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Legal, Governance and Assurance Services

Responsible to

Head of Legal, Governance and Assurance Services


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Closing date

Thursday 25 February 2021

Contract type


Post type




About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to become a key advisor and a leader within the University's Legal, Governance & Assurance Services team. The successful candidate will provide timely, high quality, pragmatic and commercially focused legal advice to the University on high value and/or complex matters. They will work closely with the Head of Legal, Governance & Assurance Services to manage the day-to-day operations of the Legal Services team, which includes the line management of two solicitors and support staff. They will also manage the University’s panel of external legal advisers, including oversight of matters on which panel members are instructed and the management of all billing.

In addition, the successful applicant will negotiate, draft and advise on a wide range of high value and/or complex legal and transactional issues, including a broad spectrum of agreements (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 issues.

The successful candidate will be a qualified solicitor with significant post qualification experience gained either in private practice or in an in-house role. All candidates with demonstrable experience to fulfil the requirements of the role will be considered.

Principal accountabilities

Legal Advice and Support

Contract Advice and Co-ordination




Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge & abilities

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.

We recommend you take time to read the government guidance on individual eligibility requirements for sponsorship to check you will meet the criteria prior to applying. Skilled Worker visa: Your job - GOV.UK (

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