Legal Counsel

London - Hybrid
£55-65,000 pro rata, plus benefits
26 Jan 2024
23 Feb 2024
Job Title
In House Counsel
Contract Type
Part Time


Weekly hours Part-time (14 hrs), can be worked flexibly

Location: Hybrid: from the office (London) or from home (UK-time)

Salary: £55-65,000 pro rata, plus benefits

Contract: Permanent


A unique opportunity to do challenging, rewarding and meaningful work supporting the rights and interests of authors.

About the Society of Authors

We’re the UK's largest trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators. We’ve been advising authors and speaking out for the profession since 1884. 

We’re currently looking for a part-time Legal Counsel to provide in-house legal advice to the Chief Executive, staff team and Management Committee (the SoA’s board).

Day-to-day, your primary role will be to support our highly experienced advisory team who offer members confidential, individual vetting of a range of contracts, from publishers, production companies, literary agencies and others, and advice on any query relating to the business of authorship.

While we do not provide legal advice to members, your role will include providing legal context and guidance where necessary, on areas including but not limited to intellectual property law, disputes arising from publishing contracts, court processes, issues arising from publisher insolvency, late payment, conflict of interest, competition law, defamation, and literary estates. 

You will also provide support to the policy team and Chief Executive to help monitor legislative, parliamentary and industry developments in the UK, and worldwide, helping to ensure that the SoA and its members remain well informed of all developments affecting authors. You will use your legal expertise to help the team formulate policy positions and ensure the legal accuracy of policy responses.

Additionally, you will support the board, our grants team and the SoA’s charitable trustees with governance issues relating both to the SoA as a limited company, and to its associated charities.

What we offer

As a progressive and ethical not-for-profit organisation, we offer a range of benefits to support your physical, mental and financial wellbeing. 

  • Competitive salary
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Death-in-service benefit
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Flexible, hybrid working practices
  • Family-friendly, disability-confident inclusive culture
  • Generous annual leave, including all bank holidays
  • Group pension plan
  • Interest-free annual travel card loan
  • Office closure over Christmas
  • Private healthcare

This role can be worked flexibly from home, our office or a combination of both. For homeworking, we will provide the tech, but you will be responsible for maintaining an appropriate working environment with robust internet connection.

Closing date for applications: Friday 23 February 2024