Legal Counsel - VR/29622

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Status: Permanent
Location: Kingswells, Aberdeen
Rate: Available Upon Request

Major, international energy company is looking for an experienced Legal Counsel to join their team based in Aberdeen on a permanent basis.



This global energy company has operation and does business in Asia, Africa, Americas, Middle East and Europe.

The company is committed to building a safe, healthy, and sustainable energy development model. At present, they are moving steadily towards the goal of becoming a world-class energy company with a global vision, global strategy, and global compliance operation.

Their successful growth as an upstream oil and gas producer has been achieved by consistently finding and developing world-class assets.

The business is focused on safely exploring and producing from conventional offshore, unconventional and oil sands assets.

As part of the vast group of companies, which span the entire energy supply chain, their size and capability create a competitive advantage that ensures they deliver long-term value.

The growth strategy is to safely and sustainably develop our high-quality portfolio to deliver energy for all.

They take pride in our corporate culture.

They foster an ethical, responsible and safety-first mindset to build trust among our stakeholders. Bold ideas, diverse perspectives and the determination to fuel their success are what set them apart. Working for this company means no matter what you do, you can make an immediate impact.  

They are one of the largest and most reputable oil producers in the UK North Sea and are the operator of several platforms.  

The business strategy is to maximise the value of the existing portfolio while creating new opportunities for global growth.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • We are seeking a Legal Counsel to join our Legal Team in our Aberdeen office.
  • This role provides legal support and advice to various areas within the business including joint venture negotiations, product transportation agreements, product sales and marketing, procurement of goods and services, acquisitions and divestments, and disputes.
  • Supporting teams dealing with several regulators will also be required.
  • The role is primarily focussed on conventional oil and gas although there is some scope to support on the Company’s Net Zero activities.
  • The individual will support several business groups within the organisation and be fully integrated within the Legal/Company Secretarial/Commercial Teams.
  • The Legal Counsel will report to the Senior Legal Counsel - UK, providing support to key stakeholders across the business by:
  • Assisting in the protection of the company’s legal rights and the identification of the company’s legal obligations.
  • Monitoring changes in relevant legislation and the regulatory environment and taking appropriate action.
  • Liaising with external regulators and advisers, such as external law firms.
  • Providing legal advice in relation to all aspects of the business within the UK. This includes a substantial offshore business, so UKCS experience is essential.
  • Drafting and negotiating construction tie in agreements, transportation and processing agreements and product offtakes agreements.
  • Advising on regulatory compliance issues, in relation to production licences under the Petroleum Act and matters involving NSTA, Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and the HSE. Experience of working with these regulators and understanding their powers and obligations is essential.
  • Participating in joint venture negotiations including forming of consortiums for licence bid purposes, drafting of JOA’s and associated documentation.
  • Supporting UKCS business development opportunities including confidentiality agreements and bidding arrangements etc.
  • Drafting and negotiation of Sale and Purchase Agreements, Exchange Agreements and Farm-in/Farm-out Agreements and Operating Agreements.
  • Liaising with and support to Supply Chain in relation to procurement for production operations,
  • Supporting UK oil and gas marketing arrangements.
  • Supporting GDPR matters.


Skills, Experience and Qualifications:

  • A qualified solicitor, in England and Wales/Scotland, you will have several years post qualification experience required in order to demonstrate your ability to work with a degree of independence, and your ability to handle a busy and extremely diverse workload.
  • Experience working in an in-house energy legal team or looking for a first in-house position with in-house secondment experience in UKCS matters.
  • Strong client orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance legal risks with business risks and communicate effectively to clients.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in cross functional teams.
  • Strong team player.
  • Excellent computer skills, Word, PowerPoint, Excel.
  • Ability to prioritise, multi-task and work without supervision.


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