Legal Counsel

England, London
£80000 - £90000 per annum
05 Jan 2023
02 Feb 2023
JN -102022-5781762
Rosie Gage
Job Title
Contract Type
Full Time

Legal Counsel | Major British Charity | London | Salary £80,000 - £90,000 per annum

This a rare opportunity for a qualified legal professional to join a major British charity. This role reports to the Head of Legal (Investments) and is based in London; offering the chance to work with and learn from the best. 

The Charity: 

  • An innovative, major UK asset owner, responsible for managing the £10bn+ endowment fund of one of the UK's most recognisable charities. 
  • A registered charity and a global leader in responsible investment.

The Role: 


Commercial Contract Advice

  • Review and negotiation of non-investment commercial contracts with external service providers and vendors, including letters of engagement for consultants, software-as-a-service agreements, managing agent agreements and data licences (in liaison with the Legal Office, the Head of Investment Legal and the Vendor and Contracts Manager as appropriate).
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating non-disclosure agreements, reverse solicitation letters and powers of attorney about investment and non-investment activity.
  • Preparing legal agreements for execution and obtaining/collating signatures within the organisation as required.
  • Analysis of existing legal agreements to summarise and/or extract key information and data for management information purposes.

Investment Process Support:

  • Arranging for and reviewing external legal reports of proposed investments and providing support on the preparation and negotiation of fund documentation, side letters and investment management agreements.
  • Arranging for internal tax reviews of proposed investments and obtaining confirmation of the relevant organisation investing entity.
  • Review of subscription documents and application forms prepared by the Investment Operations team for closed-ended and open-ended investment funds across various asset classes.
  • Supporting the Investment Operations team in their dealings with third-party fund managers and administrators when confirming entity and individual AML and 'know-your-client' requirements and ensuring timely delivery of all documentation.
  • Assist with regular and ad-hoc reporting of the outcome of investment legal reviews.

Other Legal Services:

  • Assisting with the management and oversight of external legal counsel.
  • Collating and filing final legal documentation.
  • Undertaking ad-hoc legal research on asset management, real estate and regulatory matters as required.


The successful candidate will be a qualified lawyer licensed to practise in the UK. The following are essential skills and qualifications required to thrive in this position:
Professional Qualifications and Experience

  • The role will suit a newly qualified solicitor or a solicitor with up to two years of post-qualification experience.
  • Preferably admitted to practice in England and Wales and/or another common law jurisdiction.
  • Knowledge or previous experience of commercial contracts either at a commercial law firm or in-house is preferred. Previous experience in financial services and/or asset management is desirable but not mandatory.


  • Approachable style with strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills, accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and show initiative.
  • Ability to respond to and work through often changing and competing priorities and demonstrable experience of working to and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work with and manage large amounts of data and information.
  • Good interpersonal skills.

Personal attributes:

  • Self-motivated and dedicated with a demonstrable drive to achieve objectives.
  • Ability to quickly build effective working relationships with other team members and other teams.
  • A demonstrable ability to prioritise, multi-task and work to tight deadlines.
  • Operates with discretion and integrity.

Job Offer:

This role offers a generous salary and a flexible working environment.

Take your career forward, reach out and apply for this Legal Counsel position via the portal below; we look forward to welcoming you onto the team.