Vacancies Solicitor

Job Introduction

**Hybrid/home working coming into our Folkestone office once a month** 

Our people are everything to us. The way they deliver exceptional experiences every day for our customers, for their colleagues. The way they own what they do. Their 'Why's it like that?' curiosity. How they always think of others and work together to get things done. For us, for you, make do will never do. Good enough? Not even close. Come and do the best work of your life alongside lovely colleagues. Come to Saga. 

…And right now, we are looking for a Solicitor in our Group Professional Services part of our insurance business at an exciting time in Saga’s history. As a Group, Saga is taking to the seas in our brand new, luxury cruise ships and leading the market with innovative insurance and financial products. 

You will be responsible for providing high-quality legal advice and regulatory support to colleagues across the Saga Group in relation to a broad range of legal matters. To support the growth of the Saga Group ensuring the delivery of a first class commercial and legal service in a dynamic, competitive, and ever evolving business environment. 

And in return, you can look forward to all the responsibility and involvement of an integral role, providing you with a rewarding and fast-paced career with an excellent benefits package. 

If this is of interest to you then we would be keen to hear from you!

Role Responsibility

Generally: 

  • Providing legal advice and support in relation to a broad range of legal issues, working with colleagues at all levels across the business, with a particular emphasis on legal advice, solutions, and support in relation to issues that have a broad impact on the business.  

  • Drafting and negotiating commercial contracts.  

  • Providing advice in relation to customer documentation and complaints.  

  • Providing legal support to projects as and when required.  

  • Influencing and encouraging the business to take account of legal and reputational risk.  

  • Drafting, reviewing, providing guidance, and training on and ensuring compliance with internal Saga legal policies.   

  • Working collaboratively with other members of the legal team, other departments, the wider business, and subsidiaries in providing a fully integrated service across the Saga Group.  

  • Effectively managing external counsel to ensure that a cost effective and high-quality service is delivered within the agreed budget.  

  • Effectively managing relationships with key stakeholders, including legal colleagues, businesses and Group functions and key suppliers.  

  • Ensuring legal knowledge and awareness of industry developments remain up to date in terms of current and planned legislative changes and relevant parts of the business are advised accordingly with any relevant actions taken to ensure continued legal compliance for Saga Group.  

  • Providing training to and sharing knowledge with the Saga Group Legal Team as well as the relevant business areas on legal issues and areas of interest.  

  • Effectively prioritising work matters and participation at relevant business meetings.  

  • Recommending process improvements.  

  • Networking at legal industry events.  

  • Case and Transaction Management 

Under the supervision of a Head of Legal or Senior Solicitor:  

  • Attending meetings with business colleagues  

  • Gaining a clear understanding of client expectations and requirements ensuring instructions are obtained or confirmed.  

  • Assessing and analysing legal problems.  

  • Conducting or sourcing relevant legal research.  

  • Successfully delivering transactional goals.  

  • Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the instruction, if relevant.  

  • Maintaining utmost confidentiality.  

  • Challenging business colleagues, where appropriate.  

Administration:  

  • Participating in a twice-yearly self-appraisal, maintaining an individual development, and training log.  

  • Maintaining electronic work matter files and reporting logs.  

  • Following administrative systems and procedures.  

  Development:  

  • Gain the requisite competency in the skill standards, commensurate with a solicitor of the same standing. 

The Ideal Candidate

Education and Qualifications: 

  • Qualified solicitor or barrister. 

  • Demonstrated a good academic record, having preferably obtained a 2:1 degree or higher at university. 

  • Other relevant post-graduate qualifications useful, for example CII. 

  • Maintain CPD to support professional status and business need. 

 Personal Characteristics: 

  • Strong interpersonal skills required to communicate clearly, precisely, and appropriately, both orally and in writing with other parties, at all levels, whilst maintaining excellent working relationships. 

  • Confident and able to negotiate with clients and other professionals to secure a desired outcome. 

  • Ability to prioritise work matters and deal with a few works matters simultaneously, and usually under pressure and to tight deadlines. 

  • Maintain highest possible professional and ethical standards, act with unyielding integrity. 

  • Dedicated team player, “can do” attitude.

Capability, Knowledge, and Experience: 

  • A qualified solicitor, barrister, or international equivalent, preferably with requisite in-house experience. 

  • Play a full role within the Saga Group Legal Team and be able to manage a full and varied workload under the direction of the Manager. 

  • Excellent literacy and reasonable numeracy skills together with a competent and confident level of understanding of Microsoft Software packages and Share Point. 

  • Strong commercial acumen is essential. 

Our values are:

  • Precision Pace - Always owning and making things happen.
  • Empathy – Always aware of others.
  • Curiosity – Always asking why.
  • Collaboration – Always one team, the Saga team!

Package Description

The standard benefits when you join Saga include: 

  • Remote working available where possible

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays with the choice to buy a further 5 days annual leave per year 

  • Free private medical insurance after 1 years' service 

  • Workplace Pension 

  • AXA Be Supported 

  • A range of reductions and offers from leading retailers, travel groups and entertainment companies

About the Company

Having spent our first 30 years focused on travel, Saga launched Saga Magazine and developed home and motor insurance and financial services in the 1980s. Private medical and pet insurance followed in the 1990s, along with the launch of our own cruise ship operation. The strength of the Saga brand provides the Group with the ability to develop in-house or partner with suppliers to offer our customers and members highly differentiated, competitively priced products which meet their evolving needs.

Saga exists to help our customers and members lead the life they want to lead. To succeed in this, we know that the most important thing to do is to listen to our customers and members. At the heart of our business model is our drive to know more about our customers’ wants and needs so we are best placed to serve them.

Applying this approach over the past 70 years has enabled us to become the UK's specialist provider of products and services to people aged over 50 in the UK. The Saga brand has become one of the most recognised and trusted brands amongst UK consumers in this demographic and is recognised for its high quality products and exceptional standards of service. These include cruises and holidays, insurance, personal finance and the Saga Magazine.

When you join Saga you will see that we are committed to treating all employees fairly and to offering equal opportunities in all aspects of employment and advancement.

We value diversity not just because it is the right thing to do, but because diverse teams perform better. Creating a culture in which everyone feels welcome and offering equal opportunities in all aspects of employment and advancement is incredibly important to us. Fair consideration is given to applications from all applicants, including those with disabilities and those over who are over 50 as we are champions of age inclusivity.

We are an official Disability Confident Committed employer and ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible and we will make reasonable adjustments as required.

We are a member of the 30% Club and partner with Women Ahead which offers us a fantastic opportunity to take part in a leading, global, cross-company, leadership mentoring scheme to champion female talent.

We are a signatory of the Armed Services Covenant and have received a Silver Award from the Employer Recognition Scheme. 

 

 

To all recruitment agencies: Saga does not accept agency CVs unless specifically engaged on the role by the HR Recruitment Team. Please do not forward CVs to our recruiters, employees or any other company location. Saga is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited CVs.

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