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Legal Counsel (maternity cover)

Posted: 19 Nov 2020 Closes: 23 Jan 2021
Belfast Competitive
Permanent & Full-time JR005800

About Us

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

We have offices in more than 35 cities, including London, New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, Manila, Sofia, San Francisco and Tokyo. Join us and find an inclusive and fast-paced environment with unique opportunities to support every step of your career. 

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Role Overview

The Financial Times is recruiting a commercial contracts lawyer to join its existing legal team at its office in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The Belfast office is an integral part of the FT’s highly-regarded in-house legal team, and currently comprises three lawyers and our deputy company secretary. The Belfast legal team provides dedicated support to important business divisions within the Financial Times including the FT’s B2B corporate subscriptions and licensing business, the Financial Times Live global conferences and events business ( and the FT Specialist range of titles.

The Belfast office is situated in high quality modern office space in Belfast city centre which accommodates approximately 25 employees. The role reports to a member of the London-based legal team.

This is a maternity cover contract. We are looking to interview candidates over the next couple of weeks, and are aiming for a January 2021 start date.

What you will be responsible for

  • Advise the business on contracts with corporate and government customers based around the world, and engage directly in negotiating contract terms with customers 

  • You will need to provide highly responsive and commercial advice in order to ensure that contracts can be concluded successfully, often in high volumes.

  • Manage contracts which are usually based on standard templates but can be subject to intensive negotiation

  • Understand how the templates reflect the FT’s business model, in particular as regards the copyright licensing, liability, indemnity and termination provisions.

Experience/skills you need to be successful in this role 

  • At least 2 years PQE as a solicitor qualified in the UK, ideally with previous in-house experience

  • Solid commercial contract experience, with a good understanding of copyright, licensing, indemnity and liability issues

  • Experience in dealing directly with clients and of negotiating contracts with third parties

  • Ideally, experience in dealing with sales teams who require fast turnaround times, working with clients in multiple jurisdictions, and managing multiple deadlines.

  • A genuine interest in working for a vital and growing commercial function within a world-leading news and business information organisation.

What’s in it for you? FT Benefits

Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working, medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages and subsidised gym memberships. Full details of our benefits can be found here.

Further Information

The FT is committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We also promote flexible working and will consider specific requests around flexibility for all roles where it can be accommodated. Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help.

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