Legal Counsel

  • Location:

    Basrah, Iraq

  • Sector:

    Oil & Gas

  • Contact:

    Ghusoon Nader

  • Job ref:


  • Published:

    16 days ago

  • Expiry date:


MSELECT is looking to hire a Legal Counsel for an international oil and gas operator in Basrah. Candidates must have 5+ years of experience gained in a large law firm and/or in-house with a major firm and be fluent in English and Arabic.

Reports to

  • Senior Legal Counsel / Deputy Legal Manager


  • Legal


  • To ensure the legality of the business of the company.
  • To protect the legitimate rights and interests of the company against any encroachment



  • Provide legal support and advice to upper management on relevant legal issues.
  • Ensure compliance with the applicable laws, statutory regulations and other internal control formalities.
  • Calculate and handle risks in business process and decision making.
  • Draft legal documents such as contracts, statements, agreements etc.
  • Coordinate with HR, Senior Executive Team and outside counsel pertinent to enforce company’s procedures and policies.
  • Handle litigation
  • Keeping up with current changes on all relevant areas of laws.
  • Contributing to the enhancement of the knowledge base of the company’s legal function.

Health, Security, Safety and Environment

  • Ensure compliance with all relevant health, security, safety and environmental management policies, procedures and controls within own area, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating on a continuous basis, to guarantee employee safety, legislative compliance, delivery of high-quality service and a responsible environmental attitude.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have a law degree from a recognized university.
  • Must be admitted to a recognized bar.

Minimum Experience

  • Must have 5+ years of experience gained in large law firm and/or in-house with major firm

Job-Specific Skills

  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, along with the ability to communicate effectively with others at all levels of the organization
  • Strong negotiating skills with both legal and financial/commercial issues
  • Good at both English and Arabic and the English-Arabic legal writing.
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision

*Only applicants meeting the strict criteria outlined above will be contacted as part of the shortlisting process