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In house Counsel - Orchard Information Systems

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Newcastle and Tyneside
In House
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Permanent role
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Orchard Information Systems - We are a successful and growing, central Newcastle based, IT business, which focuses on providing software, services and supporting technical solutions that help Housing businesses and Public Sector organisations to improve the lives of their customers, tenants and residents. With record results last year, and a very strong position in the market to grow still further, we are at a time of buoyant activity and growth.

Orchard Group is looking to strengthen the Legal and Contracts team with the addition of a second in house counsel to join the team. This in house counsel role will undertake joint responsibility for legal and contractual matters relating to tenders, suppliers, customers and professional advisers for the Group. You'll be a key internal point of contact for Board, Executive Team and Heads of Service on various contractual and legal matters. You'll also be responsible implementing and maintaining a contracts register and for ensuring the organisation complies with data protection regulations. You will assist and support the Board in all legal and contractual matters, instruct and liaise with professional advisers and insurers, negotiate, advise and draft on a range of commercial agreements with customers, business partners and suppliers. You'll also for implementing and maintaining a contracts register and for disseminating relevant information on contractual arrangements to all stakeholders, and share responsibility for ensuring the Group complies with data protection.

In addition you will:

- Provide guidance and support to the Contracts Assistant
- Assist the Group during the process of contract negotiation with customers, business partners, suppliers and their legal advisers
- Provide support and guidance to all levels of the business to assist with understanding and complying with contracts entered into by the Group
- Establish and maintain appropriate precedents
- Maintain a current knowledge of relevant developments in contractual law
- Assist the Board in achieving and demonstrating compliance with data protection law
- Maintain a current knowledge of data protection law

You'll be a qualified lawyer (solicitor or qualified by experience) with commercial experience of contract law. You'll need to be confident and professional when dealing with suppliers and customers. Whilst you'll be part of a wider team, you'll also need to work under your own initiative, under pressure and to tight timescales, and so you'll need excellent communication and organisational skills. The core of this role is a diverse range of commercial contracts, but data protection is a growing feature in all sectors, so some experience, or an interest in this area, will be useful.

We offer a competitive salary, commensurate with skills and experience, a healthy company pension scheme, permanent health insurance and life assurance, and a Westfield Health Cash Plan Scheme. Additionally, Orchard is a great company to work with and to work for. Our culture, ethos and way of working is well aligned to the sector and is created and maintained by our exceptional team members. We have over 200 staff, most of whom have significant experience of working directly for, or with, housing businesses. We have successfully maintained a strong positive culture in our business, of which we are proud.

For further information please contact our exclusively retained recruiter, Tom Fleet at BCL Legal on 0113 323 4909 (out of hours 07800 846 855). Email: tomfleet@bcllegal.com
All direct and third party applications will be forwarded to BCL Legal for consideration.

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