Legal Counsel

Ernst & Young

Karachi, Pakistan

Ref: NP946-1376

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

The Opportunity

We are looking for a motivated, business savvy in-house legal counsel to join our General Counsel Office team to be based in Karachi, Pakistan. This role will be within the Core Business Services (CBS) service line and will handle a broad range of responsibilities supporting the MENA region as well as Pakistan. The ideal candidate should demonstrate fair understanding of the all aspects of commercial law with a nuanced view of the EY business environment and practice, as well as demonstrate legal knowledge and expertise in drafting and negotiating complex contracts and will appreciate being a critical part of the MENA operations in a fast-growing, market defining set-up across various industries.

Your key responsibilities

As a Legal Counsel within EY, you will be a focal point of contact in Pakistan to support the MENA General Counsel. Handling a wide variety of legal demands that arise in a rapidly growing market and provide business-minded legal advice to the business on the various legal issues which may include employment matters, contracts & agreements, policies, procedures, mergers & acquisitions, tenders and ongoing projects within EY.

Subsequently, you can expect to quickly become a trusted and reliable advisor to the firm as you work with colleagues across the MENA region’s business. You will be responsible for, independently drafting, revising and negotiating complex commercial contracts integral to the business. You will also gain a deep understanding of privacy and other data protection laws and regulations impacting the business and the ability to translate that understanding into actionable guidance for business teams. In addition to monitoring regulatory changes and providing legal advice and actionable guidance to the business.

As part of the in-house legal team, you will be reporting directly to the MENA General Counsel.

Skills and attributes for success

Ideal candidate should be a licensed generalist lawyer with +7 years of post-qualification experience in corporate transactional work, with a preference for at least 3 years of in-house experience with growing businesses or an international law firm.


To qualify, you must have

At least 7 years of post-qualification experience. A proven level of English fluency, both spoken and written. Excellent business judgment, intellectual curiosity and the ability to balance legal and business requirements. Proven ability to draft and negotiate complex commercial agreements with a solution-oriented approach. Commercial awareness of the business issues facing the organisation and the ability to deal with problems in a practical and intuitive way. Proven ability to establish a high degree of credibility, respect and trust at all levels, including working collaboratively as a team player with internal business stakeholders. The capability to lead, take responsibility and act autonomously; including an ability to take difficult decisions and provide substantiated arguments. Strong personal communication skills, capable of dealing with wide range of people. Effective planning and organising skills to prioritise key areas of responsibility, tasks and projects with deadlines and the ability to thrive in a fast paced changing environment. The ability to keep calm in a crisis and to cope well with conflicting deadlines

Ideally, you should also

Have employment law experience gained in either a reputable firm (or equivalent) and/or in-house function. Have experience navigating data privacy laws and issues in a commercial context. Have Experience in or demonstrated interest in technology and innovation. Be able to operate with limited use of external counsel

What we look for

We are interested in entrepreneurs who have the confidence to develop and promote a brand new strategic vision both internally and externally. You will be business savvy with a passion for innovation as well as the motivation to create your own EY journey.

What we can offer you

Support and coaching from some of the most engaging colleagues around. Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career. The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you.

About EY

As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, we are using the finance products, expertise and systems we have developed to build a better working world. That starts with a culture that believes in giving you the training, opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. Whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime. With a commitment to hiring and developing the most passionate people, we will make our ambition to be the best employer by 2020 a reality.

If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us.

Build your legacy with us.

Apply now.

About the Company

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. Information about how EY collects and uses personal data and a description of the rights individuals have under data protection legislation are available on our site.

The MENA practice of EY has been operating in the region since 1923. For over 95 years, we have grown to over 7,500 people united across 21 offices and 16 countries, sharing the same values and an unwavering commitment to quality. As an organization, we continue to develop outstanding leaders who deliver exceptional services to our clients and who contribute to our communities. We are proud of our accomplishments over the years, reaffirming our position as the largest and most established professional services organization in the region

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