Senior Legal Counsel (Mat. Cov.)

Job ID: 741
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This is a unique opportunity for a successful candidate to work within the Commercial business unit of Pentland’s Legal team, providing key legal and business support to Pentland’s business development and sales teams both in the UK and internationally. The role will focus on a range of contractual and advisory legal support including international distribution, licensing, negotiating retailer terms and conditions and advising on competition law related issues.


The role you’d play as Senior Legal Counsel


  • Partner with and advise sales and commercial teams on day-to-day legal issues, contracts, and general operational issues.
  • Work closely with the UK and EMEA sales team in negotiating Terms and Conditions of sale with customers / partners of all sizes, from major fashion and sports retailers through to niche high street independents bringing the Pentland operating model to life through a legal framework which manages risk.
  • Work with Business Development teams across EMEA to prepare and negotiate agreements with new and existing distribution partners. 
  • Provide on-going advice on competition law compliance to sales and business development teams across EMEA. Also assist in delivering and maintaining Pentland’s world class competition law training programme to teams across the business.
  • Work with Credit Team in managing financial risk of third-party customers/ distributors.


What you’d bring as Senior Legal Counsel


  • Minimum 4 years PQE gained within a reputable law firm or equivalent in-house legal environment.
  • Strong commercial contract experience, particularly negotiating distribution and licensing arrangements.
  • A working knowledge of European and UK competition law.
  • Preferably experience working within a retail or FMCG environment with some wholesale business model experience.
  • Highly team-oriented with an ability to develop relationships both within and outside the legal department.
  • Confident and clear communicator.
  • Commercially savvy with excellent business judgment and strategic thinking capability.


What you’ll get in return


  • Competitive remuneration package
  • Hybrid / smart working
  • Brand and retail perks
  • Financial perks
  • Travel perks
  • Time out perks
  • Wellbeing commitment


Who we are


Pioneering Brands that Make Life Better


We are Pentland Brands, a global business touching the lives of millions through some of the world’s most-loved active and footwear brands. We own Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Endura, Mitre, Ellesse, SeaVees, KangaROOS and Red or Dead. We’re the UK licensee for Kickers and have a joint venture with Lacoste footwear.


We have a rich and remarkable history, of family, of ambition and of innovation, of leading from the front with a legacy of outstanding brands and equally outstanding people. Of pioneering brands that make life better. Brands that create an emotional connection with our consumers and help keep people on the move. Brands that do good, that form part of a positive business that takes action for people and planet.


We celebrate differences and give everyone the freedom to innovate and develop because we know this is an exceptional place to build brands and build your career. We want you to come to work every day excited about what we can achieve when we have a clear and single-minded focus on being consumer-centric and relentlessly focused on improving our performance.


Always guided by our principles, we not only do a great job, but we also do it in the right way; success is a team game; with clarity and courage; better as standard; in good conscience. We believe every individual has the power to shape the Pentland of the future, by making sure that every day we’re better than the day before. Join our team of passionate, exceptional individuals, and do the best work of your life.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.


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