As Legal Counsel in Selfridges Legal Team, you will support the business to achieve its vision to reinvent retail, whilst putting the customer at the heart of what we do; providing legal solutions ensuring that key legal issues and responsibilities are addressed and compliance requirements are met. You will understand and embrace Selfridges as a whole, from the customer facing front-of-house teams to the back-of-house functions and project teams that are needed to run a truly omni-channel, global, luxury retailer.
You will be impactful, build strong relationships and bring a positive, pragmatic decision-making focus, identifying risk and balancing common sense with a can-do attitude in a fast-paced environment. You will demonstrate careful attention to detail, the ability to plan and prioritise, ensuring key tasks are carried out in a timely manner, bringing clarity and structure to assist others. You will be comfortable in multi-tasking, in questioning and finding solutions, advising and supporting colleagues from across the business.
As Legal Counsel you will:
- Support the General Counsel and legal team to provide legal solutions for Selfridges, providing effective and strategic advice on a range of matters from commercial contracts, data and digital technology, to marketing, compliance and procurement, property and consumer law. Whilst the role is broadly commercial, we would particularly welcome candidates with experience in corporate transactions, joint venture agreements, banking and finance agreements and transactions, company law and corporate governance.
- Provide sound legal advice to the business, in plain English and without jargon; sometimes working with external advisors. You will be comfortable flexing how you deliver your advice for different stakeholders, as well as adjusting for the risk appetite of the business.
- Be comfortable to work autonomously, or as part of a team; bringing in more senior colleagues as appropriate and updating senior stakeholders on key points or issues.
- Prepare and assist with legal documents, contracts/deals, disputes/litigation, advice and investigations e.g. from a regulator. Draft, review, negotiate and administer contracts; research and analyse the law; advise or provide training or updates; support with compliance; keep good records. Support on business projects. Analyse and identify legal risks. Spot new or changing laws and the implications for Selfridges.
- Support the legal team to be a high performing team; supporting colleagues to achieve their goals to drive the business forward.
The Ideal Candidate
A Junior lawyer (UK qualified solicitor), with prior legal experience, particularly including some corporate experience.
- Someone with strong academic results and great legal experience, which should be relevant to Selfridges’ business and the broad range of commercial and legal work covered by the Legal team and needed by the business.
- Someone who can manage a busy workload and demonstrate their ability to translate complex legal issues into straightforward, pragmatic and user-friendly advice or documents; able to work alone or as part of a team.
- Experienced in supporting a customer-centric business with a can-do, collaborative approach; working at pace, and adjusting your style to suit your audience.
- Solutions focused and analytical. You are excellent at seeing through a problem and finding a solution, with strong organisational skills and a keen eye for detail. Able to manage deadlines and a complex workload, able to adjust pace or direction.
- A great communicator. With sound interpersonal skills and strong written and verbal communication, you can influence business stakeholders and develop strong relationships.
- Able to consider financial implications, risks, business impacts and working to a budget.
- Able to produce clear and concise advice or documents, be a good listener, be a collaborative team member and to offer leadership or ideas when required.
- An ambassador for the business, the legal and DPO team and their roles.
- Someone with integrity, professionalism and trustworthiness – essential for any lawyer.
- Someone who demonstrates Selfridges Values, a trusted and respected colleague.
About the Company
Rewards and benefits
Here are just a few of our rewards and benefits that help make our team experience that bit more extraordinary.
Flexible working options to benefit you, your family and your wellbeing that can include part-time, flexi-time, job sharing or hybrid working
Generous annual leave that increases with length of service
Up to five paid volunteering days – from beach cleans to co-ordinating food and clothing donations
Family leave that suits your set up including Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, Surrogacy and Shared Parental leave policies
Defined pension contribution scheme
Generous bonus and/or commission scheme
Enviable team member discount including sale previews and double discount days
Exclusive local discounts on a range of restaurants, bars, beauticians and entertainment
Subsidised gym memberships
A sustainable car salary sacrifice scheme (subject to eligibility criteria)
Several internal communities to get involved in from our Diversity Board and Green Warriors who are leading the charge on D,E&I and sustainability, to the Wellbeings who are always thinking of new ways to champion healthy minds, bodies and routines for our team members
Workplace Options, our confidential team member assistance programme for when life gets tricky or you need a little guidance
Access to a wide range of training programmes to help your career development
Read on to find out how you can play your part in Reinventing Retail…
Everyone is welcome
Selfridges is a place where we want everyone to feel a sense of belonging. We embrace every self and are committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive working culture. We are leading with purpose to not only increase the visibility and recognition of under-represented talent within our organisation, but the wider industry too. Here at Selfridges, everyone is welcome – irrespective of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age or disability, we stand by equal opportunities for all.
To ensure every feels welcome, we offer support at every stage of the application and interview process. Should you need it, please let your recruitment contact know and they will be more than happy to help.
Our awards cabinet
We’re not ones to brag, but since you asked...Selfridges has won the award for The World’s Best Department Store an unprecedented four times at the IGDS awards, with an additional award for the Best Sustainability Campaign. We were also recognised as a ‘Best 25 Big Company to Work For 2020’ as awarded by The Sunday Times.