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Legal Counsel

Date Posted: Aug 16, 2019

Location: Brighton, BNH, GB, BN1 4FR

Company: MetLife


Legal Counsel




The MetLife brand is iconic, with a rich history and role in society that has enabled human prosperity for over 147 years.  The company has significant global Legal Affairs expertise, focused on Financial Services.  As an expert in your profession MetLife will develop you further and nurture your best talents whilst further building on your potential. Working for a Global Insurance business will present you with many cross collaboration opportunities. In your local office you will be working with senior stakeholders, contributing to the effectiveness of the business. You won’t be alone, we have strong systems, governance and support structure in place to ensure you are effective in your career.   


As an in-house legal counsel you will provide legal services to the MetLife UK businesses (Employee Benefits, Individual Protection and Wealth Management) and to assist with UK and regional projects.



Legal Counsel key responsibilities:  



The purpose of the Legal Counsel is to provide legal services for the UK Businesses.  Key activities include:


  • Providing effective legal advice and day-to-day legal support to stakeholders in all functions.
  • Reviewing, drafting and negotiating a variety of agreements including distribution agreements, terms of business, and claims related agreements.
  • Reviewing, drafting and negotiating a wide range of commercial contracts including IT and licensing agreements, professional services and supplier agreements, outsourcing, marketing and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Legal lead on a range of strategic and regulatory projects.
  • Providing advice and ability to deal with a wide range of legal and regulatory matters across the business lines.
  • Supporting the UK Head of Legal on any issues arising from the day-to-day activities of the company.
  • Undertaking legal research and monitoring changes in legislation.
  • Providing support to the marketing team, including reviewing a wide range of marketing collateral.
  • Supporting the claims team.
  • Ability to provide legal advice for the UK on various European wide initiatives, including data privacy considerations. 
  • Procurement activities
  • Data protection/privacy (including also Intellectual property/information technology)
  • New business opportunities
  • US reporting requirements


Legal Counsel essential business experience and technical skills: 



  • Qualified Solicitor
  • Will have gained good, robust legal training and be around 3 - 4 years PQE.
  • Proven background of building collaborative partnerships and maintaining internal and external stakeholder trust and confidence with outstanding communication, organisational and interpersonal skills and utilisation of these skills in advising / influencing at all levels.  




  • Ability and willingness to learn quickly and ask the right questions. High commercial focus.
  • Technical skills in advising on and drafting commercial agreements.
  • Ability to work under pressure of tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work as a team member, both within the legal function, and with business colleagues across the relevant business areas as a true partner.
  • Ability to work unaided in a generalist role.
  • Knowledge of Irish insurance / regulatory law preferable.
  • Ability to work independently without overly granular supervision and to learn quickly, think analytically, problem solve and ask the right questions.
  • Ability and willingness to learn quickly and ask the right questions.
  • A flexible approach to meet the changing priorities of the MetLife Europe Legal team and the growing businesses.


MetLife will assist in the funding of Professional Fees for employees were it is relevant and aligned to your position within the organisation.  MetLife reserve the right to make a judgement on whether the subscription is relevant or not to your role as well as cease the payment at any time. This type of subscription will not incur “benefit in kind” tax. 




At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.


MetLife is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to attracting, retaining and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce.  It is the policy of MetLife to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on any basis protected by law.

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Requisition #: 110514 

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