My client, a large global brand is looking for a Legal Counsel professional on an initial 6 month basis. The role requires a strong legal background. The purpose of the role would be as follows: Provision of legal support for all consumer card issuing businesses in the UK directly, working as part of a team of in-house lawyers and supporting the senior lawyers in the team. Responsibility includes (1) compliance of business activities with applicable laws and regulations, and (2) identification and effective management of legal risks arising from these activities.Legal support for Currency Cards, Insurance and other services, products and benefits of the business.Proactive role in making sure the UK consumer card issuing business management and management of other business lines supported through this position understands and complies with legal and regulatory requirements affecting businesses conducted through banking/financial/payment institution and other regulated subsidiaries as well as through the unregulated subsidiaries in the UK.The monitoring of relevant legislative developments at the domestic and international level (in particular EU Directives and Regulations) and proactive analysis of their impacts and thought leadership in advising on their application to the business in particular relating to consumer credit, consumer protection and payment services.Working in partnership with the Compliance Department.The management of outside counsel and outside legal fees.Travel as required in order to best support the needs of the business and the demands of particular projects. Required skills:Admitted to practice law with experience (2+ years) in the UK.Exposure to legal issues in European, civil code jurisdictions is a plus.Fluent in English and preferably (but not required) another European language.Working knowledge of applicable EU and UK law relating to some or all of: retail financial services/consumer credit, consumer protection, and/or payment services.Solid analytical skills and ability to work under time pressure to meet tight deadlines and client's expectations.Strong relationship skills with proven ability to adopt a commercial, business orientated approach, take charge and "get things done".Ability to seamlessly work in a matrix structure and the willingness to add new subject areas and areas of responsibilities to portfolio.Excellent communication skills.Good team player and self-starter.