HEAD: LITIGATION AND DISPUTE MANAGEMENT
BUSINESS UNIT / FUNCTION: Legal
LOCATION: Lagos, Nigeria
DEPARTMENT: Litigation & Dispute
Written By: Administrative Reporting to: (Please provide position title); LEGAL DIRECTOR
FUNCTIONAL REPORTING TO: (Please provide position title)LEGAL DIRECTOR
1. JOB PURPOSE
Responsible for all Litigation matters concerning Airtel Networks Limited (the “Company”) with responsibility at Head office and across all regions. Reporting directly to the Legal Director.
2. ORGANISATIONAL CHART
3. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES
Expected End Results
Interfaces and liaises with external counsel in all litigation matters
Receive all court processes on behalf of the Company
Initiate court proceedings through external counsel to protect the rights of the Company, as may be required
Recommend to Legal Director external counsel to represent Company after reviewing competence, track record and proficiency with regards to the particular matter.
Formulate case management strategy with external counsel for the approval of the Legal Director
Monitor compliance and adherence of external counsel to case management strategy
Review outcomes with documented expectations and formulate remedial actions in case of unexpected outcomes
Ensure execution/enforcement of judgments that are favourable to the Company
Manage the team of external counsels throughout.
Alternatively, take all steps as are necessary to prevent the execution of any judgment, order or award against the Company or against representatives of the Company
Implementation of effective legal Risk Management practices
Implement efficient monitoring system for risk reporting and management of cases
Maintain a log of risks flagged and reported by various units to the Legal Directorate
Liaise with relevant business units and make recommendations to Management with regard to managing, avoiding or terminating such risks
Prepare a report of risk management recommendations to Internal Audit for monitoring
Implementation of proactive alternative dispute resolution mechanism.
1. Receive all disputes against the Company as may arise from the Company’s operations
2. Formulate a resolution strategy for the approval of the Legal Director
3. Implement the approved resolution strategy and obtain the best settlement deal for the Company
4. Alternatively, advise the Company on when and on what terms to close negotiations
(Indication of some of the significant volumes associated with the job like number in team/ staff handled subscriber base, etc.).
No. of direct reports: 2 External Solicitors: 54 about 25 which can be used on adhoc basis on a case by case basis and based on the region the case emanates from.
Currently the volume of cases is in the region of 232 cases.
4. SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & FUNCTIONAL / TECHNICAL SKILLS
Bachelor of Laws (LLB);
Call to the Nigerian Bar (BL);
Master of Laws (LLM) degree may be an added advantage
Relevant Experience (Type of experience and minimum number of years)
Minimum of 7 years post qualification experience with a reputable law firm
Minimum 5 years’ experience in the commercial legal environment
Candidate must have up-to-date knowledge of including, but not limited to, Nigerian Law, Case Law, Court Rules and Processes, Case Management, Legal Risk Management, Dispute Resolution, People and Resources management, Management of Law Enforcement Agencies / Governmental Agencies
Other requirements (Behavioural etc.).
Ability to manage the litigation portfolio and give advice to Management as required;
Ability to work diligently and efficiently;
Ability to work with minimal supervision;
Ability to travel often and at short notice;
Sound Computer skills (including word processing, use of databases and search tools);
Verbal and Written Communication skills;
Ability for strong follow up and attention to detail;
Customer / Client Service Orientation;
People management skills;
Honesty, integrity and commitment to the common goals and values of the organization; and
Confident, team player, voracious reader with analytical mind, a desire to excel and a passion for the job.
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