Jacobs In House Counsel / Solicitor in Wokingham, United Kingdom

In House Counsel / Solicitor


Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and consultancy services for industrial, commercial and government organisations globally.

With more than 77,000 people globally, our teams collaborate, innovate and create. Our people are proud to have been behind some of the greatest consultancy and engineering feats over the past 70 years.

We foster a collaborative and inclusive environment for our people, and our partners, and we want you to be a part of our growing business.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced lawyer to join the dynamic legal department of a major engineering and construction company. We need somebody with a quality background (both academics and practical training) who is ready to be challenged in a fast-paced, commercial environment and is not afraid of genuine responsibility. In return we will give you responsibility for a wide range of projects across the business and an unparalleled opportunity for launching an in-house career in an excellent working environment.

The group's legal team consists of around 80 lawyers worldwide, and 14 of these are based in the UK.

The UK legal team supports and advises the business on many aspects of our numerous high profile projects both in the UK and overseas in our three Lines of Business namely a) Buildings and Infrastructure and Advance Facilities, b) Energy, Chemicals and Resources and c) Aerospace, Technology, Environmental and Nuclear. The Legal team works closely with our Sales and Operations people and with Management at all levels.

We are looking to recruit a solicitor or barrister to join the UK legal team to be based in either our Winnersh or one of our London offices.

Jacobs is a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities. The role on offer is immensely varied and challenging and will give the successful candidate the chance to make a real contribution to an exciting range of legal and commercial work. Examples of recent projects the UK Legal team has been involved in include:

  • a due diligence leading up to a multi-million $ acquisition of a major international civil engineering consultancy

  • a framework project management agreement for a multi $ billion social infrastructure project in Saudi Arabia

  • numerous bids in both the public and private sector, both within the UK and internationally

  • flagship major projects for UK Govt.

Reporting to a senior solicitor within the team, the successful candidate will:

  • Take responsibility for a wide range of complex construction and commercial contracts, from bid stage to negotiation and completion, including contracts with clients, joint venture agreements, guarantees, sub-contracts and confidentiality agreements.

  • Advise management on all aspects of legal risk

  • Provide legal support to operations during projects (e.g. dispute resolution)

  • Support corporate transactions and provide legal advice to other corporate functions

  • Delivery internal training on legal and contractual issues



  • The successful candidate will be a qualified and experienced solicitor or barrister.

  • The successful candidate will have a strong academic record (achieving at least a 2.1 degree and a commendation or distinction on the Legal Practice Course)

  • The candidate must have trained with a leading law firm or well-respected in-house team.

  • The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate an ability to identify risk, good commercial awareness and a clear and effective communication style.


  • Knowledge of construction law.

Our Culture

At Jacobs we have celebrated over 10 years of our culture of caring - ‘BeyondZero’. We see safety differently - we strive to go BeyondZero by putting the health, safety and well-being of our employees first in everything we do.

We are committed to equality across our business and we promote STEM and WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) initiatives. When you join Jacobs you will have access to a wide range of Global Networks, centred on inclusion and diversity. To find out more about our networks, check out our website:


We encourage applications from candidates looking for flexible working or reduced hours’ contracts.

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.

JACOBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.

Primary Location United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Wokingham

Req ID: LEG000014