Job Description

The position of a Head of Legal requires a resourceful individual tasked with the role of working closely with the Managing Director. The Head of legal is the head of the organization’s legal department on matters pertaining to property and construction law and is also tasked with the responsibility of other legal affairs of the entire corporation as assigned. This role includes providing legal counsel to the board of directors, chief executive officer and other senior management. The Head of Legal must possess strong initiative, as well as excellent management and leadership skills and strong business acumen.

Bio Data

Gender: Male or Female

Age bracket: 30-45

Language Skills: Fluent in verbal, written and understands English

Duties and Responsibilities

Head of Legal usually projects their skills and experience to:

  • Give accurate and timely counsel to executives in a variety of legal topics (property law, partnerships, international ventures, corporate finance etc.)
  • Collaborate with management to devise efficient defense strategies
  • Specify internal policies and regularly monitor compliance with clients.
  • Research and evaluate different risk factors regarding business decisions and operations
  • Apply effective risk management techniques and offer proactive advice on possible legal issues
  • Communicate and negotiate with external parties (regulators, external counsel, public authority etc.), creating relations of trust
  • Draft and solidify agreements, contracts and other legal documents to ensure the company’s full legal rights, as well as applications to CAC and other real estate related documents.
  • Deal with complex matters with multiple stakeholders and forces
  • Provide clarification on legal language or specifications to executives in the organization
  • Conduct work with integrity and responsibility
  • Maintain current knowledge of alterations in legislation

Skills and Qualifications

The following are important skills a Head of Legal would possess:

  • Proven experience as a Legal Counsel in business environment
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of property, construction and or corporate law and procedures
  • Full comprehension of the influences of the external environment of a corporation
  • Demonstrated ability to create legal defensive or proactive strategies
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity
  • Sound judgement and ability to analyze situations and information
  • Outstanding communication skills

Education and Experience

  • BSc degree in Law (LLB), LLM or J.D. degree an advantage.
  • Minimum of 5 years or more relevant experience in legal counsel, particularly in Construction, Property and or corporate law.
  • Conversant with NIQS guidelines
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Abuja

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