Interim Legal Counsel, IP (12 month contract)

Cambridge University Press
09 May 2017
08 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

he purpose of this role is to lead a team of lawyers and non-lawyers to create, develop and implement tools consistent with the Press’s mission, needs, ethics and strategy to assist with the acquisition, management, protection and exploitation of IP, and especially copyright, content. You will provide non-contentious legal advice on a variety of issues relating to these aspects of the Press’s global business. This will include drafting and advising on:

Author, contributor and editor contracts;

Content commissioning and the use/licensing of third party IP;

Relevant laws surrounding the creation of copyright-protected content and IP products; and

Technical IP issues, including through the management or delivery of training.

You will also manage a Press-wide IP Programme, a cross-divisional scheme working with both legal and non-legal colleagues to review IP practices within the Press in order to create, develop and deliver initiatives for improving IP-related processes and systems.

You will oversee and line-manage a team of seven, incorporating both lawyers and non-lawyers, based in Cambridge and Singapore.

About you:

You are a UK-qualified lawyer with substantial post-qualification experience ideally in an IP and media content environment with a particular emphasis and interest in copyright.

You have experience in advising clients on IP content production, licensing and protection (preferably dealing with multiple media formats) and experience with trade bodies on regulatory and legislative IP issues.

You have experience in managing a team (of legal and/or non-legal staff) and coordinating work projects with various departments across a large organisation.

You are a highly organised and efficient individual, capable of managing numerous ongoing challenging projects and liaising with both internal and external contacts.

About us:

Our global not-for-profit organisation is committed to the advancement of knowledge worldwide through our exciting publishing programme. You will be joining a diverse and collaborative workforce and you will be supported in your career ambitions to achieve your potential.

Help us achieve our mission, and you will have a career that is not only hugely satisfying but brings with it great benefits and a stimulating, supportive and flexible working environment.

Why us?

A great central Cambridge location, our office is only a ten minute walk from the train station and guided busway. Benefits include a staff incentive scheme, flexible working, free life assurance and

a contributory pension scheme, 28 days’ annual leave, subsidised restaurant and café, free on-site gym and sports facilities, and season ticket travel loans.

To apply, please complete the online application by 18 May 2017 -