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Legal Counsel - Construction

£100000 - £130000 per annum Excellent Benefits
City London City of London

Managing this Role


In this role, you will work within one of the leading Data Centre providers, undertaking critical strategic work relating to their expansions within EMEA. They require an accomplished Construction / Development Solicitor looking to go in-house, with at least five years of post qualified experience.
The Company
This Company is a leading Data Centre provider headquartered in the US with recent expansion into the European Markets, including their new HQ in London. In addition, they are looking to add to their EMEA legal team based in London.
The Role: Corporate Counsel, Development / Construction (EMEA)
A large scaling-up operation is happening in the US and Europe with recent land acquisitions across the continents.
Ideal candidates for this role will have in-house and law firm experience, strong business acumen, passion for growing a business and experience in continuous improvement and driving enhancements that benefit the Company.
They are looking for a Corporate Counsel, Development (London based with Hybrid Working) to be responsible for:

  • Legal and corporate governance in support of the Company's development projects across EMEA.
  • Frequently engaging with its professional consultants, equipment supply chain and general contractors for various projects across EMEA and the Corporate Counsel, Development will assist the business in negotiating and agreeing construction, professional services, supply and energy agreements, amongst others, all the time managing and controlling risk whilst facilitating developments being delivered at pace.

Essential functions:

  • Be a strategic partner by providing practical, business-focused and sound legal advice primarily to the Design, Engineering & Construction and Procurement teams.
  • Responsible for managing and supporting legal matters involving the Design, Engineering & Construction and Procurement teams, including tender processes, negotiating and drafting agreements, and governance and contract management.
  • Strategically using and assisting with the management of outside counsel.
  • Provide proactive and strategic legal advice that enables the Company to achieve its business and strategic objectives while fully and appropriately managing legal risk.
  • Responsibilities: Structure, review, draft and negotiate various vendor agreements and complex business transactions, including construction contracts, service agreements, framework agreements and supply agreements.
  • Support global legal strategy for commercial contracts with contractors, consultants, suppliers and customers, including contract management and governance.
  • Responsible for legal work and supervision of outside counsel associated with development, engineering, and construction projects, including construction contracts, professional services agreements, supplier contracts, framework/master agreements, and purchase orders.
  • Work closely and coordinate with colleagues in the Legal team covering Site Acquisitions, Operations and Customers.
  • Support the legal department in ongoing continuous improvement initiatives and standardising working practices across the region.


  • Qualified England & Wales Solicitor
  • Minimum of 5 years post qualification experience with a leading law firm or in-house legal team.
  • Experience with construction contracts (including industry standards such as FIDIC and JCT) as well as consultant appointments, supply agreements and other commercial contracts. Working knowledge of real estate law would be beneficial but not required.
  • Experience with projects in other jurisdictions, particularly EMEA, would be beneficial.
  • Experience in supporting group compliance activities, including developing policies and providing training and monitoring.
  • Some experience of working in an in-house legal team is preferred.
  • Experience within the data centre or telecommunications industry is preferred but not required.

This is an excellent position for a Corporate Counsel 5 PQE to join and work for this global, rapidly expanding Company from the City of London (hybrid working available, three days in the office and two from home).
Please apply for immediate consideration.