Senior Legal Counsel

  • Location
    London
  • Contract Type
    Permanent
  • Posted
  • Industry
    Leisure/Travel, Retail, Services
  • Expiry Date
    2022-12-11

SSP are the food travel experts. So, what does that mean? It means that we are experts in creating and running food outlets in locations where people are on the move. Whether it’s jetting off somewhere more exotic, getting on a train or stopping off at a motorway service area, we will make sure the food and drink on offer is the ideal selection to meet the needs of the many different types of travellers.

Globally, we now operate in 36 countries worldwide at around 600+ sites, and we have an extensive portfolio of more than 500 international, national, local and speciality brands. These include our own brands, such as Upper Crust, Ritazza and Camden food co. as well as brands we franchise, including M&S, Starbucks, and Burger King. We’ve also work with several famous chefs, including Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey, to create bespoke brands.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an entrepreneurially minded corporate lawyer to join our growing legal team.

You will be leading, advising, and supporting on the delivery of the International M&A, International joint ventures and new market entries. In addition, you will work on a broad range of corporate & commercial matters including Finance & Treasury, Franchise Agreements, CoSec, Reward and Compliance. In doing so you’ll advise and influence internal partners and provide ongoing advice. The role has great exposure to and has high visibility with key internal partners. You will work collaboratively and cross-functionally with a broad range of colleagues and teams. You will manage and develop junior lawyer(s) within the team.

The successful applicant will have at least 6 years’ PQE with significant corporate, M&A, joint venture experience, transaction and project management experience. Broad drafting experience including drafting without precedent is essential. Ideally you will have also completed an in-house secondment or currently be working in-house.

You will have the desire to learn, take on new projects, broaden your legal and commercial knowledge and experience. You’ll be commercially astute with good general financial awareness. You must be enthusiastic, proactive, enjoy working hard and being challenged, and demonstrate sound judgment even in ambiguous situations. You will be able to work in a team environment and become an integral part of the legal team.


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