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Corporate/Commercial Lawyer - Pets at Home

Corporate/Commercial Lawyer - Pets at Home

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In-house Corporate/Commercial Solicitor
Cheadle, Cheshire
1-4 years' PQE

Pets at Home Group Plc has taken the UK pet industry by storm. Established in 1991 it has grown to 419 stores with a turnover exceeding £777m. It has won numerous awards for its entrepreneurial achievements and is recognised as one of the Best Big Companies to work for by the Sunday Times and as no. 7 'Best Large Workplace' in Great Places to Work UK. The company takes great pride in what it does and passionately believes work should be fun. Perhaps this is why it is the UK's number one pet retailer and continues to expand.

Following the success of Companion Care, its group of in-store veterinary practices, Pets at Home acquired Vets4Pets in 2013. Pets at Home has integrated Vets4Pets with Companion Care and worked to expand the Pets at Home Vet Group which is owned by veterinary surgeons under a joint venture model. There are now over 380 in-store and standalone surgeries and the business is on course to grow the estate by a further 50 new practices in FY17. To date, the Group has acquired 4 specialist veterinary referral centres.

To assist the Pets at Home Vet Group with developing its veterinary proposition an opportunity has arisen for a corporate/commercial lawyer to join the team. Reporting to the Senior Solicitor/Head of Legal you will work closely with the business liaising with key directors.

The key role responsibilities are as follows:
- Providing legal advice on a range of retail and consumer issues that affect our business as well as assisting on a variety of projects.
- Responsibility for drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts for goods and services, including distribution, agency, consultancy, franchising, supply, purchase, manufacturing, sponsorship, confidentiality, export, procurement and IT agreements and IP agreements including licences and assignments.
- Assisting the business and joint venture partners in interpreting and complying with commercial legal agreements and legal requirements.
- Provide support to the business on small corporate acquisitions, including due diligence, drafting documents and post-acquisition matters.
- Providing advice and assistance to the business in areas such as data protection, product liability, competition law, marketing, advertising and promotions, data protection, e-commerce, intellectual property, employment and ad hoc consumer and business queries.
- Effectively manage the resolution of contract terminations and commercial disputes and customer complaints.
- Assisting the business in enforcing its intellectual property rights.
- Maintaining business awareness of legal requirements and developments, providing regular business updates and internal training in key areas including consumer law, competition, data protection, IP and other areas where appropriate.
- Providing the Head of Legal with regular weekly updates on key business issues and projects.
- Assisting in strengthening the legal practice across the business and improve the way the business operates and manages risk.
- Assisting with company formations and the initial setup and subsequent sale of the first opinion practices which are key to the Vets4Pets and Companion Care business models.
To succeed you will be a bright and engaging individual with solid corporate/commercial experience. An enthusiasm to learn new things and work in-house is essential as is a friendly and "can do" attitude. This is an outstanding opportunity for a private practice lawyer to widen their skill set in an extremely successful and supportive environment.

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