Head of Legal Jobs

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Our expert legal recruitment consultants understand how pivotal the head of legal roles is to spearhead a business's legal department. As a head of legal, you are responsible for proactively supporting a company with business-oriented legal advice while ensuring the integrity and ethics of the organisation are upheld. You set the standards for the legal team, and you oversee and help initiate processes, including contract drafting, negotiating deals and settling legal agreements. 

Your role as head of legal will also see you analyse and pinpoint the risks and rewards of various organisational financial transactions. Liaising with senior shareholders, you ensure all aspects of the business are aware of and abide by the rules and regulations relating to the company. Working across various industries, including the financial services space and for some of the world's top organisations, head of legal jobs comes with great potential.

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At JCW, we know how to tap into the legal recruitment market to find the best head of legal vacancies to take your career to the next level. We have access to an established network of clients and connections, allowing us to match you with your desired roles. 

Our legal recruitment specialists will work closely with you to understand your needs and career objectives. Once we've established the type of role you're looking for, from contract to permanent and fixed-term head of legal positions, we will scope the market and our contacts to find the exact role that matches your credentials.

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Head of legal duties and responsibilities

When you embark on your next career move with the latest head of legal jobs, you will be expected to be accountable for various duties and responsibilities. From mitigating the risk of potential legal issues to overseeing the legal operations of a business, here are some of the main duties of a head of legal.

  • Give in-depth legal advice to company higher-ups
  • Identify and combat legal risks 
  • Advise company leaders on key business decisions and their implications 
  • Draw up and negotiate contracts
  • Lead and manage the internal legal department
  • Conduct research and stay updated with the latest legal trends and laws
  • Forecast plans and legal matters relevant to the growth of the organisation
  • Support the training and development of the legal team

Head of legal skills and qualifications

Candidates seeking to move into a head of legal position must be equipped with a range of skills. To give you an idea of what makes a successful professional in this niche area of the legal industry, we’ve listed some of the head of legal skills and qualifications.

  • Excellent leadership and management skills
  • Deep expertise in the legal sector
  • Ability to problem solve and think strategically
  • Strong written and verbal interpersonal communication skills
  • Knowledge of drafting and negotiating contracts and deals
  • Fantastic ability to confidently multitask and facilitate tasks within the legal team
  • Extensive experience working in the legal industry
  • Preferred degree or higher level qualification in law or related subject

Head of legal salary expectations

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When you partner with JCW to support your next head of legal job search, we will dedicate time to provide you with an unmatched recruitment experience. We offer a tailored approach from the application stage to the final job offer because we believe no two people and no two candidates are the same. Discover our candidate commitment. 

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