Senior Legal Advisor

British Council
London (Greater)
10 Jan 2018
09 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

About us:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. .

We work in over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face to face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.

Our Legal team focuses on strategic legal issues. These can include partnerships and joint ventures, conflict of laws/ cross-border issues, legal status, oversight of major contracts and strategy for resolution of major disputes.

The opportunity:

As Senior Legal Advisor, you will be providing comprehensive, efficient and cost-effective legal advice to designated client functions. Much of your business as usual work will be with our Education & Society (E&S) Business. Therefore, you could be providing legal support on major programmes such as the Erasmus+ Programme, working with business development teams on large scale Development programmes funded by DfiD, or our work promoting UK Education globally. Importantly, large scale commercial contracts work, including the development of policies, guidance and training, will be at the core of your role.

In addition to the core provision of expert legal advice and support, you may also lead and/or input on a range of change initiatives and projects. These could include contributing to / managing the development of our Model Contracts Portal; major status change initiatives across Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

There is likely to be an element of both international and UK travel within this role, but this is unlikely to be extensive.

What we require of the successful candidate:

  • Lawyer qualified in common law jurisdiction
  • Sufficient post-qualification experience
  • International legal experience
  • Commercial experience

Further details:

If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by 21st January 2018 (23:59 UK Time)

Our Equality Commitment:

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies, and finance as a function is absolutely committed to this.

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.