Legal Counsel at what3words

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Legal Counsel, London

Job Description:

This role will initially report directly into our General Counsel and will involve working on a myriad of interesting legal matters. You will get to see directly how your work fuels the growth of one of the most interesting technology companies headquartered in London. In addition, given the global nature of the business, every day will see you work on a matter involving a different jurisdiction (and often multiple jurisdictions in the same day). In the last quarter alone, what3words was used in every country in the world with the exception of only two.

The what3words legal team aims to be a business “enabler”, encouraging and furthering sustainable growth, and this means that we are looking for someone that is capable of thinking creatively and finding solutions to any problem – even when there is no tried and tested answer. You’ll also be able to juggle multiple different things and be comfortable interacting with multiple different stakeholders at once.

If you are passionate about technology, interested in startups, enjoy working on a wide variety of matters and want to work in a role that offers you the chance to have a visible impact in a growing business - then this could be the perfect opportunity.

About you:

  • You will be a recently qualified to 2 PQE solicitor in a commonwealth jurisdiction – we are flexible on experience level and focussed solely on finding the right individual for the role

  • Bachelor’s degree + LPC or an equivalent combination of education or experience required

  • Ideally some in-house experience, whether directly or via secondment

  • Minimum of 1-2 years’ experience in a similar role

  • Strong communication skills – both verbal and written – with the ability to explain complex concepts to people with very limited knowledge of legal concepts

  • Highly professional in your approach, and discreet and responsible with confidential information

Interview Process:

We are looking for someone to start this role as soon as possible in, so applications will be considered as and when we receive them.

Please note that this role will be based in our London office, therefore we will only accept applications from individuals based in London (or ready to move to London immediately) and those that have authorisation to work in the UK.

Salary & Benefits:

  • Competitive salary

  • 25 days holiday

  • Share options

  • Pension

  • Private healthcare

  • Cycle to work

  • VDU eye tests

  • Perkbox

  • Free breakfast & snacks

  • Birthday vouchers

  • Weekly lunch & learn sessions

  • Regular team lunches & team socials

  • Sports and hobbies clubs


Chris Sheldrick (LinkedIn profile here and TED Talk here)


The what3words team is on a mission to create the global standard for communicating location. We’re making the world an easier, more efficient and safer place for everyone.

We are a global company located in West London’s creative hub. Our headquarters are near Portobello Road and a short walk from Westbourne Park and Royal Oak tube stations.

We hope in 5 years you will be proud to tell people you were one of the early joiners at what3words.

Above: The what3words Office in West London

Above: The what3words Office in West London