Feb 15, 2020Full time
Location: Head Office Hanger Lane London We might have seven decades behind us. But at River Island, we don't feel our age. Our brand is as fresh, exciting and forward-looking as it's always been. With stores across the world, an aware winning on-line fashion retail site, one of the biggest in-house design teams on the British high-street and a deep commitment to nurturing new talent, we're one of the most successful fashion retailers in the UK. Our people make all the difference. Just as the River Island name pulls customers in off the high street and inspires them to buy online, our employer brand turns the heads of talented people, inspiring them to join, stay and grow with us. The Role We are looking for a confident and commercially minded lawyer who thrives on working in a fast paced business and is passionate about the fashion retail sector. The Legal Counsel will provide direct legal support to the General Counsel across a broad spectrum of legal and commercial issues. The role will provide a fantastic opportunity to gain hands on experience across all areas of the River Island business, taking in a variety of work including contentious and non-contentious intellectual property, retail operations, commercial contracts, marketing, eCommerce, product safety and general compliance. Position Responsibilities: Intellectual Property Manage IP litigation disputes involving design rights, trade marks, copyright and other connected rights issues. Draft cease & desist letters, advise on dispute strategy and settlement options, instruct and manage external legal providers. Assist with the management of the international trade mark portfolio, including the provision of advice on registration strategies as well filing and managing oppositions. Pro-active management of extensive domain name portfolio, devising strategies to deal with problems, taking direct action to seek recovery from cyber squatters, updating the business on developments in the law. Provide practical advice and commercial risk analysis to the design teams and the buying teams across all departments with regards to the legal implications around designing products in the fashion sector. Advise on global brand security strategies, anti counterfeit measures and supply chain security. Commercial Summarise and effectively communicate complex legal concepts to stakeholders within the business at all levels; be flexible and intuitive in all communications. Support the brand's international business; advising on franchise agreements, licensing deals and joint venture vehicles. Reviewing and negotiating terms and conditions with manufacturers of our products and associated materials. Assisting the procurement team with the drafting of tenders and negotiation of contracts with suppliers of other goods and services. Reviewing a wide variety of commercial contracts across all other areas of the business including logistics, marketing and retail operations. Support the continuous improvement of standard form agreements and legal processes. Marketing and eCommerce Advise the marketing team on the legal considerations and consequences of brand campaigns, domestically and internationally. Draft consultancy agreements and review terms and conditions with 3 rd party agencies, PR companies and other creative providers. Draft and provide advice on model release forms, media buy outs and image rights in general. Review and advise upon all printed and online promotional material; advise on competitions; provide practical, legal risk analysis. Understand and advise upon the regulatory framework surrounding brand advertising including a working knowledge of the CAP code, Trading Standards issues and the policies of the ASA. Advise generally on topical legal issues such as product placement, comparative advertising and celebrity image rights/endorsements. Draft and negotiate sponsorship agreements and other forms of arrangements with celebrities and brand ambassadors. Understand the legal issues and be able to advise upon the use of and interaction with all forms of social media. Compliance and Product Safety Keep abreast of the regulatory framework in which River Island operates and keep management and the relevant departments informed of upcoming issues which may impact the business. Negotiate agreements that comply with company policies and risk tolerance. Help review and support ethical conduct and legal compliance programmes; assist with ongoing and regular reviews of standard form documentation across the business. Assist with the development and implementation of education and training programs on topics where staff should be aware of the legal background or context. Assist in development of and compliance with privacy principles and practices. Advise and assist technical teams on product safety issues, including product recall. Deal with customer complaints in relation to discrimination, product safety and product defects. General Provide the retail teams with day to day legal advice on the consumer laws relating to the sale of goods in store and online. General litigation support. Assisting the HR department with advice on both contentious and non contentious employment issues. Managing a junior member of the team. Skills and experience you will need: Between 4 and 6 years post qualified experience, in a legal capacity, in a commercial environment preferably with an emphasis on intellectual property and in-house Trained and qualified at a reputable law firm. BA or LLB from a top college or university. Be passionate about brands and wanting to work for River Island. Ability to interpret the law and apply it in the context of the commercial objectives of the business. Hard working, well organized and able to manage numerous projects simultaneously under deadline pressure. Be pro-active and show initiative at all times. A confident, can do attitude is required at all times. Excellent communication skills, both in writing and in person Common sense approach to work. Capacity to have fun and enjoy work is essential.