Legal Associate

  • fulltime
  • London
  • GBP 45000.0 to 55000.0 Annum

Hybrid or Remote - flexibility to work from home or at any of the client's main hubs in London, Bristol, Manchester or Harwell 

Join one of the largest public sector digital, data and technology agency who has a vision for the UK to be a world leader in technology for education and research. They are on a mission to power and empower its members with the technology and data needed to succeed.

The client's Legal team provides in-house legal advice and assistance to all divisions and its subsidiaries aligned with the company’s business strategy. The Legal team is committed to working in partnership with all business areas of the client to deliver commercially focused legal advice in respect of its activities and initiatives.

The core work of the Legal team is the drafting and negotiation of robust and fair contractual terms to underpin client’s relationships with its customers and suppliers to mitigate and manage any potential legal risks.

The Legal team currently consists of the following members: Group General Counsel, 2 Senior Legal Advisers, 4 Legal Associates, 1 Legal Advisers and 2 Legal Apprentices. 

The Legal Associate will be responsible for providing legal support and assistance as directed by the Group General Counsel whilst operating independently to deliver the following accountabilities:
• Reviewing legal documents and providing timely and commercially focused advice to colleagues across the business on potential legal issues arising.
• Engaging with internal clients, sector institutions, stakeholders and external suppliers to facilitate the strategic objectives of the organisation
• Carrying out specialised legal research in respect of ongoing work and preparing legal reports and papers on current legal issues and practice areas where required.
• Drafting contract templates, bespoke agreements and a variety of other legal documentation as required.
• Mentoring other members of the Legal team to assist their professional growth and development.
• Providing specialist training as required to staff across organisation to develop a greater understanding of legal issues, risks and mitigation strategies.
• Promoting risk management, compliance with applicable policies and procedures and relevant legislation and regulation and effective corporate governance.

Key Skills and Experience:
• Strong academic credentials.
• Effective spoken and written communication skills.
• Confidence and the ability to work under pressure.
• Broad commercial law experience including drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements.
• Relevant legal knowledge and experience of technology law including digital media, intellectual property, data and IT contracts.
• A degree in law (2:1) followed by the Legal Practice Course (LPC); or
• Non-law degree (2:1) followed by Common Professional Examination (CPE); or
• Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) conversion course followed by the LPC.
• Training contract completed with a law firm (or in-house).
• Post qualification experience gained in a law firm (or in-house).

Benefits :
• Flexible work pattern, which can adapt to suit your schedules and personal commitments
• 28 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and an additional three closure days over Christmas
• A generous pension scheme with above average employer contributions
• A range of leave options, including parental leave, volunteer leave and even career breaks.
• A generous budget to attend conferences and in-person training
• Allocated allowance of up to £250 to equip your home office
• A company culture which supports and promotes personal learning and development, including access to thousands of courses on LinkedIn Learning
• Mental health first aid trained staff and supportive environment, plus your own Wellbeing allowance to spend on wellbeing for you
• Financial well-being support
• Discounts on big-name high-street stores
• Cycle to work scheme
• Employee recognition awards and travel loans