Thomson Reuters

Legal Counsel

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  • Job Description

      Req#: JREQ178003

      Build and manage relationships with internal and external legal and business stakeholders to ensure effective flow of information. Providing strategic advice and guidance. Provide a wide range of legal advice and support to the business and the Regional Chief Counsel, AEM

      About the Role
      In this opportunity as Legal Counsel, you will:

      • Reviewing, drafting, revising and negotiating agreements with customers, vendors, resellers and other third parties, including data licenses, software and intellectual property licenses, master agreements, term and conditions, nondisclosure agreements, customer software licenses and other complex commercial agreements;

      • Researching and responding to general legal inquiries from in-house clients that may relate to litigation, regulatory issues, intellectual property, privacy matters, fraud issues, and consumer complaints;

      • Working on general corporate and intellectual property matters;

      • Collaborating with internal and external counsel overseas with respect to international customer agreements;

      • Sharing responsibility for maintaining, updating and revising contract template agreements and integrating customer contracts of acquired companies;

      • Leading compliance initiatives include tracking, advising and implementing processes to ensure continued compliance of the company with the increasing and changing regulatory environment and rolling out ethics and compliance initiatives and training for staff across the regions supported.

      • Building and leading litigation strategy and review progress of outstanding litigation. Liaising with and managing external counsel and associated expenses.

      • Helping to identify, assess and brief on potential and actual risks and legal exposures and take appropriate proactive and remedial measures.

      • Implementing internal controls, policies and procedures to assure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, corporate policies, ethical standards and oversee adherence to contractual obligations.

      About You
      You're a fit for the role of Legal Counsel if your background includes:

      • Must have a law degree, preferably from an accredited tier one law school.

      • Minimum three to five years of experience in a broad range of commercial law disciplines.

      • Must be native Japanese speaker and fluent in English.

      • Prior in-house legal experience, particularly in a multi-national a plus.

      • Exposure to technology, media and telecommunications and sales environments is advantageous.

      • Qualified to practice and be a registered member of a Bar Council (or the equivalent regulatory body in the country of such registration) is a plus.

      • Excellent written and oral communications skills.

      • Strong contract negotiation and drafting abilities.

      • M&A experience desirable but not essential.

      • Outstanding commitment to internal and external customer service.

      • Excellent planning, organizational, analytical and decision-making skills.

      • Sound administrative and time management skills, with sharp attention to detail.

      • Demonstrated ability to independently manage projects and deadlines.

      • Capability to build strong and effective working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders across different functions and cultures.

      • Judgment, tact and discretion when dealing with people and issues.

      What's in it For You?
      You will join our inclusive culture of world-class talent, where we are committed to your personal and professional growth through:

      • Hybrid Work Model: We’ve adopted a flexible hybrid working environment (2-3 days a week in the office depending on the role) for our office-based roles while delivering a seamless experience that is digitally and physically connected

      • Wellbeing: Comprehensive benefit plans; flexible and supportive benefits for work-life balance: flexible vacation, two company-wide Mental Health Days Off; work from another location for up to a total of 8 weeks in a year, 4 of those weeks can be out of the country and the remaining in the country, Headspace app subscription; retirement, savings, tuition reimbursement, and employee incentive programs; resources for mental, physical, and financial wellbeing.

      • Culture: Globally recognized and award-winning reputation for equality, diversity and inclusion, flexibility, work-life balance, and more.

      • Learning & Development: LinkedIn Learning access; internal Talent Marketplace with opportunities to work on projects cross-company; Ten Thousand Coffees Thomson Reuters café networking.

      • Social Impact: Ten employee-driven Business Resource Groups; two paid volunteer days annually; Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives for local and global impact.

      • Purpose Driven Work: We have a superpower that we’ve never talked about with as much pride as we should – we are one of the only companies on the planet that helps its customers pursue justice, truth and transparency. Together, with the professionals and institutions we serve, we help uphold the rule of law, turn the wheels of commerce, catch bad actors, report the facts, and provide trusted, unbiased information to people all over the world.


      Do you want to be part of a team helping re-invent the way knowledge professionals work? How about a team that works every day to create a more transparent, just and inclusive future? At Thomson Reuters, we’ve been doing just that for almost 160 years. Our industry-leading products and services include highly specialized information-enabled software and tools for legal, tax, accounting and compliance professionals combined with the world’s most global news services – Reuters. We help these professionals do their jobs better, creating more time for them to focus on the things that matter most: advising, advocating, negotiating, governing and informing.

      We are powered by the talents of 26,000 employees across more than 70 countries, where everyone has a chance to contribute and grow professionally in flexible work environments that celebrate diversity and inclusion. At a time when objectivity, accuracy, fairness and transparency are under attack, we consider it our duty to pursue them. Sound exciting? Join us and help shape the industries that move society forward.


      As a global business, we rely on diversity of culture and thought to deliver on our goals. To ensure we can do that, we seek talented, qualified employees in all our operations around the world regardless of race, color, sex/gender, including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under applicable law. Thomson Reuters is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer providing a drug-free workplace.

      We also make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and for sincerely held religious beliefs in accordance with applicable law.

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  • About the company

      Thomson Reuters Corporation (/ˈrɔɪtərz/) is a Canadian multinational media conglomerate.