Manager Legal

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago


NIDCO


JOB DESCRIPTION

CATEGORY OF STAFF

Contract

JOB TITLE

MANAGER LEGAL

DEPARTMENT

LEGAL

JOB SUMMARY

The incumbent is required to manage and direct the activities of the Legal Services Department of NIDCO and render legal services.  Duties include planning, directing and coordinating the work of professional legal staff and legal support staff.  Duties also include providing legal advice, representing NIDCO in court, at Tribunals and meetings, drafting and reviewing legal agreements and other legal documents and participating in negotiations, mediation and arbitration. Supervises the application of legal principles to minimise the effect of project and operational risks on the Company’s activities.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

·       Reports to the President

·t     Supervision given to Legal Officers, Legal Clerk and Administrative Assistant

Works closely with Line Managers, internal and external stakeholders.


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KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  

·       Establishes a legal framework to guide the Company’s Management and Board of Directors in ensuring conformity of NIDCO’s activities with applicable legislative requirements

·       Plans, directs and coordinates the activities of the professional legal staff, including, but not limited to the following:

-       Appearing in court and before other Tribunals

-       Providing legal advice on legal issues related to the administration, interpretation and enforcement of legal pertinent to NIDCO’s operations

-       Drafting legal documents, such as contracts, leases and agreements

-       Preparing draft pleadings for filing;

-       Reviewing legal/court documents for completeness and accuracy

-       Preparing Legal Opinions; and

-       Researching and analysing legal matters/issues

·       Provides advice and interpretation of law to senior management and staff on complex legal matters/issues.

·       Drafts or leads the drafting of very complex legal documents/instruments

·       Leads or participates in consultations and negotiations with external parties

·       Prepares Cabinet Notes, memoranda, letter and other documents

·       Supervises the work of legal professionals in the implementation of procurement procedures, the drafting of procurement documents and contracts, and the administration of contracts

·       Assists in the development and execution of operational plans to support the Company’s strategic and risk management objectives.

 

·       Oversees the Company’s dispute resolution and litigation activities, managing the use of external counsel, where necessary.

·       Mentors legal professionals and other staff to facilitate knowledge transfer and succession planning.

·       Serves as a resource in the training and development of legal staff.

·       Performs other related duties, as required.

 

KEY SKILLS AND ABILITIES

·       Skilled in negotiation, mediation and arbitration

·       Ability to present and explain statements of fact and law logically, orally and in writing

·       Ability to perform in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment

·       A leader with proven legal expertise and significant experience in working with peers and subordinates in the management of legal risks.

·       Extensive knowledge of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago.

·       Extensive knowledge of the following:

-       Procedures and practices relevant to the operations of NIDCO

-       Court procedures and practices and rules and evidence

-       Litigation

-       Contract and property law and civil procedures.

Demonstrable negotiation and influencing skills.

QUALIFICATION/MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

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·       Master’s Degree in Law.

·       Legal Education Certification (LEC) or relevant Professional Certification, with a minimum of 15 years’ experience as an Attorney (with at least 10 years at supervisory level).

·       Admission to practice Law of Trinidad and Tobago.

·       Must have conveyancing experience.

·       Must have Industrial Relations experience.

·       Experience in Marine Law will be an asset.

·       Training in the application of FIDIC principles and practices.

·       Equivalent combination of training and experience.



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