University of Leicester

Head of Legal Services

Leicester, Leicestershire
18 Dec 2018
15 Jan 2019
Practice area
Company and commercial
Head of Legal
Full time
Contract type

Head of Legal Services

Vacancy ID:
Location: Leicester
Department: Registrar's Office
Vacancy terms: Full time, ongoing contract (part time hours will be considered)
Salary details: Competitive salary
Hours per week: 37.5

About the role

Reporting to the Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, you will take overall leadership for all legal and compliance activities across the University and subsidiary companies including the development of the legal services strategy. You will work with the University Executive Team and Senior Managers to identify legal risks and present and support the implementation of pragmatic solutions.

In addition you will be responsible for and give direction to the Data Protection Officer/ in house commercial lawyer. As a key part of this role you will be expected to manage a full and varied case load of legal matters.

About you

To be successful in this role you will be a qualified and flexible solicitor with the ability to acquire new areas of specialism and a successful track record of operating at a senior level to develop and implement an organisational wide legal strategy.

You will be able to demonstrate a mature leadership style along with the ability to influence others at a more senior level.

Excellent written and verbal communications – especially the ability to provide concise and clear advice on complex litigation and compliance matters – are essential.  Experience of managing Higher Education legal issues is desirable.

Additional information

Informal enquiries regarding this opportunity are welcome, and should be made to Katie Rawding, Senior HR Adviser on 0116 252 3872 or

The University will close for the Christmas period after Friday 21 December 2018 and we will return on Wednesday 02 January 2019.

We anticipate that interviews will take place on 14 February 2018.

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff. Located in the heart of the UK, you will have the opportunity to progress your career in a supportive and varied environment that values hard work and recognises individual achievement.

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance and an online portal that offers a range of lifestyle benefits and discounts. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available at

Advert closes midnight on: 15 Jan 2019