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Legal Counsel

  • Job reference: 934487
  • Location: London
  • Salary: neg
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Sector: Legal, Office & Commercial
  • Date posted: 12/03/2021

Our client is currently recruiting for the position of Legal Counsel, based in London.


Drafting, reviewing and negotiating a wide range of voyage and time charterparty agreements (including standard form charterparties), contracts of affreightment, coloading agreements, bills of lading and other commercial shipping contracts;

Advising on, and responding to, time critical shipping and trading operational incidents and pre-litigation disputes, including the handling of force majeure declarations, off-hire and demurrage claims, the negotiation of letters of indemnity, cargo quality and quantity claims, disputes under charterparties and bills of lading and, more generally, shipping operations;

Reviewing, drafting and negotiating a broad range of energy commodity trading agreements, including spot and term sale and purchase agreements for the supply of crude oil, biofuels and products, storage agreements, as well as advising on documentation ancillary to such transactions, such as general terms and conditions, tenders, agency/brokerage agreements, terms sheets, memoranda of understanding

and inter-company service agreements;

Assessing merits of, and handling, formal legal claims and disputes (including in relation to demurrage, off-hire, cargo quality, contamination and quantity) and, where applicable,

Liaising with external legal counsel in relation to such claims;

Supporting the credit and KYC teams in connection with the drafting and negotiation of parent company guarantees, letters of credit, NDAs, and letters of credit;

Advising on, drafting and negotiating sanctions clauses in both charterparties and sale and purchase agreements, as well as a sound understanding of the workings of the main international trade sanctions regimes;

Providing English legal advice on various commercial issues ranging from general legal support in the areas of corporate governance, UK commercial regulation, insolvency and insurance.

Experience & Qualifications:

Strong academic results including B.A.(Hons.) degree from top university; and

Qualified solicitor in England and Wales with approximately three or four years' postqualification experience with particular emphasis on dry shipping law obtained either in a law firm or an in-house legal team with an established reputation in trading and shipping.

Excellent legal skills/knowledge;

Astute, commercially aware and highly motivated;

Effective communicator with excellent negotiation skills; and

Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Language required: English mother tongue, Italian would be a plus.

Able to work independently but also to interact successfully with all levels of a company. The role will require the building of strong collaborative relationships with your colleagues globally.

Permanent Position

If you feel that you are well suited to the above opportunity and would like to find out more then please contact Orion Group for more information or apply by forwarding your current CV quoting reference 934487.

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.