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Head of Legal (Corporate Governance)

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    Senior Level
  • Legal
  • Liverpool
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  • You must be a qualified Solicitor with 6+ years PQE in commercial and corporate governance, showcasing strong analytical skills, ability to simplify complex legal issues, and experience in contract review and negotiation.
  • You will lead corporate governance initiatives, build relationships with senior leaders, negotiate and manage contracts, provide legal advice on risks and mitigations, and stay updated on legal and industry changes impacting the organization.


  • You will be a qualified Solicitor with experience of commercial and corporate governance or corporate legal work. You will be able to evidence strong influencing and leadership skills to drive and support internal committees and governance teams, undertaking all legal works associated with your field of expertise.
  • We are also looking for the successful candidate to bring;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with a commercially aware attitude to legal and reputational risk and ability to deliver pragmatic solutions to complex legal issues.
  • The ability to present complex, specialist problems and solutions in a clear and simple manner.
  • Complex and specialist contract review and negotiation experience.
  • 6+ years’ PQE experience


  • Building relationships with Senior leaders of multi-disciplinary cross functional teams delivering large and highly complex programmes across Retail, Operations, IT, Financial Services, and the wider Group.
  • Leading on corporate governance responsibilities, reporting and advice, supporting a Group Governance team with their day-to-day responsibilities.
  • Negotiation, documentation, and ongoing maintenance of business-critical contractual relationships with key outsourcers and suppliers.
  • Providing commentary, advice and recommendations to the Group Boards and Committees, Executive Team and NEDs around risks and any relevant mitigations.
  • Interpreting all statutory, regulatory and court driven requirements impacting the Group, ensuring plans are in place to mitigate risks appropriately.
  • Identifying legal or industry changes in the UK or Ireland affecting The Very Group and the recommendation of actions.


What are the key responsibilities of the Head of Legal (Corporate Governance)?

The key responsibilities include ensuring statutory and regulatory reporting requirements are met, serving as a point of contact for the Board and Committees, leading on corporate governance responsibilities, negotiating and maintaining critical contractual relationships, providing advice on risks and mitigations, and staying informed on legal and industry changes affecting the company.

What qualifications and experience are required for the Head of Legal role?

The ideal candidate should be a qualified Solicitor with experience in commercial and corporate governance or corporate legal work. They should possess strong influencing and leadership skills, analytical and problem-solving abilities, and have at least 6+ years of PQE experience.

What skills should the Head of Legal possess?

The Head of Legal should have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, a commercially aware attitude towards legal and reputational risk, the ability to present complex issues in a clear manner, and experience in contract review and negotiation.

Who does the Head of Legal report to in the company?

The Head of Legal reports into the Group Legal Director in the company.

What are some of the key relationships the Head of Legal will need to build in this role?

The Head of Legal will need to build relationships with Senior leaders of cross-functional teams, the Board and Committees, outsourcers and suppliers, the Executive Team, and NEDs.

Making good things easily accessible to more people so they can live life well.

Retail & Consumer Goods

Mission & Purpose

The Very Group is a retail and e-commerce company that operates various online retail brands, including Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com. They offer a wide range of products across categories such as fashion, home, electrical, and beauty. The ultimate mission of The Very Group is to provide a seamless and enjoyable shopping experience for their customers, offering a diverse range of high-quality products and exceptional customer service. Their purpose is to inspire and enable their customers to express their individuality, style, and aspirations through their products and services. The Very Group aims to be a trusted destination for online shopping, delivering convenience, choice, and value while creating meaningful connections with their customers and fostering long-term loyalty.

Culture & Values

  • Trusted

    We're empowered and committed to deliver. We take our responsibilities seriously. Our customers, colleagues and partners can count on us.

  • Ambitious

    We thrive on being the best. We've achieved extraordinary things and we're hungry for more. We push ourselves every day to create the best experience for our customers and the best outcome for our business.

  • Proud

    Our customers are our world. We're passionate about our customers and what's important to them. We're proud of our history and excited about our future.

  • Innovative

    We go after ideas that make a difference. We constantly search for ways to improve, both big and small. We're adaptive, resilient and we learn as we go.

  • Together

    We're unbeatable when we collaborate. We're one team, working towards one ambition. We're at our best when we focus, support each other and celebrate our progress


  • Hybrid working model

    Our people can split their time between home and office working to make the day work for them. We want our people to be hyper-productive at home and hyper collaborative in the office, so we’ve invested in reconfiguring our workspaces and investing in our tech to support everyone to do just that.

  • Pump it up!

    Our on-site gym includes all the equipment you need to get a sweat on, plus plenty of classes per week including lunchtime yoga, early morning HIIT and personal training options.

  • Cycle to work scheme

    Save on commute costs and improve your health with our Bike2Work scheme. Colleagues can save up to 42% on the cost of bicycles and/or equipment to make getting to work as hassle-free as possible.

  • Annual bonuses

    We offer annual bonus opportunities based on business performance and individual contribution