In House Lawyers
In House Lawyers
Harwell, Swindon, or London with the opportunity of home working
Salary £38,969 to £43,300, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
Full time or substantive part time
About the Role
UKRI’s Legal Team is growing and we are now seeking additional lawyers to strengthen the Team’s offering and support UKRI on the next stage of its journey. We are interested in hearing from qualified lawyers who are keen to develop their career in-house, advising across a range of areas including but not limited to employment, commercial/contracts law, general public law, property, and State Aid and grant-giving.
This post can be based in London, Harwell or Swindon. Periodic travel to other UKRI locations where the Legal Team and key clients are based may also be required according to business need. UKRI operates flexible working policies which include the opportunity to work part of the week from home.
This role will work within the UKRI Legal team and report to one of the Team’s Senior In-house Lawyers. You will be required to provide sound, pragmatic and business-focused legal advice on a wide range of legal issues affecting the functions and operation of UKRI.
The work of UKRI Legal is broad and increasing in variety and complexity and the Team’s caseload currently spans areas including large-scale projects and contracts, procurement, IP, property, company law, State Aid and grant-giving. UKRI Legal is also developing its expertise in employment and public law. In-house lawyers will be expected to take a flexible approach and be able to quickly get up to speed with new and unfamiliar areas of law as the remit of UKRI Legal grows to meet the developing needs of the wider business.
You will have a can-do approach and be keen to develop new areas of legal expertise and to work flexibly with the wider Legal Team. You should be self-motivated and able to plan and manage a varied workload effectively, with strong attention to detail, a proven track record of meeting deadlines and effectively prioritising and managing competing demands. You will have sound technical legal skills, experience of providing pragmatic, business-focused legal advice and the ability to think strategically and creatively and to see legal issues in their wider context. In addition you should have a clear understanding of the role of lawyers in a governmental body and a sound understanding of the implications of UKRI’s status as a non-departmental public body.
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a new, independent, non-departmental public body, bringing together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK, and Research England. The new body is expected to maximise value from the UK Government’s investment in research and innovation approaching £8bn per annum in 2020.
UKRI’s mission is to lead the overall strategic direction of research and innovation funding in the UK, pushing the frontiers of human knowledge, to deliver benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research and business-led innovation.
UK Research and Innovation offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies.
How to Apply
Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.
Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.
The closing date for applications is the 16th August 2020.