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Senior Lawyer

  • Location: Aberdeen
  • Job type: Contract
  • Sector: Legal Advisor
  • Date posted: 05/11/2018
  • Job reference: VR/44037
This vacancy has now expired.
Raeburn have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Lawyer to work in Aberdeen on a contract or staff basis for a leading Oil and Gas Operator..

Only those with the Right to Work in the UK should apply. Raeburn do not have the ability to provide visa sponsorship, therefore current valid ability to work in the UK is required.


§Proactively carry out the activities of the job at both a strategic and working level working with senior managers and members of the clients Executive Committee identifying and advising on Legal issues of commercial importance
§Be responsible for meeting agreed objectives, identifying resources within the Legal team to provide support in realising these objectives
§Experience and knowledge to provide fit for purpose advice on the range of Legal issues relating to the clients operations
§Adapt to changes in work practices and job activities and encourage others to do the same
§Act in the best interest of the company at all times
§Seek out learning opportunities and transfer new skills and knowledge to the job
§Adhere to the values and principles of the clients Code of Conduct at all times
§Willingly and openly share knowledge and good practice, providing legal support to all the client entities operating in the United Kingdom within the remit
§Openly question established practices and achieve continuous quality and commercial improvements, implement any changes required
§Actively identify best practice (industry, technical, professional, etc.), participate on behalf of the client in external organisations promoting best practice and encourage an environment in which this is willingly and openly shared in the company.
§Create an environment in which a focus on value awareness is developed and constantly think in terms of cost/benefit trade-off to provide fit for purpose, commercially orientated legal advice
§Apply, adopt and optimise creative and alternative approaches to problem-solving, encourage and support others to do the same in a timely and cost effective manner
§Anticipate and evaluate legal risks at the appropriate level and advise colleagues of the risks and their consequence and development innovative solutions to mitigate any such risks
§Carry out peer reviews when required
§Provide a help desk service to colleagues on a range of legal matters, providing a headline response to phone calls, memos and other requests for help, in order to provide a prompt and accurate response to queries
§Provide detailed advice and guidance on specific matters, based on a full understanding of the matter and including detailing options and consequences, to enable colleagues to make legal and commercial decisions based on considered and measured risks
§Advise on diverse spectrum of independent, related or reoccurring Legal issues regarding the clients operations which may span over several years in duration
§Ensure clarity of understanding of the commercial and legal requirements of the business, provide legal and commercially aware advice and prepare legal documentation for negotiation, either from a blank sheet or by drafting new clauses into existing precedents
§Negotiate legal and contractual matters with third parties on behalf of the company, taking responsibility for the building and management of relationships with third parties, and providing high quality legal input on complex matters, in order to achieve a successful outcome for the company
§Provide support to other members of the Legal Department, assisting others to develop their knowledge
§Carry out research, provide summaries and analysis of Legal issues required and/or instruct and manage external counsel to carry out this work when appropriate
§Co-ordinate large and complex legal/commercial matters, managing documentation and securing appropriate input from multiple sources, checking all documentation (including third party documentation), advising on associated legal and other matters, ensuring that all documents are available on time and arranging meetings as appropriate to ensure smooth progress and successful conclusion of the matter
§Manage a portfolio of matters, some of which may be handled over some months, to ensure that all matters are handled professionally and successfully
§Maintain a professional awareness of Legal developments relevant to the industry and with internal compliance requirements


§Provide management support to the General Counsel, to meet the needs of colleagues and to protect the companys legal and commercial interests
§ Matters which are highly sensitive within the Company or where the matter is of interest beyond the client
§ Drafting, negotiating and advising in respect of contracts and agreements with a reputation and/or commercial risk/value potentially in excess of cica GBP500m
§ Highly complex matters where the law may not provide a black or white answer and where legal documentation is frequently complex
§ Matters which may be politically sensitive e.g. seen as high risk or commercially very important to the whole company.
§ The job-holder shall carry out the work in support of the company


§Law degree in a recognized jurisdiction
§ Fully qualified lawyer in a recognized jurisdiction
§ Experience, including practicing at a senior level as a commercial lawyer, gained in private practice or industry (minimum 10 years qualified), preferably with 7 years or more experience of legal practice as an upstream oil and gas lawyer
§ Recognized as an industry expert with a thorough knowledge of the nature of the oil and gas industry.

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