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  • Job reference: RMS0221668

Legal Advisor

  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: London
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 22/01/2020
  • Duration: 6 to 12 months
  • Time left:
    d h m s
    (04/03/20)
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About the role
Our client seeks to appoint a lawyer on a flexible 6-12 month contract in the London office of one of their growing Business Units.
The successful candidate will report to the BU's Legal Manager and enjoy being part of a collegiate team of lawyers dedicated to the BU as well as having the opportunity to work with other lawyers within their London office.
The position will support the BU on business activities relating to assets, which will include:
* drafting and negotiation of key development contracts
* ensuring compliance with joint venture arrangements and any necessary amendments to dovetail the same with the development
* arrangements with the Government, such as licensing, local facilities, taxation and associated matters
Given the multi-faceted nature of these business activities, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to deepen and broaden their experience of development operations, on a world scale project

Key Accountabilities
* Gain an in-depth, practical understanding of:
o The company's approach to joint venture, supply chain and other contracting arrangements,
o the documentation governing company's assets,
o the oil and gas licensing and regulatory regime, in each case in respect of the business
* Support and advise internal stakeholders on the drafting and negotiation of contractual arrangements in respect of the company's supply chain operations
* Provide timely, practical and commercially orientated advice to internal stakeholders on legal arrangements governing the company's interests, including ports and supply bases
* Manage external legal resources and help build productive relationships with BU suppliers.
* Work with negotiation teams and support the resolution of disputes to optimise the company's position

Major Challenges
* Provide legal support to complex projects, under time pressure
* Produce a high quality of legal documentation
* Ensure contracts achieve an appropriate allocation of risk and reward between the company and the contractors

Financial accountability / activity indicators
* Support the monitoring of external legal costs against department budget

Reporting and management relationships
Reporting to:
* BU Legal Manager
Indirect relationships:
* BU client base, the company's executive management and Legal and C&P teams outside of BU
* Supply chain contractors and financiers
* External legal counsel
* JV partners
* Government

Qualifications
* Bachelors degree level education
* Hold a current legal practising certificate from a relevant jurisdiction
* Membership of professional and industry bodies

Candidate Profile
Skills / experience:
* The role will require a good understanding of oil and gas contracting
* Candidates should have relevant experience in the oil and gas industry, gained at an operator, services company or international law firm
* Exposure to JV, development and supply chain activities would be highly regarded
* This is a mid-level role, with a minimum PQE of 5 years but there is no maximum PQE condition.
* The successful candidate should be comfortable operating independently, with oversight and support from colleagues in the legal team

Attributes and behaviours:
* Proactive, practical approach
* Commercial awareness and an interest in the oil and gas sector
* Comfortable being hands on and fully involved in the company's business

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