Senior Legal Counsel-Plantations

To provide legal advice to the business and anticipate, identify and manage legal risks that affect the business in the Plantations in Africa. Liaising with the BI team on the delivery and implementation of COBP specific structured awareness and training and deliver the Business integrity Agenda as required.

Job Summary
  • Legal review – review and advise on laws and regulations relevant to business operations and provide update on all changes to laws and regulations within the territory of operations
  • Effective management of legal risk e.g. through clear commercial advice to business functions, contract negotiation and documentation, management of litigation, training of staff and driving ethical and compliant behaviour to drive sustainable growth.
  • To advice and respond to queries on arising legal issues affecting the business.
  • To manage litigation and dispute resolution by or against the business including management of external counsel and other service providers.
  • To attend and support the various Plantations Leadership team meetings as well as other legal leadership meetings and support the Legal Director in providing secretarial services to the board(s) of directors of the various Unilever entities and their subsidiaries.
  • To oversee and manage activities or transactions affecting property belonging to the business including ensuring compliance with the terms under which title to the property is held.
Key Requirements
  • Formal legal qualifications and training, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree
  • At least 8-10 years post qualification experience as a lawyer.
  • Strong commercial law background especially in the negotiation and documentation of commercial contracts relevant to Unilever’s business.
  • A good working knowledge of the following legal areas – commercial contracts, product liability, IP, employment, litigation, company secretarial practice, construction contracts
  • Good analytical skills/Attention to details and project management experience
  • Strong commercial and pragmatic approach.
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