Head of Legal (FTC 18 months duration)

Circa £90k package
30 Jan 2019
27 Feb 2019
Full Time
7+ Years

Head of Legal (FTC 18 months duration)


Circa £90k package

This is an exciting career opportunity to join the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  For more information on the British Council visit www.britishcouncil.org

Reporting to the Director of Corporate Affairs, the Head of Legal is responsible for providing strategic oversight of global risk by ensuring a comprehensive, efficient and cost effective legal advisory service.  Advising the CEO, Executive, Chair and Board on risks and advised mitigations, this is a highly influential, commercial and change orientated senior leadership role.  Your reach will be truly global, operating across a global matrix structure the British Council work with over 100 countries worldwide.  The Head of Legal will have significant interaction with the Global Leadership Team and a wide range of colleagues across the British Council’s global network, external stakeholders and UK & international partners.  As a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body,  you will also interact with the Chair of the Board of Trustees. 

The Head of Legal has line management responsibility for a small London based team focusing on business-critical core legal issues globally including co-creation partnerships, new business models, related relationships with government and the Charity Commission, conflict of laws/cross border issues, legal status, over sight of major contracts and strategy for major dispute resolution. Plus, responsibility for all UK and overseas outsourcing arrangements (legal advice for transactional issues, and globally legal support via overseas lawyers). You will also lead the ongoing implementation of the Legal Change programme.

You will be a Qualified Lawyer (Barrister or Solicitor) in England & Wales with significant in-house experience leading a legal function in an organisation of similar scale and complexity. From the private, public or not for profit sectors you will have led a globally dispersed function within a matrix structure and possess strong international corporate and commercial legal experience including deep knowledge of:

  • Partnerships, Mergers and Joint Ventures
  • Corporate Law and Governance
  • Legal Status (UK and Overseas)
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Contracts
  • Conflict of laws/cross border issues

Public/NDPB; charity and/or professional service sector experience is beneficial but not essential.  An inspirational leader with excellent communication, interpersonal and relationship building skills you will have empathy with the vision and purpose of British Council.

In return we offer a competitive salary and benefits package including pension, 32 days annual leave plus an impressive range of family friendly policies. 

To view the Role Profile visit www.oakleighresourcing.co.uk or to discuss your interest in the role call Elaine Rippon, our retained Consultant at Oakleigh Resourcing on 01477 534491. To apply please email your CV plus current salary details to oak127@oakleighresourcing.co.uk 

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 try and 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. A registered charity: 209131 (England and Wales) SC037733 (Scotland)

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