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Senior Legal Counsel

Date:  24 Sep 2023
Job Req ID:  2627
Company:  John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited


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John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited


A highly-diversified and global corporation, the Swire Group’s businesses encompass property, aviation, beverages and food chain, as well as marine and trading & industrial activities. Its core businesses are mainly focused in Asia, with its key operations in Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland. Within Asia, Swire's activities come under the Group's publicly quoted arm, Swire Pacific Limited, which is the largest shareholder in two Hong Kong listed companies: Swire Properties and Cathay Pacific Airways.


John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited is the holding company of the publicly-listed conglomerate, Swire Pacific Limited. Our Group Legal Department is now inviting candidates to apply for the following position:



Senior Legal Counsel


The role is accountable for ensuring compliance with the Privacy & Data Protection regulations applicable to the Swire Group, as well as implementing and managing compliance with the Group’s data privacy policies across all the countries in which the Group operates. The role also provides legal advice on general commercial and intellectual property matters. 



  • Provide senior legal advice to operating companies and functional units within the Group on legal and regulatory compliance matters, with a focus on privacy and data protection, IP, and general commercial matters
  • Support on IP portfolio management, and provide legal advice on IP, IT, digital and other commercial contracts review
  • Serve as DPO to the Company and such other of its subsidiaries as may be required, and as the contact point for data subjects and other relevant data protection authorities
  • Support the Data Privacy function in monitoring compliance with privacy and data protection laws applicable to the Group’s businesses, including awareness raising and training 
  • Advise the Company of its obligations and any risks under relevant privacy and data protection laws
  • Develop appropriate internal corporate policies, practices, guidelines and compliance processes for privacy and data protection, including with regards to collection, accuracy, retention, use, security, transparency, access and correction of personal data
  • Report to and work closely with senior management on important privacy and data protection compliance issues, and provide counsel on solutions that best meets the Company’s needs
  • Report at various Steering Committee meetings to keep senior management abreast of changes to privacy and data protection laws
  • Perform duties consistent with strategic plans and directives as determined by management


To be successful in this role, you must have:

  • A minimum of 8 years of post-qualified experience, as a qualified lawyer in an internationally recognized jurisdiction
  • At least 4 years’ experience specializing in data privacy and protection laws in multinational companies or international reputable law firms
  • Experience in IP, commercial matters, and crisis management is highly preferred 
  • An excellent knowledge of privacy and data protection laws and practices in Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland, including the PIPL. A good understanding of different data protection laws and practices in Asia and worldwide, and regulatory frameworks such as the EU-GDPR is essential
  • Attainment of certificates e.g., CIPM, CIPP/E, CIPP/A, CIPIT, is beneficial
  • Experience of promoting a data protection culture in a large organization is an advantage
  • Solid drafting skills and proven track record in policy and guideline development 
  • Sound presentation skills, and the ability to engage senior stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English and Chinese. Fluent Putonghua is desirable


At Swire, we are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive working environment for all our people regardless of their age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship, family status, disability, race, ethnicity, nationality, religious or political beliefs. We believe in creating an environment where people feel comfortable at work and are able to realise their full potential.

We offer a competitive package to the right candidate. If you meet the qualifications and are interested in this position, you can send your application by clicking ‘Apply Now’. We will contact all shortlisted candidates.

The Swire group is an equal opportunity employer. All applications will be used exclusively for selection purposes and handled confidentially by authorised personnel only. Your application may also be considered for other suitable positions within the Swire group (please indicate clearly on your application if you would not like to be considered for other positions within the group.) Following the data privacy ordinance, all unsuccessful applications will be destroyed after an appropriate time.

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