Chief Counsel

Job description

We live a world where the future of democracy is no longer assured, and the power and opacity of corporations threatens to undermine society. If you want to make a difference, want to make sure that fundamental rights and democratic values are maintained, join OpenCorporates, the largest open database of companies in the world. You can read more about the impact we have on our blog.

 

In particular, we are looking for a lawyer to join OpenCorporates as Chief Counsel, to help us in our mission to make company data more accessible, more usable, and more useful for the public benefit, including for journalists, for anti-corruption investigators, and the wider society. Our impact is real, and is disrupting the work of fraudsters, corrupt politicians, money-launderers, and others who use companies for illicit or anti-social ends. Such bad actors will not go quietly, and will seek to attack using both legal and other mechanisms (such as DDoS attacks).

 

Your role will be to make sure that OpenCorporates both adheres to law, and is protected by it, not just in the UK, but other jurisdictions too (especially the US). You will analyse our legal position, identify threats and risks, and, sometimes working with specialist lawyers, come up with strategies for mitigating them, Our new corporate structure is just one example of where we are innovating legally; we are also taking the Quebec company register to court in order to preserve access to vital data. We are at the forefront of a really exciting future in opening up global data, so prepare for both a challenging and very interesting role.

 

Benefits

  • Around £75,000

  • 25 days holiday + public holidays

  • Pension

  • Level39 membership (so free snacks; a subsidised cafe; events and monthly social gatherings)

  • Any further work-related expenditure requests (training, conferences etc) will be considered.

Location/Hours

  • You will be based in our office at Level39 in Canary Wharf, London

  • 9 hour workdays with flexible working arrangements

Requirements

Responsibilities:

  • To act as the OpenCorporates interface with the law

  • To report directly to the CEO and work closely with the leadership team

  • To take charge of governance, regulatory compliance, the results of GDPR legislation, and any activities related to our work with the law

  • Handle litigation

  • Support our unique corporate structure

  • Oversee internal policies

  • Draft legal papers, contracts, agreements, and other legal documents as needed.

  • Keep informed of relevant legislative changes

Necessary skills/experience

  • Be a UK qualified solicitor, or similar

  • Experience in international law and US law

  • Have at 3 years’ experience in an inhouse or commercial private practice role, up to the level of General Counsel

  • Experience in the public benefit, anti-corruption, free speech and/or data privacy space.

Desirable skills/experiences

  • An excellent legal track record

  • A keen understanding of the corporate data space

  • A willingness to engage in the new and unknown

  • An engaging manner