Apple is recruiting for a top-flight legal representative for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The successful candidate will be the first Apple legal rep the company has hired for the region. The post is for a new general counsel for EMEA, a report on Legal Week claims.

The general counsel will "bolster the tech company's legal function outside the US," the report explains.

Apple currently faces pressure from Nordic consumer representative agencies and some European governments over their claims that it ties customers into its iTunes/iPod franchise by refusing to license the FairPlay digital rights management system it applies to music it sells online.