Legal Counsel

The Scotch Whisky Association
Contract Type
Practice Area
Compliance / Regulatory, IT / IP, Litigation
0-2 yrs
Expressions of interest (which may include your salary expectations) together with a CV should be submitted by email to swajobs with ‘Legal Counsel’ as the subject by no later than 10 March.

Job Description

The Scotch Whisky Association – Legal Counsel

Location: Hybrid working – home and at the SWA’s Edinburgh office

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Benefits package: 25 days holiday and generous group personal pension plan

The Scotch Whisky Association

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is the trade association for the Scotch Whisky industry. One of its principal aims is to safeguard the Scotch Whisky Geographical Indication worldwide.  This function is carried out by the SWA Legal Affairs team, which takes legal action around the world to prevent products being misleadingly sold as Scotch Whisky. It also monitors trade mark applications internationally and opposes those that may be used in a similar misleading manner.

The position

The position involves a diverse range of work, including the investigation of suspicious products, the preparation of court and administrative actions worldwide, the review of trade mark applications worldwide, drafting and revising a range of legal documents, negotiating agreements and advising the SWA’s members on compliance. A copy of the full job description can be found here:

The applicant

The applicant must be a Scots law qualified lawyer (NQ to 3 years PQE) preferably with civil litigation experience and a strong interest in intellectual property law. The applicant should be energetic and a “self-starter”. Excellent negotiating and communication skills, attention to detail and an ability to work in a collaborative manner are required. The applicant should be capable of creative thought but must also be willing to undertake thorough and detailed preparatory work.

The SWA is an equal opportunity employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy.

Expressions of interest (which may include your salary expectations) together with a CV should be submitted by email to with ‘Legal Counsel’ as the subject by no later than 10 March 2021. Initial interviews will take place over digital platforms during March.