Legal Counsel

  • Role type
  • Full time, Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Flexible, UK, Flexible, Spain, Prague

Job Description

Ricardo UK Ltd. Logo


Role: Legal Counsel - EMEA

Location: Office based or Remote in United Kingdom, Spain or Czech Republic

Role ID: 2024-2382


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company – at the intersection of transport, energy and global climate agendas and a leader in sustainability consultancy, solving complex environmental challenges through industry-leading analysis, advice and data. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.


The role will be focused on providing legal contractual support for deals in the EMEA Region across all legal disciplines. You will also be called upon to provide support on a variety of aspects covering legal operations and governance. The legal work is challenging, varied, and constantly evolving.


Many of our projects are complex in nature and you will be required to work with other disciplines to create effective solutions.

Having legal expertise in supporting the EMEA region is key to this role.


Key responsibilities

  • Provide accurate and timely legal support to the project teams, contributing to tender submissions and negotiation with clients and suppliers.
  • Draft and negotiate NDAs and wide range of commercial agreements including consultancy, collaboration, teaming, IP licensing.
  • Report on contract risk and create associations of trust with key stakeholders.
  • Negotiate settlement terms and support on adversarial matters dealing with external lawyers if appropriate.
  • Support Group compliance programmes.

Key competencies and experience

  • Qualified lawyer.
  • Relevant legal experience post qualification.
  • Spoken and written English is essential.
  • Experience drafting and negotiating wide range of commercial agreements, preferably in the services sector.
  • Experience working on multiple projects and priorities, stakeholders and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work with others and independently.
  • A keen interest in creative legal problem solving, including researching novel and ambiguous areas of law.
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills, with the ability to match your tone to your audience.
  • Ability to use initiative and make independent judgements relating to commercial agreements.
  • Must be comfortable taking responsibility for analysing and weighing competing factors and taking decisions based on that analysis.
  • An appetite for dynamic work and enjoys operating in a collaborative team environment. Our team members regularly collaborate with each other and with internal stakeholders, effectively guiding business strategies and communicating legal risk.
  • A willingness to work in a spirit of partnership and be flexible and adaptable to the needs of the Legal team and the Company.
  • Resilient and positive through change.


  • Experience in the Rail and Energy sectors and public procurement.
  • A mixture of law firm and in-house experience.
  • Regulatory, employment, litigation and/or IP law experience, whether in-house or in private practice.
  • Legal transformation experience.
  • Experience of and/or curiosity about working with Legal Tech.
  • Language skills, proficiency in another European language (other than English) or Arabic.

Working with Ricardo

You will be warmly welcomed into our workplace where every voice matters. We are diverse thinkers and doers, coming together to create a culture of inclusion. We will support you to find your place.

We will encourage you to use your passion and expertise to make a positive impact through the projects you work on.  Your knowledge and desire to bring about change will be invaluable in helping deliver innovative solutions that support communities across the globe in becoming safer and more sustainable.


Work life balance 

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that is working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential.



We want you to know how much you are valued. Your remuneration and benefits package will reflect that. You will receive a range of benefits which include support for your physical and mental health. 


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment.


Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees and to ensure a inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.


Next steps

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.


Ricardo is a Disability confident employer please advise the recruitment team via if you require any adjustments to support you throughout the recruitment process.