Junior Legal Counsel

at Parity Technologies

177 d. ago
About the Job

Legal Counsel

Parity is one of the world's most experienced core blockchain infrastructure companies, having built and pioneered some of the most advanced technologies in the blockchain sector. Parity was founded by Dr. Gavin Wood, co-founder and former CTO of Ethereum, the primary engineer behind the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), inventor of the Solidity programming language, and primary author of the Ethereum Yellowpaper.

Based in Berlin, London, and Lisbon with over 340 employees worldwide, Parity has built clients for Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Zcash and has pioneered a completely new, next-generation blockchain protocol with Polkadot and the framework it’s built with, Substrate. Parity builds the open-source technologies needed to power an unstoppable, decentralised web—known as Web3—and helps developers and organisations implement and build upon the Web3 tech stack.

About the team:

The legal team advises and supports Parity across all of the business. We are a fun hardworking team of 4 lawyers, 1 Trainee lawyer and 1 paralegal headed up by the General Counsel (Chrissy Hill). The work of the team is varied and challenging supporting a fast moving business which is growing rapidly.

About the position:

Reporting to the Senior Legal Counsel the Legal Counsel  provides proactive legal support to all area of the business  and is responsible for the following:

  • Supporting the development  and management of Parity’s IP strategy  liaising with internal stakeholders and external legal counsel
  • Assisting in the review and drafting of commercial contracts, NDA’s and other legal agreements across the business
  • Advising on data privacy issues and managing a project to migrate data privacy to external counsel
  • Managing corporate governance including company secretarial work (using the services of an external company secretary), board minutes, signing of PoA’s
  • Ad hoc legal projects as required to meet the needs of the business as it expands internationally 
  • Providing legal support and advice to back office functions including operations, marketing and finance 
  • Supervising the  work of a trainee lawyer and paralegal within the team

About you:

  • You are 5-8 years pqe lawyer with a minimum of 4 years in house experience in a legal team working in an international environment 
  • You are commercially aware with all round in house legal experience, preferably within a technological environment (desirable but not essential)
  • Experience of providing corporate legal support is essential and it would be an advantage to have experience of advising on  IP matters
  • You enjoy and have experience of working proactively across a range of matters and projects in a fast paced and unstructured environment
  • You have excellent communication skills and have experience of developing effective working relationships at all levels and across all functions
  • You enjoy working in a small team and have  a good sense of humour

About working for us:

For everyone who joins us:

  • Competitive remuneration packages, including tokens (where legally possible), based on iterative market research
  • Remote-first, global working environment with flexible hours
  • Collaborative, fast-paced, and self-initiating culture, designed to mimic an open source workflow
  • Energising and collaborative team and company retreats all over the world
  • Opportunity to learn more about Web3 while on the job, with access to some of the brightest minds in this space; we have plenty of educational initiatives such as internal sessions, all-hands, AMAs, hackathons, etc.
  • Teammates who are genuinely excited about their job, impact, and Parity’s mission
  • Opportunity to relocate to Germany or Portugal

For those joining us as employees in Germany, Portugal, or the U.K.:

  • 28 paid vacation days per year
  • Work laptop (macOS or Linux-based) and equipment to enable you to work successfully
  • £2,500 yearly learning and development budget for conferences or courses of your choice

Not a perfect match to our requirements? We're still excited to receive your application and hear how you think you can help us achieve our mission.

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