Head of Legal

  • Competitive
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Trussle
  • 21 May 19

Head of Legal

About Trussle
Owning your own home should be one of the most exciting times of your life. But for too long it's been overshadowed by the daunting process of getting a mortgage. We're working to change that. At Trussle we're using data, design, and technology to solve the mortgage problem once and for all.

Having raised investment of £ 19.3M from leading investors including Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments, launched key partnerships with players such as uSwitch and Zoopla, and becoming the highest-rated online mortgage broker on Trustpilot, we're well placed to continue our rapid growth.

At Trussle, we're not just building the best online mortgage experience for home owners. We're also building a second home for our employees, with the necessary support to help them get out just as much as they put in. We're very aware that our team spends the majority of their waking hours at our office. So we invest in every one of them - from providing regular lunches, socials, and meditations sessions, to offering a week's paid Learning & Development budget so they can learn outside the office too. We may be a tech company, but we believe it's our people that make Trussle our second home.

As you'd expect within a growing startup, the scope of legal work is extremely broad. It ranges from day-to-day negotiation of contracts with our suppliers and new partners to intellectual property and regulatory matters, to the large scale projects such as fundraising and investment. The role is incredibly varied and legal topics could include providing input on any matters relating to corporate, company, employment, IP, property, or regulatory law.

No two days are the same as you will engage with stakeholders across the business, helping to set up new projects, assess risk, manage external relationships, and work on special projects. The Head of Legal will play a crucial part in the life of the business at you work alongside the management team to provide legal advice, support and guidance as a business partner, understanding issues and producing viable and tangible solutions.

The role will involve

    • Working alongside the management team to advise on assorted legal matters, contract status, risks and liabilities.
    • Drafting, negotiating, reviewing and managing our contracts and agreements with partners and suppliers.
    • Leading on M&A or investment activity and DD exercises.
    • Researching and anticipating unique legal issues that could impact the company and advising executives.
    • Coordinating external legal advice to ensure that we receive cost-effective and business-orientated advice on specialist topics.
    • Providing corporate support to ensure excellent governance at entity and board level.
    • Working with the Head of Compliance on GDPR and data protection measures, as well as regulatory matters.


About you
    • You'll be a talented, self-starting lawyer driven by a desire to make an impactful contribution to the organisation.
    • You'll have at least 3 - 5 years PQE and have gained experience in top tier law firm and/or in-house with a major firm.
    • You'll be autonomous, proactive and flexible in your approach, as you'll have a lot of non-legal material to get to grips with as you learn about the business and the sector.
    • You'll relish the broad variety of challenges that may cross your desk as learning opportunities that may be outside your specialism.
    • You'll be able to combine your legal and business knowledge with great communication skills as you liaise with multiple internal and external stakeholders and understand, prioritise and provide ways to ensure that the business maintains its legal risks at its chosen risk appetite.
    • You'll have emotional intelligence and strong interpersonal skills to react and bring together legal and contextual considerations, and be able to translate complex concepts into simple solutions for stakeholders who are not well versed in legal complexities.
    • You'll be robust in your desire to achieve quality, but will be guided by pragmatism when it comes to business critical output.
    • You'll thrive on the ability to work independently within a fast-paced, commercial organisation, without the same level of supervision as found in private practice.
    • You'll adapt quickly and positively to change, particularly where you are required to draw clarity and precision from uncertainty.


Working culture
Your ownership and independence will come first. The team focuses on results and high quality work. Not only that, you'll feel comfortable that our values - being brave, investing in each other, making it simple, and owning it - reflect aspects of your personality and approach to work.

Benefits
(i) Professional development - budget plus time (5 days!) to spend on whatever helps you improve and deliver outcomes.
(ii) Workplace pension - we're set up with Aviva to make sure we're contributing to help you save for retirement.
(iii) Mental health - meditation classes and Sanctus mental health coaching.
(iv) Season ticket loans - to help you secure any discount available on a 12 month ticket.
(v) Holiday - 25 days a year + an extra day for your birthday.
(vi) Socials, food & drink - Free breakfast, fruit, tea and coffee, beer and wine on Friday, team lunches every other week. We also host plenty of socials.

Equal Opportunity
The best ideas are often the least expected and require new ways of thinking; that's why our teams at Trussle are made up of an incredible range of talented people. Trussle is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, colour, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any other legally protected status.