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Legal, Governance and Assurance Services

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Senior Legal Counsel


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


£38,034 to £51,430 per annum

Closing date

Sunday 28 August 2022

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About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to work within the University's Legal, Governance and Assurance Services. You'll be part of the University’s in-house legal team and provide pragmatic and commercially focused legal, governance and intellectual property advice to the University and its subsidiaries. You will seek advice as necessary from the external legal advisers, co-ordinate the response/relevant action and manage the authorisation of payment in line with agreed fees. As a Legal Counsel you will be able to negotiate, draft and advise on a wide range of legal and transactional issues, including a broad spectrum of agreements of variable nature, including supply and purchase agreements, licences, confidentiality agreements, research and other collaboration agreements, memoranda of understanding, corporate documentation and consultancy agreements, regulatory issues and intellectual property.  

Principal accountabilities

Legal Advice and Support

  1. Provide timely, high quality and pragmatic and commercially focused legal advice and guidance on a wide range of legal, commercial, contractual and transactional issues;
  2. Draft, review and negotiate legal agreements;
  3. Support the development of the University’s contracting processes and procedures; and
  4. Support regulatory matters relevant to the University and the associated risk mitigation measures.

Contract Advice & Co-ordination

  1. Provide advice and guidance to colleagues on contracts to be entered into by the University or its subsidiaries, including drafting and negotiating contract terms and conditions;
  2. Provide professional advice/guidance, review and risk assessment of a wide range of contractual documents;
  3. Support the maintenance of a standard suite of precedent agreements;
  4. Provide training to colleagues on a wide range of legal issues;
  5. Use Legal Services’ matter management system;
  6. Coordinate guidance and support from external legal advisors where necessary;
  7. Manage and assess legal risk with respect to commercial contracts; and
  8. Advise insurers where required of contractual/commercial risk and liaise with the same on a wide range of matters.


  1. Provide legal advice to the University’s Governance Services team.


  1. Student disputes – advise the University in respect of disputes with current or former students; and
  2. Manage other litigious matters as and when they arise.


  1. Leases/Licences – review and negotiate real estate leases/licences and offer advice and guidance on related legal issues;
  2. Contractual disputes with supplier/customers;
  3. Work with colleagues across the University, including the Executive and Leadership Team, to prepare, negotiate and manage a wide variety of agreements; and
  4. Build effective working relationships with colleagues.

Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge & abilities

Business requirements

Desirable Criteria



As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

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How to apply

You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

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Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

Important information

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.

Whilst this role is eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route, we recommend that you assess your individual eligibility before applying for this position.

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