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Legal Counsel

  • Job reference: 921217
  • Location: Vietnam
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Sector: Oil & Gas, Project Controls
  • Date posted: 17/08/2018

The Legal Counsel is responsible for providing advice on Block B Project tenders, contracts, supply chain, claims disputes and related matters. The scope of services will include tenders and contracts for both the Development and Drilling and Completions Group


  • Reports directly to Project Controls Manager, Development Department
  • Assists the PSCM and DCG Teams in the preparation, evaluation and negotiation of Tenders and Contracts for Drilling and Completions.
  • Reviews contracts at the tendering stage, identifying clauses that may be detrimental to the project/company, and raise exceptions as necessary
  • Assists Project Control Manager with any other contractual and commercial matters that may arise when tendering, including tax, insurance and guarantee issues
  • Supports the preparation, negotiation and clarification for the following packages: FSO, Marine Warranty Services, QA/QC Services, IVS and CAR Insurance.
  • Participates in the finalization of Contracts for the following: EPCI for CPP, LQ and related Facilities, EPCI for WHP/Hub & Pipelines, Time Charter Lease for FSO, Independent Verification Services, Marine Warranty Services, QA/QC Services and CAR Insurance.
  • Ensures to the fullest extent possible there is no conflict in documentation and that there is consistency between the various Commercial and Technical documents included in the aforementioned Contracts.
  • Supports the Contract Team in reviewing, verifying and challenging potential Change Requests from the EPCI Contractors for the CPP Facilities and WHP/Hub & Pipelines received during the FEED Verification period.
  • Supports Project Controls Manager and Project Manager in presenting the Company position to PVN and Shareholders, and advises on what their contractual rights and obligations are
  • Provides summaries of contractual and commercial legal issues to Project Controls Manager and Project Manager
  • Subject matter expert on Legal matters pertaining to contracts and services
  • Able to clearly explain legal risks and to offer sound legal advice and commercial solutions within acceptable legal and risk frameworks.
  • Works in accordance with the Company's Health, Safety and Environment procedures and the Company's management systems
  • As necessary, performs other duties requiring essentially the same level of skill & responsibility when required


  • Degree in Law, Contracts / Commercial
  • Must be a qualified lawyer with between 8-15 years from either a leading or mid-tier international law firm (common law jurisdiction) or with international oil and gas industry experience
  • Extensive experience of English Contract Law and other countries with particular focus as to to their application to the oil industry
  • Understanding of Vietnamese Law including Bidding Law
  • Litigation, arbitration and dispute settlement experience
  • Corporate commercial experience in JVs, international consortiums
  • Strong understanding of international law affecting projects and finance
  • Language skills - strong English is a must (both written and spoken).
  • Excellent communication, negotiating, influencing and legal drafting skills with a good eye for detail, meticulous, strong communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, commercial approach and a commitment to excellence combined with the ability to translate commercial imperatives into practical solutions.
  • Able to work in a team environment

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As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.