Legal Counsel

Bath, Somerset
£48,199 - £52,345
14 Aug 2019
14 Sep 2019
Practice area
Company and commercial
Full time
Contract type

Post Title:                            Legal Counsel   (0.8FTE or Full Time) 
Location:                             Newton Park, Bath      
Rate of Pay:                         £48,199 - £52,345 per annum pro rata (including market supplement)
Contract:                             Permanent
Hours                                   0.8FTE or Full Time
Ref:                                       Req0000376
Closing Date:                      12 midnight GMT, 8 September 2019
Interview Date:                    Week commencing 16 September 2019

About the role

An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen for a qualified lawyer to join Bath Spa University in the newly created role of Legal Counsel. The role holder will provide efficient and effective in-house legal services and support on a wide range of matters relating to the University and its subsidiaries with a particular focus on contract, commercial and compliance matters.

Reporting directly to the University Secretary (also a solicitor), the Legal Counsel will play an active role in supporting the work of the wider University Secretary’s Office and representing the area internally and externally as required. The post will be offered on a full-time or part-time basis depending on the breadth of skills that the successful candidate is able to bring to the role; candidates should indicate their preference when applying.

This newly created post presents a fantastic opportunity for the successful candidate to make the role their own and to develop it.

About you (requirements)

You will be a qualified solicitor in England and Wales with a current practising certificate and proven post-qualifying experience in working on complex and varied contracts and advising on commercial matters.  You will also have a successful track record of providing pragmatic and solutions-focused legal support with evidence of excellent drafting and negotiation skills.

We are looking for a flexible and collaborative problem-solver with sound judgement, excellent communication skills and a strong client service ethos. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and expertise in new areas in accordance with the University’s evolving priorities.

Experience of working in an in-house role within higher education is desirable but not essential.

About us

With a stunning campus, friendly culture and roots in the Victorian era, our University is unlike any other. Here, we push students to find their place. To throw themselves in. To explore options and make things happen. This post sits within the newly formed University Secretary’s Office, which has responsibility for the effective running of governance, academic quality management, legal, policy, compliance and institutional risk management, which all support the creation of the best student experience we can offer.


Annual Leave:

This role offers entitlement to 44 days paid leave per annum made up as follows:

  • 33 days annual leave
  • 8 bank holidays
  • 3 closure days

Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS):

All new employees are automatically enrolled in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) from the first date of appointment. The University will contribute the equivalent of 19.20% of the employee's annual salary. The employee contribution rate at grade 7 salary point 30 is currently 6.50% and qualifies for tax relief. Other scheme benefits include: Death in service benefits of 3 x actual pay received in final year plus a pension for dependants and the option to increase pension value through Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs).

Gym: discounted gym facilities available onsite at Newton Park campus

Nursery: onsite nursery with discounts for staff. Payment for all nursery fees can be made via salary sacrifice, allowing you to save on all tax deductions.

How to apply

For further information or to apply on-line please visit Bath Spa University . Please note that CVs will not be considered. 

Interviews for this post are anticipated to be held during the week commencing 16 September 2019.

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact David Newman, University Secretary, on 01225 875899 or

We value a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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