Lawyer - Partners/M&A/IP team

UK-Newcastle upon Tyne | UK-London | UK-Winnersh
Job ID
Human Resources/Legal
Position Type


To provide structured, pragmatic and risk based legal support and act as a legal business partner to the Partnerships & Alliances, Corporate Development (M&A), Marketing, Product Delivery, CTO and IT teams around the world.  


Under the direction of the VP, Partners, Marketing, M&A, IP (as appropriate):

  • Deliver and manage appropriate best-in-class end-to-end legal advice in a leadership context to Partnerships & Alliances, Corporate Development (M&A), Marketing, Product Delivery, CTO and IT teams across the world adopting a collaborative business partnering approach and leading key elements of those relationships.
  • Work collaboratively with other teams within the Legal Services team to ensure effective and fully aligned end-to-end legal support to wider business colleagues. In particular working alongside the Secretariat and Legal Compliance teams on M&A considerations and channel delivery; and with the Regional Commercial teams on multi-jurisdictional legal delivery. Co-ordinate internal and external legal support in a cross-discipline / jurisdiction context.
  • Ensure that governance is adhered to and collaborate with other functional (e.g. Procurement; Tax; Finance; HR, Risk, Assurance and Compliance) and commercial (e.g. Corporate Development; Marketing; Partnerships & Alliances; Product Delivery) colleagues to ensure that legal risk is managed in accordance with Sage risk tolerances.
  • Actively participate (with legal accountability) in all assigned projects and deals as a core team member, including delivery or core legal accountability, risk analysis, progress reports, issue identification / resolution and team meetings. Provide clear direction on the management of legal considerations.
  • Actively assist in the development and effective management of relationships with all parts of Sage so that the Legal function maintains a reputation as an approachable and collaborative professional team delivering high quality advice and support.
  • Identify opportunities to develop and continuously drive and improve operational efficiencies, processes and systems, both in the team and across the Legal function, particularly in automation/empowering business colleagues to 'self-help' and through the use of technology. Implement and embed those improvements in collaboration with other colleagues.
  • Exercise appropriate cost management and control to meet the Legal function's targets to reduce expenditure.
  • Develop strong working relationship with VP, Partners, Marketing, M&A, IP; the wider Legal Services team and business colleagues and pro-actively assist with the elimination of inefficiencies.
  • Advise, influence and support key stakeholders at all levels across our worldwide operations to ensure close alignment between the Legal function and business areas and identify and progress value creation opportunities.       


Key performance indicators:

  • Effective delivery of all required legal accountabilities to a consistently high standard, on time.
  • Contribution to success of overall Legal services delivery by identifying and rigorously executing pragmatic solutions.
  • Colleagues truly understand and evangelise the added value Legal Services brings to Sage.
  • Consistently positive feedback from key legal and business stakeholders.
  • Close alignment with VP Partners, Marketing, M&A, IP and other PMMI team members; and seamless legal delivery across the wider Legal function.
  • Strong relationships built with wider business colleagues; recognised as a ‘go to’ subject matter expert.        


Must have:

  • Significant commercial and/or corporate (M&A) legal experience and a track record of delivering commercially sound legal advice to business colleagues
  • Excellent communicator
  • Excellent analytical and commercial legal skills
  • Functions at a senior level and works unsupervised producing consistent high quality deliverables.
  • Excels at applying deep legal knowledge to provide pragmatic solutions to complicated commercial challenges
  • Capable of co-ordinating multi-territory legal support and advising cross border
  • Good understanding of data privacy
  • Capable of both project managing and executing large legal projects unsupervised; senior stakeholder management
  • An ability to analyse legal and commercial issues and to provide clear explanations of legal matters with relevant commercial advice.
  • Ability to embrace, cope with and manage change quickly, and be enthused and excited about what's around the corner for us, given our fast pace.
  • Drive and determination to deliver outstanding results.
  • Collaborative approach and supports, motivates and develops junior colleagues.


  • In-depth knowledge of other relevant legal disciplines (e.g. IP; IT, agency / distribution) is also highly desirable.
  • Extensive experience of working with businesses to solve their commercial challenges in an effective, practical way
  • Experience working in commerce (particularly within the Technology sector)


Technical / professional qualifications:

  • A qualified lawyer with at least 8 years post qualification experience both within private practice and within a commercial environment
  • Fluent English speaker

Company Information

Our Story

Sage is the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world’s entrepreneurs.


Like many of the businesses we serve, Sage began as a small business and has grown beyond what seemed imaginable. Today over 13000 colleagues now support millions of entrepreneurs across 23 countries as they power the global economy.

It is these entrepreneurs who are the drivers of prosperity and it’s our privilege and honour to serve them. We take real pride from how many of our customers have flourished and, that our products have grown with them as they moved from start-up to successful, international businesses.

In a world where only the voices of the biggest are heard, we will always fight to hear the voice of the entrepreneur.


An innovator today and tomorrow     

Our smart people use the smartest technology to reinvent and simplify business accounting - working with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, business owners, tradespeople, accountants, partners and developers. 

We enable our customers to focus on their business and help them to leapfrog to the future.


Inventing the future 

We are changing the way that millions of businesses track the movement of money through their business. We are also changing the way we do business. And as a FTSE 100 business we believe in a socially-responsible world and we are active in supporting our local communities and invest in making a real difference through the philanthropy of the Sage Foundation. Our Sage Foundation is based on the 2+2+2 model - 2% of free cash flow, 2% of colleagues' time and up to 2 free products each year to charitable organizations. Colleagues are empowered to give to the causes that matter to them.

Our customers make life-sacrifices. They take risks to follow their dreams and pursue their passions and, on this, global prosperity is built. They deserve a bigger voice and we will always work hard to champion this noble cause.


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