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Job Post: Vacancy for Assistant General Counsel at Thomson Reuters, Mumbai

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About Thomson Reuters:

Thomson Reuters Corporation is a Canada-based multinational media conglomerate. The company was founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where it is headquartered at 333 Bay Street (Bay Adelaide Centre).

Thomson Reuters was created by the Thomson Corporation’s purchase of the British company Reuters Group in April 2008 and is majority-owned by The Woodbridge Company, a holding company for the Thomson family.

Thomson Reuters (India) was established in India in 1851 with the office set up in Mumbai (then Bombay). Thomson Reuters is a leading provider of business information services. Their products include highly specialized information-enabled software and tools for legal, tax, accounting, trade and compliance professionals combined with the world’s most global news service, Reuters.

About the Opportunity:

Thomson Reuters is seeking to hire a labor and employment counsel. The individual will counsel on employment issues globally, except for those in the United States, with an emphasis on matters for Reuters News.

This is a global role that can be based in Mexico, Poland, India, or Manila.

The AGC will counsel senior editorial, commercial and operational leaders on labor and employment laws around the world, handle employment disputes of all types, including litigation, and develop policies and procedures to reduce risk and cost and strengthen the business.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all labor and employment disputes, litigation, and inquiries or investigations by labor regulators, outside of the United States
  • Select and oversee outside counsel around the world and manage outside counsel spend
  • Implement, monitor, and enforce best practices as to non-staff contributors (freelancers) including developing and presenting training as required
  • Manage initiatives including reduction/conversion of Reuters freelance journalists within project timelines and budget, working closely with global and regional colleagues in HR and Finance
  • Conduct, guide or lead internal investigations into employment-related matters, including potential noncompliance with Thomson Reuters’ code of conduct, and work with management to identify resolutions and courses of action
  • Oversee or participate in trade union and works council negotiations and dispute resolution
  • Support HR and managers on day-to-day employee and labor relations issues outside of the U.S. including advising on labor and employment policies and practices
  • Ensure compliance with the Trust Principles, which reflect Reuters’ commitment to integrity, independence, and freedom from bias
  • Monitor and advise on the impact of new or impending legislation globally, outside the United States
  • Reports to the General Counsel, Employment & Labor, based in New York and works closely with the US in-house employment law team and more broadly with the lawyers in the General Counsel’s Office, as well as with Global and Regional colleagues in HR and Finance

Qualification Required:

Education: Law degree and current practicing lawyer

Skills & Experience Required:

  • Significant post-qualification experience in private practice or as in-house counsel, with a focus on labor and employment law
  • Ability to communicate with diverse professionals and employees including journalists and lawyers across diverse geographies and cultures
  • Can work as an effective in-house lawyer, giving clear, practical, and commercial legal advice that empowers the business and supports Reuters to report the news and meet the needs of its customers
  • Deep understanding of Reuters core values of independence, integrity, and freedom from bias
  • Ability to thrive working independently and as part of a diverse, global team
  • Strong work ethic with ability to prioritize and meet deadlines and demands in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High level of integrity and professionalism
  • Must be able to work UK hours

Desirable Skills & Experience:

  • Experience advising clients in the news and media industry
  • Understanding of copyright and intellectual property laws
  • Written and verbal communication skills in additional languages


Mumbai (Maharashtra)

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