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Legal Counsel

General counsel

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £45,548 to £53,939 per annum - including London Allowance
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Thursday 18 August 2022
Reference:  0822-341

Full-Time, Permanent

Salary: £45,548 to £53,939 per annum (dependent upon skills and experience relevant to the role) plus London Allowance of £2,134

Applications are invited for the post of Legal Counsel in Legal & Compliance.

Reporting to the College’s General Counsel and working alongside another Legal Counsel, you will be providing high quality legal services to colleagues across Royal Holloway, University of London.  

You will be a solicitor or barrister with at least 4 years’ PQE gained in a highly regarded law firm or in-house environment, with a demonstrable passion for the public sector and/or charity sector.  It is anticipated that the Legal Counsel will focus primarily on employment and student matters (complaint and academic appeal reviews) and so a proven track record of providing high quality employment law advice (both contentious and non-contentious) is essential but you will also be expected to advise on the full range of legal issues that arise across the College, including commercial contracts, land, charity law, data protection, litigation and IP. It is an interesting and varied role.

You will be a pragmatic, solutions-focussed lawyer, able to support the College to achieve its strategic objectives whilst navigating the complex legal and regulatory landscape within which universities operate. Previous experience within the sector would therefore be beneficial but is not essential. You will possess strong communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively and influence at a senior level, the ability to assess and balance legal risk and reward, and the ability to plan your own workload and deliver to deadlines. You will have line management responsibility for two members of staff including a Paralegal and therefore demonstrable experience of line management and delegation and supervision is required. 

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing.
  • Free parking

We are operating a hybrid working model, working from the office one or two days per week. Full or part-time hours will be considered. 

Please note that we use PQE levels purely as a guide to the minimum level of experience required.

We will consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil this role.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Elaina Moss, General Counsel on elaina.moss@rhul.ac.uk or +44 (0)1784 414622.

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.ukFor queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at: recruitment@rhul.ac.uk 

Royal Holloway recognises the importance of helping its employees balance their work and home life by offering flexible working arrangements.  We are happy to consider a request for flexible working for this post including part time or compressed working hours.

Please quote the reference: 0822-341

Closing Date:  23:59, 18 August 2022  

Interview Date: w/c 29 August 2022 

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the College, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. 

Further details:    Job Description & Person Specification    
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The university has adopted hybrid working for some roles therefore some remote working may be possible for this role.

Royal Holloway is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community. Read here about structures and initiatives around equality and diversity, including information on staff diversity networks.


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