Commercial Counsel, Fixed Term Contract

June 06, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Contract Type:12 month fixed term
Working Time:Negotigation
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At DeepMind, we value diversity of experience, knowledge, backgrounds and perspectives and harness these qualities to create extraordinary impact. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy or related condition (including breastfeeding) or any other basis as protected by applicable law. If you have a disability or additional need that requires accommodation, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Closing Date: 6th June 2023


The Google DeepMind Legal team provides proactive and strategic legal counselling to accelerate DeepMind's best-in-class research, ensure smooth operations and enable fast-paced progress towards our mission. We are looking for an adept and enthusiastic Legal Counsel to advise on a variety of legal issues, draft, advise and negotiate agreements with partners on a range of commercial agreements.

About Us

We're a dedicated scientific community, committed to “solving intelligence” and ensuring our technology is used for widespread public benefit.

We've built a supportive and inclusive environment where collaboration is encouraged and learning is shared freely. We don't set limits based on what others think is possible or impossible. We drive ourselves and inspire each other to push boundaries and achieve ambitious goals.

We constantly iterate on our workplace experience with the goal of ensuring it encourages a balanced life. From excellent office facilities through to extensive manager support, we strive to support our people and their needs as effectively as possible.

Our list of benefits is extensive, and we're happy to discuss this further throughout the interview process!

The Role

This is a 12 month fixed term contract opportunity to join our Legal team, as a Commercial Counsel parental leave cover. In this role, you will take charge of the drafting, advising and negotiating on a range of commercial agreements.

Key responsibilities:

  • Structure, draft and negotiate agreements associated with DeepMind's research and operational activities. This includes inbound and outbound data licence agreements, inbound services agreements, software EULAs, collaboration agreements, and technology R&D agreements.
  • Provide impactful legal advice to DeepMind's teams for the smooth and efficient running of the business on a day to day basis, including in relation to copyright; open-sourcing; data collection; privacy; and licensing issues.
  • Support strategic research efforts by spotting and advising on legal issues and risks.
  • Coordinate specialist advice where required.
  • Advise on internal contracting processes and policies, including deal review and approval processes.
  • Build positive relationships with cross-functional clients across our offices.
  • Advise senior stakeholders on legal issues and risks.
  • Handle external counsel relationships both in the UK and globally as required, and seek and acquire the best specialist advice for projects on an ad hoc basis.
  • Share knowledge and best practices with other members of the Legal team.
  • About You
  • You have experience advising on a range of commercial matters with a strong understanding of intellectual property issues.
  • You have excellent communication skills.
  • You are experienced partnering with senior stakeholders on sophisticated legal issues or matters of strategic significance, and instil trust with everyone you interact with.
  • Minimum Qualifications

  • Proven experience in private practice and/or an in-house team.
  • Qualified solicitor in either England and Wales (preferred), a qualified lawyer in Australia or New Zealand, or a US attorney.
  • Experience in negotiating, drafting and advising clients on technology- related commercial agreements.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior in-house experience at a technology and/or research development organisation working side by side with the wider company to counsel on a variety of legal issues.
  • Interest or experience in science and innovative technology, including in the field of artificial intelligence research or deployment of machine learning systems.
  • Competitive Salary Applies

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