Senior Legal Advisor

Full time in Business
  • Post Date : July 31, 2022
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Job Description

Reports to: Legal Manager / Deputy Legal Manager

Department: Legal


Job Objective:

  • To advise on issues in relation to Iraqi laws and provide legal support to the Legal Manager/Deputy Legal Manager or the management of the Company.


Key Accountabilities:

General Compliance Support
  • Advise the management and other departments on issues in relation to Iraqi laws, particularly in relation to compliance with employment laws and environmental laws and regulations, with a general objective to ensure that the Company’s operations are in compliance with the applicable laws of Iraq
  • Draft and review important business correspondence of the Company with stakeholders
Contract Management Support
  • Draft, negotiate and review commercial contracts of the Company
  • Prepare, review and update standard contract templates of the Company
  • Other support regarding the performance and interpretation of contracts
Dispute Management Support
  • Assist in the management of local disputes, including attending court hearings in person, if necessary
  • Prepare and update legal advice or reports the strategies for resolving the Company’s disputes
  • Coordinate, prepare and review filings with courts, tribunals or counterparties in disputes
  • Maintain and update periodic reports or summaries on the Company’s disputes
General Administrative Matters
  • Prepare and review the relevant policies, processes, and procedures of the Company
  • Prepare periodic reports of legal affairs to the management of the Company and the Group
  • Maintain and update the corporate files of the Company
  • Coordinate and manage the work of outside counsel
  • Provide legal trainings to the management and other personnel of the Company
  • Other support to the Legal Manager/Deputy Legal Manager


Communications & Working Relationships:

  • Work closely with other in-house counsel
  • Support functional and departmental managers in all areas of the business
  • Coordinate and work with external lawyers/counsel
  • Work or communicate with Governmental Agencies, Regulators, National Oil Companies, JV Partners, and other stakeholders of the Company


Decision Making Authority:

  • The Senior Legal Advisor has to refer to the Legal Manager / Deputy Legal Manager to act and decision on all legal matters taking into consideration the Company’s policies and procedures.
  • The Senior Legal Advisor exercises financial and operational authority as per the level established by the Company’s management and stipulated in the authority matrix.


Qualifications, Skills & Experience:

  • The Candidate must be professionally fluent in both Arabic and English
  • The Candidate must have graduated from the college of law / law school of a reputable university in Iraq or have received equivalent level of legal education overseas, with excellent academic records
  • The Candidate must be qualified to practice Iraqi laws
  • Legal education in common law jurisdictions is a plus, but not required
  • Four (4) to six (6) years’ PQE in legal practice, ideally concerning the oil and gas industry
Job-Specific Skills
  • Sound knowledge of Iraqi laws
  • Excellent drafting and negotiation skills (a written test will be administered in this regard)
  • Ability to think critically and analyze research information Able to maintain adequate confidentiality to all information acquired by virtue of his post from the documents received or during the meetings