Legal Counsel

  1. Legal
  2. Full-time


Crawley, England, United Kingdom

This role represents an exciting opportunity to help develop and enhance the legal function at the heart of a rapidly growing, global business, and to work with the senior management to help accelerate the growth of the business and to position the Group for further success.

This is an interesting and varied role at the heart of a busy and successful Group Legal function, reporting to the Legal Director, Commercial & IP. It is a role dedicated to supporting the Marketing and Innovation Team, Group Procurement, Group IT and the Global Accounts Team, which supports negotiations with our largest global customers.

The successful candidate will work closely with other members of the legal team in the UK and elsewhere, key functions and management across the business to help create growth as well as ensuring that the Group’s businesses are compliant and that risk is effectively managed.

Major Responsibilities

● To be a trusted advisor and legal business partner to the Group.

● Managing and providing timely and competent legal advice to Group Marketing & Innovation by:

○ reviewing and negotiating customer contracts for the Global Accounts Team, working on high-value, multi-jurisdiction agreements with our largest global customers in UK and elsewhere, ensuring compliance with the Group contracting policy and acting as the point of contact for the Global Accounts team;

○ reviewing and negotiating third party agreements, NDAs, material transfers, regulatory applications, responses to regulators and investigations;

○ providing legal support throughout the new product development process and maintaining knowledge of new, existing and legacy brands, products and services;

○ providing marketing claims advice in accordance with advertising and product laws and regulations;

○ attending meetings in order to provide legal advice and maintain key awareness of marketing and innovation pipelines; ○ advising on domain registrations, transfers and infringements; and

○ providing expert legal advice on health and safety, privacy and other legal & regulatory requirements.

● Management of Group and Local IP Portfolio

● Support for the Group Procurement function through:

○ reviewing and negotiating general supplier/service provider terms and conditions for the direct, indirect, fleet and IT procurement teams;

○ advising on, implementing and updating the Group Procurement Policy and Procurement Contracts Minimum Standards;

○ advice on supplier on-boarding process; and

○ advice on ancillary matters such as data protection/privacy.

● Supporting Group IT function through:

○ provision of legal advice on AI regulation;

○ maintaining and developing GenAI &AI Policy;

○ Advising on AI use and AIaas contracting; and

○ Sharing knowledge with legal colleagues and drafting advisory notes/playbooks.

● Horizon scanning for new legislation / regulation / case law impacting the function and providing appropriate advice.

● Provision and management of new queries/legal help desk and Group Legal’s intake process and providing legal support as required.

● Managing external legal services provider(s) as require


  • Legal expertise: strong analytical skills, significant experience of dealing with complex legal issues, delivery of straightforward, pragmatic, action-oriented advice.
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills.
  • Influencing skills: a strong ability to affect the behaviour of multiple stakeholders so that a good legal and fiscal position is maintained for the company.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, to identify and resolve legal issues, comfortable working with less-than-perfect information and recommending courses of action.
  • Interest in understanding the business in depth, and operating within a dynamic, international context.
  • Willingness to work in areas of law that are new to the candidate with appropriate support and training.
  • Able to work well as a team member and build strong relationships based on rapport and trust with both internal and external stakeholders.


  • Competitive salary and bonus scheme
  • Hybrid working
  • Rentokil Initial Reward Scheme
  • 23 days holiday, plus 8 bank holidays
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Death in service benefit
  • Healthcare
  • Free parking

At Rentokil Initial, our customers and colleagues represent diverse backgrounds and experiences. We take pride in being an equal opportunity employer, actively encouraging applications from individuals from all walks of life. Our belief is that everyone irrespective of age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities, religion, or beliefs, has the potential to thrive and contribute.


We embrace the differences that make each of our colleagues unique, fostering an inclusive environment where everyone can be their authentic selves and feel a sense of belonging. To ensure that your journey with us is accessible if you have any individual requirements we invite you to communicate any specific needs or preferences you may have during any stage of the recruitment process. Our team is available to support you; feel free to reach out to (joanna.sharpe@rentokil-initial.com) if you need anything

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