Contract Job

Legal Counsel


London, United Kingdom 05-10-2024
  • Paid
  • Contract
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description
Legal Counsel (FTC)


Universal Products & Experiences (UP&E) globally drives expansion of the company's intellectual properties, franchises, characters and stories through innovative physical and digital products, content, and consumer experiences. Games, fashion, and toys only scratch the surface of ways we take Universal stories and characters from the screen and put them into fans' daily lives around the globe. Along with franchise brand management, UP&E's core businesses include Consumer Products and Games and Digital Platforms. We take properties such as Jurassic World, Minions, Back to the Future, Trolls and Gabby's Dollhouse from our creative content engines like Universal Pictures, Illumination and DreamWorks Animation and partner with best-in-class category leaders (e.g. Mattel, Lego, H&M, Lush, Microsoft, etc.) to create amazing products for our fans. Universal Products & Experiences is part of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Universal Products & Experiences is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce of the highest calibre. We are committed to fostering equitable and inclusive environments that honour the experiences, perspectives, and uniqueness of each colleague.

At Universal Products & Experiences EMEA, we are proud of our unique culture. We are inclusive, curious and creative; channelling a growth mindset in order to drive the commercial and develop our people. In order to achieve this culture, we live by our 3 values:
• Being Human Matters to Us
• Together We Can Achieve Anything
• We Always Keep Growing

Job Description

12 month FTC

Universal Products & Experiences is seeking a talented, highly collaborative and experienced in-house commercial lawyer to partner with our Consumer Products business across EMEA. As a member of the Business & Legal Affairs team, you will provide legal support and advice to category and creative teams across our European offices and work collaboratively with other lawyers based in London and Los Angeles. The role will also focus on drafting and negotiating contracts related to consumer product licensing agreements, retail/marketing campaigns, design/asset creation and other services arrangements.

Key Responsibilities
• Collaborate and engage with cross-functional teams, including category management, product development, creative, and finance stakeholders. Your role will involve identifying and resolving business and legal issues, offer guidance to mitigate risks and deliver ongoing counsel and legal support.
• Draft, manage and negotiate a high volume of intellectual property license and service agreements associated with the licensing, distribution, promotion, and marketing of toys, apparel, books and other consumer goods.
• Serve as a pivotal link between business stakeholders and internal corporate teams, including tax, compliance, IP/trademark, privacy, and litigation.
• Offer insightful guidance to internal stakeholders on unique business propositions and underlying rights; undertaking legal research and advising on issues/risks as required.
• Respond to the dynamic needs of the business by creating ad-hoc contracts and legal documents to meet evolving business requirements.
• Manage legal communication with external partners to ensure swift resolution of any outstanding issues.
• Involvement with royalty audits, interpreting contractual language and finalising settlement agreements.
• Assist in reviewing and updating legal templates and agreements as required.
• Embrace additional duties and projects as the need arises.


Essential Skills and Experience
• UK-qualified solicitor (minimum 2 years' PQE working in-house or at a law firm but candidates below 2 years' PQE may be considered depending on relevant skills and experience)
• Proven commercial/transactional legal experience; ideally within a global entertainment studio or other media & entertainment company handling inbound and/or outbound licensing matters.
• Strong drafting skills with meticulous attention to detail.
• Excellent time management and organizational skills, coupled with a proactive and self-driven approach.
• Adept at providing practical, accurate and timely legal advice.
• Collegial, dependable and responsive team-player with strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
• Solid understanding of intellectual property, contract and commercial law.
• Strong relationship-building and influencing abilities across various departments, countries and time-zones.
• Sharp commercial acumen with effective problem-solving skills.
• Familiarity with legal software and tools (DocuSign, DMS, Salesforce etc.)
• Adaptable and capable of excelling in a fast-paced environment.

Additional Requirements:
• Hybrid: This role will generally be contributing from the office a minimum of three (3) days per week.

Additional Information

NBCUniversal's policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. NBCUniversal will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with relevant legal requirements, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative For Hiring Ordinance, where applicable.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access as a result of your disability. You can request reasonable accommodations by emailing [email protected].

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-dynvk0-44-222-64-76-42 in your application.