Job Description

Corporate/Commercial Lawyer – 1+ PQE

Job Type:

Location: London

Job Level: Legal Counsel

DS Smith is a leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions, supported by recycling and paper making operations. Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith focuses on creating innovative sustainable packaging solutions in 37 countries employing around 31,000 people. Using the combined expertise of our divisions – including Packaging, Recycling and Paper – DS Smith works with customers to deliver solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the supply chain. Our history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family.

An exceptional opportunity has arisen for a corporate/commercial lawyer to join our legal team in London. As part of a team with responsibility for legal matters across all our divisions and jurisdictions, you will have the opportunity to work on a broad range of matters including M&A transactions, commercial contracts, legal compliance (including competition, ABC and GDPR), projects and disputes. You will work closely with the legal team in London and globally, our business colleagues, and functional specialists at the head office. Some travel will be required due to the global nature of the business.

We are a lean, collaborative and fast paced organisation and are looking for a team player who is comfortable with taking on new challenges, and able to deliver commercially focused advice within tight timelines. Ideally you will have gained at least a year of corporate experience with a leading firm, as well as some general commercial experience, for example from a secondment. This is an outstanding opportunity to make a first move in-house from private practice, but applications will also be considered from those with experience working in another leading in-house team.

If you are interested in this role or would like to see a more detailed job description, please contact our retained recruitment adviser, Chris Cayley of Cayley Coughtrie by email at or on 020 3617 2774. Closing date for applications is Friday 27th September.

Cayley Coughtrie are exclusively retained on this assignment. All third party and direct applications will be forwarded to them for consideration.

* Cayley Coughtrie is a recruitment consultancy specialising in legal recruitment primarily across London and the UK.

We are advertising this vacancy on behalf of one of our clients. It is our policy to respond to all applications which on paper meet our clients’ requirements within three working days. However, because of the volume of applications we receive it is not always possible to respond individually to everyone who applies. If we have not contacted you within five working days your application has been unsuccessful and your details have not been retained. This has no bearing on future applications and please feel free to apply for any other role you may see in the future which is relevant to your background and experience.

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