Litigation Counsel
British American Tobacco Nigeria
Islamabad, Pakistan
7d ago

British American Tobacco (www.bat.com) is a market leading, global organisation with a long, established history and a bright and dynamic future.

Thanks to our people we have continued to deliver growth and exceed expectations in an increasingly complex and challenging marketplace.

Our aim is to become the leading tobacco company in each of our markets by providing excellent products with confidence and responsibility expected of global consumer brands.

Manage all litigation of the Company to protect its reputation, rights, interests and assets. Provide legal support to Business Development Group & Security to assist them achieve their objective in supporting the business of the Company.

Principal Accountabilities :

i.Operational / Professional / Business

  • Effective management of all litigation of the Company by providing strategic direction and analysis to ensure desired results are achieved in a timely manner.
  • Skillful and proficient analyses of disputes faced by the Company and prepare strategy for efficacious resolution.
  • proactively provide professional legal service to the business partners for achieving their objectives and advise on mitigating risks.
  • ii.Management

  • Ensure business partners are kept up to date with all legal requirements, developments and standards prevalent in the Company as well as in the business environment and support their compliance with the same.
  • As part of cross functional project teams, monitor, evaluate and pre-empt challenges for the business and co-ordinate support for the achievement of business objectives.
  • Review the performance against set targets and improve current systems.
  • iii. Leadership

  • Create awareness of potential risk areas and work with all functions to agree processes and tools to minimize potential risks for litigation.
  • Increase personal understanding of business objectives by close interaction with business partners and apply learning’s in new initiatives.
  • iv. Relationship

  • Develop and optimize working relationship with all functions especially with business partners to ensure their needs are fully understood and addressed.
  • Effective supervision of external Counsels and related budgets through active engagement in achieving results.
  • Develop network within the legal community, tax authorities (CBR), regulators (SECP) in order to enhance knowledge sharing for managing all current and upcoming business critical legislation and possible litigation challenges.
  • v. Innovation

  • Identify current processes prevalent in different areas of the business which can cause legal / commercial risk, introduce new systems to minimize risk with enhanced compliance and review the impact.
  • Take initiatives to simplify resolution of disputes involving Company and develop processes / implement learning’s to avoid recurrence of similar issues in future.
  • Additional Information :

    i.Context / Environment :

    The role is critical due to the heavy and active litigation environment in which the company operates compounded by the fact regulatory bodies are becoming more active and the legal system is slow, uncertain and unpredictable.

    As the regulatory authorities become more active, more ambiguous laws are being enacted leading to a continuous need to review the laws to ascertain implications.

    Other dimension of the litigation involves handling general litigation of the Company this includes Taxation matters, civil matters including tenancy issues, termination of distribution and disputes relating to marketing promotional schemes etc, Constitutional challenges to discriminatory laws affecting the business, Criminal cases pertaining to theft, fraud, infringement of copy rights etc, Labour law disputes, product liability cases, Trade Mark and Copy Right disputes.

    Litigation can arise in any part of the country where the business of the Company is taking place. The role requires keeping close contact with external lawyers in finalizing strategy, pleadings and arguments of each case on one hand and simultaneously coordinating, planning and updating the concerned function on the other.

    In the role of business partner, the job requires close co-ordination with respective business partner in drafting agreements, opinions, reports, design in-house training etc.

    ii.Knowledge, Skills & Experience :

    Education : LL.B. / LL.M.

    8 to 10 years of expirience

    If you have the talent and motivation to help us succeed you’ll find we are equally committed to helping you reach your full potential too.

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