Legal Counsel - Level 4

  • London, UK
  • Full-time

Company Description

Fascinated by the future and captivated by technology?

Smart, driven and want to make a difference in the world?

You’ll fit right in.

Join a diverse team at Visa, where your individuality fits right in. We can provide the opportunity to shape the payments experience globally. Together, let’s transform the way the world pays.

Think you know us?

Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure digital payment network that enables individuals, businesses and economies to thrive.

Individuality fuels our brand and our global team – we’re proud that we are a talented team of 15,000 individuals with unique backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. Therefore, we understand that you are much more than your day job. We encourage quality of life outside of the office, whether it’s taking advantage of agile work schedules or our wellness programs, Visa respects and encourages meaningful work/life balance for everyone. In addition, we offer market leading salary and have a fantastic benefits offering.

So, if you’re not satisfied with the status quo, we can satisfy your desire to explore new territory, giving you the runway to really make an impact, whilst connecting you with teams around the world in a truly inclusive culture that celebrates our uniqueness.

Job Description

This role sits within a fun, supportive and hard-working Commercial Legal Team, who manage the strategic partnerships, innovations and intellectual property division of the European business. This Team is part of a larger Legal and Regulatory Division (including, competition, UK regulatory, EU regulatory specialists), which has consistently had some of the highest engagement scores and prides itself on a creative, can-do approach.   

This team works at the cutting edge of new payment technologies, innovation and the fintech industry in an increasingly regulated environment, which brings unique and novel challenges in the commercial/technology law space.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide legal advice and support relating to matters such as client and supplier agreements, business innovation and digital product initiatives (such as mobile payments and data products), product development, licensing arrangements, the development of template contracts, and other general commercial matters.

    Draft, review, negotiate and advise on a wide range of contracts relating to the matters above.

  • Provide legal support in relation to acquisitions and strategic alliances, including legal due diligence, contract drafting and negotiations.

    Identify competition/anti-trust, data protection and other regulatory issues, and liaise when necessary with internal members of the Legal and Regulatory Division, and/or external counsel.

  • Identify the need for external legal advice and engage appropriate outside counsel on a range of legal issues across Visa’s European region. Management of outside counsel, including budgets.

  • Work with other Visa departments across the globe to ensure contracts and advice accurately reflects business needs and policies as they develop.

  • Responsible for management of day-to-day legal queries and business deals, taking the lead on all relevant legal activities.

  • Manage, develop and maintain relationships to facilitate the effective delivery of legal advice and assistance.

    Provide training, to identified business areas, on law, processes and policies.

  • Proactively contribute to the Legal and Regulatory Division’s planning, cohesion, consistency in advice, and the general efficiency and effectiveness of the division as a whole.


Essential Skills:

  • Qualified lawyer with previous experience in a commercial legal environment. We will consider candidates who have qualified in other jurisdictions

  • Strong academics and training, including legal drafting and negotiating, and relationship management.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills along with a demonstrated ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Ability to work in a team environment as well as on own initiative.

  • Ability to prioritise and manage a varied and busy workload.

  • Positive attitude, high level of integrity and intellectual curiosity.

  • Fluent in English.

Desirable Skills:

  • Demonstrable experience at a recognised law firm and in-house environment (secondment or permanent role).
  • Previous experience of working within a technology and digital legal environment.
  • Knowledge of fintech and payments industry (and applicable regulation).
  • Previous experience of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional contracts.
  • Additional European language.

Additional Information

- Excellent trainng through the legal and compliance plus programme and Visa University

- A dynamic and collegiate atmosphere

- A clear commitment to diversity & inclusion

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