British Embassy Jobs – Senior Legal Adviser

Website British Council

Job Description:

Legal services are provided within the British Council through a small team within Corporate Affairs, supported as required by advice from external lawyers. In addition to external lawyers overseas, there is an outsourcing arrangement with two law firms in the UK (and others internationally) to provide legal advice on specific issues. The Legal team have oversight over the use of outsourcing arrangements. Direct support from the Legal team is focussed on business-critical core legal issues, including client/supplier/partner/funder arrangements, intellectual property, privacy, conflict of laws/ cross-border issues, legal status, oversight of major contracts and strategy for resolution of major disputes, where it is more effective to provide the advice internally.This role will provide a comprehensive, efficient and cost-effective legal advice to designated client functions and in support of organisation-wide legal issues, which identifies legal risks and informs decision-making

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal advice, oversight and review for client functions, including review of major bids/ contracts, partnerships and disputes and ad hoc legal advice to ensure legal risks and opportunities are understood to inform the best possible decisions.
  • Lead, as delegated, on legal issues arising from set up of new subsidiaries and changes to existing subsidiaries to ensure risks are identified and mitigating actions identified to the business.
  • As required, advise on the management of legal risk in the organisation, including design and delivery of key change programmes, advising on legal implications of new business models and commercial activities.
  • As delegated, lead on initiatives to develop legal knowledge and understanding to enhance awareness and capability in legal matters throughout the network.
  • Review all material legal advice obtained by client functions overseas to ensure alignment with British Council values, policies and corporate requirements.
  • Provide operational legal support to client functions and the legal function overall, for example in the drafting and negotiation of MoUs/Treaties with host country governments or for ancillary legal documentation such as Bonds and Guarantees, Policies, Powers of Attorney, etc.
  • As delegated, contribute to and manage the development of the Model Contracts Portal, Legal intranet pages and other tools and communications to share best legal practice.
  • Where required, deputise for the Head of Legal in their absence.
  • Manage the Legal Advisor role (based in the UK)

Job Details:

Company: British Council

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location:  London, England, United Kingdom

Application Deadline: N/A

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