Cognia Law is recruiting top-calibre, experienced commercial lawyers to join an established team of contract negotiators supporting a tier 1 global investment bank client
Cognia Law is an international law company, providing consulting, flexible resourcing and managed legal services to law departments and law firms. The company brings cost-effective, process-optimized and technology-enabled solutions to solve clients’ most pressing legal challenges. Cognia Law collaborates with those who are game changers in adjacent areas delivering holistic, value-based solutions and world-class delivery with best-fit talent.
Cognia Law is a Chambers-ranked law company and has a reputation for really making a difference and being focused on solving clients’ problems and enabling sustainable change in the legal sector. The key to success is our people – not only do we retain the best legal talent but focus on enabling our lawyers to realize their full potential.
Initially the main duties will include the following:
Reviewing, drafting and negotiating contract documentation: predominantly technology, media and telecommunications-type (“TMT”) work i.e. framework agreements for software licensing, hardware purchasing, SaaS and related services, non-framework data licensing agreements, proof of concept agreements, sponsorship/donations agreements, marketing and events agreements, and others. Contracts include data privacy, OCIR and cyber security considerations. The work type includes remediation and novation of, as well as amendments to, existing agreements of these types.
Conducting quality control of the above-named work types.
Liaising with Legal and Sales in respect of negotiations and queries.
Law Degree from top South African or UK/EU tertiary institution.
5+ years’ experience at a law firm or in-house legal department with relevant commercial contract experience (preference will be given to those with experience in technology, media and telecommunications contracts.)
Required skills include:
Excellent interpersonal oral and written/ verbal communication skills
Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
Good time management skills and the ability to operate well in high-pressure environments
Ability to work both independently and as an integral part of a team, as well as to take a leadership/QC role over junior team members
Risk sensitivity and the ability to know when to escalate an issue
Developed skills in legal drafting
Familiarity with Microsoft applications
Ability to work in an international environment with an understanding of client needs across regions
A commercial, proactive and business-like mind-set
Be comfortable with technological applications, plus a knowledge of legal review platforms will be beneficial
The successful candidate will be offered a unique opportunity to develop a highly marketable corporate legal career in a niche legal field.
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