General Commercial Legal Advisor – Cape Town – Ref:32091

Synopsis

The position is that of a General Commercial Legal Adviser, mid- senior level and will form part of the Groups Legal Team, which is based in Cape Town. The incumbent will be reporting into the Chief Legal Officer.

Our client is a Cape Town based Empowerment Investment Company, listed on the JSE with investments held across various industries, including but not limited to the food and beverage, Properties, Manufacturing and Gaming industries. With the rapid expansion of its business, it now seeks to employ a General Commercial Legal Adviser, mid- senior level supporting the Chief Legal Officer to provide legal support to the various businesses of the organization. This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a dynamic team and grow your career.
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Minimum Requirements

Have an LLB or equivalent degree.
• Admission as Attorney / Advocate and subsequent experience in legal practice is a requirement.
• Must have a minimum of at least 5 years (post admission) exposure to a legal practice or in-house legal department dealing primarily with general commercial work/drafting and vetting of a wide variety of contracts of the nature described above.
• A sound knowledge of legislation impacting the above business lines
• A LLM qualification will be advantageous.
• Experience in High Court Litigation and Intellectual Property will be advantageous.
• Excellent command of the English language.
This is an EE role.
• High level of computer proficiency.
• Be keen to develop and grow.
• Be enthusiastic and display a positive attitude.
• Ability to work in a team and independently.
• Perform well under pressure.
• Display a high level of accuracy in his/her work.
• Highly articulate communication ability and good client service orientation.
• Excellent analytical skills with attention to detail, logical thought processes and sound judgment and decision-making abilities.
• Be innovative.
• Maintain confidentiality of all information both from internal and external sources.
• Be reliable, have integrity and display a professional approach.
• Excellent organisational, planning and prioritising skills.


Role Description

Providing legal support to the business of the organisation in South Africa to ensure legal compliance of such businesses;
• Vetting of commercial agreements and other legal documents;
• Drafting of commercial agreements, legal correspondence and other legal documents for every business area across the organisation, including lease agreements, multi-agreement transactions and impact, corporate finance-, joint venture - and company-related agreements, procurement -, services -, service level - and outsourcing agreements, information technology related agreements, sponsorship- and marketing agreements, reviewing of marketing materials and distribution agreements;
• Draft master agreements for recurring business models so as to standardize key terms and streamline the contract review process.
• Ensure that contracts are of a consistently high quality, practically implementable, substantially fulfils the businesses’ requirements, and are compliant with the relevant legislation.
• Provide advice to all stakeholders across the company’s businesses in SA;
• Assist in negotiations with potential business partners and provide advice to management to ensure that it is aware of the legal impact of its decisions.
• Ensure that the legal advice provided is of a consistently high quality, practically
implementable, commercially and legally strategic, and compliant with the relevant legislation.
• Attending to all legal and regulatory aspects of transactions and projects when required, including the briefing and management of external lawyers and the negotiation of the various agreements;
• Providing Corporate Commercial (M & A) transactional legal support to the CLO;
• Advise all stakeholders in SA of potential litigation risks associated with business decisions and business practices.
• Manage all litigation matters in SA by assessing the company's position in disputes and proposing the best possible course of action so as to ensure that the most optimal outcome is achieved.
• Provide guidance to external counsel by comprehensively briefing them, assisting in the development of a defence or action, and attending to settlement negotiations (if appropriate).
• Research and provision of legal opinions;
• Assisting business units with advice on legislation and alignment of business processes and contracts in accordance with legislation;
• Assist with legal risk management by ensuring that robust compliance processes are implemented across the organisation in order to ensure that the organisation’s statutory obligations are complied with and that risks are mitigated.
• Inform the various businesses of developments in legislation which have the potential to impact their business areas.
• Monitor the organisation’s compliance with statutory obligations and advise the business of any non-compliance with such obligations.
• Legal administration;
• Aspects of office administration;


City: Cape Town

Salary: Market Related based on experience

Duration: Permanent