In-House Legal Counsel (General Commercial)

  • Ancestry
  • Jan 08, 2022

Job Description

About Ancestry:When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. We believe that by discovering the struggles and triumphs of our past, we can foster deeper bonds and more meaningful connections among families and communities. Our talented team of scientists, engineers, genealogists, historians, and storytellers is dedicated to empowering customers around the world from all backgrounds on their journeys of personal discovery. 
With more than 30+ billion digitized global historical records, 100+ million family trees, and 20+ million people in our growing AncestryDNA database, Ancestry helps customers discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? You belong at Ancestry.
Ancestry is seeking a full time Legal Counsel, to be based in Dublin.  You will be responsible for a wide range of general commercial law matters in support of business operations across all of Ancestry’s global markets, including the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy and Mexico. This role will involve collaborating with various internal commercial stakeholders to advise on applicable laws and develop strategies to mitigate legal risk, as well as contributing your general commercial acumen towards the development of our business. To be successful in this role you will need to have a strong work ethic, be an excellent communicator, be able to build close working relationships, and think laterally.                                                                    This is an exciting opportunity for a newly qualified lawyer wishing to move in-house or transition to a more general commercial role. This role will report to the Vice President, Associate General Counsel, also located in Dublin.

What you will do

Draft, review and negotiate a variety of commercial contracts; Deal with various international projects associated with online consumer business including consumer law compliance, marketing and advertising laws, terms and conditions and user-generated content issues;Provide cross functional legal support to the Ancestry business across different time zones;Be creative about engaging employees globally on a variety of legal issues, and support projects designed to enhance that creativity and awareness;Perform contract management, corporate governance and sign-off procedures and continue to create appropriate processes, templates and training for our rapidly expanding international business.


A lawyer registered to practice in Ireland with 1-2 years of relevant post-qualification legal experience;Strong contract drafting skills and attention to detail;A creative problem solver with ability to work with the wider legal team and across the business to come up with solutions that balance legal risk and commercial goals;Flexibility and a natural curiosity to work on a broad range of legal matters;Able to learn quickly, identify issues and drive projects to completion;Excellent legal analytic and communication skills;Motivated and articulate with a commitment to professionalism and collegiality;Excellent multi-tasking and organisational skills; and Ability to travel occasionally, including to the US as required.

Additional Information:Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  
Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.