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Shell has one of the best and brightest corporate legal departments in the world, and the scope of careers in Legal at Shell is immense. From corporate, property, employment, intellectual property, competition and general commercial lawyers, to the more recent addition of litigation lawyers - jobs for lawyers at Shell span a multitude of disciplines.

One element that unites the entirety of Shell Legal is its status as a business partner – that each and every Shell lawyer knows and understands the company intimately and upholds its integrity.

What keeps our in-house legal jobs so different and consistently exciting is the daily challenge of providing superior legal advice from a vast yet tight team of specialists working together, and taking on high-risk work that champions efficiency and complete expertise. The kind of high-level work you might expect to receive a few times per month in private practice is what you will face each and every day working in Legal for Shell. The core of this work is to provide support in connecting Shell with its customers and contractors, while protecting the reputation and integrity of its brand.

Shell operates a culture that recognises professional excellence. Shell lawyers perform to the highest abilities, upholding the integrity of company values, because they are supported and engaged. There is also an excellent and dedicated talent pipeline from junior to senior level. Shell Legal’s Employee Value Proposition ensures that all who take on the job are supported in terms of rewards and benefits, career development, and extra training in areas such as management style to inspire and build leaders.

The constantly evolving nature of careers in Legal at Shell means we seek lawyers who have made considerable impact in their current role and are ready to step up a gear in the corporate space. Shell Legal is recruiting the most talented candidates who will work as advisors to build honest promotion of the company while protecting shareholder interests. You are in a workplace environment that is vibrant and positive, and respects your work/life balance.

The in-house legal counsel is involved in so many different disciplines of corporate and commercial law, and you will provide first-hand support in driving Shell’s message with robust integrity and honesty to the world. Lawyers at Shell provide the essential advice and support that helps keep the company at the forefront of the industry. Candidates are being sought with strong influencing and negotiation skills required to work with internal and external stakeholders from diverse cultural backgrounds. Meanwhile, with so many facets and potential, careers in Legal at Shell offer great opportunities for further development and diversification.

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The constantly evolving nature of careers in Legal at Shell means we seek lawyers who have made considerable impact in their current role and are ready to step up a gear in the corporate space. Shell Legal is recruiting the most talented candidates who will work as advisors to build honest promotion of the company while protecting shareholder interests. You are in a workplace environment that is vibrant and positive, and respects your work/life balance.

The in-house legal counsel is involved in so many different disciplines of corporate and commercial law, and you will provide first-hand support in driving Shell’s message with robust integrity and honesty to the world. Lawyers at Shell provide the essential advice and support that helps keep the company at the forefront of the industry. Candidates are being sought with strong influencing and negotiation skills required to work with internal and external stakeholders from diverse cultural backgrounds. Meanwhile, with so many facets and potential, careers in Legal at Shell offer great opportunities for further development and diversification.

Meet the lawyer

Senior Legal Counsel for Shell International, Maria Bowden, has been with Shell for 11 years. Maria has enjoyed a varied and exciting career that only seeks to grow further in terms of the opportunities it brings.

“I joined Shell straight from private practice,” says Maria. “At the start I was in M&A, advising on transactional matters. It was an international role; I was advising on transactions that were taking place all over Europe so I was doing quite a bit of travelling.”

Following such extensive travel, Maria decided to take on a new challenge and made the transition to a wholly different area of the company.

“For the past seven years I’ve been supporting the Retail Marketing Team in the UK. The Retail section is the Downstream, customer-facing part of the business so, for instance, it covers everything we do at our petrol stations. As part of that team, I support the retail business in the brand management, advertising and promotion of Shell fuels and I also support the loyalty scheme – Shell Drivers’ Club. Another big part of my job is to consider the corporate advertising that we do, in terms of how Shell presents itself generally, not just to retail customers.”

For Maria, ensuring that the great reputation of the Shell brand is protected and that customers keep on returning to Shell service stations to buy fuels and other products is key. The biggest rewards come with feeling at one with clients and customers, ensuring that Shell is represented with the utmost integrity across the country, and the globe.

Litigation

Shell’s litigation team is a recent addition to Legal. The department began operations in May 2012, bringing the vast array of externally handled disputes into one ultra-dynamic house – a global litigation syndicate. At a similar time, Shell Legal as a whole was shaken up to meet the increased regulatory and cost challenges of the modern energy world.

Litigation lawyers at Shell support the Upstream and Downstream businesses so there is an enormous variety to the work. Meanwhile the daily challenges met by litigation lawyers working for a company operating in a high-risk category like Shell are unlike any other multinational corporation. Shell’s is quite simply the highest quality litigation work a lawyer can hope to tackle, and on a daily basis. Shell litigation lawyers work with business lawyers in-house and represent a considerable force that is at the forefront of the global energy debate.