Legal contracts manager
I’m a qualified solicitor & left private practice in 2013 to set up STL. Clients instruct me when they require a Legal Contracts Executive or Legal Projects Manager.
My skills are utilised:
during specialist projects requiring legal input and advice;
during periods of unexpected business growth;
during periods of business change;
to advise on specialist tech & cloud related legal matters;
as a specialist legal contracts executive;
to create and maintain contract playbooks;
to support global operations by streamlining contract templates.
I work remotely for my clients from my fully-equipped office. Using the most up to date technologies, I can join and assist my clients wherever they are based. I also attend client offices in person for key meetings and enjoy spending time with the teams I’m working with. I form excellent working relationships with key stakeholders and my clients renew my services on a regular basis.
Assisting with GDPR compliance.
Advising on emerging trends such as public cloud deployment and use of AI.
Supporting project teams with contract management and contract coordination.
Working closely with key stakeholders & different business teams, wherever they are based.
Drafting, negotiating & finalising contracts.
Training key team members on legal and contractual matters.
Contract risk analysis and advising the Board and senior management.
Coordinating the legal process relating to overseas operations and/or new projects.
Advising on international contracts and instructing/working with International Counsel.
Ensuring contracts safeguard the interests of client business.
Ensuring key clauses are included and final contract reviews are undertaken prior to sign-off.
Advising on and managing contract variations, contract renewals and contract terminations.
Helen was an extremely proactive member of the programme team, understanding all projects in sufficient detail to enable her to advise on legal requirements, risks and issues across the programme. Helen's workstream was well run meaning that, as Programme Lead, I was confident that all legal matters were taken care of.
Dan Sutton, Europe Delivery Lead, Equifax UK
Helen has been working for ASOS as a contractor on a project-to-project basis. The fact that we retain Helen over time is a tribute to the quality of her work and her ability to build excellent relationships with stakeholders within the business, despite her working remotely. Helen has demonstrated exceptional ability to advise across a variety of commercial matters. Her advice is very commercial and is always delivered within the required timeframe. Helen has built very strong relationships with the business.
Virginie Gay, Interim Head of Legal, Global Operations, ASOS PLC
Cambridge Bioscience Ltd
As a distribution business working in a complex area of science, we require regular support with the creation & management of contracts with our suppliers & customers. We don't require full time Counsel, but by working with Helen we have found the ideal solution. Helen is terrific to work with. She really takes time to learn about our business & to assess our needs & priorities. She provides us with excellent support & advice on a diverse range of legal agreements & situations that require legal input. Her approach is always clear & straightforward, leading to well-constructed agreements which give us greater clarity and protection.
Mike Kerins, Managing Director, Cambridge Bioscience Ltd
Cambridge Assessment Inc., New York
I worked with Helen whilst she was supporting the United States business for the University of Cambridge International exams. She worked on vendor partner & data sharing agreements which are very difficult for those outside of our market to work with. I found Helen to be bright, quick to learn our market nuances and a great collaborator, always looking for the win-win arrangement. Helen was flexible, open minded & protected the company's interests & had a strong appreciation of our business needs. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Helen at Cambridge and hope to work with her again in the near future.
Mark Cavone, Managing Director, CA Inc., New York
We receive a wide range of commercial advice from Helen at Straight Talking Law. Helen quickly understands our requirements and priorities and provides us with both legal analysis and commercial recommendations for every situation, which is very helpful.
Raj Bahl, Managing Director, Uunique™ London
The Balcony Gardener, London
I wish to thank Helen @ STL for the work she has undertaken for us. She is a delight to work with & has made the process of handling our legal matters so much easier by her diligent but easy to understand manner. I have found her work to be carried out professionally & efficiently and I would 100% recommend her services.
Isabelle Palmer, Director, The Balcony Gardener Ltd, London
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Straight Talking Law Limited. Company Number: 08360605, Registered Office: Ground Floor, 30 Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, HG1 5PR.
STL is a legal advisory business and not a law firm. Helen Dhalla is a non-practising solicitor (Solicitors Regulation Authority Number 416816)