Legal Counsel

Swire Bulk
Posted Nov 09
Full Time
Miami, Florida

Role Purpose Reporting directly to the General Counsel, the Legal Counsel will provide real-time legal advice and support to the bulk businesses and the bulk corporate team. Whilst the role will incorporate both contentious and non-contentious work, the focus will be on providing contentious support for the Swire Bulk chartering and operations teams.

Role Accountabilities Business Partnering

  • Provide real-time legal support to the commercial departments, with particular focus on the Swire Bulk chartering and operations teams.
  • Support commercial teams in the resolution of contentious issues including real-time guidance on risk-mitigation, tactical and strategic issues and appropriate escalation.

Legal Support

  • Day-to-day management of formal dispute proceedings in various jurisdictions, coordinating commercial teams, insurers, clubs, and external counsel as required.
  • Draft, review and advise on legal documents (including charter agreements, service agreements, equipment purchase/hire agreements, shipbuilding contracts, etc) and assist with the negotiation of such documents where required.
  • Provide legal support on special projects such as the acquisition of businesses/assets, as required.

External Relationships/Knowledge

  • Maintain and develop strong relationships with external legal partners, insurers and support providers.
  • Keep abreast of relevant legal developments and provide updates/training to the commercial teams as appropriate.

Crisis Management

  • Make every effort to be aware of and understand your role in the event of a crisis.
  • Make every effort to attend any relevant training, simulations and or meetings relating to Crisis Management.
  • Perform your role as best as possible in a calm and collaborative manner in line with the relevant policy and procedures in the event of a Crisis.
  • Provide input and feedback towards the ongoing improvement of the Crisis Management framework and procedure.


  • Take responsibility for your safety and that of those around you by displaying safety leadership principles.
  • Challenge and stop unsafe acts and behaviours or unsafe conditions.
  • Comply with the Global Safety Standards, Polices and Operating Procedures.

_Key Qualifications & Skills _ Qualifications

  • English or Singapore qualified lawyer.
  • At least 5– 8 years PQE gained in the shipping department of an international law firm.
  • Experience in a P&I/FD&D club or ship-owner preferred.

Professional Skills

  • Genuine understanding of the shipping industry.
  • Able to manage conflicting demands from multiple business clients in a fast-paced environment while paying attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritise.

Technical Skills

  • Strong litigation background with experience of the day-to-day management of contentious cases (under the guidance of a partner/manager).
  • Excellent drafting skills with experience of drafting contentious correspondence and formal submissions. Contract drafting experience welcome.
  • Non-contentious experience is desirable (but not essential), particularly ship-finance or corporate.

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