead - Breakspear Park, GB

Company: Britvic

What are we looking for?

A commercial solicitor is required to join the in-house Britvic Legal Team (part of the wider Advisory and Compliance department). 
The successful candidate will need to deliver clear and practical legal advice and develop pragmatic and commercially focussed strategies and solutions, providing advice to various functions and business units as required. Providing support to the business and the broader legal team across the full spectrum of contract law and commercial issues.

What will you be doing?
•   Be the main lawyer responsible for projects and matters to be considered group-wide, including tax, corporate and litigation.
•    Providing support to the M&A and Strategy teams, liaising with senior members of staff and external counsel to help shape the group’s structure.
•    Advising on avoiding and managing disputes and advising on strategy for resolution including risk assessment, negotiating settlements, drafting correspondence and preparing for litigation. 
•    Draft, review and negotiate a number of commercial contracts (including customer sales contracts, licences, non-disclosure agreements, sponsorship agreements etc.) to best protect the commercial and legal interests of the business and create added value.
•    Working with Britvic’s Procurement team and providing legal advice on a wide range of supplier contracts (ingredients, packaging, professional services, IT, logistics, advertising, engineering and maintenance services, equipment supply, data protection agreements) to protect Britvic’s commercial and legal position and minimise risk.
•    Continually improve standard contracts and guidance to reflect improvements and changes to processes and legislation.
•    Manage and advise in relation to other ad hoc matters as they occur including IP, employment and property matters, consumer care support, company secretarial matters, insolvency and support to the regulatory team.
•    Keep abreast of legal updates and sharing with the team and stakeholders as necessary in the form of training sessions, guidance notes etc.
•    Support contract transformation project. 
•    Promote legal best practice and compliance throughout Britvic’s business.


Knowledge, Skills & Experience
•    English law qualified solicitor (NQ – 7PQE)
•    Strong academic record
•    Corporate/commercial law experience from a leading law firm or in house
•    Excellent knowledge of contract and commercial law
•    M&A experience preferred but not essential

•    Ability and desire to work as a true business partner, capable of contributing to strategic and commercial discussions with the business more widely than legal input
•    Excellent written and communication skills with a keen attention to detail
•    Excellent interpersonal and listening skills
•    Self-motivated, proactive and confident with a strong sense of ownership and the ability to drive initiatives forward to conclusion
•    Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team
•    Good numeracy and commercial understanding
•    Good analytical skills with the ability to identify the key legal and business considerations and provide targeted, pragmatic and solutions-driven advice and recommendations
•    Well organised and able to prioritise conflicting pressures and multiple stakeholders
•    Business orientated with a desire to influence and proactively engage with all areas of the business
•    Acts with the highest levels of integrity and in accordance with ethical, legal and compliance standards


If this sounds like you, then we’d love to hear from you.


At Britvic we are on a journey to become the most dynamic, creative and trusted drinks company in the world. 

As one of the UK’s leading players in the FMCG market we pride ourselves on setting high standards, being courageous and pushing ourselves to think outside of the bottle. 

We believe we are stronger together and that’s why we’re committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees – in fact, this is at the heart of our company culture and values and why we are consistently recognised as a Global ‘Great Place to Work’.


We’re committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees – in fact, this is at the heart of our company culture and values, and we welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.

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