Contract type - Part-time (3-4 days) per week, permanent
Pay range - £65,000-75,000 on a full-time equivalent annual basis depending on experience
Location - Hybrid, Bristol office attendance required at least once a week, more in the first 3 months
Fathom provides flood and climate data on a global scale, enabling our customers to understand and manage risk, thereby saving lives and reducing cost. We have a Bristol HQ, an office in London, our team is around ~55 passionate, committed people, all focussed on our mission, comprising software developers, flood and climate modellers and a commercial team. Fathom is part of the Swiss Re, having been acquired in December 2023.
Fathom’s data are licensed to our end customers on annual and multi-year licenses. Most of our sales are direct to end customers but, increasingly, sales are via channel partners, either as pure resellers or as part of a channel partner’s own data platform where we receive a revenue share. Often our data are used as input data to create a derived product which the customer uses internally to inform its view of risk or makes available to its own customers.
About the role
This role is Fathom’s first recruitment of in-house counsel and represents an exciting opportunity to work with world-leading scientists in a critical field of physical risk modelling. It would suit a confident, ambitious lawyer taking their first steps in-house or an established in-house lawyer wanting a career change.
We anticipate the role to be based around 3-4 days per week equivalent, with the requirement growing over time. The role will be hybrid – mainly remote but requiring regular attendance at Fathom’s offices in Bristol, particularly during the first 3 months.
As a Legal Counsel within Fathom’s Commercial team, you will be expected to be the primary contact for the Sales team in relation to all commercial contracts with customers and partners and you will already have solid, commercial experience of:
- Providing expert legal advice on commercial and contractual issues, helping a business to navigate complex legal issues and overcome the challenges that it encounters.
- Drafting, negotiating and advising on the terms of commercial contracts, including (amongst others) master service agreements, data procurement, and outsourcing arrangements.
- Identifying, advising on and devising mitigation strategies for legal risks.
- Reviewing and keeping up to date Fathom’s ‘standard’ contracts.
- Assisting the business to resolve contractual disputes and managing litigation with third parties (with support from external legal counsel) when necessary.
- Building strong working relationships with stakeholders across a business including Product, Customer Success and Sales.
- Working as part of a cross-functional team to provide commercial and contractual legal support on important and high-profile projects across Fathom, and coordinating with other teams to ensure that the business receives cohesive advice.
- Helping to deliver legal training programmes and maintain template documents and guidance notes.
- Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of developments in relevant areas of law and contribute to the Commercial team’s sharing of this knowledge and know-how.
Required skills and experience
- Qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales or Scotland.
- Proven experience providing accurate, timely and relevant legal advice on commercial agreements (gained in-house or in private practice) – particularly data licensing and data reseller agreements and ensuring appropriate IP protection.
- A solid grasp of contract law and strong contract drafting skills.
- The ability to analyse complex contractual terms and factual scenarios, identify legal and commercial risks stemming from them, and devise strategies for mitigating them.
- Experience of leading the legal aspects of contract negotiations and negotiating effectively.
- Commercial awareness and an understanding of the role of in-house legal advice.
- Ability to apply your legal knowledge in a practical and pragmatic way.
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with stakeholders at all levels, communicating clearly and concisely and using a style that is adapted to suit the audience.
- Capability to work autonomously, with limited supervision, in an exciting, fast-paced, and constantly evolving environment.
- The confidence and gravitas to challenge decisions and actions when required, and to actively contribute to business discussions.
- A solutions-orientated and collaborative attitude.
Desirable skills and experience
- Experience of working for SaaS or DaaS companies and the commercial legal agreements that entails.
- Experience of working cross-border.
- Experience working within a highly regulated industry, particularly insurance or financial services.
- Private Medical Insurance - Group Life Assurance
- Group Income Protection
- Health Cash Plan
- Dental Insurance
- Enhanced Family Policies
- Pension Contributions Matched Up To 10%
- 28 Days + Bank Holidays
- Subsidised Gym Memberships
- Access To Mental Health Cover and Support
- Cycle to work scheme
- Personal training & development
Note: Please do not apply unless you can demonstrate you have the attributes set out under the ‘Required Skills and Experience’ section and you have right to work in the UK.