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Associate Legal Counsel

Closing date
18 Jan 2022

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Wellcome is a politically and financially independent global charitable foundation, funded by a £29.1 billion investment portfolio. We support discovery and translational research into life, health and wellbeing, and we're taking on three worldwide health challenges: Mental Health, Climate & Health and Infectious Diseases.

These challenges need the bold science we support, but they won't be solved by science alone and because it will take more than science alone to solve these health challenges, we need people who can work with policy, culture, governments, industry and the research community.

The Intellectual Property and Translation team sits within Wellcome's Legal department and handles a wide range of IP, contract and grant related queries. In particular, we support the Wellcome Collection (our museum, library and gallery space) with IP matters relating to its exhibitions, the digitisation of its archive material and other content creation, as well as advising our Research Funding and our Open Access teams in relation to the IP aspects of our grant conditions and research funding policies.

We are looking for Associate Legal Counsel to do a maternity cover c.12 month. This role provides high quality commercial intellectual property ("IP") and legal advice to Wellcome across its wide-ranging research funding and other charitable activities.

In this role you will
  • Work closely with Wellcome's Research Programmes team and act as an IP expert for the wider organisation, including:
  • Drafting and reviewing legal documents (primarily new grant funding agreements and PRI's for translational projects) and providing IP advice to colleagues across Wellcome.
  • Providing advice as required when new issues arise under current and historic research funding agreements, including compliance with Wellcome policies, consents to commercialise IP, revenue and equity sharing and loan conversions.
  • Working with the relevant teams across Wellcome on IP related matters, principally copyright (but also some trade marks) and issues relating to the application of Wellcome's IP related grant conditions and our policies on IP and revenue and equity sharing.
  • Developing an understanding of risk/benefit issues relevant to Wellcome and taking this into account in relation to business and legal advice provided to the organisation.
  • Assisting in the development of template legal documents.
  • Research and horizon-scanning into legal areas relevant to Wellcome's activities and supporting presentations and training within the Legal team and to the wider organisation.
  • Assisting and supporting more senior members of the Legal team on cross Wellcome strategic projects and other projects, where required.
  • Assisting with the management of the team's systems and processes, including a knowledge-sharing platform, agreements database, surveys and intranet pages.

To be successful in this role you will have
  • Experience of working in-house or private practice; Experience of drafting and negotiating commercial IP contracts.
  • Good working knowledge of copyright law and basic knowledge (at least) of trademark law and applying for new marks
  • Excellent drafting, research and analysis skills and Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong project management and organisational skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Qualified as a UK solicitor with existing PQE mark.

Salary: £ 63,533

Closing date: Thursday, 20th Jan 2021

Contract type: FTC - 12 months (maternity cover)

To apply please upload your current CV and complete our short application form.

We understand that our colleagues have commitments and personal interests outside of work and we strive to build a flexible working environment, in which people can perform at their best. We are currently working 2 days per week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) from our Euston Road offices as part of a hybrid working pilot (until March 2022) with the remaining 3 days from home.

You can read more about the benefits we offer our employees here

Diversity and Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do

Diversity and Inclusion is a priority at Wellcome . We are committed to cultivating a fair and healthy environment, where everyone can be themselves and thrive. We are happy to discuss flexible working options for all roles. We work to ensure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. If you would like us to make adjustments during the application process, please contact us at .
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