Assist in giving advice on legal issues, risks, company policies and procedures;
Assist in providing legal counsel to the regional businesses during product development process;
Keep abreast with upcoming laws and regulations and advice the business accordingly;
Assist in the conduct of legal due diligence for pending and upcoming business transactions;
Provide assistance in Intellectual property issues including registration rights, clearance rights, IP strategies;
Assist in conveyancing transactions where the Group and Property company are involved, all land related transactions, change of user and lease management;
Assist in reviewing Group projects where the group legal team is involved, structure and advise on legal issues related therewith and manage external counsel involved;
Assist in managing external Advocates on the Britam panel of Advocates through pro-active interaction and correspondence;
Review and advise the business on legal implications of internal policies and procedures;
Instruct Advocates to prosecute and or defend matters on behalf of the company;
Prepare, modify and review all contracts or any other documentation where the company has committed itself and assess legal implications that need to be brought to the executive management’s attention;
Review advocates legal costs to ensure that the same are within the Advocates Remuneration Order 2009 as well as attempt other cost saving measures such as out of court negotiations;
Receive and review status updates as received by the various legal departments and regions in line with reporting guidelines;
Advice on and monitor on compliance issues relating to laws and regulations including legislative review, lobbying and updates;
Attend court hearings and “watch brief” for the company on vital legal cases;
Responsible for the training of new staff within the department as succession planning as well as train new employees on the role of the legal department at Britam;
Facilitate and participate in training programmes initiated by the Legal department as value addition to fellow colleagues;
Ensurecompliance with auditors requests, Group LLP compliance and custody of Group LLP’s; and
Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
Knowledge, experience and qualifications required
Hold a minimum LLB degree from a recognized university
Be an Advocate of the High Court
Possess a Valid Practicing Certificate
Post graduate Diploma from Kenya School of Law
4-5 years’ experience of Law in a busy commercial organisation or commercial and conveyancing department of a busy law firm
Leading and Supervising: Provides team with a clear direction based on the overall strategy and objectives of the department; motivates and empowers others with a clear sense of purpose; creates a positive climate that fosters learning and development; acknowledge high potential talent within the team; sets and articulates the vision and values through own personal behaviour.
Persuading and Influencing: Gains clear agreement and commitment from other; promotes the departmental strategy and objectives during team conversations; promotes ideas on behalf of the team and or department; makes a strong personal impact on others; takes care to manage the team’s impression and brand on others.
Presenting and Communicating Information: Speaks fluently; expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly; responds quickly to the needs of an audience and to their reactions and feedback; projects credibility.
Adhering to Principles and Values: Upholds ethics and values; demonstrates integrity; encourages team and individual responsibility towards the community and the environment.
Analysing: Analyses numerical data and all other sources of information, to break them into component parts, patterns and relationships; probes for further information or greater understanding of a problem; makes rational judgements from the available information and analysis; demonstrates an understanding of how one issue may be a part of a much larger system.
Planning and Organising: Sets clearly defined team objectives; plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances; identifies and organises resources needed to accomplish tasks; manages time effectively; monitors team performance against deadlines and milestones.
Delivering Results and Meeting Customer Expectations: Focuses on customer needs and satisfaction; sets high standards for quality and quantity; monitors and maintains quality and productivity; works in a systematic methodical and orderly way; consistently achieves projects goals.