Legal Counsel (London)

Organisation profile:    

Established in 2007 the Navig8 Group is the world’s largest independent shipping pool and commercial management company. Operating in 13 hubs across four continents, Navig8 is a fully integrated provider of shipping management services as well as an owner, operator and active charterer.

With an entrepreneurial spirit at our core, we have grown our fleet to be one of the most diverse in the world with pools spanning the clean and dirty tanker and chemical sectors. Our intention is to answer our customers’ highly diverse shipping needs with flexibility, diversity and an unrivalled transportation platform. Over time, this has enabled us to create a leading network of relationships with major oil companies and commodities traders and a global lead across markets.

The Group contains Integr8 fuels, one of the world’s leading fuel management providers and bunker traders and also has a long track record in asset management and partnership with external shipping investors.

Purpose of the Legal Counsel role: 

This is a broad in-house role within a fast-growing shipping group. Joining their existing team in London you will be involved in a wide variety of transactional work.  At its core, the role will involve drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial documents in relation to all of the Group’s activities.

Summary of responsibilities:

  • Assistance on corporate finance transactions including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures;
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating loan and security agreements for the financing or refinancing of vessel acquisitions, including sale and leaseback transactions, and vessel delivery arrangements
  • Assisting with the documentation for the other financing arrangements of the Group which include receivables facilities and bond issuances.
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating shipping related commercial agreements such as pool agreements, charter parties, shipbuilding contracts, vessel sale and purchase agreements, commercial management agreements and bunker supply contracts as well as other miscellaneous general commercial contracts entered into by the group;
  • Assistance on company secretarial and other corporate matters, including kyc;
  • Proactive responsibility for updating and amending template documentation for the Navig8 Group and standard terms with Navig8’s biggest freight customers

Skills and experience

  • You should be a UK qualified lawyer from NQ to 3years’ post qualification experience in corporate finance and/or ship finance gained in private practice. Candidates who have general commercial shipping experience, in particular acting for ship owners and operators will be preferred but this is not essential as extensive on-the-job training will be given.
  • Experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating corporate finance documentation (particularly joint ventures) and/or shipping finance documents.
  • Some knowledge of commercial shipping contracts such as time charter parties, shipbuilding contracts and pool agreements.
  • Adaptability and willingness to undertake work in new practice areas.
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent project execution and management skills.
  • Confidence to provide advice in a fast paced, commercial environment.
  • Strong commercial awareness.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in one of the most dynamic, in-house shipping companies in the world.  The team is supportive, and the role is based in their contemporary offices in Victoria.  The team is large for a company of its size and the successful candidate will benefit from guidance and supervision from a team of experienced lawyers and be exposed to a wide range of interesting work. 

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