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Legal Counsel - 12 Month FTC

Dr. Martens is a globally recognisable and culturally influential British brand, with over 60 years of rich heritage. As brand custodians, we are lucky to work for a dynamic, thriving, and ethical business, with people from diverse backgrounds, who bring their true selves to work, and where anyone can grow their career.

We are guided by three core values that are at the heart of everything we do: be yourself, act courageously, and show you care. They make us who we are and inspire us to push boundaries, embrace our individuality, and stand up for what’s right.

This role is a 12 month Maternity Cover


  • We are looking for a commercial lawyer with 3-5 PQE to come and join the EMEA Legal team.
  • You'll be responsible for providing high-quality legal advice on commercial issues and manage the careful balance between risk & revenue generation, and commercial reward.
  • Reporting into the Head of Legal for EMEA and Group, you’ll be working with stakeholders at all levels across the business.
  • It is an impactful role working in a very busy and fast paced environment.
  • You will be part of a committed, passionate, supportive, and collaborative Legal team.

As Legal Counsel EMEA, you will:

  • Provide commercial legal services to the EMEA business, dealing with wide-ranging queries from all parts of the region & organisation.
  • Review, prepare and negotiate a wide variety of legal documents and contracts (including confidentiality, supplier, wholesale customer, e-com, property and other commercial agreements) to assist and support various business activities.
  • Provide advice and solutions on existing and proposed commercial issues and transactions affecting the EMEA region.
  • Work with stakeholders across the business at all levels from entry-level roles up to regional management.
  • Support the development of processes, know-how, templates and precedents across the Legal team.
  • Keep abreast of legal developments impacting the commercial and transactional side of the EMEA business and providing training where appropriate.
  • Work closely with your line manager and the other members of the EMEA Legal team to plan your workload in alignment with company and Legal team objectives.

It goes without saying that everyone at Dr. Martens is part of a team. Everyone is expected to take on other duties as needed to respond to the needs of the business.


  • Significant proven post-qualification experience, including in-house experience, preferably in a multi-jurisdictional business.
  • You will be expected to use your professional judgment to make decisions that impact business operations, both long and short-term.
  • You will work directly with stakeholders across all business functions, using your specialist legal expertise to influence business decisions with support from your line manager.
  • You have a proven track record in providing accurate and effective legal counsel and experience handling wide ranging business and commercial transactions.
  • You are influential, helpful and a strong team player, you’ll need to lead and collaborate across functions.
  • You have the ability to communicate with impact; you deliver messages clearly and succinctly.
  • You have a strong sense of initiative and a flexible, “can do” attitude with the ability to adapt according to business need.
  • You have excellent time management and prioritisation skills; you understand Dr. Martens is a fast-paced environment.
  • You work well under pressure, are self-motivated, and can manage upwards.
  • You have a flexible approach to work, especially when working to deadlines and business activity across various time zones.
  • You have high standards and attention to detail; we can depend on you to remember the finer details at all times.
  • You are strategic, a highly skilled problem solver and you plan ahead.


It’s never just a job at Dr. Martens. It’s a way of life. We live and breathe our Fundamentals – INTEGRITY. PROFESSIONAL. PASSIONATE. TEAM PLAYERS. They define who we are and how we get the job done. We believe each role is as unique as the person who does it.

To be our Legal Counsel EMEA you will also possess these qualities:

  • Courage; you adopt a company-first mentality and do the right thing as a custodian of the Dr. Martens business and brand.
  • Integrity and discretion; this role involves dealing with sensitive and confidential issues.
  • A growth mindset; you proactively seek out and give feedback and take ownership of your own development.
  • You will be a proud custodian to our Dr. Martens culture, embodying what we stand for and encouraging others to do the same.
  • You will lead the way and role model on all things DE&I & wellbeing.
  • You are a passionate team player; you will build strong relationships within the Legal team and across the business and you will deliver results through effective teamwork.
  • You will share best practice across the team and business and encourage ideas sharing as well as collaborative problem solving.


  • Hybrid working (3 Days in Office / 2 At Home)
  • 65% off all footwear and 55% of all accessories
  • Award-winning ‘Buy As You Earn’ Dr. Martens share plan
  • Private healthcare
  • A dedicated culture team
  • 2 paid volunteer days per year

Are you ready to fill your boots? Apply now.

At Dr. Martens, we are committed to creating an environment in which we can all be our best and bring our authentic selves to work. We encourage applications, regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, veteran status, or disability. Diverse and inclusive teams have a positive impact on our brand; helping us to speak authentically to our consumers. We strive to develop a business where our people can thrive and feel empowered to express themselves. Because we believe everyone should feel supported and included whatever their role in the Dr. Martens community.

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