Legal Counsel (C&P and Wells) – Houston, TX


What’s the Role –

The Legal Counsel Contracting & Procurement (CP) and Wells sits within the global Legal Services Projects & Technology and Intellectual Property (LSPT & IP) CP, Wells and IT legal team.  The Legal Counsel CP, Wells & IT will provide professional, timely, cost effective and practical legal advice and support to the C&P, Wells and IT organisations, primarily in the United States and across the Shell value chain (upstream, wells, integrated gas, new energy, trading, downstream, chemicals, and global commercial).

The Shell Legal operating model has been reviewed to ensure that Legal is set up for the future so it can support Shell’s evolving strategy and to be more affordable and deliver according to Legal’s supply led model and focusing on and prioritising high value and risk matters. Legal has a critical role in the Shell Group but there is an opportunity to simplify and to be more agile. 


  • Ensure that legal considerations, including mitigation of legal risks identified, are taken into account in operations, planning activities and contracting

  • Monitor relevant legal developments and communicate these to the business

  • Engage and collaborate with Shell lawyers globally across the function

  • Commitment to and focus on continuous improvement and simplification of legal guidance and self-help materials for CP, Wells and IT through the application of IT and Digital tools and role modelling of behavior and mindset required of a supply-led legal organization

  •  Ensure that legal risks are identified, appropriate alternative structures and strategies are considered, and documents are appropriately drafted to reflect commercial decisions, at all times consistent with professional standards, legal obligations, the Shell General Business Principles and the Shell Control Framework

  • Legal activities are expected to include: (i) advice with respect to proposed commercial strategies; (ii) advising on legal rights and obligations under existing contractual arrangements; (iii) the negotiation and drafting of contracts and other documentation; and (iv) resolution of legal and business problems encountered in the promotion of business interests and the protection of its assets and reputation

  • Protect Shell’s interests and enhance Shell’s reputation and brand by providing sound legal advice, assisting with negotiations and drafting legal agreements

  • Deliver according to Legal’s supply led model and focusing on and prioritising high value and risk matters


The CP, Wells and IT legal team is global and requires lawyers to be flexible and support and work with other members of the team, legal departments and more than one business.  The team is fast-moving and demanding, with high expectations of its lawyers and professional support staff generally. Speed, accuracy of response and ability to work independently are essential, as are good client relations.

The position will report to the Managing Counsel CP & Wells.  Special challenges include working in a virtual team and with global, highly matrix organised functional groups across business lines.

Impact: USD 10– 100 million. annual business activity

Skills & Requirements

What we need from you –

  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.

  • Law degree from U.S. accredited institution and in good standing in Texas or another state in the United States (or ability to become immediately eligible to be admitted to the State Bar of Texas).

  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience in legal counsel involved in commercial transactions work.

  • Incisive grasp of legal issues, demonstrated learner mindset and capability to expand knowledge in relevant areas of law

  • Excellent analytical, communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work with both internal and external stakeholders with diverse external background

  • Excellent business acumen, risk assessment ability and ability to balance competing interests of businesses at varied stages of their evolution

  • The ability to work in a less well-defined legal environment with clients who need pragmatic legal advice

  • Astute risk and reputational management skills, and requires the ability to deal with, prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects

  • Resilience to keep a calm and balanced approach and maintain a robust stance in respect of allocation of risk for the Shell Group, while balancing that with the commercial and strategic drivers

  • Ability to clearly explain legal risks, develop sound mitigation strategies and find acceptable commercial solutions

  • A clear commitment to the highest standards of ethical and compliant behavior as well as inclusive leadership, modeling behaviors that supports a commitment to Ethics & Compliance and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Company description 

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with about 84,000 employees across more than 70 countries. We aim to meet the world’s growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible.  We have expertise in exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals.

As a global energy company operating in a challenging world, we set high standards of performance and ethical behaviors. We are judged by how we act and how we live up to our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people. Our Business Principles are based on these. They promote trust, openness, teamwork and professionalism, as well as pride in what we do and how we conduct business.

Building on our core values, we aspire to sustain a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels respected and valued, from our employees to our customers and partners. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better energy solutions.

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, whilst managing the risks of climate change.

Join us and you’ll add your talent and imagination to a business with the power to shape the future – whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.

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