Legal Counsel

Position

In this highly visible role, the Legal Counsel will be responsible for providing legal counsel and guidance to management, the Board of Directors and employees as appropriate, including:

  • Providing advice concerning business transactions with customers, financial institutions, shareholders, directors, officers and others
  • Working directly with executive, sales, service and operations teams to structure and negotiate the company’s commercial transactions with domestic and foreign customers, suppliers, and others
  • Preparing or reviewing and approving as to legal form, content and sufficiency, all documents of a legal nature to which the company may be a party or which otherwise affect its legal rights or obligations
  • Evaluating, advising on and helping to manage enterprise risk, protecting the company from legal action by interpreting laws and ensuring that it meets UK and international legal and regulatory requirements
  • Supporting the executive team and board in connection with corporate arrangements such as corporate structuring, corporate governance, debt and equity transactions, and strategic partnerships
  • Preparing and drafting board minutes and resolutions

 
You will also have the opportunity to develop overall legal strategy for the company as it expands to include multiple offices in various jurisdictions, including planning out the scaling of the legal team.

Key responsibilities

  • Work with domestic and international business units on legal issues relating to sales and operations, contracts, and general commercial business matters and draft and negotiate commercial contracts (including product sales agreements, services agreements, license agreements, consulting agreements, and non-disclosure agreements)
  • Prepare and continuously review and improve standard form agreements and legal policies and procedures
  • Coordinate with local counsel in various markets in relation to local laws and compliance, including in relation to the incorporation and set-up of subsidiary offices
  • Protection of domestic and international intellectual property and associated strategy, and ensuring compliance with third party IP licensing terms
  • Support the board by advising on or managing relevant corporate governance matters; draft, review and/or help implement corporate compliance programs, and maintaining company books, shareholder documentation, employee equity allocations, and related reporting requirements

 
Other work may from time to time include:

  • Manage outside counsel as needed for areas of expertise outside company competency
  • Consult with and advise senior management on complex or highly critical issues
  • Act as resource to business units and employees on legal and other business matters, with open door policy so that employees feel comfortable seeking legal advice
  • Providing legal training as needed for various teams in the company

 
The successful candidate will work in a dynamic, highly intellectually stimulating and supportive environment. They will be supported by the current legal counsel (who is moving to a different role within the company) throughout handover of the role and beyond if needed. They will enjoy autonomy and the opportunity to be a trusted advisor to the senior management team.

Required attributes

  • UK qualified with strong legal pedigree
  • C. 5 PQE, preferably within a commercial or corporate practice at an international law firm or in-house at an international business
  • Excellent understanding and working knowledge of the fundamentals of company law
  • Excellent judgment from years of experience that may include advising Boards of Directors, management teams and other stakeholders
  • Proven negotiating skills and sound commercial judgment, and able to balance with legal considerations
  • Analytical thinker with ability to plan, anticipate and evaluate systematically, yet act quickly and decisively
  • Confidence to present to management and the Board on complex legal issues
  • Experience with international operations and business transactions
  • Ability to make sound decisions, take independent action and juggle multiple workstreams in a fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional writing, analytical and communication skills
  • Flexible, roll-up-sleeves approach

Desirable attributes

  • Prior energy industry experience

What we offer

  • The opportunity to substantially influence major decisions in the energy sector
  • Direct engagement with clients through Aurora conferences, workshops and webinars
  • The opportunity to grow into a publicly visible industry expert
  • A fun, informal and international work culture
  • An office in the centre of Oxford with coffee, fruit and snacks available in the office
  • A competitive salary package
  • Access to the Aurora Academy, our training programme offering a range of opportunities to develop your skills

 
At Aurora we will consider all requests for flexible working. For most roles, the following types of flexibility are usually possible: a hybrid model of remote and in-office working, part-time hours and flexible start and finish times. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility we could offer and we will explore what’s possible for the role.

Applications

The successful candidate would start as soon as possible. We will review applications as they are received. Salary will be competitive with experience.

To apply, please submit your:

  • CV
  • Brief cover letter
  • Salary expectations
  • Earliest possible start date
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About Aurora

From its academic roots, Aurora Energy Research has grown to become the largest dedicated power market analytics company in Europe, providing data-driven intelligence for strategic decisions in the global energy transformation. We are a diverse team of more than 250 experts with vast energy, financial and consulting backgrounds, covering power, hydrogen, carbon and fossil commodities. We are active in Europe, Australia and the US, working with world-leading organisations to provide comprehensive market intelligence, bespoke analytic and advisory services, and cutting-edge software.

We are a thriving, rapidly growing company with offices in Oxford, Berlin, Madrid, Sydney and Austin, and more opening soon. We currently serve around 600 of Europe’s most influential energy sector participants, including utilities, investors and governments, and expect to continue to grow rapidly, adding new countries and products to our portfolio.