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Job title Legal Advisor

Department Risk, Resilience and Compliance

Salary Starting from £45,585, rising to £54,395

Grade Grade 8

Contract Type Full Time, Open Ended

Placed on Wednesday 22 May 2024

Closing date Sunday 23 June 2024

Interview date See advert

Reference FM11718

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Legal Advisor

Are you an experienced solicitor or barrister who enjoys problem-solving? Do you thrive both independently and within a team, navigating complex legal landscapes? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you.

About the role

As a key member of our Legal Services team, you'll play a pivotal role in providing expert legal advice and managing legal risks across various facets of our institution. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Offering strategic legal advice to support our university's objectives
  • Managing legal risks associated with commercial, student, employment, consumer and various other matters
  • Collaborating with internal stakeholders and external advisers as needed
  • Advising on a spectrum of complex issues, from collaboration agreements to dispute resolution
  • Training colleagues and promoting best practice across the institution
  • Ensuring compliance with legal, statutory, and regulatory obligations

You'll be at the forefront of driving excellence and innovation within our legal framework, contributing to the overall success of our institution.

About you

We're seeking qualified solicitors or barristers with the following skills and attributes:

  • Exceptional drafting, negotiation, and communication skills
  • Strong analytical capabilities and decision-making prowess
  • Experience dealing with a diverse workload either as an in-house lawyer or part of a commercial private practice
  • Proficiency in preparing, reviewing, and negotiating commercial contracts
  • Sound understanding of legal disciplines such as contract, company, consumer and data protection law
  • Previous experience in the higher education sector or other in-house roles, including in employment law, would be a benefit

We're flexible and open to discussing full or part time hours. If you're interested in this role on a part-time or job-share basis, please indicate so on your application form. Additionally, feel free to discuss your preferences during the interview. We value flexibility and are open to exploring potential opportunities with you.

About us

If you're ready to take on a challenging yet rewarding role in a supportive and collaborative environment, we want to hear from you. Bring your expertise and passion for law to our team, and together, we'll help shape the future of our institution.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Richard Brooks, HR Director or Sarah Sutton, Head of Talent Acquisition, all applications should be submitted by clicking 'apply online'.

Interviews for this position are expected to take place on 4th, 5th July and w/c 8th July. 

What we can offer you:

We consider ourselves to be a university where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students; we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams. We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

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We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.