Deputy Head of Legal (Employment Law lead)

Harwell, Swindon, or London with the opportunity for home working
£60,026 to £66,695
23 Jul 2020
16 Aug 2020
Vacancy Type
Solicitors, In-House
Full Time

Deputy Head of Legal (Employment Law lead)

Harwell, Swindon, or London with the opportunity for home working

Salary £60,026 to £66,695, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Full time

About the Role

UKRI’s Legal Team is growing and we are now seeking to appoint a second Deputy Head of Legal with employment law expertise, who can support the harmonisation and transformation of the organisation on the next stage of its journey. The post holder will also have responsibility for overseeing the Legal Team’s public law and litigation work and will work alongside the Deputy Head of Legal (Commercial), contributing to the overall management of UKRI’s Legal Team. 

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 report to the UKRI Legal Director and General Counsel and will have responsibility for ensuring effective provision of sound, pragmatic and business-focused legal advice on the full spectrum of employment law issues. This will range from day to day advice to HR staff on casework, including advice on equality law issues; to advice on wider employment policies affecting the organisation and harmonisation of terms and conditions following the COSoP transfer of staff into UKRI in 2018.

The role may also extend to employment litigation ranging from single unfair dismissal cases to multi-party equal pay claims. In addition, the post holder will manage a small team of lawyers who advise on employment, public law issues and litigation.

About You

You will have strong experience of providing sound, pragmatic and business-focused legal advice on a range of both contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. You will have the ability to lead and provide effective quality assurance of the team’s work across a wide range of legal matters relating to employment, public law and litigation. You will be able to build strong relationships with stakeholders and champion the work of the Legal team. In addition, you will have a sound understanding of the role of lawyers in a governmental body and of the implications of UKRI’s status as a non-departmental public body.

About Us

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.

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