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Contract - Legal Counsel

Date: 26-Apr-2021

Location: Bracknell, GB

Company: Honda Motor Europe Ltd

Contract: This is a 6 month contract

Details: Working through a preferred supplier recruitment agency, not directly with Honda



Maintaining a global viewpoint, the Honda Legal Team adds value by partnering with the business to deliver high value, timely, cost efficient and customer centric advice and coaching in relation to legal affairs and corporate governance across the EU Region.


The appointed Solicitor will handle a wide variety of commercial law, IT law, data protection and compliance matters on behalf of all business divisions of the Honda Group throughout Europe.


This is a unique and challenging position that will require a technically excellent advisor who is able to collaborate effectively and efficiently with the business in a pragmatic and commercial way and support the smooth running of the Legal Team.


Reporting to the Head of Legal, this is a role with high responsibility attached that provides an excellent opportunity for the Solicitor to develop their skills and to contribute as part of a dynamic and ambitious in-house legal team.


Main Responsibilities:

Legal Advice:

Provide expert and pragmatic legal advice on a timely basis to support Honda Motor Europe Limited and its subsidiaries, including Honda of the UK Manufacturing Limited, on commercial issues.


Key areas in which regular legal advice may be needed include:

  • drafting, negotiating and advising on all types of commercial contract across the EU including e.g. agreements regarding supply of goods/services, IT projects, confidentiality, marketing, agency, consultancy, sponsorship, outsourcing, franchising, logistics, manufacturing, motorsports etc.;
  • consumer protection law;
  • marketing and advertising law;
  • product liability and litigation; and
  • compliance matters, including data protection, competition, health and safety and environmental law, regulated financial activities, anti-bribery and modern slavery. 


Project Work:

  • Support with legal and compliance policy development and reviews.
  • Assist with compliance and other legal training initiatives and programmes.
  • Proactively identify risk areas and work with the business to develop risk mitigation solutions.



  • Manage the work of external legal counsel on a Pan-EU basis, where appropriate.
  • Assist with corporate governance matters such as a yearly assessment of risk, ethics and compliance, as well as monitoring progress in these areas.


Knowledge development:

  • Maintain an up to date and comprehensive knowledge of developments in relevant areas of law, disseminating the information to peers and the business accordingly.


Qualifications, skills and experience required:

  • Qualified solicitor in England and Wales.
  • 5 years+ PQE.
  • In-house exposure is essential to this role. Experience in the automotive sector would be an advantage.  
  • A sound understanding of all aspects of commercial law and compliance and an ability to apply that knowledge pragmatically in a business environment.
  • Experience of working on/managing matters with a cross border and foreign jurisdiction element and managing external legal counsel.
  • Excellent communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work successfully in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments, priorities and tight deadlines, with demonstrated organisation and execution skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Ability to appreciate diverse cultures and systems and adapt accordingly.


Honda is dedicated to the principle of creating equal opportunities within the workplace for all associates, agency workers, contractors, job applicants and visitors. Central to this is Honda's commitment to being a fair, discrimination free company that accepts the uniqueness and differences of people around the world and adheres to the principle that all people are created equal. This commitment comes directly from the Honda Philosophy and belief that we all work together for a common purpose. Honda recruits, hires, trains and promotes into all levels the most qualified individuals without regard to race, colour, origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other protected characteristic.

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