Senior Legal Counsel

Location: London, EC4A (currently remote working)

Contract: Permanent, full time (open to flexible working)

Accountable to: Heads of Legal (job-share)

Salary: £59,250 - £70,000 (depending on experience)

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  • Overall purpose of the role

    As a key member of Big Society Capital’s Legal and Compliance team, you will support the organisation’s social impact investment goals. In particular, you will provide legal advice in relation to investments and corporate, governance and regulatory matters.

    The role will suit a commercially aware, qualified solicitor who is passionate about using their legal project management skills to improve lives across the UK.


  • You will be responsible for:

    New Investments

    Participate in the due diligence process to ensure legal issues around structure of investment are addressed

    Support the Investment Group with term sheet discussions and identifying and addressing initial legal issues in respect of a proposed investment

    Lead the negotiation of the legal documentation representing Big Society Capital and work with co-investors, including client investment products, and external counsel, and assist with the completion process for investments

    Existing Investments

    Maintain a knowledge of Big Society Capital’s legal obligations relating to the investments and make sure Big Society Capital has all necessary legal investment documentation in place and properly stored

    Play a key role in the management of investments over their lifetime, including any amendments to legal documentation and any waivers that may be required

    Participate in the investment monitoring process with regard to any legal issues that arise

    Support the process to restructure or exit investments

    Corporate Governance and Regulatory

    Support colleagues across the office with legal and regulatory queries

    Support client investment initiatives, including through investments and the design and implementation of policies and processes

    Review legislation and support the implementation of consequential changes

    Draft and negotiate research contracts, non-disclosure agreements and other commercial contracts

    Work with colleagues in the legal and compliance team to build and share know-how and best practice across Big Society Capital and its portfolio companies, including training and templates

    Work with the rest of the legal and compliance team in supportig each other in additional ad hoc activities when required

    Manage relationships, including costs, with external counsel

    Legal and Compliance Team

    Play a proactive part in helping with the continuous improvement of the team as a key component of Big Society Capital’s investment activity and as a leading impact legal team

    Person profile

    Essential experience

    Solicitor qualified in England and Wales

    Legal related project management

    Desirable experience

    Knowledge and experience of transactional finance

    Knowledge and experience of private and/or public market investment funds

    Knowledge and experience of commercial contractsfinancial services regulation

    Knowledge and experience of data protection

    Engagement with the third sector in some capacity (e.g., trustee of a charity)

    Skills, abilities and attributes

    A confident, effective communicator who is approachable and flexible. Can deal effectively with senior management

    Systematic approach to work with high attention to detail

    Strong research and analytical skills

    Able to work self-sufficiently

    Approachable and collaborative team player. Flexible and willing to take on different tasks as required

    Enthusiastic and proactive with the confidence to influence at all levels

    Resilient and can cope with ambiguity and change

    Well organised and able to prioritise

    Good at finding innovative solutions to problems, grounded in the delivery of business outcomes

    Ability to identify risk with sound commercial awareness

    Commitment to continuous learning and growth

    Salary and terms of employment

    All applicants must have an existing Right to Work in the UK

    Salary of £59,250 - £70,000 (depending on experience)

    Big Society Capital is committed to being a diverse organisation that is truly representative of the communities we serve. We are an equal opportunities employer with an inclusive environment where all employees can contribute to their fullest potential

Application details

We are working with Careers4Change on this appointment. Please contact sheena.pentin@careers4change.com to apply

Interviews will be held in mid-April 2021

All Big Society Capital staff are currently working from home. We will be as flexible as possible in light of any COVID-19 priorities and challenges which you may be facing.