Legal profile: Richard Lee

Legal Counsel Richard Lee

Richard started working at British Steel in October 2017 as Legal Counsel. Find out why he joined us...

What was your journey to work with British Steel?

I joined British Steel as a solicitor based at the Scunthorpe office. Before this I spent a number of years at an international law firm mainly advising corporate clients on their mergers and acquisitions. I decided I wanted to try something different and that’s when I decided to join British Steel as an in-house lawyer.

What does your day-to-day role involve?

It’s always very varied, so I would say there is no such thing as an ordinary day. Generally speaking my role is to identify and manage legal risks across the business. One day this might involve negotiating an IT contract with a supplier and the next it could be delivering training to an area of the business or discussing a tender for supply of products to Africa. There’s always a lot of different things going on at the same time and part of the challenge is to manage this effectively.

Why do you enjoy working for British Steel?

The sheer scope of work I can be involved in is one of the biggest draws to British Steel. It’s a global business and the legal issues I deal with reflect this. I really enjoy working with some great people who are all engaged in improving the business and driving it forward.

I’ve learnt so much about steelmaking and it’s incredible to see first-hand the products created on site. I also get to see my advice put into practice, which is not always the case when you work for a law firm.

What advice would you  give to other people considering a career at British Steel?

There are so many different areas of the business that there is bound to be something that interests you. I speak to plenty of people who joined expecting to only stay for a short time and are still here many years later, which I see as a sign of a positive work place.