Legal Counsel

The Netherlands

Dyas is an active investor in upstream oil and gas ventures and is part of the privately owned multi-national SHV group of companies. Dyas’ business focus is on exploration & production (E&P) in the Dutch, UK and Danish sectors of the North Sea, as well as offshore peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah. Dyas is engaged in the entire exploration & production value chain from exploration to decommissioning. Efficient day to day stewardship of the existing asset portfolio is augmented with the continuous identification and evaluation of potential new investment opportunities. Dyas is knowledgeable and is actively involved in decision-making at the asset level, however the company does this strictly as a non-operator.

Dyas has been in business for over 50 years. Current production is ca. 22,000 barrels of oil per day, from a hydrocarbon reserves base of ca. 90 million barrels. The compact Dyas organisation, consisting of experienced technical, financial and legal professionals, works closely together in a flat and informal setting. This enables nimble decision making, which allows Dyas to act swiftly on market opportunities. 

From the office in Utrecht, the Netherlands, legal support is rendered to different Dyas entities. On behalf of Dyas, executive search consultancy Legal People is currently looking to fill the role of   

Legal Counsel

with substantial experience in the upstream oil and gas industry in the UK

You provide legal advice on all kinds of legal related matters resulting from Dyas oil and gas joint venture projects, as well as for Dyas entities in a variety of countries. Your focus is on Dyas’ activities in the UK and you contribute to give substance to the legal framework for the activities in that region. You provide legal support to the commercial, finance and asset management teams and on acquisition and divestment projects. You report to the General Counsel and liaise with him and with external advisors during the legal phase of transactions. You engage externally with joint venture partners, regional industry players, financial institutions and brokers to further strengthen Dyas’ position in the upstream oil and gas space and you maintain excellent relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. You support the Dyas Management Team during strategy and business planning cycles and are actively involved in screening business opportunities.


  • 3-7 years of working experience as a legal professional
  • gained as a lawyer, preferably combined with in-house experience
  • a UK law degree and/or extensive experience working with UK law is required
  • substantial experience in the oil & gas industry in the UK is required
  • experience with contract drafting and corporate law/M&A
  • business sense and excellent communication skills
  • proactive, self-starting, result-driven and ambitious
  • down to earth and a good sense of humour


  • opportunity to work in a commercial, result-driven environment where well-honed legal skills are highly appreciated
  • empowerment to work with a great level of independence
  • the opportunity to be involved in complex cases and ample exposure within the business
  • continuous learning and personal development opportunities
  • working in a non-hierarchical organisation and an informal working atmosphere
  • a full-time position in Utrecht, the Netherlands, with the flexibility to work partly from the UK. A part-time (80%) fulfilment of the role can be discussed.

Application Details

Closing date:

People & Company B.V.
Roemer Visscherstraat 44

Reference No: Dyas

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