Legal Counsel (Real Estate/Property & Commercial)


Company 

Swissport

Location 

runcorn

Employment Hours 

Full Time

Employment Type 

Permanent

Salary 

Job Requirements/Description

Legal Counsel


Location: Swissport Head Office, Runcorn

Reporting to: Head of Legal UK & Ireland


JOB SUMMARY


Swissport is the world’s largest provider of ground and cargo handling services in the aviation industry. The Head of Legal for UK & Ireland (UKI) is looking for a lawyer to join the newly established legal department.


Reporting into Head of Legal UK&I, you will be involved in providing general and practical legal advice to the business including drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts and upholding the high levels of regulatory compliance within the business. You will assist in the management of an exciting and unique aviation property portfolio at 27 UK & Ireland Airport locations. The portfolio comprises of an interesting and diverse range of on and off airport operational facilities which include Airport lounges and Cargo warehouses as well as a range of on airport functions ranging from industrial units to Airline ticket desks.


The scope of the position will be broad, and you will act as a true business partner with the Head of Legal in order to deliver sound legal support and advice to the UK&I business region. You will enable the business to deliver on its objectives and to minimise the risk, whilst remaining commercially minded and solutions focused.


This is a great opportunity for an autonomous individual to grow as an in-house lawyer within a market leading business.


Job Responsibilities


The following responsibilities are associated with this job role:

  • review, and negotiation of commercial Standard Ground Handling Agreements and other commercial agreements, including NDAs.
  • Corporate Governance of all regional subsidiaries.
  • practical commercial legal advise to the business on a wide range of areas including compliance with regulatory requirements, anti-compeittion laws, anti bribery and corruption laws.
  • practical commercial legal advice on a wide range of commercial property issues including interpreting leases, advising on disputes, progressing lease renewals and surrenders, licences, rent review memoranda and submitting Stamp Duty Land Tax returns and completing registrations. Liaise with & instruct external surveyors. Title Checks & SDLT submissions.
  • maintain an up to date database of all property agreements entered into by UKI business and operating licences.
  • compliance with Group Directives and Delegation of Authority sign off process across the business.
  • training to the organisation with regard to contractual matters and compliance.
  • travel to airports within UK&I.


Qualifications and Competencies


  • Solicitor/Barrister with between 5-7 years PQE
  • Experience in-house working desirable
  • Bachelor or Master degree in Law or other relevant field is desirable
  • Aviation experience is advantageous
  • Business acumen
  • Experience with commercial transactions, property transactions and corporate governance
  • Self starter with the ability to manage a significant number of projects simultaneously and to thrive in a dynamic and fast paced environment while always maintaining the highest level of integrity
  • Proven team player with the ability to build consenses with diverse stakeholders and third parties and form strong collaborative working relationships with internal clients
  • Competent in Microsoft Office Package with skilled user of Microsoft Excel. Microsoft Office 365 is desirable
  • Requirement to be present in the Head Office in Runcorn a minimum of 3 times per week.


The list is not exhaustive and is not intended to restrict the scope of the job but clearly define a starting point and may vary depending on location and local customer requirements.


Your next step

So, when you are looking for a challenging next step in your career as Legal Counsel within an ambitious international aviation company, please apply. When you do, please send your resume in English via the Apply button.


Because we get many applicants for our jobs is it impossible to contact everybody personally. If you therefore do not hear from us, we have chosen for another candidate at this moment.


We do invite you already to keep following Swissport because new opportunities may arise in our transformation process.


Hope to hear from you soon!


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Swissport as an equal opportunity employer bases its hiring decisions on the business need and the best qualified candidates available and does not discriminate in its employment decisions based on any protected category.


Candidates who are offered employment may be subject to a criminal record and other background checks as permitted or required by company policy or applicable law.

Company 

Swissport

Location 

runcorn

Employment Hours 

Full Time

Employment Type 

Permanent

Salary 

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