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Assistant Legal Counsel – Nottingham


Sygnature Discovery is a highly respected, successful, and award-winning provider of fully integrated drug discovery research programmes to the global pharmaceutical industry. Founded in 2004, we now employee over 500 people, operating from our purpose-built facilities in BioCity, Nottingham, and Alderley Park, Cheshire. For further details about us please visit

About the role

We are recruiting an Assistant Legal Counsel to join our expanding Legal team. This is a newly created role in response to continued business growth and reports directly to our Legal Counsel. The role is ideal for someone with a corporate background in private practice looking for their first in-house move.

Principal responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting with M&A and investment opportunities
  • Assisting with group reorganisations and integration projects
  • Assisting with corporate governance matters for the group – including the issue / transfer of shares, shareholder meetings, board meetings and committee meetings
  • Company secretarial services including preparation of statutory documents and companies house filings across the group
  • Assisting the finance team with banking considerations
  • Assisting with all legal department initiatives and leading internal projects where necessary (e.g. employee incentive arrangements)
  • Assisting with the implementation of new legal processes and technology
  • Managing external law firms and ensuring firms comply with pre-agreed fee estimates
  • Supporting special projects and tasks, and providing prompt in-house legal advice to management and employees
  • Assisting the Legal team to develop a knowledge bank of precedent corporate documents
  • Supporting the development and delivery of legal training for staff
  • Preparing and arranging documents for signature across the group
  • Maintaining statutory books for the group
  • Filing and maintaining accurate legal records
  • Providing ad-hoc advice to the business in relation to a wide variety of matters which may include employment law related advice, commercial law advice and/or data protection advice

To succeed in the role, you will have the following skills & capabilities:

  • A UK qualified Solicitor with at least 2 years PQE, ideally with a corporate background
  • In house experience desirable but not essential
  • Sound understanding of the Companies Act
  • Experience of M&A and Private Equity transactions
  • Experience of drafting board minutes, shareholder resolutions and routine consents
  • Excellent oral and communication skills
  • An excellent communicator with enthusiasm for development
  • Comfortable taking on a high level of responsibility
  • Willing and enthusiastic to assist with legal work outside your core area of expertise (for example employment law or commercial law)
  • Proven ability to manage simultaneously a high volume of legal projects and a wide variety of legal issues
  • Experience of free drafting and developing precedent documentation
  • Company secretarial experience desirable but not essential


This is a permanent position and offering an excellent training and benefits package, including:

  • A competitive salary up to £65,000, which is reviewed annually
  • A bonus scheme
  • A well-regarded pension scheme
  • Private medical insurance
  • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Hybrid working

All our benefits are tailored to enhancing your experience at Sygnature as it is important to us that you share in our success. We also recognise that the environment you work in is a priority, so we have built a collaborative and supportive culture with plenty of opportunities to grow and succeed, tailored to individual and business needs. This includes an excellent set of bespoke training and development courses to accelerate both your personal and career growth.

If you are interested in joining a successful and engaged company that places its people at the heart of its business, please apply through the link including the following:

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1) Your CV,

2) confirmation of your status of eligibility to work in the UK.

Your application will be submitted through our trusted partners, LogicMelon, although only employees of Sygnature Discovery will review your application and personal data.

We will be interviewing on an ongoing basis, so please submit your application as soon as possible. Initial discussions will be conducted online with final interviews held in our offices in BioCity, Nottingham.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Careers team at . Please do not submit your application to this email address. We look forward to hearing from you.

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