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In-house Counsel - Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Salary Type: Per Annum
  • Salary: £32,931


Join a team which has unique expertise combining the power of journalism and the law to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies, and promote human rights.

We are seeking an In-house Counsel to join the team in London to advise the Foundation primarily on commercial agreements, but the scope of the position will be broad.

About the Role

As In-house Counsel at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, you will be the primary provider of legal advice to the Foundation and its services, programmes and teams. The role requires a general commercial In-house Counsel skill set where you will: 

  • Review and negotiate a range of commercial contracts and agreements, (including partnership, funding and licensing agreements, service contracts, and terms & conditions for websites and services);
  • Handle potential disputes (briefing outside counsel where necessary);
  • Oversee other strategic legal issues (note that employment law expertise is not required as we rely on external advisers for this); and
  • Brief and liaise with external legal advisers on issues where you do not have the expertise or capacity to assist.

In addition to this, you will develop your skills in or utilise any pre-existing expertise to:

  • Respond to media law matters; and
  • Deal with charity law issues.

To be our In-house Counsel, you will likely:

  • Have high-quality commercial contract law expertise;
  • Have significant post-qualification experience in private practice or in-house;
  • Have some experience and/OR interest/willingness to deal with media law and/or charity law;
  • Be a versatile self-starter with an ability to design your own agenda; and take responsibility to advance and complete projects;
  • Be able to work quickly under pressure and prioritise work; and
  • Have fluency in English, with excellent written and spoken communication skills and an ability to adapt messages to different audiences.

Please note, the deadline for applications is 17 September 2020 at 11.59pm BST.

What’s in it For You

At the Thomson Reuters Foundation, our people are our greatest assets. Here are some of the benefits we offer for your personal and professional growth:

  • Global Perspective and Impact: Interested in working for a dynamic global organization with a focus on social impact? With hubs all over the world from Bangkok to Madrid to Rio de Janeiro, join a truly international team with a shared goal of helping to build societies around the world that are free, fair and informed.
  • A Unique Approach: Our expertise in media and the law is world class; we combine the power of both to address the critical issues faced by humanity.
  • Our Relevance: With a focus on advancing media freedom, fostering more inclusive economies and promoting human rights, our work has never been more needed than right now.
  • Benefits: We offer competitive salary packages and market-leading benefits.
  • Learning & Development: We are dedicated to the continual professional development of our employees and offer access to both in-house and external training opportunities.

About Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is corporate foundation of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information services company. As an independent charity, registered in the UK and the USA, we work to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies, and promote human rights. Through news, media development, free legal assistance and convening initiatives, we combine our unique media and legal services to drive systemic change.

Do you want to be part of a team helping re-invent the way knowledge professionals work? How about a team that works every day to create a more transparent, just and inclusive future? At Thomson Reuters, we’ve been doing just that for almost 160 years. Our industry-leading products and services include highly specialized information-enabled software and tools for legal, tax, accounting and compliance professionals combined with the world’s most global news services – Reuters. We help these professionals do their jobs better, creating more time for them to focus on the things that matter most: advising, advocating, negotiating, governing and informing.

We are powered by the talents of 25,000 employees across more than 75 countries, where everyone has a chance to contribute and grow professionally in flexible work environments that celebrate diversity and inclusion. At a time when objectivity, accuracy, fairness and transparency are under attack, we consider it our duty to pursue them. Sound exciting? Join us and help shape the industries that move society forward. 


As a global business, we rely on diversity of culture and thought to deliver on our goals. To ensure we can do that, we seek talented, qualified employees in all our operations around the world regardless of race, color, sex/gender, including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under applicable law. Thomson Reuters is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer providing a drug-free workplace.

We also make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and for sincerely held religious beliefs in accordance with applicable law.

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  • Salary: £32,931
  • Salary Type: Per Annum

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  • Ad ID:  15659493
  • Ad Type:  Offered
  • Posted on:  11/09/2020, 02:52
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