Principal Counsel

  • negotiable
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Temporary, Full time
  • China International Capital Corporation (UK)
  • 13 Aug 17

Principal Counsel of Legal Department in London

Job Descriptions:

Reporting to the CEO of the Company and Group Head of Legal at HQ, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Legal matters that affect the Group with regard to UK and EU law matters;
  • Overseeing all legal work undertaken within the Company day to day;
  • Supporting both equities sales and trading team and investment banking team;
  • Supporting the management of the Company, in terms of keeping the management apprised of legal and regulatory updates that will affect the business;
  • Putting in place appropriate training and creating new policies and procedures to reflect the changes or updating existing ones, which includes changes to financial services regulation;
  • Working closely with the Compliance teams in London, Hong Kong and China;
  • Supporting the management in oversight of operational matters ideally with some understanding of finance, tax and employment rules and also trade settlement;
  • Assisting the Board of Directors on company secretarial matters;
  • Working with teams in other jurisdictions.

Skills and Abilities

  • A professional with excellent interpersonal skills and a high degree of integrity;
  • A self-starter who is independent and able to take the initiative;
  • Strong analytical and evaluative skills;
  • Attentive to detail;
  • Able to work alone and with a team;
  • Capable of working under pressure;
  • Mandarin language skill preferred but not essential.


  • A solicitor qualified in England & Wales;
  • Minimum of 8 years PQE in financial services;
  • Trained at a leading law firm and who has spent the latter part of their career in-house in financial services.

Please note: this is a principal counsel role covering the legal function of CICC UK, with primary focus on financial services regulatory work, i.e. MIFID II, GDPR, SMCR. This role will start on a temporary contract basis with opportunity to convert to permanent employee.