Legal Counsel

London (Central)
Competitive + benefits
20 Jun 2019
18 Jul 2019
Job Title
In House Counsel
Practice Area
PQE Level
2-4, 5-7
Contract Type
Full Time

Legal Counsel | University of the Arts London
Employment | 4+ PQE

The University of the Arts London (UAL) is looking for a Legal Counsel to join their in-house team for an Employment law focused role. Offered on a full-time, permanent basis, this In-House Counsel is to be based with UAL’s central legal services team at Central St Martins College in Kings Cross, London.

Your new employer

With more than 19,000 students from over 130 countries, the University of the Arts London is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university and is ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings®. The university’s activities are vast, matching its international reputation. The Legal Counsel will be joining a growing team that provides a full range of legal services and advice across the university as well as its group companies on a wide range of commercial matters.

Responsibilities of your new role

You will be taking on a newly created Legal Counsel role, predominately assist the Human Resources department with Employment law issues while also supporting the Legal Services team with a range of issues, such as the business demands. Reporting to the General Counsel, your key duties as Legal Counsel will include:

  • Advising on a wide range of employment law matters both contentious and non-contentious
  • Drafting, advising on and negotiating, as required, a variety of agreements, including contracts of employment, settlement agreements and general commercial agreements
  • Undertaking complex and routine legal cases involving employment matters
  • Reviewing and advising Human Resources on process and policies
  • The creation of precedents and establishing know how to empower colleagues in Human Resources
  • The monitoring of changes in employment law as they affect the university and implementing changes as required
  • Engaging with colleagues, stakeholders and external legal advisors
  • Guiding and training of junior legal team members on employment law matters
  • Managing financial matters associated with the role
  • Acting in such a way as is reasonably necessary to fulfil the duties and responsibilities of a senior member of the University

Candidate requirements

UAL is looking for a talented Legal Counsel who demonstrates:

  • 4+ years of PQE gained either in-house or in private practice
  • Substantial employment law expertise with a mix of both contentious and non-contentious work in addition to broad commercial experience
  • Excellent drafting skills, an eye for detail, great communication skills and a keen understanding of the law
  • A collaborative approach and a can-do attitude combined with an agile response to matters


In addition to a competitive annual salary, UAL will award the successful In-House Counsel with:

  • Happy work/life balance
  • Quality work with a great team
  • An excellent working environment
  • Attractive holiday entitlement
  • A generous pension scheme

Apply now

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and talented employment Lawyer to take on an exceptional Legal Counsel role with the University of the Arts London. Apply now for immediate consideration.