Legal Specialist / Attorney / Advocate - Sandton

Location: Gauteng

Type: Permanent

Salary: R450, 000 – R600, 000 per annum (Negotiable on experience and qualifications)

Key responsibilities

  • Ensure appropriate legal advice and expertise is provided to the organization

  • Review the arrangements for outsourced legal advice, identifying opportunities for efficiencies and improvements.

  • Writes legal opinions on issues of major significance to the company and/or its subsidiaries.

  • Reviews legal opinions prepared by subordinate staff.

  • Performs research and analysis required to solve highly complex legal issues.

  • Provides direction and supervision to subordinate staff and may serve as advisor to one or more principal business units or subsidiary companies.

  • Prepares and presents cases at arbitration and/or administrative proceedings and appears before relevant authorities to represent the interests of the company.

  • Plans, organises, directs and controls the work activities of assigned staff and evaluates performance. 

  • Plans and conducts in-service training for assigned staff.

  • Maintain records and prepares reports related to the work.

Ensure that all governance and compliance issued are adhered to within the organization:

  • Maintain and update the company’s contracts and advice on any legal issues arising from these.

  • Advise on the legal effects on policy proposals (internal and external), preparing responses to consultation documents.

  • Assist with ensuring that the company meets applicable statutory and regulatory responsibilities.

Ensure that all contracts entered into within the organization are legally sound and protect the organisation from a legal perspective

  • Support the procurement process within the company, assist with the preparation of tender process documents and draft contracts to agreed deadlines.

  • Draft/review commercial contracts and formal agreements with suppliers and customers.

  • Manage our relationship with specialist external legal firms and practitioners as required.

Management and control of ad hoc projects from a legal perspective

  • Project manages reviews/developments in connection with any of the areas identified above.

  • Ensure that legal expertise is provided on any projects that have been assigned

  • Regular reporting on project issues

  • Ensure that any risks to the organization are raised within appropriate time frames and corrective action is taken


Qualification & Skills:

  • 4 year Law Degree

  • Admission as an attorney or an advocate.


  • At least five years post admission experience.

  • 3 – 5 years’ experience in a corporate legal environment with experience of providing legal advice at Board/Senior Management level, drafting and reviewing commercial contracts, applying principles and instruments of ICT and commercial law and experience of managing complex interdisciplinary programmes of work 

Additional Skills Set:

  • Working Globally

  • Planning and Organising

  • Organisational Awareness

  • Problem Solving

  • Adapting to Change

  • Leading Change

  • Industry Mastery

  • Professional and technical depth

  • Customer orientation

  • Relationship building

  • Excellent presentations and interpersonal skills

  • Innovation

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