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Legal Counsel (Data Protection & Privacy)

Posted: 29 Jun 2020
London, United Kingdom
Permanent & Full-time 0ED58425E5

We’re Bulb, an independent and technology-led renewable energy supplier. By providing 100% renewable electricity and 100% carbon offset gas, we’re making energy simpler, cheaper and greener for our members. With over 1.6 million members, we have recently been ranked #1 start-up in London and topped the ranks of the UK’s fastest growing companies. We're also the first and only UK energy supplier to achieve B Corp status.

We now operate in the UK, France, Spain and Texas and are looking for a pragmatic and collaborative data protection and privacy lawyer to join our expanding international legal and regulatory team.

The role will support Bulb’s risk, regulatory and legal function, helping ensure that as we move from a start-up to a global Group, we do so in a sustainable way that mitigates risks. We’re looking for someone who is excited by Bulb’s mission, passionate about technology, a team player with a sense of humour, who enjoys solving complex problems and can help navigate risk in a fast growth company. You will predominantly be providing legal advice on data protection, privacy and marketing rules, guiding Bulb through its compliance obligations both in the UK and internationally, but you will also advise on commercial contracts, product launches, reputation matters, consumer laws and B-Corp recertification work. This role is perfect for a data protection lawyer that wants to do more.

What you’ll do at Bulb

  • Advise Bulb on its data protection obligations, helping it build sustainable international compliance programmes in the UK, France, Spain and Texas
  • Lead discussions with data protection authorities where necessary and assist customer service teams in responding to customer privacy complaints
  • Draft and keep up to date, data protection compliance and policy documentation (e.g. data protection impact assessments, appropriate policy documents, legitimate impact assessments and data protection policies)
  • Implement and manage security incident response programmes
  • Provide hands-on expertise on privacy, data governance, marketing, consumer protection and other product laws and regulations to our engineering, product, design and research teams
  • Create and provide training and scalable written guidance to teams on how data privacy, marketing relevant laws and regulations apply to our products and create self-regulatory frameworks in which product teams can operate in
  • Work with operational and commercial teams to review, draft and negotiate agreements (and their data protection clauses) with a wide variety of third parties (including services, advertising, SaaS, direct sales marketing, wholesale energy and employment agreements)
  • Advise product teams on the contractual documentation and data protection issues involved in new innovation projects (e.g. electric vehicle charging trials for members)
  • Develop training, policies, internal processes and precedent documents for teams to use and establish processes so that the legal, risk and regulation team and business can work more efficiently
  • Collaborate with the legal, risk and regulation team to support our growing international offices
  • Assist product teams implement ‘data privacy’ by design into their product creation processes
  • Assist engineering teams with Bulb group data mapping


Whilst we need someone who is an expert in data protection and privacy law, we also require someone who can advise the business on broader legal topics and risks. The role requires someone who is dynamic and a quick learner. We want someone who is capable of taking on, and learning about new challenges, someone who is culturally sensitive and can interact with a broad range of colleagues and counter-parties, and who is a business partner, not just a lawyer.

With the support of the Global Legal Counsel and Head of Risk and Regulation, you will be expected to develop a deep understanding of Bulb’s product and business, and have an ability to guide product teams with clear practical advice in a fast-paced environment. You should also have excellent commercial awareness and be able to negotiate agreements with a range of suppliers, advising on related data protection, commercial and corporate issues that arise in one of the UK’s most exciting and high-growth businesses.

Here are some of the things we think will be valuable, but we're also open-minded. If you recognise yourself in any of these traits, we’d love for you to send us an application.

  • You are a UK qualified lawyer with 6+ years post-qualification experience
  • You have 3+ years data protection and privacy experience
  • You have been very involved in GDPR compliance programmes
  • You have experience with technology-led organisations, ideally in consumer-facing businesses
  • You have experience of working in heavily regulated environments, such as telecoms or banking
  • You have consumer protection experience
  • You have experience in negotiating a range of commercial agreements
  • You have experience advising products teams on how to develop their products with legal and regulatory issues in mind
  • You are collaborative, commercial, show attention to detail, are pragmatic and organised
  • You are comfortable working at all levels of the organisation and also keen to roll your sleeves up and get stuff done
  • You are decisive, exercise excellent judgment, and have an ability to make smart decisions under tight deadlines in the face of ambiguity and imperfect information
  • You have exceptional communication skills, with an ability to make complex regulatory concepts clear to business teams, developers, lawyers and regulators


  • Be part of a growing technology startup and help shape the future of energy
  • Collaborative, flexible, and friendly environment
  • Competitive salary, share options, and bonus
  • 33 days holiday a year (including bank holidays) and the option to buy up to 5 more
  • 12 weeks of full pay for maternity, paternity or adoption leave
  • Healthcare and life insurance
  • Cycle to work scheme; activities to improve your mental & physical well being, including office yoga and meditation; monthly team socials
  • One month sabbatical leave after your first year
  • Tea, coffee, fruit and snacks throughout the day
  • Free breakfast on Mondays


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