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Legal Counsel – Litigation & Disputes

LC Legal & Compliance
2100000GOF Requisition #

Come create the technology that helps the world act together.

Nokia is committed to innovation and technology leadership across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. Your career here will have a positive impact on people’s lives and will help us build the capabilities needed for a more productive, sustainable, and inclusive world. 

We challenge ourselves to create an inclusive way of working where we are open to new ideas, empowered to take risks and fearless to bring our authentic selves to work.


The team you’ll be part of

Legal Counsel APAC, Global Litigation & Disputes, to support Asian litigation work with an emphasis on patent matters


What you will learn and contribute to

The position reports to the Head of Global Litigation and Disputes. The successful candidate will work with a team of attorneys and other legal professionals, liaising closely with Nokia’s in- and out-licensing teams in the field of patents, and also with professionals from various other functions across the entire Nokia organization.

The candidate will initially be involved mainly in Nokia’s patent related litigation but will have an opportunity to get involved in the broad and varied Nokia portfolio of litigation and disputes, including commercial litigation with customers, suppliers and others, complex regulatory and investigative matters, tax, labour and employment, antitrust, and more. The candidate will primarily focus on China matters but may also be called to assist in matters arising in India and South East Asia.

The person selected will be expected to play an active role in not just maintaining, but strengthening Nokia’s litigation function. This should include a rigorous ‘early case assessment’ process, a hands on approach with outside counsel, close oversight of budgets and spend, maintenance and cultivation of relationships with business and functional leaders across the company, effective use of state of the art litigation management tools and dashboards, creative use of alternative fee arrangements, and more.

While Nokia will always consider settling disputes when it is in the company’s best interests to do so, our mindset will always be that we are prepared to try cases in court and take cases on appeal. Accordingly, the ideal candidate will have experience of litigation and alternative dispute resolution processes, particularly in the field of patents, at least in China but preferably more widely across Asia.

The candidate will also be expected to take an active approach to lobbying, establishing and maintaining relationships and creating lobbying messages as part of a cross-functional lobbying and policy team. Ideally, the candidate will have established lobbying channels and will understand policy creation in China.

The person selected should be able to function in a matrixed organization where hierarchy is minimized. The successful candidate will be boundary-less and will possess the ability to work collaboratively with numerous stakeholders and to identify those who should be consulted or apprised of significant events or developments. The candidate must be adept at managing work across many time zones while still maintaining a healthy work-life balance. 

Job Responsibilities & Competencies 

  • Identify, develop and implement effective and cost-efficient strategies to obtain optimal outcomes in each case;
  • Effectively manage outside counsel relationships and control costs and external spend;
  • Implement effective early case assessment procedures;
  • Implement effective case management systems and advanced dashboards for reporting on litigation matters for a wide range of interested stakeholders;
  • Partner effectively with business leaders to obtain maximum results balanced with sensitivity towards business disruption and impairment of key customer and supplier relationships;
  • In collaboration with other functions including Finance, Internal Audit, Ethics & Compliance, Health & Safety and more, respond to government and regulatory agency inquiries, investigations and claims;
  • Apply strong social and communication skills, and be able to build a network of relationships both within Nokia and with external stakeholders, such as industry organisations, legal community members, regulators and other government officials;
  • Work closely with, and be a resource to other members of the L&C team including professionals with special experience in compliance, regulatory, IPRs, software, hardware and other product related issues;
  • Proactively identify and solve the most complex problems and think beyond existing solutions to create sustainable competitive advantage;


 Your skills and experience

  • Legally qualified, ideally in China but also with some educational experience from elsewhere.
  • Business fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.
  • Minimum of 3 years PQE predominantly in IP litigation matters;
  • Experience may be in a global law firm, in house position, or government, or any combination;
  • Experience of alternative dispute resolution processes
  • Experience of lobbying and regulatory work and a good grasp of the policy field in China;
  • As many of the disputes involve highly complex patent disputes, a high level of interest in technology or science is essential;
  • Ability to think strategically and to serve as a trusted business partner with senior business leaders;
  • Can develop relevant and creative solutions to meet current and evolving business needs. 


What we offer

Nokia offers flexible and hybrid working schemes, continuous learning opportunities, well-being programs to support you mentally and physically, opportunities to join and get supported by employee resource groups, mentoring programs and highly diverse teams with an inclusive culture where people thrive and are empowered.


Nokia is committed to inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer

Nokia has received the following recognitions for its commitment to inclusion & equality:

  • One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere
  • Gender-Equality Index by Bloomberg
  • Workplace Pride Global Benchmark
  • LGBT+ equality & best place to work by HRC Foundation

At Nokia, we act inclusively and respect the uniqueness of people.

Nokia’s employment decisions are made regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

We are committed to a culture of inclusion built upon our core value of respect.

Join us and be part of a company where you will feel included and empowered to succeed.



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