Attorney - Public Sector / Defence

Location:Greater London
Job Type:Full Time

Turn experience into opportunity. Leverage your accomplishments to get the kind of employment you’ve always wanted: cutting edge issues, world class clients and high-level initiatives all with the collaboration and support of a global community of seasoned professionals. If you are ready to work directly with business leaders and their teams to solve problems and drive change, then a career with the Microsoft legal team is for you.

We have an immediate opening for a highly motivated and experienced public sector attorney to join the Microsoft UK subsidiary’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs team (CELA) focused on defence, national security and law enforcement. The Microsoft UK CELA team provides front-line legal support for the UK subsidiary.

This Attorney will work as part of a team supporting the Microsoft UK subsidiary at our offices in London and will report to the UK CELA Head of Legal. This individual will be responsible for providing comprehensive legal guidance to the business across our intelligent cloud, operating system and business processes (including Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365, Windows, data security & artificial intelligence). Our customers are in the midst of game-changing digital transformations and this Attorney will have frequent contact with all levels of Microsoft executives, technical experts, outside partners, customers and vendors as well as our regional and global CELA teams. Experience with data and national security/defence/law enforcement legal issues is required. Experience with public procurement is desired.


Provide legal advice to enable our business to develop key strategies and find creative solutions to complex issues; advise executives on how Microsoft policies and evolving laws and regulations may affect the business.
Provide input into the review, drafting and negotiation of a wide range of public sector and commercial contracts, including licensing and framework agreements and responses to RFPs and tenders.
Provide strategic national security/defence/law enforcement insight to procurement pursuits.
Provide proactive legal and business counseling on a broad range of topics, including related laws, government contracting issues, data protection, intellectual property and licensing, competition/anti-trust, general commercial law, contract interpretation, contentious matters and regulatory compliance.
Serve as the public safety and national security legal lead for the UK subsidiary, advising both sales and operational teams.
Occasional attendance at our Reading offices as required.
International travel will be required from time to time.


We are looking for an attorney with:

Demonstrable industry experience as a UK qualified solicitor or barrister with extensive national security/defence/law enforcement experience. Public procurement experience (including working with the surrounding ecosystem of government procurement frameworks, prime contractors, subcontractors, systems integrators and resellers) is a plus.
Currently hold a UK Developed Vetting (DV) clearance or can demonstrate ability to hold a DV clearance.
Significant experience practicing in sophisticated legal environments.
Outstanding analytical and written communication skills.
A keen business sense, with the ability to find creative business-oriented solutions to legal issues, balancing legal risks against business interests.
A demonstrated ability to work efficiently, meet demanding deadlines in fast-paced environment, prioritise workflow and adjust to frequent workload fluctuations.
An ability to work independently while also being a strong collaborator.
A strong team spirit and ability to work with colleagues based in different locations.
An ability to establish a “trusted advisor” relationship with executive and key business team members.
A high tolerance for ambiguity and change.
Passion for technology, the potential of digital transformation and Microsoft’s diverse range of products and services

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.

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