Legal Counsel – BAE Systems

We currently have a vacancy for a Legal Counsel at our Naval Ships site in Scotstoun, Glasgow.

You will provide commercial legal advice on a diverse range of business matters and support the Legal team in managing all aspects of legal risk across the business.

The work will involve advising on commercial contracts, legal compliance and risk mitigation. There will be a need for occasional travel to other sites across the UK, such as Filton and Portsmouth.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to develop strong business relationships and work as a true business partner.

Your main responsibilities will include:

Providing in-depth, professional and proactive legal support and advice to all functions within the business

Drafting, negotiating, agreeing and managing a wide range of contractual arrangements with customers, suppliers and industry partners

Assisting in the identification and development of legal solutions to support the execution of business plans

Participating from an early stage in disputes and assisting in developing appropriate strategies for their effective resolution

Managing and ensuring the efficient use of external counsel and providing training on matters of law, know-how and policy

Keeping abreast of legal and business developments relevant to the Naval Ships business and understanding commercial, political and economic issues affecting the business

Your skills and qualifications:


  • English or Scottish qualified solicitor/barrister with appropriate leading law firm and/or in-house experience
  • Sound knowledge and experience of dealing with relevant areas of the law including contract/commercial law
  • Experience of dealing with complex, international commercial contracts and regulatory and compliance issues
  • Relevant experience as a qualified solicitor


  • Some knowledge and experience of the defence industry
  • Some knowledge of intellectual property

Location: Scotstoun

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

For more information about BAE Systems and our Naval Ships business, please click to apply.