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How to write a job description for a Legal Counsel

Valentina GolubovicValentina Golubovic
Last updated on:
May 5, 2022
Published on:
May 4, 2022

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Writing a job description is an essential part of any job posting. A well-written job description can boost your company's presence in the market, draw in suitable candidates, and ultimately help you fill the position with a qualified candidate. As such, it is essential to do this correctly.

Job title and summary

Clearly outline the expectation for the role. You'll need someone with strong commercial awareness and a qualified solicitor who knows your industry. You may bring attention to the nature of your business and the types of legal matters the candidate will be dealing with. Soft skills such as communication, negotiation, and presentation are crucial when interpreting complex issues for non-lawyer employees.

Most qualified solicitors may want to specialise in a specific field to attract a motivated candidate. Include a company summary that will give candidates an insight into their role and company culture. A comprehensive overview will attract the ideal candidate who will have a genuine interest in your business, reducing any further misunderstandings.

Duties and responsibilities

Some duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Give accurate and timely counsel to executives on a variety of legal matters
  • Monitor compliance with legislation
  • Maintain knowledge of any changes in the law
  • Negotiate, draft and review commercial contracts with third parties
  • Provide clarification on legal issues or specifications to everyone in the organisation
  • Execute procedures for protecting patents, trademarks, and industrial designs

Adequate legal counsels need to work with the business to understand the challenges and produce viable and tangible solutions. Some challenges include disagreement between shareholders, poorly drafted contracts, IP and other operational challenges. 

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Requirements

You can narrow down your applicant by being explicit regarding education, experience and achievements. One thing to be mindful of is to not overload this section with unnecessary information. Having an extensive requirement section can deter more than capable candidates from applying. 

Some requirements can include:

  • Qualified lawyer
  • 2 to 3 years post qualified experience
  • In-depth knowledge of a specific area of law and specific industry

It may seem trivial, but a well-written job description can make the difference in turning away unqualified candidates and attracting high-quality ones. Take some time to give it a good review before posting it online.

After you find your ideal candidate, consider using Legislate to draft your employment agreement. For more information on how to create your agreements with Legislate, sign up, read our employment contract tutorial or book an introductory call with one of our team members.

The opinions on this page are for general information purposes only and do not constitute legal advice on which you should rely.

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