Senior Legal Counsel

Contract Type
Practice Area
Commercial, Energy
0-2 yrs, 3 -4 yrs, 5+ yrs
Ithaca Energy is a leading exploration and production company headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland, with production and development activities exclusively on the UK Continental Shelf.

Job Description


As a leading North Sea operator, our goal is to deliver sustainable growth underpinned by operational excellence and financial discipline.

Position Overview

Ithaca Energy is accepting applications for the position of Senior Legal Counsel, located in our Aberdeen office, reporting to the Legal and HR Director. The Senior Legal Counsel is part of a small dynamic team responsible for providing legal support to the business, this role will have a particular focus on the preparation of oil and gas commercial agreements.


  • Draft, review and negotiate a wide variety of contracts and commercial agreements relating to the Company’s operations
  • Provide legal advice on oil and gas agreements including: licensing; joint operations; oil sales; farm out; proximity and crossing, asset purchases and sales and decommissioning security agreements
  • Support the Legal and HR Director and operational Directors in relation to development or growth projects
  • Provide legal advice on compliance and petroleum licensing matters • Support the business by providing legal counsel to Directors and teams, with particular focus on Commercial; Asset Development and Management; Growth and Supply Chain
  • Interface with joint venture partners, other oil and gas operators and service companies, regulatory authorities and external legal counsel as required
  • Maintain professional qualifications and knowledge though networking and study of legal developments and changes


  • Qualified as a solicitor in Scotland or England and Wales
  • Proven commercial legal experience in an oil and gas operator environment or with a leading law firm
  • Upstream oil and gas M&A experience either in-house or with a leading law firm
  • Negotiating experience
  • Pragmatic and commercially astute
  • A self-starter that can both take direction and work autonomously while demonstrating initiative and a strong sense of accountability
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to interact at different levels across the organisation
  • Experience of managing a high volume, multi-project workload with competing priorities and deadlines
  • Outstanding communication skills to effectively advise internal clients on complex legal concepts
  • The following list is not exhaustive but includes the types of agreements the Company would prefer experience in:

        - Joint Operating Agreements

        - Decommissioning Security Agreements

        - Product Marketing & Sales Agreements

        - Construction & Tie-in Agreements

        - Transportation & Processing Agreements

        - Lifting & Offtake Procedures

        - Secondment Agreements

        - Proximity and Crossing Agreements

        - Confidentiality Agreements

        - Seismic Agreements

        - Farm-out Agreements

        - Supply Chain Agreements

        - Company secretarial matters

We recognise you may not fulfil every criteria, but if you meet most of them, please apply.

To apply Interested candidates should submit their CV and covering letter/email to, referencing the position title.

Closing date for applications 10 December 2021

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