Business Affairs Executive (Qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive)

Job description

£50k - £60k depending on experience

Comprehensive Private Medical Insurance

0-5% discretionary bonus

CPD Training allowance

28 days’ holiday inc. Bank Holiday + additional non contractual leave days



Why us?


Insanity Group is a privately owned group of media companies operating from offices in London and Los Angeles. We represent top tier artists in the music, broadcast, live and ‘digital first’ markets and operate a record label with Sony Music. 


We are in hyper growth mode and have continued to make bold decisions throughout the pandemic. We have made 10 additional hires over the last twelve months; and we are currently making further hires across the business which will take us to 65 colleagues globally. And we don’t plan on stopping there…


There’s something different about us and when people join us, it's the first thing they comment on. We do things differently and it’s not accidental. Some of our most successful colleagues started with us as an assistant. Some have been with us for more than 10 years! At our core, we know that Insanity is the sum total of its people, whether that’s our colleagues or our artists. We focus on our colleagues’ wellbeing as we know this is more than just a job. All of our colleagues enjoy paid mental health support and comprehensive private medical insurance as well as regular team socials and away days.


Our role is to empower our clients to tell their stories and our talent are at the heart of every decision we make. We go more than the extra mile to break down barriers and achieve that. We aren't afraid of challenge and we like to robustly confront old, stuffy ways of doing things. You won’t find a hierarchy here. We embrace tech. We embrace flexibility. We collaborate like you never saw. We are not afraid of risk and we make bold decisions. We believe that building deep professional connections is the best way to do business but we also believe that clients need to be protected and we aren’t afraid to do that either.


We also believe that the role of artist manager, record label and live agent is changing. Our clients rightly expect more and we love to impress. Our mission is to never get complacent, to lead the way and be a noisy, bold, ambitious and ethical business that continues to turn heads.


Why you?


We know some companies may say no two days are the same to lure you in and then reality sets in. That’s not the case with us, so you’ll need to be able to think fast on your feet and actively tackle those inevitable last-minute surprises with a degree of confidence and pragmatism.


Our team operate on a different frequency and so if you’re looking for a calm 9-5, that’s OK, but we aren’t for you.


We are looking for an exceptional team player with the ability to work collaboratively in a close-knit team and the capacity to effectively work across various areas of our ever-expanding business. Insanity is a highly collaborative business, and the Business Affairs team works in close partnership with all departments and is essential in ensuring that our colleagues and clients fulfill their creative and business goals.


We are looking for someone who is willing to roll up their sleeves and get involved in growing our clients’ careers and expanding our business. This is a demanding and fast-paced position that provides a great opportunity to be part of a dynamic entertainment company. We require someone who is able to learn quickly, exercise good judgment, take initiative and full ownership of their work. You won’t be micro-managed but you will be supported.


The role


This role is predominantly focused towards supporting our broadcast and digital departments. You’ll review and negotiate contracts on behalf of our talent with a range of stakeholders from TV networks, production companies and brands looking to work with our clients. You’ll also have exposure to employment law, data law, corporate law and reputational protection. The role is demanding and can be stressful but is also highly rewarding and you’ll get ‘hands on’ commercial exposure that just isn’t possible in private practice.


Many of our competitors do not have in house legal support but Insanity values its Business Affairs team highly. We recognise that rights management is at the core of artist management and to discharge our functions effectively, professional expertise is needed. We also believe that our creative team don’t need to be overly bogged down in lengthy contracts and we believe that support from the Business Affairs team allows them to thrive. This job is for someone that wants to enable colleagues to thrive and succeed.


We offer a flat organisational structure with a highly collaborative team who are constantly sharing ideas and upskilling. You will be supported by two dedicated Paralegals, the Director of Legal and Business Affairs and another consultant solicitor.


The role is suited to someone can adapt to different working styles. Our colleagues should be able to access business affairs support in a way that works for them. That could be a well drafted email but equally you’ll need to be comfortable taking instructions on voice-note, via text, in person or on a call / Zoom!


We are looking for an 'all-rounder' with a diverse skillset in commercial and media law. Our department goal is to bring the quality of private practice, in-house - and to offer pragmatic, fast and effective advice that is not rigid. Every interaction should offer value and empower!


Duties and responsibilities


  • Managing two Paralegals
  • Reporting to the Board
  • Turning around high volume talent agreements
  • Advice to all departments on a variety of day-to-day legal issues
  • Advice to all departments on commercial deal structures and negotiation techniques
  • Assisting in company projects and corporate transactions
  • Assisting with the drafting of agreements and documents
  • Reviewing agreements and documents
  • Drafting and negotiating agreements
  • Developing precedents to improve departmental efficiency
  • Working on ad hoc projects and initiatives as needed
  • Assisting in providing legal training to all areas of the business
  • Document management including maintaining relevant template agreements and clauses
  • Developing and implementing tools and processes to improve efficiency
  • Assisting in ops management and employee on-boarding and off-boarding
  • Dealing with HR issues
  • Instructing outside counsel
  • Dealing with early stage litigation matters
  • Being comfortable with implementing processes and new tech


Working conditions


The role is usually carried out from 9am – 6pm from the company’s head office situated within Sony Music Entertainment’s offices close to High Street Kensington. The job will require some evening or weekend work, remote working or work-related travel for new business opportunities.


The typical working day will be nine hours with an hour for lunch. Start time allows for flexibility within core business hours. May offer flexible working hours at the discretion of the Directors.


The job may involve working with challenging stakeholders or clients, from time to time.


Insanity is committed to equality of opportunity for all and is committed to hiring a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We have a Diversity and Inclusion committee which is chaired by an external specialist and we are committed to enabling long lasting change in the entertainment industry.


This role manages two - three direct reports.

Job requirements

Required:

  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Two year of media practice experience, preferably in broadcast, music and digital
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Desire and willingness to take ownership and control of tasks and projects
  • Curiosity and willingness to tackle matters outside their area of expertise
  • Strong analytical (strategic and creative) capabilities and judgment
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively cross‐functionally, think pragmatically and be solution‐oriented
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Diligent and dependable with a strong work ethic
  • Business acumen and an understanding of Insanity’s business and the wider entertainment industry
  • Professional with the ability to build trust and rapport with stakeholders
  • Ability to work well independently and contribute to the team
  • Demonstrated ability to think clearly and quickly under pressure in fast-paced entertainment environment
  • Ability to solve problems

Desirable

  • Private practice experience
  • Experience of litigation

Qualifications:

  • Qualified solicitor, barrister or chartered legal executive.