IHG Paralegal in Denham, United Kingdom


Paralegal – Legal Team

Based in Corporate Head Quarters in Denham (UB9 5HR)

We have a purpose to create Great Hotels Guest Love through delivering our brand promise of True Hospitality for everyone.

We know there’s no one quite like you, your talents, dreams and interests make you who you are and that’s what we want at IHG.

The Legal team are searching for a pro-active Paralegal to join their team. You'll be working alongside a fantastic team and join one of the biggest hotel companies in the world at our beautiful Head Quarters in Denham!

Does this sound interesting? If so, read on!

Who are we?

You may not have heard of IHG, but the chances are you aware of our brands! IHG is one of the largest hotel companies in the world, with a family of brands including InterContinental, Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza.

We believe the culture at IHG is unique as it’s created by our People and founded on strong values. These values are our Winning Ways and they are a set of beliefs and behaviours that are important to us and our customers – that’s one of the reasons why we’ve been certified as a Top Employer UK 2018 by the Top Employers Institute.

The role:

This role is predominantly focused on the EMEAA West (Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa) franchised estate.

You will process new hotel applications to support the company’s system size and net new hotel signing targets; prepare effective and enforceable franchise and ancillary agreements and other agreements as required throughout the franchise life-cycle.

You will provide assistance and support to the Development team, Hotel Lifecycle and Growth team, Investment Analysis team, Operations team, and other stakeholders who rely upon IHG’s legal department in EMEAA.

Key responsibilities:

  • Prepares first draft heads of terms, letters of intent and memorandums of understanding

  • Prepares first drafts of; franchise agreements; all other ancillary agreements

  • Drafts “side letters” and variations to franchise and other agreements

  • Carries out owner “due diligence” on all new applications (both managed and franchised hotels)

  • Prepares hotel project approval presentation “papers” as appropriate

  • “Maps” new projects and areas of territorial protection/exclusivity using mapping software

  • Issues project “impact” & “courtesy” letters

  • Initiates project fee invoice requests as applicable

  • European managed hotel estate; provides support to the Operations and Finance teams

  • Records key project information and milestones in IHG’s various hotel databases and systems

  • Supports the hotel opening and closing processes in appropriate databases and systems

  • Supports the debt recovery process for terminated or cancelled hotel projects

  • Provides information and ad-hoc reporting to the business and line manager as required

  • Travel and meeting with developers as necessary

What we’re looking for:

We’re looking for a fluent written and spoken English language with excellent administrative skills and a keen eye for detail. Knowledge of another Euopean language is beneficial however not essential to the role.

You’ll have previous paralegal or legal experience and a knowledge of English commercial contract law. Your experience will be ideally from work-related experience in a law firm or in-house legal department or work-related experience in a franchise environment.

You’ll be able to take ownership and complete work on time and to a high standard and understand the importance of maintaining confidential data.

We’re also looking for someone who can prioritise workloads, multi-task and work well under pressure whilst maintaining credibility to internal colleagues and stakeholders.

Why work for IHG?

At IHG, you enjoy a competitive financial and benefits package which will include healthcare support and hotel room discounts. We also have free parking on site, a free gym on site, a subsidised restaurant and Starbucks.

Our picturesque office in Denham, Buckinghamshire is easily accessible on the A40/M40.

Alternatively, many of our employees commute from London – there are regular trains from London Marylebone taking approx. 30 minutes, or the Metropolitan or Piccadilly tube lines go to Uxbridge where we provide a free shuttle bus.

But most of all… we’ll give you room to be yourself!

Hit apply if you think you have the skills we’re looking for!


Job: Executive / Corporate

Location: GBR-Denham

Requisition ID: R142588