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Legal Counsel

UK Legal Counsel

Job Location: Hybrid working, 2 days in the Brighton office (minimum), 3 from home

FTC – Maternity cover

We are a company committed by a solid set of principles (see below) and purposes such as diversityequity, and inclusion. Our working culture provides flexibility and naturally a ‘hybrid’ working model as standard. We are part of the Women in Finance Charter, an initiative set up by the UK’s HM Treasury. We want to benefit from the many positives that come by having a more diverse working culture throughout all levels of seniority and lines of business. Our workforce enjoys excellent benefits, including private healthcare, a brilliant pension, and a host of other benefits to ensure you and yours are kept safe and protected.

MetLife Success Principles

  • Tomorrow– We change and innovate for sustained performance
  • Together- We collaborate and empower each other to succeed
  • It - We deliver for our customers

You’ll be joining a business that is expanding, cares about the community and the environment. You will get a 9% pension as standard, increasing to 13% company max contribution (plus your 4% = a 17% pension). You can also get up to 31 days holiday, hybrid working, life assurance - employee, income protection, private medical insurance, mortgage advice, gadget cover, life assurance - partner, critical illness, travel insurance and dental cover.

Role Value Proposition:

An exciting opportunity has opened to join the UK legal team and to provide legal support to MetLife’s growing business in the UK (the “Branch”). The team is a small team who work closely with all areas of the business and advise stakeholders of all levels within the UK and, sometimes, in the wider region. The Legal Counsel role is for a UK qualified solicitor, ideally with around 3 to 4 years of post-qualification experience. As the team is small, there is plenty of opportunity for the Legal Counsel to take on responsibility and there is a very broad mix of work across all of the business lines.

Key Responsibilities:

The purpose of the Legal Counsel is to provide legal services for the UK Businesses. Key activities include:

  • Providing effective legal advice and day-to-day legal support to stakeholders in all functions.
  • Reviewing, drafting and negotiating a variety of agreements including distribution agreements, terms of business, and claims related agreements.
  • Reviewing, drafting and negotiating a wide range of commercial contracts including IT and licensing agreements, professional services and supplier agreements, outsourcing, marketing and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Legal lead on a range of strategic and regulatory projects.
  • Providing advice and ability to deal with a wide range of legal and regulatory matters across the business lines.
  • Supporting the UK Head of Legal on any issues arising from the day-to-day activities of the Branch.
  • Undertaking legal research and monitoring changes in legislation.
  • Providing support to the marketing team, including reviewing a wide range of marketing collateral.
  • Supporting the claims team.
  • Ability to provide legal advice for the UK on various European wide initiatives, including data privacy considerations.
  • Procurement activities.
  • Data protection/privacy (including also Intellectual property/information technology).
  • New business opportunities.
  • US reporting requirements.

Essential Business Experience


  • Will have gained good, robust legal training and be around 3 - 4 years PQE.
  • Proven background of building collaborative partnerships and maintaining internal and external stakeholder trust and confidence


  • Ability to work under pressure of tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work as a team member, both within the legal function, and with business colleagues across the relevant business areas as a true partner.
  • Ability to work unaided in a generalist role.
  • Ability to work independently without overly granular supervision and to learn quickly, think analytically, problem solve and ask the right questions.
  • A flexible approach to meet the changing priorities of the MetLife European Legal team and the growing businesses.

Essential Technical Skills:


  • Qualified Solicitor.
  • Outstanding communication, organisational and interpersonal skills and utilisation of these skills in advising / influencing at all levels.


  • Ability and willingness to learn quickly and ask the right questions. High commercial focus.
  • Technical skills in advising on and drafting commercial agreements.
  • Knowledge of Irish insurance / regulatory law preferable.
  • Ability and willingness to learn quickly and ask the right questions.

MetLife will assist in the funding of Professional Fees for employees where it is relevant and aligned to your position within the organisation. MetLife reserve the right to make a judgement on whether the subscription is relevant or not to your role as well as cease the payment at any time. This type of subscription will not incur “benefit in kind” tax.

At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.

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At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. Founded in 1868, MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. We have operations in more than 40 countries and hold leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

We are one of the largest global institutional investors with $568 billion of total assets under management as of September 30, 2023, ranked #54 on the Fortune 500 list, and honored to have been named to Fortune magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for four consecutive years.

MetLife employees are united by purpose, guided by empathy and inspired by one another’s unique backgrounds and perspective to make a difference in the lives of our customers, communities, and the world at large.

Benefits We Offer

Our benefits are designed to care for your holistic well-being with programs for physical and mental health, financial wellness, and support for families. We offer health care coverage for you and your family, insurance discounts for home, car, and pet protection, as well as parental leave. We also provide premium gym membership for you and your direct relatives, volunteer time off, discounts with specific universities, flexible Fridays, connectivity reimbursement, and much more!
About MetLife

Recognized on Fortune magazine's list of the 2023 "World's Most Admired Companies", MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies; providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to individual and institutional customers. With operations in more than 40 markets, we hold leading positions in the United States, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Our purpose is simple - to help our colleagues, customers, communities, and the world at large create a more confident future. United by purpose and guided by empathy, we’re inspired to transform the next century in financial services. At MetLife, it’s #AllTogetherPossible. Join us!