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Commercial - Legal Counsel (Manager)

Date: Jun 25, 2019

Location: Reading, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID142666BR
Job TitleCommercial - Legal Counsel (Manager)
CountryUnited Kingdom
FunctionKPMG Business Services
Service LineQRM
Service Line InformationQuality and Risk Management are the responsibility of each partner and employee. This responsibility includes the need to understand and adhere to member firm policies and associated procedures in carrying out their day-to-day activities. UK Quality & Risk Management teams help to set, implement and enforce policies and procedures designed to help to enable KPMG UK and its personnel to achieve the following key objectives: (i) oversee and monitor service quality, (ii) protect the brand and reputation of KPMG, (iii) comply with laws, (iv) regulations and professional standards, and (v) minimize the risk of financial claims against KPMG UK.

KPMG OverviewKPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.
With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. Our work is often complex, yet our vision is simple: to be the clear choice for our clients, for our people and for the communities we work in.

Job Description
KPMG’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC) comprises a team of experienced partners, lawyers and industry specialists who specialise in advising on and managing the handling of all major legal, regulatory and reputational issues affecting the firm on both a contentious and non-contentious basis. OGC provides extensive advice to KPMG’s leadership, partners and staff.

The OGC Commercial team currently consists of a Partner, two Directors and a significant team split between the firm’s offices in London and Reading. The team provides advice and support to the firm’s client engagement teams in contracting for audit, tax and advisory services to a wide variety of clients and a wide range of related legal risk management issues.
This position

This is an exciting opportunity for a non-contentious IT/technology lawyer with a broad commercial background and a minimum of 2-4 PQE to join the OGC Commercial team to primarily advise KPMG’s technology business lines and wider consulting businesses on a wide range of legal, risk and commercial issues.

The successful candidate would be based at KPMG’s offices in Reading reporting in to one of the senior members of the team. Travel to KPMG’s Canary Wharf offices in London will be required on an ad hoc basis.

The role

The successful applicant will be involved in the following:

- advising, drafting and negotiating system implementation agreements, software and subscription agreements and innovative agreements as part of KPMG’s fast growing technology related service lines;
- advising internal business stakeholders on commercial, risk and contractual issues within a complex, regulatory environment;
- providing ad hoc support on a variety of other contractual agreements including RFPs, engagement letters, master service agreements and other agreements;
- producing templates and guidance notes; and
- providing advice and training to business teams.


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

- at least 2-4 years PQE (post qualification experience);
- excellent knowledge of commercial and contract law with a particular focus on technology related contracts;
- experience advising on, drafting and negotiating range of technology and commercial contracts;
- successful track record of working within highly regulated environment is desirable; and
- strong commercial awareness and effective risk management skills.

The Person

- experienced, self-sufficient and proactive, with the ability to work independently as well as being a team player;
- strong organisational skills and the ability to manage a demanding work load;
- ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and produce high quality work;
- experience of dealing with internal business stakeholders;
- ability to build relationships and act as a trusted advisor;
- ability to provide a pragmatic, solution oriented approach to complex legal and regulatory issues;
- the ability to communicate effectively and with authority; and
- flexibility and willingness to support colleagues in other groups.

Our Deal

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Our intelligent working options range from role sharing and flexible start and finish times, to home working and more informal arrangements agreed within teams.

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