Legal & Compliance Counsel

The Legal & Compliance Counsel will provide excellent, timely, and commercially responsive legal & compliance advice, to stakeholders across the global business functions, to proactively defend and protect the business’ interests and reputation, and enable the business’ strategic goals.

This role will be busy and varied, complimenting an already established, small in-house legal team. You will be joining the business at an exciting time in its journey and will be instrumental in delivering the business’ objectives. You will be the ‘go-to’ for the business on all day to day legal & compliance matters and will be comfortable and confident to front that role, building trusted, cross-functional alliances with stakeholders.

You will be given the opportunity to work across a broad array of commercial legal matters, predominantly focussing on contractual and IP matters. There will also be the opportunity to work on matters involving real estate, data protection, insurance, competition, advertising & marketing, compliance & governance, & assisting with legal budget management.


Key Responsibilities

• Advising on a range of issues that affect our global business as well as assisting on a variety of ongoing projects.

• Responsibility for drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, including distribution, agency, consultancy, supply, purchase, manufacturing, IT, practitioner, marketing, logistics, and IP agreements (including licences and assignments).

• Assisting the business in interpreting and complying with terms of agreements, including managing global contract tracker.

• Advising on areas such as data protection/GDPR, competition law, marketing, advertising / marketing / promotions, e-commerce, intellectual property, employment and ad hoc compliance and business queries.

• Effectively manage the resolution of contract terminations, expirations, and commercial disputes.

• Assisting the business in enforcing its global IP rights.

• Maintaining business awareness of legal & compliance requirements and developments, providing regular business updates and internal training in the key areas of competition, business conduct, data protection, IP and other areas where appropriate.

• Working collaboratively with internal and external counsel in an effective and efficient manner.

• Providing the legal team with regular weekly updates on key business issues, ongoing workstreams, and projects.

• Assisting in building the legal function across the global business and ensuring the legal team is an enabling cross-functional key business partner.

• Providing legal support in a project management capacity for ad hoc global business projects.

• Advising on various governance, risk and compliance matters to maintain a culture of doing the right thing, always aligned with Nelsons’ core values.


Person Specification 

Education / Qualifications

• Qualified practising solicitor (England & Wales)

• 2-4 years PQE with both law firm background and prior in-house experience


Skills and Experience


You will be a qualified solicitor with around 2-4 years' PQE. You will need excellent written and verbal communication skills, a positive can-do energy, passion for and pride in your work, excellent attention to detail, and a broad legal advice base. You will also be a collaborative team player, comfortable with greater responsibility, confident and keen to advise across diverse business functions and a range of stakeholders. You will want to make the move to a dynamic organisation which strongly recognises the need for continuing professional development, and where your legal & compliance advice will directly translate into the business’ activities enabling it to deliver against its strategic goals.



Ideally you will have gained some solid commercial experience working in-house (possibly through a secondment), and trained at a top tier law firm. You will ideally have an interest and or prior experience in the healthcare industry.



• High degree of professional ethics & integrity

• Strong contract management & negotiation skills

• Excellent interpersonal & communication skills with ability to establish credibility & influence key stakeholders across the business

• Ability to anticipate legal & compliance issues & risks & to “see around the corner”

• Ability to communicate confidently & effectively with individuals at all levels; both internally & externally

• Ability to work on own initiative with minimum supervision

• Ability to co-ordinate overall business requirements by balancing internal and external resource and skills

• Adaptable and flexible approach

• Enjoys working in a fast-paced environment