Legal Counsel

Hours: Part time (3 days per week, or equivalent hours)
Salary: £90–£100k/year, pro-rated to part-time hours
Location: Flexible; some days in London office required
Holidays: 26 days plus bank holidays, pro-rated to part-time hours
Benefits: Bupa, bonuses and much more…

About NewsNow

NewsNow is a rare beast: a UK-based ‘dot com’ success story; a publisher and technology company running the extremely successful news aggregation and discovery platform

NewsNow presents curated and breaking headlines from around the world for those who want to read more widely, and think more critically. By presenting different perspectives and stories covered from a range of angles, it helps people to compare and contrast opposing viewpoints, spot differing presentations of the facts, challenge their preconceptions, make their own minds up, and stay abreast of topics they are passionate about.

Founded in 1997 to democratise and disrupt the market for news, NewsNow has built up a solid brand and huge, loyal user base (over 10m users monthly). Our small & agile team, together with a focus on adtech and algorithms right on the cutting edge, has delivered a run of outstanding financial results and industry-leading success metrics.

Now in our 23rd year, we're in the fortunate position of having a proven product and the capital to invest in tackling some major growth and product development plans, both here in the UK and abroad, and creating even more social capital out of what has been an extremely successful platform.

About the role

Since the company's inception in 1997, the CEO and its other directors have together formulated and executed the company's strategic and day-to-day legal affairs with the close advice and assistance of external legal advisors.

As the directors' roles have grown more strategic their availability to push forward legal affairs in this way has reduced. At the same time, the business is facing a number of mission-critical legal challenges that require concerted efforts to address.

For these reasons, they have taken the decision to bring in an experienced legal adviser to take responsibility for all strategic and day-to-day legal matters at the company, in collaboration with the directors and the COO.

The ideal candidate will have experience of working in the media, technology and/or online advertising sectors and will have expertise in copyright law and contract law.

Due to the technical nature of our business, they will have exceptional technical and analytical skills.

They will be able to develop a solid grasp of NewsNow's legal stance vis-a-vis publishers and advertising partners.

They will be confident face-to-face negotiators at senior executive level and will be happy to take an extremely robust approach to all negotiations with third parties, while remaining commercially minded at all times.

This is a part time (3 days per week) role.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Advising on GDPR and ePrivacy vis-a-vis website functionality, consent management and Privacy Policy, and all other relevant legislation such as EU Copyright Directive
  • Managing and developing existing contracts and forging new robust GDPR-compliant programmatic advertising contracts with our key partners
  • Evaluating legal implications of new commercial opportunities, such as white label offerings and negotiating contracts accordingly
  • Advising, negotiating and amending (as appropriate) other contracts such as employment contracts, NDAs, investment agreements, leases etc (in conjunction with external legal specialists as required)

Our culture

  • Open: we share and collaborate within and across departments
  • Scientific: peer review and experimentation is in our DNA
  • One team, one vision: no office politics
  • An appreciative environment: expect to hear ‘thanks’ a lot
  • Room to grow: development of skills and responsibilities is encouraged and rewarded
  • Virtual: we run a partial remote team (but with periodic London meetups)
  • Family-friendly and flexible: we understand sometimes personal needs must come first

Our remuneration policy

NewsNow is an exceptionally stable business that values long-term relationships with its employees. We run a programme of annual (or even more frequent) appraisals and pay reviews, with the aim of ensuring our employees are motivated, fulfilled, and that their remuneration reflects and recognises their developing expertise, their value to NewsNow, and on the wider job market.


  • Fully paid Bupa private health insurance
  • 26 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • NEST pension scheme
  • Competitive salary + bonuses
  • Part remote: work from home part-time
  • MacBook

More about NewsNow

NewsNow is the UK’s largest independent news aggregation and discovery platform. A one-stop shop for news for 12m unique monthly visitors, NewsNow is a UK top 50 website, and a global top 50 news destination.

We’re a developer-driven company. Two of the company’s three directors - which includes the CEO/Managing Director - are developers.

Running stably and profitably since our start in 1997, since 2009 we’ve been experiencing even greater commercial success as an industry leader in programmatic advertising technologies.

NewsNow is proud of its place within the media ecosystem, providing a platform particularly for smaller and independent publications to reach their audience, and helping to grow media plurality. We are a driver of quality in the news media and today set editorial standards for much of the content we link to.

NewsNow is also very proud to be the first digital member of the Disaster Emergency Committee’s Rapid Response Network, which helps alert the UK public efficiently to its vital humanitarian emergency fundraising appeals.

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