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Legal Counsel / Contracts Paralegal

Frontier

Frontier is an established, market leading independent developer and publisher of videogames for PC and consoles. Founded in 1994, we are based in the world-leading technology cluster and historic city of Cambridge, England. With a growing team of over 750 talented people, we are passionate about creating innovative genre-leading games and authentic worlds for our communities of players.  
 
We have achieved serial successes across a wide variety of titles including Elite DangerousPlanet CoasterJurassic World Evolution and Planet Zoo. We are continuing to grow our team to support our existing portfolio and an exciting and ambitious future roadmap, which includes the development of both own-IP titles and licensed-IP titles. Our IP-license partners include Universal (Jurassic World), Formula 1 and Games Workshop (Warhammer).We are also growing our team to continue the expansion of Frontier Foundry, our publishing label for games developed by carefully selected partner studios. 
 
We have a modern spacious studio located on the Cambridge Science Park in the heart of the Cambridge tech hub. For those who wish to relocate to the Cambridge area and work either entirely in the studio or flexibly between the studio and home, we can provide generous financial and practical support to facilitate your move. We are also able to offer remote working for those who would prefer to work almost exclusively from home or who are unable to relocate. We can discuss your preferences with you during the recruitment process.   

Purpose of the role
The exciting growth of our studio and portfolio of games has resulted in the need to expand our in-house legal team. We’re looking for a motivated Legal Counsel or Contracts Paralegal to join our team in supporting and advising all aspects of the business. This is a fantastic role for a new-qualified solicitor or experienced contracts paralegal looking to join an in-house team in a fun and dynamic sector. Reporting to the General Counsel this position will work closely with the procurement, development and publishing teams to advise on legal, regulatory and compliance issues across a broad range of contracts, agreements and intellectual property matters.

Key responsibilities

    • Advise on legal issues for a range of stakeholders including, but not limited to, marketing, IT, development and procurement teams, supported by other Legal Team members.
    • Engage with internal stakeholders, and provide guidance on appropriate processes, risk management and other contractual issues
    • Review legal documentation such as confidentiality agreements, framework service agreements, supplier T&Cs and software licence agreements and negotiate terms where appropriate.
    • Reviewing and drafting contracts for supply of goods and services ensuring that correct process is followed.
    • Drafting competition terms and conditions and ensuring they are compliant with the CAP Code.
    • Reviewing and drafting marketing, events, sponsorship, publication and influencer agreements.
    • Review content of games and marketing materials for copyright, trade mark, publicity or any other issues.
    • Research and analyse legal issues, and especially keep abreast of new and changing laws affecting the video games sector (e.g., data privacy, online safety, consumer law, loot boxes, etc.)
    • Managing renewal and expiry deadlines for IP licences.

About you

    • Be an NQ England & Wales qualified solicitor with relevant experience gained either in-house or in private practice, or be a Paralegal with strong experience in a contracts role.
    • Previous experience reviewing, drafting (from templates) and negotiating commercial contracts.
    • Experience in any of music licensing, talent agreements, marketing agreements and CAP code are all useful but not essential.
    • A team player with good stakeholder management and engagement skills and a pragmatic approach in supporting contract owners to deliver on business objectives whilst driving value and managing risk effectively.
    • Have strong IT skills, including proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite including Sharepoint.
    • Good attention to detail to be able to carefully analyse files and data
    • Desire to develop and maintain your understanding of relevant law
    • Highly organised and able to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines.
    • Previous games industry experience desirable but by no means essential.
What we can offer you
We offer the chance to work with talented and passionate people, developing and publishing sophisticated and enduring games in a creative and collaborative environment. We love what we do, and we work hard to provide outstanding experiences for our player communities. Frontier rewards this passion and determination by sharing in the company’s success and by supporting our teams to keep doing what they love.

Well-being is a big focus at Frontier and we are continually evolving how we can support our staff. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and host a range of well-being activities, initiatives and sessions to support both mental and physical health.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes a success-based annual bonus, share option schemes, pension, life assurance, private family healthcare, flexitime working hours, enhanced maternity/paternity package, in-house subsidised catering, support with relocation, a Cycle to Work scheme and free bike servicing, and social events.

We welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.
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