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About Interpublic

The Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE:IPG) is one of the largest global providers of advertising and marketing solutions. Through more than 50,000 employees working across the world, IPG agencies specialise in consumer advertising creation and distribution, digital marketing, media buying, communications planning and public relations.

Octagon is the global sports, entertainment, and lifestyle-marketing arm of IPG. A collection of 800 fans bound by a single mission: To create work that earns attention.

Jack Morton is a brand experience agency that exists to reimagine what an experience can be. It does that by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in every format — virtual, live or hybrid.

What are the roles?

We are recruiting 2 x in-house Counsel to join our team at IPG, working with its experiential and public relations agency groups: Octagon, Jack Morton, Weber Shandwick and GOLIN.

We’re looking for one lawyer who is focused on and wants to develop their career further in the sports, music and entertainment and experiential space working particularly with Jack Morton and/or Octagon.  The other will be keen to initially learn in this area but their work will likely evolve into a role primarily supporting the communications agencies in the group: Weber Shandwick and/or GOLIN. 

The core of both roles is to be part of the team collectively providing expert, accurate and consistent guidance and insight across the agencies’ EMEA and APAC operations.  However as regards UK work you will be entrusted to play point with one of the agencies initially either Octagon or Jack Morton.

We operate a hybrid working model with days together in the central London offices, time in-agency and the opportunity to work from home, although consistent feedback is that time in the office around colleagues is the best way of settling into the role.  Trips to visit Jack Morton in west London as well as the central London agencies will likely be required.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • working alongside colleagues from across our diverse business to structure, draft and negotiate client contracts and scopes of service
  • delivering and supervising others on talent, production, technology and other supplier agreements
  • working on new business opportunities, reviewing confidentiality agreements and proposed contract terms
  • raising, advising and seeking compliance with internal and external legal and regulatory requirements e.g. ABC, data privacy, IPG SP&P.
  • assisting agency colleagues with issue management and client/vendor communications in the business affairs as well as legal space
  • helping to analyse agency creative ideas to ensure compliance with legal requirements and providing solution led guidance on their subsequent delivery
  • counselling agency management and supporting them in the formulation, preparation and implementation of improved business affairs and risk-management processes in agencies
  • training on legal and business affairs issues
  • collaborating intra-IPG and introducing and supporting agency staff when working with other IPG support services Finance, Risk, Insurance, Treasury, Travel etc.
  • assisting with the management of trade mark and domain name portfolios across the regions
  • assisting on data protection, litigation, property and other general legal matters as they arise
  • liaising with external counsel as required

What kind of person are you?

Demonstrating a thorough knowledge of commercial contracts and IP law, you will ideally have high-end private practice or large corporate training in these areas.  Some prior experience in the marketing, advertising and/or media sectors on issues such as marketing communications, talent/influencer engagement, content production, event staging or digital products and services preferred, together with a longstanding and demonstrable interest to work in this space.  Experience of live and virtual experiential work and related technology and/or sponsorship activation/hospitality and their respective supply chains is welcomed for each role.  For the experiential role prior exposure in the sports, music and entertainment sector and a desire to further specialise is sought. For the role that will evolve towards communications and marketing a broader outlook is required, with an interest in public relations and media relations/crisis comms consultancy.  Technology and/or music law experience particularly welcome.  Fluency in one or more European language would be highly desirable.

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