Commercial Legal Advisor

Commercial Legal Advisor






Commercial Legal Advisor

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The main purpose of this role to provide legal advice to all business units and companies within the company group to ensure best legal practice and manage and mitigate legal risks on behalf of the Group. The Commercial Legal Advisor reports directly to the Head of Legal. This position is responsible for providing proactive, in-depth legal and business-focused advice and analysing and identifying the legal risks and implications of all the business’ transactions within area of responsibility. The Commercial Legal Advisor is also tasked with keeping the Head of Legal informed of any new legislation/regulations that potentially affects the business of the Group and the Group generally and coordinating all legal matters requiring external legal assistance. Internal liaison takes place across the group. External liaison takes place with service providers (including business partners) and external lawyers (outside counsel). Duties and Responsibilities (include but is not limited to): To provide legal advice in an effective and professional manner Provide effective and high-quality legal advice (including opinions) to all key stakeholders within the business including advice on all applicable contracts required for operation of the business Assist with rolling out policies, procedures and controls and report on non-adherence at the appropriate level where necessary Proactively assist with compliance with relevant legislation, regulations and contractual obligations and likewise proactively assist with the prevention of non-compliance with relevant legislation, regulations and contractual obligations Instruct external legal counsel where necessary and co-ordinate all legal matters which require external legal assistance To ensure all legal agreements and documentation are in place Draft and review sensitive and high-value legal agreements and documentation (including policies) necessary for business operations ensuring compliance with all in-country legislation Assist with the safe storage of all hard and soft copies of sensitive and high-value legal agreements and documentation within area of responsibility To mitigate business risk by constantly monitoring and identifying areas of risk Work with Head of Legal, relevant stakeholders and external service providers in identifying and managing potential legal risk Assist with the implementation of plans to address areas of concern To liaise with relevant stakeholders Manage expectations and relations with internal and external stakeholders and negotiate with them when required Manage delivery of outsourced work Assist with providing required information and documentation to auditors during annual audits To maintain up to date and current knowledge on happenings within the legal environment Carry out legal research and investigations (through internet searches and other legal resources) Keep on top of relevant legislative, regulatory and industry changes and assess impact of any new legislation providing updates to Head of Legal when required Provide training to internal stakeholders when required if new legislation impacts them To assist with internal training and mentorship Mentor and share knowledge with less experienced team members To manage own professional and self-development Minimum Requirements: Grade 12 / or equivalent (Essential) LLB Degree (Essential) Admission as an attorney of the High Court (Essential) A tertiary business/commercial qualification (Desirable) 3-5 years post admission experience in a corporate and commercial environment (Essential) Solid experience drafting of contracts and strong drafting (contractual and opinion writing) (Essential) Experience in crossborder transactions (Desirable) Knowledge of commercial and business law Knowledge of commercial agreements Knowledge of legal, financial and taxation systems of all countries in which the group companies operate Knowledge of the remittance industry and the specific legal requirements relevant to the industry Additional Skills: Computer literate (Office Suite) Written & verbal communication skills Planning and organising skills Administrative skills Attention to detail Strong interpersonal skills Research skills (internet and other legal resources) Analytical skills Multi-tasking skills


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