Legal Officer

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago


NIDCO


JOB DESCRIPTION

CATEGORY OF STAFF

Contract

JOB TITLE

LEGAL OFFICER

DEPARTMENT

LEGAL

This position is responsible for assisting the Manager Legal Department, in successful application of legal principles to minimise the effect of project and operational risk.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

Reports to the Manager Legal Department


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KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

      Assist the Manager Legal in providing legal counsel to the executive management and the Board of Directors.

·      Represents the Company in legal matters before the courts

·      Provides legal counsel to facilitate the efficient execution of procurement and contract administration procedures

·      Assists in the preparation of documentation for presentation in court such as interviewing witnesses, taking depositions and preparing trial briefs and draft pleadings for filing

·      Drafts contracts and ensures contractors’ satisfactory compliance of contract obligations

·      Undertakes dispute resolution/conflict management activities as required

·      Provides legal advice on issues arising from actual or anticipated law suits

·      Ensures conflicts arising managed and resolved

·      Serves as Legal Counsel in Industrial Relations Issues

·      Writes Opinions on actual or anticipated legal issues

·      Conducts a legal review of reports, correspondence, articles and other documents as may be required

·      Develops and implements process improvements to corporate policies and procedures for NIDCO’s operations and governance/compliance purposes

·      Effectively and efficiently engage external counsel to supplement in-house legal work

·      Provides support to the Manager Legal in the provision of land acquisition guidance and support as may be required

·      Provides legal support to other departments as necessary

·      Ensures metrics are in place to improve compliance process.

 

KEY SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Working knowledge of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Working knowledge of the following

-       procedures and practices relevant to the operations of NIDCO

-       court procedures and practices and Rules of Evidence

-       litigation, conveyancing and Industrial Relations laws and practices

-       contract and property law and civil Procedures

  • Working knowledge of general commercial, Company and Contract Law
  • Strong critical reasoning skills
  • Demonstrable negotiation and influencing skill

 

QUALIFICATION/MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

-       Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB);
-       Legal Education Certificate (LEC) or Professional qualifications from the UK Law Society;
-       Admission to practice Law in Trinidad and Tobago
-       Eight (8) years as an Attorney-at-Law with at least five years’ experience in a similar position
-       Training in the application of FIDIC principles and practices
-       Training in Construction Law
-       Training in Industrial Relations
-       Knowledge in Maritime Law would be considered an asset



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