Legal Manager - N/A11556
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Head Office


Sandton - Central Office

Job Purpose

The Legal Manager will be responsible to lead the strategic delivery of the legal team and function for Sun International. This will include partnering with top and senior management to deliver legal solutions to mitigate any risks relating to strategic priorities, business deals and practices. The role will oversee the preparation, review and delivery of business contracts across business functions, analysing of bids and proposals, project-based merger and acquisition (including disposals and winding down) due diligence and contractual drafting together with submissions to regulatory authorities; conclusion of conditions of licence subject to negotiation by Gaming Compliance and business; identification and assessment of Requests for Proposals and proposed new legislation, ensuring that the specifications of binding agreements with customers, vendors, and business partners are legal, and leading the resolution of pre claims, in a manner which fully protects Sun International€™s legal and commercial interests.

The role will also  manage the debt recovery portfolio pre and post litigation and non-gaming compliance, management of a dispute resolution portfolio including those emanating from contractual disputes, litigated claims, review and appeal applications against regulators and other industry operators with a keen focus on the impact of the Competition Act, while ensuring adequate training and awareness around group levels of authority.

The role will be required to ensure all practices are in line with policy, frameworks and tools based on researched leading and industry practice, professional solutions, specialised projects, and legislative support to advise, enable and support business operations in achieving their objectives.


LLB Degree and Admitted as an Attorney


  • Minimum 12 years post articles qualification experience in an inhouse listed corporate environment
  • Listed secretarial experience would be an advantage
  • Track record of leading professional and non-professional teams

Skills and Knowledge

  • MS Office €“ other systems
  • Corporate legislation
  • Gaming legislation
  • JSE Listings Requirements
  • Commercial law
  • Case preparation & litigation
  • Public speaking
  • Working knowledge of Legislation and Regulations around the gaming and hospitality industries
  • Local and International travel is required
  • Drivers licence is required
  • Possession of a valid Key Employee Licence
  • Influencing
  • Results orientation
  • Innovation & continuous Improvement
  • Analytical thinking & Conceptual ability
  • Plan, prioritise, co-ordinate and manage multiple initiatives
  • Attention to detail
  • Decision-making and judgement
  • Emotional resilience
  • Working with Customers
  • Negotiation skills
  • Leading Change
  • Developing others
  • Valuing Diversity & Inclusiveness

Key Performance Areas:

1. Legal Strategic Plans

  • Research and keep up to date with relevant legislation in corporate/commercial, hospitality and gaming law, as well as leading practice in the field.
  • Develop own knowledge of business strategies and decisions, deals and service offerings as required by the business
  • Align strategy plans and business practice with changes in legislative requirements, gaming board regulations, license commitments and environmental imperatives
  • Deliver plans for an integrated legal system (including processes, people, standards, management frameworks, practices and technology) to support the business strategy
  • Manage the formulation, development and application of policies, procedures, standards, and partnerships linked to regulations and legislation
  • Interacts with various stakeholders across the business, identify and address risk and regulatory issues and risk values within the business, and initiate interventions to reduce such
  • Influences present and future business processes by determining and evaluating initiatives from a legal perspective
  • Collaborates with business managers to mitigate any legal risks within the business
  • Leverage relationships and provide a solid legal foundation to support the competitive edge and business growth within Sun International
  • The role will also be required to represent Sun International at the Casino Association of South Africa and other industry associations together with appearing before regulatory bodies.

2. Legal Counsel

  • Analyses and investigates case law and legislation relative to legal concerns and structure remedies and provide solutions / resolution to legal problems
  • Provides legal representation in the company€™s commercial dealings
  • Addresses the business€™s position in negotiations and ensures that any risk is mitigated
  • Be the legal expert for the Group on contracts policy, legal risk and liability, and company position on various matters;
  • Act as an advisor to leadership at a Group and Unit level with regards litigation decisions and advice relative to commercial contracts and business deals
  • Prepare and analyse bids, proposals, and contracts in line with mergers, acquisitions and changes within the business to ensure that the specifications of binding agreements with customers, vendors, and employees are legal and comply with company policy
  • Draft, review and negotiate major account agreements, consulting agreements, special licensing, non-disclosure agreements, terms and amendments , and conditions of licence
  • Oversee the contract lifecycle from drafting through completion of the negotiation process, and/or contract execution including the contract change control process and related correspondence requiring legal input is professionally managed
  • Interprets contracts and advises leadership on contractual responsibilities and provide clarification on legal language or specifications to everyone in the organization
  • Collaborate with management to devise efficient defense strategies
  • Apply effective risk management techniques and offer proactive advise on possible legal issues
  • Communicate and negotiate with external parties (regulators, external counsel, public authority etc.), creating relations of trust
  • Draft and solidify agreements, contracts and other legal documents to ensure the company€™s full legal rights

3. Budget management

Budget Management for the Group€˜s legal function  including:

  • Compilation and management of the departmental Budget
  • Cost management
  • Monthly reporting
  • Capex
  • PIP and forecasting
  • Financial reporting for the function

4. People Leadership 

  • Drives a performance management culture
  • Provides direction and support to management and employees with regard to legal and litigation decisions
  • Provides motivation and leadership to promote positive working relationships
  • Track, measure and enhance employee engagement
  • Identify and manage training, coaching and development requirements in line with strategic plans, e.g. skills shortages, succession plans, talent to build a solid talent pipeline
  • Manage internal communication and development interventions to ensure competence levels of staff meet operational level requirements (right fit for the job)
  • Coaching and development of the legal team
  • Source and Select talent as per EE plan
  • Drive the employee value proposition
  • Ensure alignment with EE, SD and procurement strategies which contribute towards BBBEE targets being achieved

5. Stakeholder Relationship Management

  • Acts as liaison between clients, business units, business leadership and third parties on legal issues
  • Prepare for and attend litigation meetings, hearings and public hearings
  • Present new legislation and legal strategy plans and analytics to Group Executives
  • Communicates with Business Unit on strategy, legal decisions and cases and support the implementation, ensuring their full understanding for implementation
  • Provides relevant guidance and support to the Group Legal teams and business operations
  • Provides feedback, recommendations to resolve legal issues and report back to management on challenges
  • Monitors progress on cases and makes recommendations to GM€™s, and or Executives to achieve resolution
  • Represent Sun International and participate on various committees by invitation €“ including the ethics committee, Audit Committee


Preference will be given to employees from the designated groups in line with the provisions of the Employment Equity Act, No. 55 of 1998, SISA internal recruitment policy as well as units employment equity plans.