A fantastic part-time opportunity has arisen for an experienced Legal Counsel to join IIGCC, to provide a pragmatic in-house legal support service to the organisation and to support the mitigation of risk arising from any legal, regulatory, compliance or governance issues. You will be English law qualified with substantial post-qualification experience, solid experience of working on a range of contracts and advising on complex legal issues. As this is a standalone role, we have a strong preference for previous experience that includes a role as the sole in-house legal expert. You will enjoy working in an agile and flexible way to manage a busy and varied workload and will be adept at networking and forming effective and constructive working relationships. It would be desirable for the candidate to have had some experience working with or in the not-for-profit sector.
- Draft, review, negotiate and advise on the preparation of all contracts, licences, and other legal agreements (such as NDAs)
- Work with internal stakeholders to increase awareness and skills in relation to contract management and legal risk, partnering with key individuals within the organisation to identify potential legal issues as they arise.
- Support the continued improvement of standard form agreements, contract management and legal processes and implement improved systems and procedures where required.
- Support HR team with employment contracts and employee relations where required.
- Where appropriate, appoint, brief, manage and oversee external legal advisors.
- Manage the legal budget, approving expenditure and highlighting where there’s a risk of exceeding budget.
- Maintain a contract library for all supplier contracts.
- Review all grant agreements – considering legal obligations, IP rights, tax considerations and any other restrictions.
- Assist managers to put into practice regulatory or funder requirements, in particular through contract review and negotiation.
- Where relevant from contract or grant agreement review, disseminate practical guidance to staff to ensure day to day compliance.
- Oversee the ongoing management of the organisation’s risk register, ensuring this is regularly reviewed and updated.
- Responsible for GDPR/data protection compliance including policy updates, data audits, data breach processes and log, FOI requests, writing and issuing privacy notices, etc.
- Advise the wider team on data protection issues and best practice.
- Remain informed of charitable and company law guidance, briefing colleagues on new developments as appropriate and implementing new processes required to ensure compliance.
- Undertake other duties as may be requested by the Chair, CEO, and Head of Operations as IIGCC’s work evolves, and new needs emerge.
Skills and Capabilities
- A qualified solicitor or barrister (English law) with significant post-qualification experience.
- Experience of working as an in-house solicitor in a small / medium sized organisation with ability to engage in detail of operational implementation as well as taking a strategic view.
- Significant experience of advising on complex legal issues and comfortable providing understandable, accurate and timely advice on a very wide-ranging and changing set of issues.
- Demonstrable experience/understanding of advising internal stakeholders on the key risks inherent within complex contracts.
- Working knowledge and experience of Intellectual Property law and GDPR/data protection requirements and good practice.
- Knowledge of not-for-profit and company legislative, regulatory and governance landscape.
- Strong organisational and planning skills.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively and authoritatively to a diverse audience, and to explain complex regulatory legislation and principles.
- Expert negotiation skills with the ability to manage relationships with diplomacy and tact.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times and ensure that confidential data is handled in a sensitive manner.
- Experience of developing systems, designing processes and leading change.
- Able to work in partnership and with people at all levels, demonstrating strong skills in networking and influencing.
- Ability to independently plan, prioritise and deliver a wide variety of legal work for the organisation to tight timescale in a fast-moving environment.
Interested applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter detailing their qualifications and experience for the role to email@example.com
Full Legal Adviser/Manager job spec can be found here.