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Angela Ruskin University
Chelmsford, Essex
£40,927 p.a. pro rata to £50,296 p.a. plus plus £6,000 p.a. pro rata
Closing date
10 Feb 2022
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About ARU:

ARU is a global university transforming lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research. We are ranked in the world’s top 350 HEIs in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and in the top ten mainstream universities in the country for the proportion of UK undergraduates in employment 15 months after graduating.  We have campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford, London and Peterborough with around 2,500 staff and 35,000 students from 180 countries.  With a focussed civic mission, we are committed to working with others through education, research and knowledge exchange to enhance the economic, cultural and social wellbeing of the communities in which we work and live.

About the Role:

We’ve an exciting, fixed term, in-house opportunity at our leading business facing University. Our legal requirements reflect our mixture of academic excellence and engagement with the commercial world, making us a lively forward-thinking place to work.

As a solicitor within the University, you’ll provide legal advice independently as part of a small legal team to internal clients on a wide range of commercial, IT and property law matters. Key responsibilities will include drafting and negotiating a wide variety of commercial agreements, so you’ll need to have excellent drafting and other technical legal skills. You’ll also be responsible for the day to day management of your own legal files. With a working knowledge of procurement law, you’ll help to ensure that we’re compliant with our legal and regulatory obligations so we can withstand scrutiny by relevant external bodies as well as legal challenges.

With a degree plus demonstrable professional experience for the role or relevant professional/degree level qualification (chartered where appropriate), you’ll be a current UK qualified solicitor. Ideally, you’ll have strong training and post qualification experience from a recognised private practice law firm or local authority, although all background experience will be considered. You’ll also have significant and substantial experience working in a legal role. Proven ability to be sensitive to client needs as well as the ability to work in a higher education environment  is essential for this role.

This role is part time 30 hours per week.

Informal enquiries can be made to Michelle Lawlor-Perkins, Acting Head of Legal at

Find out more about working with us.

We offer an extensive range of benefits including a generous holiday entitlement, occupational pension schemes, training and development opportunities, travel to work scheme and a competitive relocation package. Visit our benefits page for full details.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting welfare of our staff and students and expect all staff to share this commitment.

We value diversity at ARU and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We have a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


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