In-house counsel/company secretary


Job Summary

In-House Counsel/Company Secretary

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description

Indigenous integrated Oil & Gas Company is currently looking for an In-House Counsel/Company’s Secretary to join their team. Our focus is downstream and the successful candidate will provide and implement legal advice and best practice. He/She is to play a central part of the organization’s corporate governance infrastructure.


·     Minimum of 5 years post-call to bar.

·     LLM is an advantage

·     Computer literate 

·     Good Communication and writing skills


·     Excellent interpersonal skills

·     Hardworking

·     Organized and perceptive

·     Proven experience as a legal counsel in a business environment

·     Excellent knowledge and understanding of corporate law and procedures

·     Full comprehension of the influences of the external environment of a corporation

·     Demonstrated ability to create legal defensive or proactive strategies

·     High degree of professional ethics and integrity

·     Sound judgment and the ability to analyze situations and information

·     Honesty and integrity

·     Decisiveness

·     Confident

·     Discretion, diplomacy and tact 

·     Analytical thinking and attention to detail

·     Communication skills, including active listening


·     Must be fit, law-abiding and honest, with no previous criminal convictions, showing integrity and objectivity

·     Know and apply legal ethics and related behaviours in an in-house environment

·     Respond professionally to conflicts of interest

·     Recognizes circumstances giving rise to ethical problems or conflicts

·     Must possess behaviour indicating a solid understanding of legal ethical principles

·     Behaviour indicates a solid understanding of conflict of interest, how to avoid and when to disclose

·     Must keep company’s privileged information confidential and apply an understanding of the concept of legal privilege and related principles

·     Invoke legal privilege appropriately in order to withhold disclosing or discovering documents

·     Apply understanding of the difference between privilege and confidentiality

·     Actions demonstrate an understanding of attorney-client privilege

·     Actions demonstrate an awareness of and application of the duty of confidentiality

·     Knowledge of the law of contract, principles pertaining to the interpretation of contracts and understanding of basic Commercial Law principles 

·     Demonstrate the ability to apply the laws and principles of contract

·     Demonstrate the ability to draft and vet a sound, reliable contract

·     Knowledge and understanding of the laws and principles pertaining to litigation

·     Must have managerial, administration, and leadership skills and the knowledge and experience


·      Provide and implement legal advice and best practice, to play a central part for the organization’s corporate governance infrastructure, and ideally to act as a trusted advisor or strategic partner in the organization

·      Dealing with the inevitable pressures and potential conflicts of interest that arise as part of the day-to-day professional life within his/her organization

·      Handle all legal business and to take charge of managing legal risk in-house

·      Follow a traditional model of litigation, conveyance and commercial divisions

·      To provide legal compliance advice and/or to manage the legal compliance function 

·      Responsibility for risk management, anti-bribery/corruption, anti-money-laundering, and data protection compliance.

·      Expected to perform the duties of a company secretary

·      Act as support function providing legal services and advice to the organization and is part of either a general or divisional department; 

·      Provide general & expertise legal advice on general business issues. 

·      Demonstrate ability to proceed to recover outstanding debts 

·      Demonstrate ability to attempt to resolve disputes before decisions to proceed with litigation;

·      Demonstrate ability to prepare thorough briefs to attorneys to litigate on a matter on behalf of the company; 

·      Demonstrate ability to settle and close out matters which are under dispute through either alternative dispute resolution or via the courts

·      Knowledge of the laws and principles pertaining to alternative dispute resolution.

·      Demonstrate ability to proceed to alternative dispute resolution forums (alternative to the magistrate or high court processes)

·      Knowledge and understanding of the Nigeria standard laws, laws relating to companies.

·      Support the effective operation of the Board of Directors

·      Give accurate and timely counsel to executives in a variety of legal issues.

·      Collaborate with management to devise efficient defence strategies

·      Specify internal governance policies and regularly monitor compliance

·      Research and evaluate different risk factors regarding business decisions and operations

·      Communicate and negotiate with external parties (regulators, external counsel, public authority etc.)

·      Draft and solidify agreements, contracts and other legal documents to ensure the company’s full legal rights





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