- University Solicitor, Shropshire
- Competitive Salary
About Our Client
Harper Adams University is the leading UK Higher Education (HE) institution focused on the land-based and food supply-chain sectors with an important national role in these subject areas.
Situated on a single campus in rural and scenic Shropshire, the University, and its surrounding area, provide an excellent working and living environment for staff and students alike, yet the University campus is only one hour from the UK's second city of Birmingham and approximately 10-15 minutes from Telford. Around 3,000 HE students attend the University, primarily on sandwich courses which include a year-long industrial placement. Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are offered. The University also welcomes individuals who wish to undertake CPD or similar professional training to support their careers in the agri-food chain and rural industries. The University will open a Joint Veterinary School with Keele University in 2020.
Harper Adams is consistently positioned highly in a range of national ratings, performance measures and league tables. In 2017 it was the highest ranked modern University for the second year in a row. In the QS World Rankings for Agriculture and Forestry published in March 2018, Harper Adams was ranked second in the UK for academic reputation and second in the world for its reputation with employers.
Harper Adams has extensive, well-equipped facilities and is constantly investing in its campus.
This is a very varied and interesting role in which you will play an important part in helping to support the work of the University Secretary. The University Solicitor manages two part time staff- the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer and a legally qualified staff member.
You will be required to advise over a number of areas of law and to familiarise with new areas as appropriate. You will also be required to identify where in-house expertise is insufficient and requires support or advice from external professional advisers and lawyers and to instruct external advisers and lawyers accordingly. The University recognises that it is unlikely that you will be able to offer sufficient specific expertise over the whole range of possible areas of law and tasks.
Responsibilities of this role include:
- Reviewing and drafting contracts/agreements;
- Negotiating contract/agreements;
- Reviewing/producing memoranda of agreement for collaborations with other academic or commercial organisations.;
- Employment law advice;
- Advising on and drafting property documents;
- Dispute resolution and litigation;
- Policy/regulations audits and reviews on key areas of legislation (such as, but not limited to, intellectual property, equality and diversity legislation, landlord and tenant legislation, construction and development contracts, employment legislation, Data Protection and the Freedom of Information Act);
- Review of higher education sector guidelines and Charity Law requirements to ensure University compliance;
- Development of policy/regulations;
- Assisting with an advising on Student Hearings and Staff Hearings;
- Any other legal issue as they arise from time to time.
The Successful Applicant
The successful candidate will thrive on the chance to do new things and continuously grow their knowledge and experience.
Harper Adams University is looking for a candidate who is/ has:
- A UK qualified Solicitor with current experience of working in the UK;
- Training and experience in Private Practice or in-house. Higher Education sector and/or in-house experience is desirable but certainly not essential. Applications from Solicitors in private practice who believe they have transferable skills and wish to consider an in-house role are encouraged;
- A skilled communicator and negotiator, who is pragmatic and solutions driven and capable of interacting with the University's staff as well as internal and external stakeholders at all levels;
- Transferable skills to successfully undertake an in-house role which requires independent working and an ability to take a lead role on resolution of a range of legal matters across the University's work as detailed above.
What's on Offer
This is a full time and permanent position. This is a unique opportunity to take on a very varied and interesting role. The University offers a good holiday allowance and a genuine work life balance.
All third party applications will be forwarded to Michael Page.
Closing date for applications is 28th February 2019.
Ref Code: MPTW13988214Z
Closing Date: 28/02/2019