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General Counsel (12 Month Fixed Term Contract) at LendInvest
London, GB

General Counsel Maternity Cover (12 Month Fixed Term Contract)

Who we are

LendInvest (www.lendinvest.com) is the UK’s leading marketplace for property finance and one of the country’s largest non-bank mortgage lenders. Since launching in 2008, LendInvest has lent over £2.8 billion ($3.6 billion) and raised over £1.8 billion ($2.3 billion) of debt and equity from investors.

LendInvest uses technology to provide borrowers with short-term property finance and buy-to-let mortgages, and makes it possible for investors - from individuals to global financial institutions including HSBC, Citigroup and NAB - to invest in the loans it originates in return for a stable income secured against property.

The Role

We are looking for maternity cover for a General Counsel on a 12 month fixed term contract, reporting to the CEO and providing support across the business, including the executive team and board. You’ll have oversight and management of our fantastic Legal and Compliance teams (two direct and seven indirect reports, all UK and office-based) who will look to you for leadership, guidance and development.

You will manage legal strategy and risk across the group (including our regulated entities), working closely with the executive team and supporting initiatives across a wide range of subject matters, lead external counsel engagement, manage budgets and forecasts and provide group-wide company secretarial support.

Who we are looking for

The successful candidate will have General Counsel or Head of Legal experience in house at a scale up, fintech or lending business. Experience in property and proptech would be highly advantageous.

You’ll be commercially minded, highly collaborative, approachable and have great people and communication skills; being able to work with and discuss legal issues with people from all walks of life and experience levels. You’ll be looking for a great opportunity to work somewhere exciting. This is an office-based role although part-time applicants will be considered.

What you’ll be doing

The successful candidate will have experience in the following areas:

  • GC / Head of Legal experience in a scale up, fintech or lending businesses, including their governance
  • Real estate debt finance - development, bridging, buy to let and regulated lending products and their financing (whether through capital markets, funds, debt financing, RMBS securitisations or loan syndications), including structuring, distribution, legal processes, marketing and governance
  • Regulatory - experience with regulated businesses, AIFMD, MCOB, GDPR, SMCR
  • General experience in corporate, commercial, finance, IP, regulatory, employment and litigation matters
  • Strong ability to communicate concisely and effectively with a wide variety of audiences, including senior management and key stakeholders
  • Horizon scanning

What we’d need you to have

  • English law qualified solicitor (10 years PQE+ or equivalent)
  • Experience dealing with specialist lenders, fintech, online platforms or marketplaces, high-growth scale-ups.
  • Ability to work autonomously and under pressure, proactively identifying areas for improvement
  • Positive demeanor and an ability to manage a team in an agile way
  • Results driven

What we’d like you to have

  • Thorough, methodical, professional and committed to the cause
  • Ability to demonstrate a ‘can do’, solution-driven attitude
  • Ability to simplify
  • Not afraid of a challenge
  • Happy to get stuck in!