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Legal Counsel - Commercial in Peterborough

Job description

Over 175 years ago, our founder Thomas Cook began this company with a vision to ‘broaden the mind of others and break down the partition walls of prejudice.'

Once describing himself as ‘the willing and devoted servant of the travelling public,’ Thomas Cook was a true pioneer of the travel industry, opening up a world of new destinations and new travel experiences to everyone. By obtaining the best services and prices for his customers, he laid the foundations of the company that still bears his name today.

Thomas Cook is now one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups, supported by around 22,000 colleagues and operating from 15 countries.

Our vision today remains true to Thomas Cook’s ambitions - to be the world’s most loved holiday company.

Job title:  Legal Counsel – Commercial

Function: Group Legal

Reports to:  Head of Legal – UK&I

Sub Function:  UK&I Legal

Level / Grade: RL5

Location: Peterborough

Job purpose: Provides legal advice to the UK&I tour operator business, supporting the Head of Legal – UK&I, while thinking broadly and strategically, and exercising commercial and practical judgement.  Taking a lead role in Group compliance projects on behalf of the UK&I business and liaising closely with the other source markets as required.

Key accountabilities and decision ownership:

  • Draft/review and negotiate a wide variety of commercial contracts e.g. indirect procurement contracts, non-disclosure agreements, IT agreements, goods and services agreements, and marketing agreements
  • Act as a key legal advisor to the UK&I business providing commercial and strategic advice
  • Monitor and manage template agreements and agreed positions for the UK&I business
  • Support compliance initiatives in the UK&I business, as directed with Group. Particular focus on data protection (including handling subject access requests, compliance with GDPR, training), competition law and anti-bribery and corruption
  • Develop and deliver legal and commercial training to relevant parts of the business, including in respect of template agreements, current legal developments and key legal issues with the intention of enabling a level of self-sufficiency for the team
  • Manage commercial disputes and litigation arising in respect of commercial contracts
  • Manage relationships with external law firms providing commercial or compliance advice to the UK&I business and ensure that all law firms provide relevant, timely and cost-effective advice
  • Embed and foster a compliance and customer-focussed culture, delivering the relevant service for the customer (internal or external) on a timely basis, whilst seeking and acting on feedback to make continual improvements to the customer experience

Skills, know-how and experience:

Must have:

  • English law qualified with strong academic record (more than three years PQE)
  • High level of understanding of general contract law and experience drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and transaction documents independently
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, along with great attention to detail
  • Builds strong business relationships and naturally influences stakeholders
  • Resilient and able to work at pace in a transformational environment


  • Exposure to additional specialist areas (e.g., IT, outsourcing, intellectual property and data protection)
  • In house experience
  • Travel sector experience

Key performance indicators:

  • UK&I commercial transactions are completed successfully and on time, with value added, risks appropriately managed, stakeholders kept up-to-date and costs minimised
  • Displays clear and consistent behaviour and professional values that complement those of the organisation
  • Takes the lead legal role on a wide variety of matters and supports the Head of Legal – UK&I on complex and strategic matters

Direct reports: N/A

Budget Owned:  N/A

Key stakeholders: Head of Legal – UK&I, members of the Legal Leadership Team, Group General Counsel




Life at Thomas Cook is fast-paced and full of opportunities. We’re a leading international travel company that believes in empowering our people, so when you join us, you’ll be given the chance to create, learn and innovate. You’ll also be given the support and training you need to develop your career in the direction you choose.

As you might expect, our holiday benefits are something special. We’ll give you an allowance towards your holiday every year, depending on how long you’ve been with us.  There are also special last minute employee deals, which give you the opportunity to pick up a holiday at an outstanding price. Working for Thomas Cook, you can travel the world for less.

We also offer a flexible benefits package that gives you a range of options to ensure your benefits match your lifestyle.

Extra information

Full UK/EU driving license preferred
Car Preferred
Must be eligible to work in the EU
Cover Letter Required

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