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Head of Legal - Maternity Cover

Carwow

Carwow

Legal
London, UK
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

About Carwow

We’re Carwow. The car-changing experts for life-changing moments. Whether buying, selling, or (car) window shopping, we aim to give people total confidence in their choice.

We kicked off our journey as the ultimate matchmaker for car reviews, helping everyone pick their perfect ride. But we soon realised this wasn’t the destination - it was just the first leg. Why stop there when we could also help them get a great price?

So we decided we wanted to revolutionise selling cars, just like we did with buying them. That's when we introduced our game-changing 'sell my car' product.

Today, our dedicated team of over 350 experts across the UK, Germany, Spain and Portugal look after over 12 million active users (and an ‘excellent’ Trustpilot rating).

And we’ve got plenty left in the tank.

Working here

So, what does Carwow look like under the hood?

We’re always driving forward, and our people love what they do and love working together. Our goal is to empower our employees to discover their passions, create common ground, and take control of their careers with confidence.

We regularly fine-tune our hiring process to ensure fairness and all Carwowers receive comprehensive DE&I training. Our Diversity Committees, led by our fantastic employees, fuel internal education, help out our local communities, and champion initiatives for our customers.

We’re also Flexa100 nominated and aim to be the go-to place for changing cars. We’re proud to say we’ve got an impressive employee average engagement score of 8.5/10!

Bonding as a team is important to us - whether we're rocking the Carwow Olympics worldwide, playing drag bingo for Pride Month, taking part in beach clean-ups or rallying on the Padel court, there’s always something to bring us together.

Fancy a life-changing career from the car-changing pros? We’d love you to join us on our journey.


About the role

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic Senior Counsel / Head of Legal to join our Legal, Regulatory and Compliance team on a fixed term basis for 12+ months. You will be responsible for the whole range of legal issues that arise in a fast-paced, high growth, tech scale up, with a focus on commercial advice.

What you'll be doing

  • Drafting and negotiating a broad range of complex commercial agreements, partnership agreements and licences
  • Ensuring ongoing compliance with GDPR and associated rules
  • Providing legal support to our subsidiaries (including our European teams)
  • Working closely with our product teams as our product offering evolves
  • Supporting our editorial team who produce YouTube videos
  • Providing legal support to the People team on employment law issues
  • Working with our external advisors on IP portfolio management and oversight
  • Managing our FCA regulated activities (with support from external advisors), and liaising with regulators (FCA, ASA) when required
  • Working with our external advisors on IP portfolio management and oversight
  • Overseeing company wide insurance policies (with support from the finance team)
  • Guiding the legal team, managing the work flow through our legal Helpdesk, and mentoring our trainee
  • Providing the GC with ad hoc support on regular corporate law issues, including M&A and funding rounds, and
  • Assisting our General Counsel as required


What you'll need

Please note: We know that no candidate will be the perfect match for all we've listed in this posting, so we’d encourage you to apply if you feel you're close to the brief but not an exact match:

  • We’re looking for an English qualified lawyer with commercial and data protection experience
  • We envisage that candidates between 6 and 9 years PQE will have the relevant skills / knowledge for this position, however this is an approximate guide for applicants and we are happy to consider the applications of candidates who fall outside of this PQE range but who have the relevant experience
  • You will need the ability to grasp new legal concepts quickly and to distil and explain them in a clear and easy to understand way
  • You will need to be able to work in a fast paced environment, with teams that move quickly
  • Strong communication skills are essential, together with a proactive, persuasive and adaptable manner
  • Strong understanding of GDPR
  • You will be used to independent working and thinking

What's in it for you

  • Hybrid working that works around you (currently two days in the office, three from home)
  • Competitive salary to fund that dream holiday to Bali
  • Share options - when we thrive, so do you!
  • Vitality Private Healthcare, for peace of mind
  • Monthly coaching sessions with Spill - our mental wellbeing partner
  • Enhanced holiday package, plus bank holidays
    • 28 days annual leave
    • 1 day for your wedding
    • 1 day off when you move house - because moving’s hard enough without work!
    • On your third year anniversary, you get 30 days of annual leave per year
    • On your tenth year anniversary, you get 35 days of annual leave per year
    • Option to buy 3 extra days of holiday per year
  • Work from abroad for a month (due to popular demand, this offer excludes the moon).
  • Inclusive parental, partner and shared parental leave, fertility treatment and pregnancy loss policies
  • The latest tech (Macbook or Surface) to power your gif-sending talents
  • Up to £500/€550 home office allowance for that massage chair you’ve been talking about
  • A generous learning and development budget to help you master your craft
  • Regular social events:, tech lunches, coffee with the exec sessions, book clubs, social events/anything else you pester us for
  • Refer a friend, get paid. Repeat for infinite money
  • Lunch & learns and Carwow Classrooms with expert speakers who are here for a free lunch

Diversity and inclusion is an integral part of our culture. We know that diverse teams are strong teams, so we welcome those with alternative identities, backgrounds, and experiences to apply for this position. We make recruiting decisions based on experience, skills and potential, so all our applicants are treated fairly and equally.