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Senior Legal Counsel

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  • Sector:

    Oil & Gas

  • Contact:

    Omid Miri

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  • Published:

    10 months ago

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mselect is looking to hire a Senior Legal Counsel for an international oil and gas operator in Basrah. Candidates must have a minimum of 8 years of experience gained in a large law firm and/or in-house with a major company. Fluency in English is a must, Arabic is a plus.

Job Objective
Provision of a full spectrum of legal services in order to ensure the legal compliance of the daily operations of the company, protect the company's lawful rights from being infringed.

  • Give accurate and timely counsel to the company in a variety of legal topics (labour law, commercial compliance, litigation & arbitration issue, oil & gas concession, international commercial law)
  • Legal review of contracts and the due diligence of the transaction counterparty if necessary
  • Draft agreements, contracts, and other legal documents as required to ensure the full legal rights of the company
  • Participate in dispute resolutions and proceed with any litigation and arbitration arising therefrom
  • Coordinate with and exert the proper guidance and control over outside legal counsel in processing any above legal affairs
  • Fulfil any other work assigned by the Legal Manager and the direct superintendent
Health, Security, Safety and Environment:
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant health, security, safety and environmental management policies, procedures and controls within own area, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating on a continuous basis, to guarantee employee safety, legislative compliance, delivery of high-quality service and a responsible environmental attitude


  • Take and execute any directions from the Legal Manager, Assistant Legal Manager or the Legal Affairs Section Head
  • Communicate and collaborate with the colleagues in the user department of the legal services
  • Communicate with Iraqi governmental authorities and/or judicial organs in respect of any legal issues
  • Communicate and coordinate with Legal departments of the Participating Partners to the EDPSC in respect of any legal issues
  • Communicate and coordinating with Legal departments, contracting and licensing departments of BOC and INOC in respect of any legal issues
  • Communicate and collaborate with the outside legal service panel (Iraqi law firms and International Law firms) to provide the required legal services


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Degree in Law or related discipline from a recognized international university
  • Bar Exam Certificate
  • Qualifications on international accounting, finance or compliance will be considered an asset
Minimum Experience:
  • 8+ years of experience gained in a large law firm and/or in-house with a major company
Job-Specific Skills:
  • Overall broad legal knowledge (corporate law, litigations, labour law)
  • Strong knowledge of all aspects of Oil & Gas Industry, familiar with the Best international Petroleum Industry Practice as well as the contracts in respect of drilling, well services and EPC projects
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, along with the ability to communicate effectively with others at all levels of the organization
  • Strong planning, organizational skills and attention to detail, excellent Project management, planning and execution skills
  • Strong negotiating skills with both legal and financial/commercial issues
  • Total fluency in English, English and Arabic bilingual communication ability is preferred

*Only applicants meeting the strict criteria outlined above will be contacted as part of the shortlisting process.