Assistant General Counsel DRP, Open to flexible working

Brentford (City/Town), London (Greater)
16 Apr 2021
10 May 2021
Contract Type

Are you energized by working in a fast changing and highly complex legal environment? If so, this Litigation Assistant General Counsel position in Dispute Resolution and Prevention (DRP) could be an ideal opportunity to explore.

The Litigation Assistant General Counsel position in Dispute Resolution and Prevention (DRP) group, GSK Legal Department, based in London, UK. This role is responsible for actively executing litigation strategy across a diverse portfolio of litigation in areas of products liability, class actions, healthcare fraud and abuse, government investigations, commercial, and other litigation areas, across many countries as well with a focus on the EU. The expectation for this role is to proactively set and drive litigation strategy, including leading and supervising external counsel. This role is also responsible for avoiding litigation and other disputes, through preventative legal advice, identification of potential risk areas, and driving early resolution of disputes/claims. This role is also expected to lead privileged internal investigations. This role will be aligned to support GSK's Consumer business and be part of the new Consumer company splitting off from GSK (currently targeted for mid-2022).

Why you?

Job Responsibilities include all or some of the following, characterised by a high degree of independence and complexity:

  • Develop and execute litigation strategy for GSK's Consumer business in areas of products liability, class actions, healthcare fraud and abuse, government/internal investigations, contract and commercial matters, and other areas. The role has responsibility across many jurisdictions but with a focus on the EU. This includes active participation in and oversight of internal fact investigation, discovery responses, selection of experts, motion practice, preparation of witnesses, jury research, and trial strategy. Represent GSK at meetings, mediations, and arbitrations.
  • Lead and conduct attorney-client privileged internal investigations involving allegations of fraud, corruption, or breach of laws that could result in criminal and/or civil liability for the company and/or its employees acting on behalf of the company, and/or that could result in significant reputational harm to the company.
  • Juggle numerous competing priorities and perform in a continually changing legal, regulatory, and scientific environment.
  • Interface with company employees at all levels, including senior management and business sector employees and lawyers. Communicate effectively and build teamwork among company employees involved in defense of litigation.
  • Work closely with external counsel on appropriate matters to develop and drive overall litigation strategy, ensure compliance with company policies, and drive cost savings. Work closely with GSK Global External Legal Relations Team to develop and monitor robust assumptions for each matter to facilitate negotiations for fee agreements based on value of work. In consultation with outside counsel, recommend and monitor financial reserves for lawsuits and investigations.
  • Conduct early case assessments and provide preventive legal advice to business clients and business sector attorneys to avoid potential litigation and/or by resolving disputes.
  • Develop, improve, and implement best practice litigation processes, on individual basis as well as participating in teams, for use by DRP lawyers. Demonstrate capacity for innovation in providing unique and creative solutions to complex legal issues.
  • Provide additional leadership within the department/company, including driving litigation/legal department initiatives and process improvement projects.
  • Keep abreast of legal developments and continue legal education in substantive areas and litigation practices as they relate to GSK environment. Demonstrate diversity in thought and experience.

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • Law Degree (JD) along with Bar qualification.
  • 7-10+ years of experience practicing in a law firm or corporate in-house team.
  • 7-10+ years applicable litigation experience in a major law firm, corporate law department, government agency, or a combination thereof.
  • Proven experience delivering legal advice to support business needs.
  • Extensive prior experience in providing legal advice and day-to-day oversight management of complex, global legal issues, regulation and policy.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, juggle numerous priorities, meet deadlines, and work independently, as well as in a team environment.
  • Must be able to travel internationally and have flexibility in personal schedule to accommodate working across time zones.

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:

  • Strong academic background.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to interact with all levels of management.
  • Exposure as a legal adviser in relevant area of the law, whether in private practice, commerce or government.
  • Excellent analytical skills. .
  • Experience in pharmaceutical litigation and investigation experience is preferred.

Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.

These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Agile and distributed decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk, governance and control, managing ambiguity and paradox.
  • Managing individual performance.
  • Creating a performance culture and driving results, prioritisation, execution, delivering performance.
  • Setting strategic direction and leading on-going organisational transformation.
  • Building a resilient organisation.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration in service of common goals, engaging the organisation and building trusted external networks for mutual benefit.
  • Managing P&L and capital allocation.

*This is a job description to aide in the job posting, but does not include all job evaluation details.

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers. As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

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