Legal Counsel

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Date: Aug 8, 2019

Location: Slough, Berkshire, GB

Legal Counsel 
UCB – Inspired by patients. Driven by science.
Help us transform patients’ lives.

About UCB

At UCB, we put our heart, soul and skills into making a difference for people living with severe diseases. We look to transform patients’ lives by pushing the boundaries of what is possible. With us, our talent makes the most of who they are, unlocking innovation and setting new standards for patients.


Everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this make a difference to the lives of people living with severe diseases?” And to find the answers, we connect globally with patients and their families living with the physical and social burdens of severe disease. These connections give us new perspectives, drive our innovation, and offer a hope for a new generation of therapies that will help to transform lives.


To strengthen our Global Legal Affairs Group, we are looking to fill the position of: Legal Counsel.

The Opportunity:
The Legal Counsel will be a valued member of Global Legal Affairs and be part of a team of lawyers responsible for providing general legal counsel to all operations, transactions and projects arising out of the following business units:

  1. ‘New Medicines’ which is UCB’s R&D function dedicated to drug discovery, early stage clinical and non-clinical research, etc.
  2. ‘Technical and Supply Operations’ comprising pharma/biotech sciences (e.g. process and formulation development), global manufacturing partnerships & alliances, global supply chain, clinical trial supplies and device development & supply.

The position will be based at UCB’s office in Slough where some international travel may be required including to UCB’s Brussels headquarters.

About the Role
You will be responsible for:

  • Contract work such as pre-clinical R&D in- and out-licensing agreements, research collaborations, product and technology licences, manufacturing & supply, consultancies, consortia, general R&D and other agreements specific to the biopharmaceutical sector, in Belgium/UK and other jurisdictions.
  • Legal advisory work; such as risk analyses, providing legal opinions, advising senior management, contract interpretation, strategic advice and resolution of contract disputes.
  • Contributing to team-driven initiatives towards improving legal support and collaboration with the business and interacting with other internal attorneys to promote alignment.
  • Maintaining awareness and understanding of current healthcare and medicines laws, rules, codes, industry best practices and the enforcement environment.

About You
You should have:

  • Several years of post-qualification legal experience.
  • Initial training and experience in a reputable law firm (e.g. IP Department or Corporate/Commercial Department, with some IP focus).
  • Substantial experience drafting, negotiating and advising upon commercial contracts (including transactional experience), with a high-level of attention to detail and commercial awareness.
  • Exceptional technical legal skills, preferably with some experience in research and development transactions or manufacturing in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry.
  • Some level of scientific and/or technical knowledge and experience related to life sciences/healthcare is desirable.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • An understanding of GDPR and how to apply it in a business context.

UCB – The Facts
With more than 7500 employees in approximately 40 countries, we are a global biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Brussels, Belgium which invests more than 25% of revenue in cutting-edge scientific research to meet unmet patient needs. A few other reasons that make UCB an amazing place to work:

  • Promising pipeline that includes several novel molecules and no major patent expiration in the next decade;
  • About 25% of 2016 revenue reinvested into Research & Development
  • 2016 Key Financials: €4.2 billion global revenue Specialties: Neurology, Immunology

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