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Senior Legal Counsel

Division Close Brothers Central Functions - Legal
Location London
Salary Competitive Basic + Bonus + Benefits
Mergefield Title {Mergefield Value}

This is a {Advertised Permanent / Temporary}, {Advertised Full Time / Part Time} vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.


Join Close Brothers Legal Team where you will provide advice, legal risk management, drafting and negotiating a portfolio of supplier contracts across the Bank businesses. Support the Head of Third Party Management Legal on commercial contract matters and associated legal and regulatory issues.


  • Commercial contracts role carrying out a variety of commercial legal work and delivering bespoke legal advice to the Bank businesses.
  • Assist with reviewing, drafting, negotiating and structuring of a broad range of commercial contracts, including material and non-material outsourcing services agreements, goods and services agreements, IT services agreements such as Cloud and SaaS arrangements and Intragroup arrangements.
  • Work closely with the Bank businesses and the Third Party Management Team at various stages of the contracting process. This includes:
    • supporting the pre-contracting process, e.g. inputting and reviewing RFI’s and RFP’s in line with contracting guidelines and best practices and drafting and evaluating Key Contracting Principles;
    • advising on legal issues regarding in-life contracts, assisting with contract renewals, termination and exit assistance;
    • assisting on legal matters regarding the ongoing monitoring of third party suppliers; and
    • preparing contact summaries, risk reports and stakeholder briefing documents.
  • Advise on all contentious and litigious matters involving third party supplier arrangements.
  • Participation in various Bank governance fora and risk committees and deputise for the Head of Third Party Management Legal if requested.
  • Develop integrated relationships and credibility with key members of businesses and across Bank central functions.
  • Liaise with and manage relations with relevant stakeholders (including business / risk / compliance colleagues) to deliver a high standard of legal advice that is tailored to Close Brother’s business models, acting as the initial point of contact / support and trusted adviser


  • A well rounded, broadly based and highly regarded commercial contracts specialist with first rate academic credentials, demonstrable intellectual abilities and an excellent career track record to date.
  • An in-depth understanding of the financial services industry or demonstrable wide-ranging commercial experience.
  • A business-oriented lawyer with the breadth of experience to cover a broad base of legal and commercial issues across a variety of Bank businesses.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively see legal issues in their wider context and advise accordingly.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, strong organisational skills and judgement, excellent analysis, drafting and negotiation skills.
  • Self-motivated to drive delivery against objectives and an ability to work autonomously and manage own caseload.
  • Customer orientation and specifically a willingness to learn and to build good working relationships with internal clients and stakeholders to ensure understanding with the Bank’s contractual obligations, identify areas of improvements of documents, policies and standards, to help enhance and improve on the customer experience.
  • Building relationships with and co-ordinating with other Close Brothers lawyers in the Close Brothers Legal Department and helping to develop / drive objectives for the broader legal team.
  • Experienced within a regulated environment and working with Compliance and Risk colleagues on a wide range of issues.
  • Accustomed to operating with business stakeholders in a high paced environment and with a successful track record of aligning legal priorities to business goals.
  • An ability to provide incisive pro-active advice and sound commercial legal judgement.
  • Legal qualification: 6 years PQE with commercial contracts experience


  • In house experience a significant advantage

At Close Brothers we look to recruit individuals from all different backgrounds and encourage you to apply even if you don’t tick every box. We celebrate diversity, promote inclusivity and are open to discuss flexible work options to help you balance your work and home life.

We appreciate that from time to time, recruitment agencies will have speculative CVs that they may wish to submit to our Talent Acquisition team in relation to a specific role.

To avoid any ambiguity around fees, please note that speculative CVs received by Close Brothers, that have not been authorised in advance, by us, will be ineligible for an agency fee. Thank you.



Close Brothers is a leading UK merchant banking group providing lending, deposit taking, wealth management services and securities trading. We employ over 3,500 people, principally in the UK.

Close Brothers Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 250.We remain focused on markets and services we know and understand, developing leading positions and unrivalled expertise. Our approach is prudent and considered enabling us to grow sustainably, through all market conditions, building confidence among our depositors and investors.

Our businesses have remained local as we continue to provide bespoke services, and developing long-term relationships ensuring our success in the future. We value our clients over everything else. What they do is important – they are the doers and makers of things, the wealth creators, the investors and the savers. We ensure our services meet their specific needs and invest to support them as they grow.

These principles, founded in our past but applied to the modern world today, represent what we describe as ‘modern merchant banking’ – values that are embedded in our culture and that underpin everything we do.

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