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IT/Tech Legal Counsel – FORTUNE 100

Last updated on 05/10/2017

Sector: IT
Reference: 4490MD
Location: Paris, France
Posted: 21/09/2017


Let me introduce you to a true dream employer. It is a famous, innovative and ambitious global technology business consistently leading Fortune’s list of 100 Best companies to work for, a #1 leader in their industry with exciting innovative products and technology and perfect reputation.

You can expect fantastic career prospects, best legal team and systems (no admin, pure legal), flexible schedule if required, cross-border work, above market salary, 15-20% bonus always paid, stock option, extra holidays, professional development and other great benefits.


There is a strong message from the General Counsel of this top global organisation to hire and support high potential legal talent who the business can nourish and develop.


The People

The quality of people is outstanding – the company is very selective. You would be working with some of the brightest and most intelligent legal professionals in technology. What is nice is that there is great camaraderie at all levels, people are friendly and helpful. The business brand is amazing – 92% of employees are proud to tell others they work there. The company has a strong focus around culture, integrity and respect for the individual – the atmosphere is trusting and empowering.


Your Manager

The manager for this position is a caring and ethical person keen to look after and to develop their legal team. They came on secondment from private practice for 6 months and stayed for 11 years – “I was blown away”, they are saying.



The manager and the business care about results and not about how many hours you put in. They understand that you may need flexibility. So you can work from home if needed, you can take time off work when you think it’s necessary, start and finish time can be flexible...

Career and Development

This is a perfect company in which to really develop and push yourself. The legal team enjoys excellent regular training, coaching and mentoring from the managers and huge personal development opportunities. If you are interested in progressing in your career, moving abroad or have an interest in another legal area, it is easy to do so. Your manager will be keen to make sure you are using your true talents, that you are happy in your role and that you are progressing.


The Legal Team

Worldwide, the legal department consists of 300 lawyers. They are a truly innovative bunch, having started using advanced technology for legal processes over 10 years ago. The General Counsel is held in awe and admiration by his team - he is funny, strategic, incredibly intelligent and hard-working. His philosophy is to “hire people smarter than himself”. This attitude is cascaded down to Regional Legal Directors and the GC acknowledges that the team members are the pillars of the success of the legal function.

As a new member of the team you would find the degree of sharing of knowledge and resources truly amazing. Every conceivable task has been automated. The tracking of contracts is brilliant; the approval process is totally automated; there is a separate group of lawyers who do the NDA agreements with very fast return times; no lawyer ever has to chase a contract signature or copy – it is all taken care of by a specialist global function. There is constant sharing of information and experience.

In-house counsels here are business enablers and are often the people recommending a decision to their executive teams — and in some cases, they make the judgement calls themselves. The legal team is viewed and respected as business enabler, strategic agents and opportunity makers.

The role is international. You would be working as part of the EMEA team supporting projects not just in France but in other parts of Europe, Middle East and Africa. Most of the work is done in English with a smaller proportion of negotiations and contracts in French.


Remuneration and benefits

Base salary is excellent (we can discuss on the phone). Also there is: bonus based on personal and company performance of at least 15-20% (always paid), good medical and pension, around 9 extra days off a year, flexibility about hours and other benefits. This is a generous and caring employer.


Your skills and experience

We are looking for a high potential legal counsel with 3-8 years PQE with experience in the technology/IT sector, ideally with law firm background. Experience with Cloud, SaaS, XaaS would be beneficial. Fluent French and ability to draft in French is absolutely mandatory.


Personal note…

If you are hesitating, I encourage you to apply and find out. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. They truly care about people. I deal with the legal team daily and they feel like a second family. And I am not even employed by them. Imagine what it’s like to work there.

We are not looking for a superstar either – tech / IT / telecoms experience, solid drafting, fluent English and French is all that’s needed.


Would you like to discuss it?

Please get in touch with Mila Read mila.read@mckenziedouglas.co.uk mob. +44 790 4848936 or tel. +44 1539 44666.

I look forward to hearing from you.