Chief Counsel

Job description

We live in 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 an experienced and talented lawyer to join OpenCorporates as our 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 in other jurisdictions too. 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 beginning to undertake strategic litigation, for example taking the Quebec company register to court in order to preserve access to vital data. We are at the forefront of an exciting future in corporate transparency and open data, so prepare for both a challenging and very interesting role.



  • To act as the OpenCorporates interface with the law, advising on future developments, risks and opportunities
  • To report directly to the CEO and work closely with the leadership team
  • To take charge of governance, regulatory compliance, the results of GDPR and other privacy legislation (e.g. CCPA), 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
  • 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
  • Qualified to practice law in one of the US states
  • A willingness to engage in the new and unknown
  • An engaging manner


  • Competitive salary depending on experience.
  • We offer 26 days holiday (plus public holidays).
  • We will add you to our pension scheme.
  • Are you interested in a conference, training course or book? You got it.
  • If you want to work remotely sometimes because kids, Amazon deliveries, plumbers, sick cat etc., that's cool.

Equal opportunities

  • We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.