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Legal Counsel

  • Job reference: 925528
  • Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Sector: Life Sciences, Quality, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs
  • Date posted: 20/05/2019

OrionGroup are looking for a Legal Counsel on behalf of our multinational medical devices client based in the West Yorkshire area on an initial 12 month contract.

Legal support of Medical Device and Diagnostic Businesses in EMEA

  • Provide strategic and operational day to day legal support for the Global Orthopaedics marketing organization in EMEA.
  • Provide day to day support for Global Orthopaedics operating sites and activities in the UK.
  • Draft and review agreements relating to the research and development of new products, including collaboration agreements with third parties, contracts for the testing of products and materials and prototype development agreements;
  • Advise on and assist in the negotiation of agreements for the distribution of third party products or acquisition of technology from third parties (including licensing and business acquisition agreements), collaborating with outside counsel and other internal legal partners as necessary.
  • Draft and review agreements for the inward supply of goods and services by third parties, liaising with other key stakeholders as necessary (such as Quality and Regulatory Affairs).
  • Advise on competition law considerations and other legal issues associated with new supply, pricing or business models.
  • Advise on legal issues relating to new marketing and other promotional materials.
  • Supervise the conduct of litigation, including product liability litigation.
  • Advise on agreements relating to the conduct of clinical trials and studies.
  • Advise on strategic pricing issues, discount/rebate structures and other commercial agreements.
  • Align with key stakeholders on legal priorities, training and education needs and consistent compliance efforts.
  • Support the local Healthcare Compliance organization and lead the investigation of any sensitive compliance issues.
  • Provide training to local management on key legal topics, such as essentials of contract law, competition law and dawn raid training, etc.

Key Qualifications:


  • European law qualified solicitor.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • At least 5 years of relevant legal experience since qualification.
  • Broad-based commercial and/or corporate experience, ideally including experience of supporting research and development projects, technology and/or business sales and acquisitions.
  • Experience of drafting and reviewing complex agreements.
  • Strong interest in the healthcare sector.
  • Understanding of the principles competition law.


  • Previous in-house experience (e.g. secondment).
  • Experience of managing or advising on litigation.
  • Experience of the healthcare sector.
  • Knowledge of Medical Device Legislation and industry Codes of Conduct.
  • Previous experience of working in large and/or complex (e.g. matrix) organizations.
  • Knowledge of UK or other bribery/anti-corruption legislation.
  • Experience of advising or interacting with management.

Candidates should also possess the following skills and capabilities:

  • Self-starter with a strong drive for results and a strong sense of ownership, but also a willingness to take direction.
  • Business oriented with an ability to proactively engage with business colleagues to find practical solutions and partner with them to implement their desired action plans and contribute to compliant growth for the business.
  • Sound judgement, business consultative skills and an ability to think in a structured way.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively across all levels of a matrix organization.
  • Superior communication skills and a proven ability to counsel senior management on complex legal matters.
  • Comfortable working as part of different teams and keen to interact with a diverse group of people and different businesses.
  • Objective thinker who is able to advance ideas and influence others.
  • Ability to manage conflicts in an open and constructive manner.
  • Able to set an example and ensure high ethical, legal and compliance standards.
  • Capable of engaging in discussions about new business models and approaches.
  • Comfortable dealing with ambiguity and ability to simplify complicated issues for clients.
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills. Prepared to speak up, present and actively participate in business and legal discussions.
  • Good self-awareness, constructive mindset, eager to seek and receive feed-back.

Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
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.

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