Director, Corporate Law, UK

Job Title: Director, Corporate Law, UK
Department: Business and Legal Affairs
Reports To: Chief Executive Officer and President UK, EMEA Strategy and Operations
Location: London, UK

Lionsgate is a vertically integrated next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, premium pay television networks, home entertainment, global distribution and sales, interactive ventures and games and location-based entertainment.

The London office has an opening for the role of Director, Corporate Law, UK, reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer and President UK, EMEA Strategy and Operations and will have primary responsibility for running the UK’s corporate affairs. The ideal candidate will be a qualified lawyer with 3 – 5+ years PQE, with extensive legal experience in a law firm or in-house. Experience within the media industry would be advantageous, with demonstrable experience advising on all corporate and compliance matters.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Provide legal advice on all forms of corporate transactions entered into by the Company
  • Responsible for advising and managing relevant data protection structures to ensure data protection compliance, ensuring all company policies and procedures are kept up to date and aligned with changing legislations
  • Responsible for corporate governance and compliance with all new UK and EU laws and regulations, e.g.: company website, GDPR, ensuring that all UK group companies have set of policies and procedures, together with due diligence and training
  • Taking the lead and management for all aspects of company acquisitions
  • To ensure that all necessary internal approvals for transactions are secured in a timely and efficient manner
  • Helping revise and develop precedents and templates
  • To work with other areas of the business on rolling out training relating to corporate matters
  • To research, analyse and assist in the implementation of compliance policies of a corporate nature
  • Responsible for advising on employment law, legislation and human resources queries, including drafting of service agreements
  • Review, manage and resolve legal issues that arise under commercial agreements
  • Liaising with the US office in relation to tax compliance to ensure that the company complies with HMRC requirements
  • Responsible for UK group company board meetings, attending and contributing to the quarterly board updates, review/amend board minutes and manage board meeting preparation
  • Ensure all company insurances are kept updated, reviewed and renewed
  • Responsible for all matters relating to the company’s landlord and sublease and tenants

Skills Required:

  • A corporate lawyer with 5 – 7+ years PQE and considerable experience gained (in a law firm or in-house, preferably within media), the PQE indicated is intended as a guide only and does not preclude applications from those with more or less PQE
  • Have corporate legal experience from a top tier law firm or highly regarded in-house organisation, preferably within media
  • Ability to demonstrate an excellent commercial and corporate experience, preferably within a media environment
  • Ability to demonstrate strong technical skills with sound commercial solutions to challenging legal commercial issues
  • Extensive experience of corporate governance
  • Must have a comprehensive grasp of compliance issues, particularly data protection, i.e.: GDPR
  • Able to navigate & understand complex legal principles and issues, including in unfamiliar areas of law.
  • Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills with the ability to convey the meaning of complex legal provisions and agreements to non-legal teams
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work autonomously
  • Able to conduct thorough and accurate research, ensuring attention to detail
  • Exceptional time management skills and the ability to manage a busy and varied workload on multiple projects simultaneously on tight deadlines

We are seeking candidates who are able to demonstrate the Lionsgate values: 

  • Collaborative – a great team player who works well alongside all stakeholders
  • Passionate – an ability to enrol, involve and motivate others with your ideas and plans
  • Innovative – a creative flair, with the ability to think differently and offer new solutions and ideas
  • Inspiring – demonstrate drive, tenacity and commitment to the job in hand
  • Integrity – remaining true to the company’s values and always acting with positive intent