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EY Legal Manager - GCO in Johannesburg, South Africa

Legal Manager - GCO

Core Business Services

Requisition # JOH0033C

Post Date May 03, 2021

Legal Manager - GCO

Our legal team brings more to the table than just their legal expertise. Our GCO team serves as legal and business

advisors to our senior leadership and the entire firm. This team has extensive business knowledge and a wider skill set.

Having the legal pedigree, deep knowledge of the law and regulations, negotiating skills, and specializations. Do this

sound like you? Then EY is looking for you! Come join EY and become more that a legal expert but be a part of building a

better working world.

The opportunity

You will be exposed to different laws and regulations, as this role supports the whole of Africa. You will get an opportunity

to engage with leadership at C-suite level as well get to be the heart of the business (business Advisor).

Your key responsibilities

  • The Legal Manager will assist the GCO with the following tasks across the Africa Region of EY, and across all service

lines in the EY Africa Region -General - Drafting and negotiating various agreements across audit and advisory service

lines, including global framework agreements, local implementation agreements, service level agreements, technology

agreements, intellectual property agreements, procurement agreements, confidentiality agreements and data usage


  • Ability to advise engagement teams on all current commercial contracts (e.g. Structuring, development of templates);

  • Reviewing and contributing to drafting firm policies including authority and delegation’s framework;

  • Acquisitions – current legal work on local acquisitions including working with external counsel on deal structure and

acquisition agreements, coordination with other members of Legal for cross-border acquisitions;

  • Providing input/reporting to legal risk committee;

  • Assist the GCO in the rendering services of the following to the service lines:

  • Reviewing and negotiating Engagement letters suggested clients changes to of amendments to EY’s standard

terms and conditions, Terms of Business, Reviewing, negotiating and drafting various agreements across various service

lines (including Advisory, Tax, Transactions, and Assurance) including but not limited to Hold harmless letters,

  • Confidentiality and Request for Tenders Bid submissions or Request for Proposal,

  • Provision of internal legal opinions to as requested by the service lines or the General Counsel negotiation, drafting/

reviewing of agreements and other legal documentation;

  • Consultations and drafting of all types of contracts and agreements but specifically those in respect of

business relationships, consortia, subcontracting arrangements, alliances and secondments;

  • Dealing with subpoenas and claims brought against the firm;

  • Manage the Master Template Database of contract and other legal precedents;

  • Assist in the maintenance of a register of legal work done;

  • Assist in the maintenance of register of deviations from standard contract terms;

  • Drafting and research for legal opinions. Research on matters as required by the General Counsel;

  • Assistance with Projects as undertaken by the GCO;

  • Assistance with the notification of claims and circumstances project (which happens twice a year);

  • Liaison with external legal practitioners, and Ernst & Young (EMIA) and Global (EYG), where appropriate;

  • Attending to data privacy review of EY applications; with selected areas of compliance issues; Assist with legal support to

the Africa EY practices on various legal matters;

  • Consider the legal risks in the agreements inclusive of Limitation of Liability – request to exceed normal limit;

To qualify for the role you must have

  • Qualified to practice law in South Africa.

  • At least 5 plus years of post-qualification legal experience, preferably with an international law firm and/or multi-national

corporation with at least a significant portion of such experience occurring in South Africa.

  • Ideally, in-depth experience of the professional services industry.

  • Developed commercial awareness with an outcome orientated approach and the ability to apply legal principles


Ideally, you’ll also have

  • Minimum Bachelor of Laws degree (MUST be an Admitted Attorney)

  • Solid commercial drafting, reviewing and negotiating skills

  • Business acumen - Experience within a similar industry sector and/or financial service

  • Strong organisational and project management skills

  • Well-rounded corporate and commercial experience

  • Experience in an auditing firm and with compliance and company secretarial matters will be an advantage

What we look for

We are looking for and an individual who will be able to drive legal projects and activities relating to the General

Counsel’s Office function, servicing South Africa and assisting the General Counsel with servicing Africa - with special

emphasis on reviewing and negotiating various contracts and providing internal legal advice to other teams across service

lines while adhering to EY’s internal policies (both locally and internationally).

What working at EY offers

We offer a competitive remuneration package where you’ll be rewarded for your individual and team performance. Our

comprehensive Total Rewards package includes support for flexible working and career development, and with FlexEY

you can select benefits that suit your needs, covering holidays, health and well-being, insurance, savings and a wide

range of discounts, offers and promotions. Plus, we offer:

  • Support and coaching from some of the most engaging colleagues around

  • Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career

  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you

EY is committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We strive

to achieve the right balance for our people, enabling us to deliver excellent client service whilst allowing you to build your

career without sacrificing your personal priorities. While our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly,

and at times be based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a lifestyle balance.

About EY

As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, we’re using the finance products, expertise

and systems we’ve developed to build a better working world. That starts with a culture that believes in giving you

the training, opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. Whenever you join, however long you stay, the

exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime. And with a commitment to hiring and developing the most passionate people,

we’ll make our ambition to be the best employer by 2020 a reality.

If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

Join us in building a better working world.

Apply now.