Company: Shell
Skills: Legal
Education: High School/Secondary
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: London, England, United Kingdom

In order to apply for this position, applicants MUST meet the following criteria. If your resume does not match these criteria, you will not be able to apply for this position.

Job Description

Shell Trading & Supply is one of the largest energy traders in the world. It is a key business for the Royal Dutch Shell group, closely connected to the Downstream and Integrated Gas businesses. Shell Trading and Supply has an integrated global portfolio of crude oil, LNG, refined products, natural gas, electrical power, chemical feed-stocks and environmental products. Based in various global offices including the UK, US, Australia, Singapore, Canada, The Netherlands, Brazil, China, Japan, Bahamas, Dubai, and Russia, and with over 7000 employees, Shell Trading and Supply trades on average over 12 million barrels of crude and oil products and 5 million barrels of oil equivalent in natural gas and power each day. Additionally Trading & Supply houses one of the largest LNG shipping operators in the world as well as managing Crude, Products and LPG vessels.

Job Purpose

To provide professional, timely, cost-effective and practical legal advice and support to Trading and Supply's Shipping and Maritime business and the freight desks within Trading & Supply. The position also provides legal support to other parts of the Shell Group which have a maritime component as part of their scope.

  • Work independently
  • Provision of sound, timely, and commercially effective legal advice for Shipping & Maritime under supervision of Managing Counsel Shipping.
  • Proactively identify legal risks and alternative strategies in a defined area.
  • Work on a range of both contentious and non-contentious matters in the shipping and chartering sphere;
  • Ensure documents reflect accurately commercial decisions, at all times consistent with legal obligations and the Shell Control Framework.
  • Represent Shell vis-à-vis third parties.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and with both internal and external stakeholders with diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Assist and support the Shell Litigation Team regarding the background and business dimensions in contentious proceedings (litigation, arbitration, mediation) involving shipping matters.

  • USD 100-500 mln. annual business activity. This individual must be strategic (flexible and able to prioritize) with respect to supporting a dynamic shipping business within Shell Trading and Supply. A fast paced environment, innovative business development teams and the challenges arising as the Shipping business and freight desks continue to adapt to changing industry and regulatory environments will require that this individual is flexible, willing to learn, and able to work under pressure as operational issues demand.
  • Daily and often time-critical interaction with clients and colleagues based in different countries and time zones and occasional travel will also be required.
  • The successful candidate will be based in the London Strand office (moving to the new York Road office in London Waterloo later in 2019).

Company Description

Shell started operations in the United Kingdom more than 110 years ago. Since then we have grown into a leading innovative oil and gas company that rewards its employees by investing heavily in their careers and learning. Our people are our greatest asset, and our commitment to your career will see you thrive in a work environment that offers an industry-leading development programme. When your ideas travel, Shell will benefit and innovation will thrive. Shell has a key role to play in helping meet the UK's growing energy demand, whilst using innovative technologies to develop cleaner energy. We are the largest FTSE 100 company in the UK by market capitalisation, and make a significant contribution to the UK economy. As well as processing 35% of the gas coming into the UK, we serve more than four million customers at our filling stations each week. Shell employs some 6,400 skilled staff as well as many contractors.


  • In depth understanding of the main legal areas relevant to shipping and maritime law including working knowledge of charterparties, bills of lading, cargo claims, demurrage, vessel management agreements and issues arising in the context of oil spill response. Recent litigation experience in these areas is desirable.
  • Ability to draft with appropriate understanding and interpretation of the commercial intentions.
  • Some exposure to international civil and/or common law contracts and knowledge of physical commodity trading business.
  • Ability to work on a number of issues in parallel.
  • Ability to develop and sustain relationships with clients at all levels and in a range of cultures.
  • Ability to understand and take account of business drivers and needs.
  • Able to give clear exposition of a legal issue and to provide succinct accurate and comprehensible legal advice.
  • Knowledge and experience to identify critical Legal risks.
  • Attention to detail, autonomous and hands on.
  • Strong academic background and capable of applying jurisprudence in real situations.
  • Influencing, negotiating and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and with both internal and external stakeholders with diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and good drafting skills.
  • Fluent written and spoken English.
  • Qualified to practice as a solicitor or barrister in a common law jurisdiction.
  • This individual must be self-motivated, self-directed, able to prioritise workload and to work both independently and as a member of a team, while at the same time knowing when to seek advice from his or her line manager or more senior colleagues.

Key Competences Required
  • Apply commercial judgment in Legal - Skill
  • Enable effective governance - Skill
  • Identify legal risk - Skill
  • Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution - Skill
  • Provide sound legal advice - Skill


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