Legal counsel (payments)

UK-London | UK-London
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 worldwide Banking and Payments team as well as providing legal support to the wider PMMI team from time to time to support worldwide Strategic Alliances, Marketing, Corporate Development, Product and IP functions (as appropriate).   


Key accountabilities and decision ownership:


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

  • As a valued business partner, deliver end-to-end legal advice to the Banking and Payments team as well as to other stakeholders across the world supported by the PMMI team.
  • Take accountability for understanding the strategic landscape of the Banking and Payments function and the changing regulatory landscape.
  • Work collaboratively with other teams within Legal Services to ensure effective and fully aligned end-to-end legal support to wider business colleagues.
  • Ensure that governance is adhered to and collaborate with other functional colleagues (e.g. Procurement; Tax; Finance; HR, Risk, Assurance and Compliance) to ensure that legal risk is managed in accordance with Sage risk tolerances.
  • Advise, influence and support key PMMI stakeholders at all levels across our operations to ensure close alignment between Legal Services and business areas.




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 delivering pragmatic solutions.
  • Banking and Payments colleagues evangelise about the added value Legal Services brings to Sage.
  • Strong relationships built with wider business colleagues; recognised as a ‘go to’ subject matter expert.
  • Consistently positive feedback from key legal and business stakeholders.


Skills, know-how and experience:

Must have:

  • Solid payments, fintech and/or other financial services expertise; and commercial contracts and associated regulatory experience
  • Experience of working with payment schemes and navigating UK and EU payment systems
  • A track record of delivering commercially sound legal advice to business
  • Excellent communicator and able to explain complex legal matters clearly
  • Excellent analytical and commercial legal skills
  • Works unsupervised producing consistent high quality deliverables
  • Provides pragmatic legal solutions to complicated commercial challenges
  • Good understanding of data privacy and regulation relevant to payments
  • Capable of managing and delivering large legal projects unsupervised
  • Drive and determination to deliver outstanding results in a fast-paced environment.


  • In-depth knowledge of other relevant legal disciplines (e.g Agency, Distribution, Tech, IP, Competition law) is also highly desirable.
  • Experience of working with businesses to solve their commercial challenges in an effective, practical way.
  • Experience working in commerce


Technical / professional qualifications:

  • A qualified lawyer with at least 5 years post qualification experience within private practice or 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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