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Senior Counsel, Global Employment and Litigation



London, UK
Posted on Saturday, September 9, 2023


Databricks is hiring a Senior Counsel, Global Employment and Litigation to provide labour, employment, litigation, and compliance support to Databricks' operations in several countries across the EMEA region. You will report to the Databricks’ Senior Director and Associate General Counsel of Global Employment and Litigation. This is a full time position.

The impact you will have:

  • Provide pragmatic, risk-adjusted advice to Databricks’ People Team and business leaders on employment-law related matters for Databricks’ EMEA offices, and other global locations as assigned, including hiring, performance management and discipline, terminations, grievances and other disputes, discrimination, harassment, reasonable adjustments, leaves of absence, incentive compensation, pension and benefits matters, works council and employee delegate related matters, employee investigations, restructuring plans and redundancies, corporate development (M&A) activity
  • Create, review and update compensation plans, including sales compensation plans and governance policies
  • Monitor new laws, regulations and decisions affecting the substantive legal areas above and provide strategic, preventative advice to People Team and cross functional partners
  • Oversee the drafting and negotiation of employment-related agreements, including severance, separation, restrictive covenant, retention, and other employment-related agreements; draft employee-facing policies, handbooks, and other resources
  • Independently identify and address employment legal compliance gaps, offering proactive advice and aiding in the development of recommended actions and policies
  • Support and advise Employee Relations on investigations related to employee complaints and workplace concerns, as required
  • Manage outside counsel handling claims, dispute resolution, regulatory matters, employment and non-employment litigation and global projects, including management of budgets, directing litigation strategy, and reviewing relevant documents
  • Support employment-related aspects of mergers, acquisitions, strategic investments, and divestitures, including due diligence and related integration efforts
  • Advice and counsel will be both on daily issues and strategic and systemic matters
  • Identify and implement process improvements that help the legal team, the People Team and the business scale for growth
  • Ensure that the employment law risks for Databricks EMEA offices are managed and minimised
  • Support Legal department and team related projects, as assigned

What we look for:

  • Thorough knowledge of UK employment laws
  • Knowledge of and experience with employment laws in multiple EMEA locations
  • Qualified lawyer, 10+ years solid training in private practice and broad-based employment law counselling and litigation experience
  • Law firm experience required, additional in-house experience preferred (either in a permanent role or on a secondment)
  • Tech sector experience preferred, including cloud services and big data
  • Demonstrate keen attention to detail and a track record of effectively managing multiple, competing priorities with minimal supervision
  • Exhibit strong communication, listening, interpersonal, influencing, and negotiation skills, enabling you to assess risks and offer clear and confident guidance to internal stakeholders
  • Fluency translating complex legal issues into practical, risk adjusted, business-oriented advice
  • Ability to draft documents, policies, and messages in a clear, concise, and digestible manner for business partners
  • Excellent team player – must have flexible, hands-on approach.
  • Experience supporting international business operations and partnering with People Team/HR and other professionals across multiple regions and multiple functions
  • Ability to build strong relationships quickly and work with all levels of People Team/HR and the business with ease
  • Great judgment and attention to detail
  • A desire to work on complex legal issues and in new global regions as we continue to expand
  • Strong aptitude and appetite for identifying, developing and implementing critical process improvements
  • Top-notch customer-oriented service
  • Additional languages would be beneficial though not required


  • Private medical insurance
  • Private dental insurance
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Life, income protection & critical illness insurance
  • Pension PlanEquity awards
  • Enhanced Parental Leaves
  • Fitness reimbursement
  • Annual career development fund
  • Home office & work headphones reimbursement
  • Business travel accident insurance
  • Mental wellness resources
  • Employee referral bonus

About Databricks

Databricks is the data and AI company. More than 9,000 organizations worldwide — including Comcast, Condé Nast, and over 50% of the Fortune 500 — rely on the Databricks Lakehouse Platform to unify their data, analytics and AI. Databricks is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices around the globe. Founded by the original creators of Apache Spark™, Delta Lake and MLflow, Databricks is on a mission to help data teams solve the world’s toughest problems. To learn more, follow Databricks on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At Databricks, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone can excel. We take great care to ensure that our hiring practices are inclusive and meet equal employment opportunity standards. Individuals looking for employment at Databricks are considered without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.


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