Senior Legal Adviser

London SW1A
Attractive Salary & Benefits Package including 32 days holiday & pension
28 Feb 2019
28 Mar 2019
Full Time
7+ Years

Senior Legal Adviser


Attractive Salary & Benefits Package

This is an exciting internationally focused career opportunity to join a well-respected, globally dispersed organisation where success is about making a difference to people’s lives.

British Council are recruiting a Senior Legal Adviser to join the small in-house legal team currently based at Corporate HQ in central London. Reporting to the Head of Legal, you will support the global organisation working as a designated business partner to the English & Exams (E&E) business, which is one of the three strategic business units of the British Council.   To learn more about the E&E business visit

This is a truly global organisation operating with a matrix structure.  The in-house Legal team focus on business-critical strategic legal issues, including co-creation partnerships, joint ventures, cross border issues, legal status, oversight of major contracts and strategy for major dispute resolution. Legal advice for transactional issues is managed by an outsourced arrangement. Globally, legal support is available via overseas lawyers as required. Key interfaces will be many - internal and external, UK and overseas - supporting effective governance and risk management internationally. 

Your career to date may initially have been as a barrister/lawyer/solicitor in private practise; for this role we also require you to have spent time in-house. A Lawyer qualified in common law jurisdiction your post-qualification portfolio will demonstrate all-round legal experience including knowledge of:

  • Partnerships, Mergers and Joint Ventures
  • Corporate law and governance
  • Legal Status (UK & overseas)
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Contracts
  • Conflict of laws/cross border issues
  • International legal experience
  • Commercial / Corporate

Public/NDPB; charity and/or professional service sector experience is beneficial but not essential. You will have successfully operated as a team player in a culturally diverse organisation going through a period of change.  As a proficient project manager with strong commercial and analytical thinking, you will demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal and relationship building skills.  You will have empathy with the vision and purpose of British Council.

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 countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including pension, 32 days paid annual leave plus Bank Holidays and an impressive range of family friendly policies.  For more information on the British Council visit

Please call Elaine Rippon, our retained Consultant at Oakleigh Resourcing on 01477 534491 to chat about your interest in this post.  You can also view the Role Profile on To apply please email your CV with any supporting information plus current salary details to 

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

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