This Senior Lawyer oversees all activities of the junior Lawyers and deals with all complex legal transactions, identifying legal issues and offering the business and its consumers optimum solutions as well as ensuring that the business responds appropriately to any legislative changes.
The Senior Lawyer predominately specializes in regulatory work which is inclusive of corporate legal services and licensing. He also specializes on corporate governance work which is inclusive of legal services processes, contracts, complaints, and so forth.
Objectives and Responsibilities of the Senior Lawyer
Management: The Senior Manager plays a managerial role where he oversees the junior lawyers’ legal representation of the business on all corporate matters. The Senior Lawyer also takes a leading role, alongside the Head of Legal, in determining the legal direction and strategy of the business.
He provides significant input in the development and implementation of legal compliance policies and procedures. He additionally counsels colleagues and develops appropriate relationships for the legal department with other departments across the business as well as externally with state authorities and government officials.
Legal Advice: The Senior Lawyer is also charged with providing cross-functional team leaders with legal advice through all corporate transactions. In this position, the Senior Lawyer identifies legal issues within the business and provides legal analyses and possible legal solutions.
He gives recommendations for addressing critical legal and policy issues in order to ensure that the business’s legal and overall objectives are met. The Senior Lawyer also offers advice to departmental leaders across the business on applicable laws and the interpretation of legal documents in a manner that avails a practical legal approach while properly managing the risks to the business.
Legal Drafting: The Senior Lawyer also leads the junior lawyers in handling various drafting tasks, inclusive of quarterly/annual report drafting, proxy statement development etc. The Senior Lawyer additionally prepares various complex contracts and develops and documents standard terms and conditions for the business’s consumers.
Collaboration: The role of the Senior Lawyer is a highly collaborative role and in this position he works closely with junior lawyers in developing contracts, reviewing, negotiating, and interpreting a wide array of business/corporate agreements as well as conducting research on licensing issues. The Senior Lawyer also works closely with departmental heads across the business in addressing potential securities compliance issues that heighten the legal risks to the business.
He will also work with the Head of Legal in enabling ongoing standard improvements on contracts, approval processes etc. while offering the relevant departments training on the same. The Senior Lawyer will further work with the business’s consumers by clearly and effectively providing timely and practical legal advice on any complex issues that they may have.
Knowledge: The Senior Lawyer is responsible for keeping the department and the business at large informed on new laws, regulations, and industry trends that affect the business as well as assisting with the development of policies and training as necessary.
Other Duties: The Senior Lawyer performs also similar duties as he deems fit for the proper execution of his duties and duties as delegated by the Head of Legal, Chief Finance Officer, or the Employer.
Required Qualifications of the Senior Lawyer
Education: The Senior Lawyer must have had a master’s degree (Phd preferred) in Law from an accredited law school and at least five years of working experience in a legal corporate environment.
Experience: A candidate for this position must have at least 5 years of working experience in a corporate legal environment, preferably working as a junior Lawyer. The candidate must have also had experience some experience in legal practice both at a law firm and as an in-house legal consultant within a corporate setting.
The candidate will similarly have had experience working in a legal corporate capacity providing legal advice on a vast set of general corporate matters such as mergers and acquisitions, finance, taxation, contracts, etc. A suitable candidate will further demonstrate vast experience working on corporate governance issues as well as experience working at all levels of management consulting with senior business leadership and stakeholders.
Communication Skills: The Senior Lawyer, like the junior Lawyer, will demonstrate exceptionally good communication skills both in written and verbal form. The Senior Lawyer’s position is a sensitive position that demands that its occupant convey massages and instructions clearly to collaborating personnel across the business as well as externally to the business’s partners and governing bodies.
The Senior Lawyer will further need exceptional communication skills in his legal drafting capacity since legal documentation needs to clear, concise, unambiguous, and conclusive, leaving no room for subsequent misinterpretation or exploitation.
Legal Skills: The candidate must also possess certain legal skills that will make him a more suitable candidate. The candidate must similarly be familiar with the state’s copyright and privacy laws. He must further demonstrate skills in drafting numerous forms legal documentation, for example, negotiating contracts, non-disclosure agreements, terms and conditions, among others.
He must also be highly knowledgeable of legal principles specifically on finance matters such as taxation and be up to date with the existent and emerging company law legislation and practices.
Ms Office: The Senior Lawyer must be technology adept and have excellent computer skills. He must display exceptionally good Ms Office, Ms Excel, and PowerPoint skills that will be necessary for the drafting of various legal documents as necessary and for the creation of engaging presentations as necessary.
Interpersonal Skills: The Senior must be a strategic and creative thinker, he must be result oriented as well as detail oriented, be flexible and welcoming to change, have excellent and organizational and planning skills, he will have an ability to manage numerous simultaneous projects and meet tight deadlines, he will be meticulous and have a keen eye for detail, have exceptionally good problem solving skills, and possess and ability to remain calm and composed during times of uncertainty and stress.
People Skills: The Senior Lawyer must be a people person and be capable of forming strong, lasting, and meaningful relationships with others while maintaining firm adherence to legal standards. He will demonstrate confidence but remain approachable and relatable, which will inspire confidence and trust in others who will then trust in his insights and judgments and follow in his directives.