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NGP Legal Counsel

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

NGP Legal Counsel

  • NE02793
  • Bristol, England, United Kingdom

About us

We're a truly international company, forth largest in our industry and operating across 120 markets. An inclusive, innovative global FMCG business supported by over 27,500 employees. As we embrace a new era of growth, we are transforming. Our ways of working and culture are driven by a challenger mindset, constantly questioning the status quo. Our agility and entrepreneurial spirit, alongside award winning development programmes, enable innovation and success while creating exciting and rewarding career choices.

As we move forward, our customers will be at the heart of what we do, evolving to needs and expectations and committing to a more meaningful contribution to harm reduction by building a successful NGP business. Integral to our long-term success is our sustainability strategy, behaving responsibly and supporting our ambitions, all underpinned by high governance.

Encouraging inclusion at local levels and supporting a developing and robust diversity agenda globally, we’re fully committed to creating and maintaining an environment that celebrates and respects difference.

The role

Integral part of the UKI Legal team, reporting to the UKI Legal Counsel, providing pragmatic, commercial legal advice on all issues affecting next-generation products (NGP) within the UK and Ireland Cluster, together with providing relevant advice to support the wider business. 

Role includes advising on a wide range of legal issues relating to NGP, which includes marketing and sales, commercial contracts, e-cigarette regulations, product-related issues, and competition law. 


Key accountabilities


  • Managing the delivery of legal advice on NGP across the UKI Cluster. In particular, providing clear legal advice to the NGP Team and Cluster Leadership Team (CLT) on a wide range of commercial issues and industry related legislation, including new and impending legislation.
  • Providing market-specific legal advice to the business to ensure new NGP are fit for launch in the UKI Cluster and that appropriate risk mitigation advice has been considered and implemented. Assessing and advising on relevant aspects of EU legislation and cross-border implications.
  • Supporting the wider business with the provision of legal advice in relation to a broad range of regulatory, commercial contracts and competition law issues regarding other FMCG categories.

 Management and Cross-Functional Working

  • Managing external lawyers in the preparation of strategic legal advice essential to our NGP strategy.
  • Leading the drafting of legal argumentation for the NGP sector to support the Government Affairs Team engage with external stakeholders.
  • Reviewing and approving all communications materials relevant to NGP for the Communications Team.
  • Providing training to the NGP Team (including new starters) and the CLT on the current legislative framework for NGP.
  • Working with Group IP to ensure appropriate protection is in place to protect the business’ intellectual property rights in any new NGP


  • Advise the NGP Team and Group Legal colleagues on the interpretation of current/evolving UK regulation relevant to NGP (including e-cigarette regulations), and advising on associated risks to the business.
  • Providing regulatory advice to the UKI Cluster on new NGP in terms of both the legal and reputational impact.
  • Provide advice and legal copy clearance on marketing projects and activities to ensure compliance with legislation, the Advertising Standards Authority’s CAP/BCAP Codes and Group’s International Marketing Standards.
  • Advising on the merits of, and consequently managing and defending against, claims by regulators or competitors where non-compliance with product specific or marketing regulations is alleged.


  • Responsible for drafting, negotiating and finalising contracts to formalise and clarify contractual relationships with customers and suppliers for the distribution and sale of NGP across the UKI Cluster.
  • Working with Group Procurement to assist with the provision of supplier contracts and contract management specific to NGP.


  • Supporting the UKI Legal Counsel provide legal advice in relation to competition law in order to ensure continued competition law compliance across the business.
  • Providing specific competition law advice in relation to NGP.

 Performance Indicators

  • Legal advice prepared for NGP is tailored for its particular audience, is accurate and provides the required information for strategic decisions to be made in relation to the business’ NGP strategy.
  • Risk is mitigated and any potential issues are resolved in a commercial and timely manner.
  • Regular performance reviews in order to fully understand past performance, future objectives and how to deliver them.

Key accountabilities – Continue

Nature and Scope/Freedom to Act

  • The role requires the ability to manage the provision of confident, pragmatic legal advice in a new and developing sector where external legal support is currently extremely limited.
  • The role requires a high degree of autonomy and scope to develop and implement strategies for ensuring the business is protected from risk.
  • The role requires the ability to advise on complex and business sensitive issues, including being able to process information quickly and provide recommendations to enable the business to make commercial decisions.
  • The nature of the role means dealing with issues and when they arise. The role requires effective time management and an ability to prioritise
  • The role requires sustained concentration when reading and drafting lengthy and detailed documents and complex legislation.
  • The majority of interactions and advice are delivered to senior executives within the company, Fontem and Group.

 Communications and Working Relationships


  • UKI Legal Counsel
  • NGP Team
  • CLT
  • Government Affairs Team
  • Communications Team
  • Sales (including Key Accounts, SMS, Route to Market and Field Sales)
  • Finance
  • IS
  • HR
  • I&I
  • Corporate Centre
  • Group Legal (including Group Regulatory and Group IP)
  • Group Marketing
  • Fontem Ventures B.V

External :

  • External Law firms
  • Customers and suppliers legal advisors
  • UK and European Regulatory and Government Bodies (European Parliament, Department of Health and Social Care, Trading Standards, Competition and Markets Authority, Advertising Standards Authority, HMRC)

Skills & Experience



  • UK qualified lawyer (6 years training)
  • Post qualification experience (PQE)
  • Previous experience gained in-house or within leading law firm in commercial or regulatory
  • Ability to manage stakeholder relationships at various levels


  • Experience of working in FMCG or a regulated industry, or solid experience of advising FMCG clients


  • Good understanding of regulatory law (including advertising law)
  • Good understanding of commercial law consumer law, competition law and/or data protection law
  • Willingness to learn new regulations, improve expertise and become the subject matter expert on e-cigarette regulatory matters within the UKI Cluster


  • Knowledge of the FMCG category including an understanding of marketing and sales
  • Knowledge of the increasing focus and regulatory framework on NGP within the UK and Ireland
  • Knowledge of the tobacco industry and the regulatory framework in which it operates



  • Excellence in using Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Powerpoint, Outlook and Excel)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and professional approach to all areas of work
  • Strong analytical and strategic skills set
  • Firm resolve when robust advice is required



 Minimum of 6 years’ experience and training required made up as follows:

  • UK qualified solicitor (will have completed a law degree or equivalent degree and law conversion course; Legal Practice Course; 2 year training contract)
  • Must have post qualification experience (PQE)

What we Offer

Imperial Brands offer a competitive package of salary, bonus scheme, pension and 25 days holiday (with an additional 4 days on top to cover the Christmas period and bank holidays). and hybrid work.

Next Steps

Interested applicants should apply with their CV highlighting their suitability for the role. 

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