Senior Legal Counsel

  • Full-time

Company Description

Publicis Groupe is one of the largest advertising agency holding companies in the world and a global marketing, communications, and digital transformation leader. We utilise the Power of One operating model to integrate and develop competencies to increase business value for existing and future clients.  The company is present in 108 countries, employs in excess of 80,000 professionals and comprises world-renown agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, Publicis Sapient, Zenith, Starcom, Publicis Health and Epsilon.

Publicis Re:Sources is the Groupe's Shared Services Platform, a centralised backbone supporting 63+ markets and servicing a network of prestigious agencies across the globe. We have grown to 5,000+ professionals operating 40+ shared service centres (SSCs). We provide business solutions, technology platforms and expertise to help Publicis Groupe agencies do what they do best: create and innovate for clients.

This role will be based in our London office. Please only apply if you have the right to work in UK.

Job Description

Provide the Publicis Groupe digital and data agencies with appropriate legal support and partnership to help ensure understanding and management of key legal, commercial and compliance risks. This role focuses on supporting development and sale of digital and data products which rely on our proprietary “Core ID” (a single customer view database which consolidates consumer activity data into individual profiles) to provide highly targeted and personalised advertising from major brands, and on supporting the Groupe’s affiliate marketing practice.

  • Develop and maintain expertise in Publicis Groupe data products (developed, integrated and sold by Epsilon, CJ, CitrusAd, Yieldify and the Publicis Media Hub Data & Commerce Practice);
  • Review, draft, revise and negotiate services agreements and other commercial contracts (such as Master Service Agreements, Statements of Work, Licences, SaaS agreements, data protection agreements) with both clients and vendors;
  • Advise the Publicis Groupe’s UK agencies on all commercial legal aspects of their business, focusing on the digital and data practices;
  • Coordinate, manage and draft legal responses to new clients’ pitch proposals;
  • Partner with UK Digital & Data Practices Legal Lead to coordinate support for Publicis Groupe data products and provide supervisory support and feedback to other team members supporting Publicis Groupe data products, including leading support for CJ Affiliates as first point of contact;
  • Coordinate with Legal teams in the US and Europe on Publicis Groupe data product contract templates to promote consistency across approaches to negotiating terms and communicate know-how;
  • Define and enforce contract standards and negotiation parameters for Publicis Groupe data product contracts; Support in developing legal precedents and best practices;
  • Review non-disclosure and other new business agreements;
  • Advise on contract and regulatory compliance matters, including data privacy, IP matters, software licensing, and SaaS arrangements;
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on work from other business areas of the Publicis Groupe to ensure that the Legal team can manage the overall workload efficiently and that all team members have an understanding of the business as a whole;
  • Support the agencies in relation to disputes and litigation resolution and provide internal reports, where needed;
  • Keep up to date and ensure awareness of current issues affecting the digital consulting, software and systems industry and their implications on client contract negotiations;
  • Assist in training agencies as well as members of the legal team on commercial legal considerations in the digital and data practices



  • Qualified Solicitor (or equivalent) with solid experience (at least 4 years), ideally with experience in an in-house environment.

Knowledge / Experience

  • Expert knowledge of commercial contract law;
  • Experience of a wide range of commercial contracts, including SaaS agreements;
  • Experience of data protection law and compliance;
  • Familiarity with digital marketing, consulting, information technology services and advertising business and contracts valued.

Skills (including technology)

  • Excellent English language drafting, negotiation and advisory skills;
  • Strong ability to assess risk, work under pressure and prioritise related issues;
  • Demonstration of a pragmatic and commercial approach to legal challenges;
  • Excellent research skills;
  • Comfortable using and advising on technology.


  • Flexible, collaborative and strong team working skills, with willingness to take on a variety of work and partner with colleagues and stakeholders;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English with an ability to articulate legal risks and challenges in an understandable and commercial way;
  • Ability to remain resilient and vigilant in a demanding environment;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Curiosity and the desire and ability to grow and build expertise.
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