Company Solicitor – Ashford, Kent Job purpose This role will work within the busy in-house legal team, supporting the Group General Counsel, and the other senior solicitors in the team, in providing sound legal and commercial advice to the business. The role will also work closely with the assistant company secretary and the paralegal already working in the team. Day-to-day workload will include the preparation and negotiation of customer and supplier contracts and other terms and conditions of business, review and preparation of NDAs, conducting legal research, assisting with the management of disputes and managing general legal queries for the Brakes UK, Fresh Direct and the Pallas/Brakes Ireland businesses. Principal accountabilities The review and negotiation of customer contracts and any other legal contracts (including trading agreements, service agreements, confidentiality agreements, terms and conditions of sale/purchase) with suppliers and customers of the Brakes UK, Fresh Direct and Pallas/Brakes Ireland businesses. To provide legal advice on demand to internal colleagues at all levels across the above businesses, on a wide variety of topics, under the guidance of the senior solicitors in the team. To provide cover for fellow solicitors in the team, as required due to team’s workload or absence. Strive to improve professional development across the team by researching and investigating new legal developments, to keep the team abreast of forthcoming changes. Contribute towards implementing compliance and legal processes across the business. Ensure the business has a clear understanding of the contracts which they have in place, and assist in the implementation of contract management technology within the legal team. Ability to build a strong rapport with internal teams. Work autonomously as well as within a close-knit team environment. Knowledge, skills, experience and competencies Educated to degree level. Qualified solicitor 2 to 3 years post qualification experience. In-house experience desirable but not essential Excellent negotiation skills. Sound technical knowledge and good experience of commercial contract law. Strong team player with a ‘can do’, flexible attitude and a commercial approach with excellent organisational, communication and written skills. Strong communication skills with the ability to interact at all levels both internally and externally. Excellent time management skills with the ability to manage conflicting priorities and demands from different areas of the business. Ability to identify legal matters that must be escalated to other members the team, for guidance and/or decision. Exercise sound judgment in decision making and be able to support judgments and decisions made. Maintain the highest possible professional and ethical standards at all times. Willing to assume responsibility and accountability in all relevant areas. Ability to negotiate commercial and practical resolutions to problems with tact and diplomacy. Strong desire to complete and succeed at all tasks even when faced with onerous challenges.