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Business Ops

Legal Counsel

With over 35 nationalities and a range of backgrounds represented in our Benevolent team, we aim to build an inclusive environment where our people can bring their authentic selves to work, be respected for who they are and the exceptional work they do. We welcome and actively encourage applications from all sections of society and are committed to offering equal employment opportunities regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, disability, age, citizenship, or any other basis. We see our diversity as an asset as we tackle challenging problems that bridge the gap between drug discovery and technology.


The Role

We have an exciting opening for a commercially-minded & pragmatic legal counsel to join our Compliance, Legal & IP team and shape how we scale our support to advance Benevolent’s strategic objectives. With prior experience of working in a high-growth technology or biotechnology company, you will be excited by the challenges ahead and relish the opportunity to grow as part of a dynamic and fun team.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Drafting, reviewing, and amending a wide variety of commercial legal agreements.
  • Developing and drafting documentation to support licensing agreements.
  • Escalation point for issues arising from Non-Disclosure Agreements, Master Service Agreements, Statements of Work, and other regularly used “standard” legal documentation.
  • Providing general ad-hoc commercial legal support across the breadth of the business, including legal research.
  • Providing day-to-day corporate legal support (including oversight of company secretarial matters) and involvement in periodic larger corporate projects.
  • Supporting the development and roll-out of new products and services from a legal perspective.
  • Being a key driver of streamlining existing processes, documentation, and precedents and creating self-service tools for the business to enable the legal team to scale as the business grows.
  • Assisting in the provision of regular training to the business and legal updates to the team.

Additional Responsibilities
  • Assisting with People Team and employment-related legal matters and ad-hoc corporate transactions - bonus points for prior experience of either.

We are looking for someone with

  • 5-7 years’ post-qualification legal experience, although all experiences and backgrounds will be given due consideration.
  • A mixture of private legal practice and in-house experience is preferred - ideally at least 2 years of this experience will have been gained working in-house in the technology or biotechnology sectors, preferably in a start-up or other high-growth environment (time on secondment is also useful).
  • Undergraduate law degree (preferably from a common law jurisdiction), or non-legal degree with conversion and completed Legal Practice Course.
  • A solid understanding of the key commercial legal issues facing a company such as BenevolentAI, including applicable licensing, IP creation and ownership and data privacy frameworks.
  • Experience of commercial in-licensing and out-licensing deals in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical/life sciences sector.
  • Experience of structuring and drafting SaaS and similar agreements.
  • A “can-do” attitude and a willingness to learn and exist outside of your comfort zone.
  • Interest, knowledge and experience of the technology and biotechnology/pharmaceutical industries and surrounding law and regulation.
  • An interest in legal operations and a willingness to identify and implement solutions and processes to drive efficiencies.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Evidence of a constant desire to drive for results and steadfastly pushing themselves and others for results.
  • Making internal customers and stakeholders a top priority and understanding and meeting their needs and expectations.

We share a passion for being part of a mission that matters, and we are always looking for curious and collaborative people who share our values and want to be part of our journey.  If that sounds like a fit for you, hit the apply button and join us.

About us

BenevolentAI unites AI with human expertise to discover new and more effective medicines. Our unique computational R&D platform spans every step of the drug discovery process, powering an in-house pipeline of over 25 drug programmes. We advance our mission to reinvent drug discovery by harnessing the power of a diverse team, rich with different backgrounds, experiences, opinions and personalities.  In our offices in London and New York and research facility in Cambridge (UK), we work in highly collaborative, multidisciplinary teams, harnessing skills across biology, chemistry, engineering, AI, machine learning, informatics, precision medicine and drug discovery.

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