Reporting directly to the General Counsel, the Legal Counsel will provide real-time legal advice and support to the bulk businesses and the bulk corporate team. Whilst the role will incorporate both contentious and non-contentious work, the focus will be on providing contentious support for the Swire Bulk chartering and operations teams.
- Provide real-time legal support to the commercial departments, with particular focus on the Swire Bulk chartering and operations teams.
- Support commercial teams in the resolution of contentious issues including real-time guidance on risk-mitigation, tactical and strategic issues and appropriate escalation.
- Day-to-day management of formal dispute proceedings in various jurisdictions, coordinating commercial teams, insurers, clubs, and external counsel as required.
- Draft, review and advise on legal documents (including charter agreements, service agreements, equipment purchase/hire agreements, shipbuilding contracts, etc) and assist with the negotiation of such documents where required.
- Provide legal support on special projects such as the acquisition of businesses/assets, as required.
- Maintain and develop strong relationships with external legal partners, insurers and support providers.
- Keep abreast of relevant legal developments and provide updates/training to the commercial teams as appropriate.
- Make every effort to be aware of and understand your role in the event of a crisis.
- Make every effort to attend any relevant training, simulations and or meetings relating to Crisis Management.
- Perform your role as best as possible in a calm and collaborative manner in line with the relevant policy and procedures in the event of a Crisis.
- Provide input and feedback towards the ongoing improvement of the Crisis Management framework and procedure.
- Take responsibility for your safety and that of those around you by displaying safety leadership principles.
- Challenge and stop unsafe acts and behaviours or unsafe conditions.
- Comply with the Global Safety Standards, Polices and Operating Procedures.
Key Qualifications & Skills
- English or Singapore qualified lawyer.
- At least 5– 8 years PQE gained in the shipping department of an international law firm.
- Experience in a P&I/FD&D club or ship-owner preferred.
- Genuine understanding of the shipping industry.
- Able to manage conflicting demands from multiple business clients in a fast-paced environment while paying attention to detail.
- Ability to prioritise.
- Strong litigation background with experience of the day-to-day management of contentious cases (under the guidance of a partner/manager).
- Excellent drafting skills with experience of drafting contentious correspondence and formal submissions. Contract drafting experience welcome.
- Non-contentious experience is desirable (but not essential), particularly ship-finance or corporate.