Legal Counsel – Commercial (Healthcare)

Leeds or Manchester
Competitive Salary
06 Jun 2018
06 Jul 2018
Vacancy Type
Lawyers, In-House

Sodexo, a world leader in Quality of Life Services, has partnered with Robert Walters to recruit an experienced and motivated Legal Counsel for their Healthcare Division.

About Sodexo

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo’s 35,000 employees are improving the quality of daily life for customers at more than 2,000 client locations across all market sectors including offices, hospitals, schools, defence sites, prisons, sporting events and visitor attractions. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, Sodexo provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling its clients to focus on their core business. 

Sodexo operates across 80 countries with nearly 427,000 employees.  The business enjoys an unrivalled reputation for building enduring partnerships across the world with its diverse range of clients, through relationships based on trust and exceptional performance.

Join the Team

An outstanding opportunity has arisen for an excellent commercial solicitor to join the in-house legal team to provide high quality commercial and strategic legal support to the Healthcare segment.

The role can be based in either of the Northern offices in Leeds or Salford Quays, but there is the opportunity to work flexibly from home, subject to department policy.

We envisage that candidates with around 3 years PQE contract and commercial law experience will have the relevant skills/knowledge for this position.  However, this is an approximate guide for applicants and all candidates with relevant skills and experience will be considered. 

You must have excellent academics and ideally have trained in a leading City or regional law firm.  It is essential that you are able to demonstrate a strong track record in negotiating and drafting commercial contracts and preferably have experience of public sector procurement.  In-house experience would be advantageous.

You should be an able, outgoing and solutions-oriented lawyer with business acumen, who is comfortable working within an entrepreneurial, fast pace and driven environment. You will work closely with directors and managers in the business and so you must demonstrate excellent communication skills and the ability to build relationships and credibility at all levels within Sodexo.

This is an excellent opportunity for a commercial solicitor to join a company which values its employees and offers a collegiate and friendly working environment.

Legal Counsel – Commercial (Healthcare) key role responsibilities:

             Providing effective legal and commercial advice and assistance as required by the Segments/Functions supported

             Draft and negotiate contracts

             Assist the Segments/Functions supported regarding the assessment and management of legal and commercial risk

             Train the Segments/Functions supported on legal, commercial and regulatory issues

             Help to ensure that business is conducted in accordance with relevant law and Sodexo’s internal governance processes

             Instruct external lawyers and manage external legal fees under appropriate supervision

             Work collaboratively with all members of the UK&I Legal Department

             Provide preliminary advice on disputes and litigation

             Advise on regulatory compliance

             Comply with company policies and Legal Department processes

Legal Counsel – Commercial (Healthcare) key requirements:

•             Educated to degree level or equivalent

•             Qualified solicitor or barrister in the UK or equivalent jurisdiction

•             Demonstrated experience of the law, contracts and practice relevant to the Segments/Functions supported, Public Procurement

•             Ability to advise on legal and commercial options

•             Good communication and interpersonal skills

•             Ability to manage relationships successfully with Sodexo representatives


•             Previous in-house legal experience in relevant industry

All direct and third-party applications will be sent to Alex Brennan at Robert Walters and please note that PQE levels are only mentioned as a guide and do not preclude applications from qualified commercial solicitors with more or less experience.

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