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Responsible for advising colleagues on a range of commercial contracting, IT and IP law matters and and acting in legal proceedings
Knowledge, Training and Experience
Solicitor or Barrister with between 2 – 5 years PQE
Experience of working within the IP/IT field
Considerable experience of IP and/or IT law and commercial contracts.
Detailed knowledge and practical application of the following areas of English law to at least degree level in at least 3 of the following:
Contract law, Competition law, Procurement law, IT law, Data law, IP law, Biosciences, Corporate law,
Evidence of post qualifying and continuing professional development
Must have an understanding of the background to and aims of policy and appreciate the implications of this on engagement
Developed communication skills for delivering key messages to a range of stakeholders both internal and external
to the organisation, some at very senior level.
Good presentational skills for conveying complex concepts.
Ability to use informed persuasion to influence others.
Ability to identify risks, anticipate issues and create solutions and to resolve problems in relation to project or service delivery.
Ability to understand a broad range of complex information quickly and making decisions where opinions differ/no obvious solution
Evidence of planning and delivering projects and legal services on time.
Abilities for financial and staff management
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office with intermediate keyboard skills.
Ability to work without supervision, providing specialist advice to the organisation, working to tight and often changing timescales
Interpreting national policy for implementation
Free Job description Commercial and IT Lawyer
ICT – IT systems procurement; systems development, turn-key solutions to multi-sourced solutions. IT and related business process outsourcing.
Software and Hardware contracts – licensing, maintenance, leasing and distribution.
Managed IT Services – ‘cloud’ and other hosted solutions, data centre services etc.
Telecoms regulatory and contracts
ICT Regulatory – e-commerce and internet regulation, FS outsourcing regulatory, data privacy and FOIA, data security regulation.
IP – advising on copyright and trademark licences and database rights
Develop strong relationships throughout the business using their knowledge to shape flexible strategic legal solutions to complex situations.
Monitor and manage the advice given to the organisation and identifies trends and consistent issues.
Demonstrate a sound understanding of the business and builds strong relations with internal clients in order to champion, prioritise and embed appropriate legal advice.
Consider the feedback and experience of Directorates and use this to influence the direction on Legal priorities and the application of legal guidance for operations.
Continuous review and improvement of the quality of own output and processes against specific objectives, contributing to the embedding of a quality culture across the whole organisation.
Have the appropriate knowledge, skills and experience to actively promote diversity and equality of opportunity, treat everyone with dignity and respect and avoid unlawful discrimination.
Key Working Relationships
The post holder will be required to communicate and provide highly complex information to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
Present highly complex information about projects, initiatives and services to a wide range of stakeholders in a formal setting.
Commit to working and engaging constructively with internal and external stakeholders on a range of contentious issues.
Nurture key relationships and maintain networks internally and externally, including national networks.
Assist with public relations and marketing activities.
Assist with Freedom of Information requests, keep under review the framework and in accordance with the legislation.
As responsible legal advisor lead working internally and externally to deliver projects, initiatives and services to time and in a cost effective way.
To support the identification and sharing of best practice in understanding legal risk and engaging clients accordingly.
To operate in a highly political and sensitive environment.
Support the portfolio of projects in demonstrating value for money by preparing reports on the risks associated with them and legal obstacles and how to overcome them
Financial and Physical Resources
Responsible for managing any legal matter budget and for ensuring that the budget breaks even. Co-ordinate the budget, monitoring expenditure against target areas.
Responsible for supporting the commissioning of external legal advice and supervising its delivery.
Provide financial reports to the Head of Legal Services as required.
Provide advice and prepare strategic reports and briefings for directors and stakeholders.
In depth analysis, interpretation and production of complex and multiple matter reports.
Act in a way that is compliant with Standing Orders and Standing Financial Instructions in the discharge of this responsibility.
Constantly strive for value for money and greater efficiency in the use of these legal budgets and identify opportunities to make savings year on year.
Assisting with the day to day supervision of junior team members, which will include responsibility for supporting development of staff, recruitment and where necessary processes such as grievance and disciplinary matters.
Responsible for an individual’s development on the job and job performance management. Work in conjunction with line managers and other job managers to assess and manage confidential information about an individual’s performance and capability development.
Develop the acquisition, organisation, provision and use of knowledge and information.
Highlight exceptions and risks ensuring mitigating action can be taken to keep the caseload on track.
Drafting reports summarising status on issues, appraising outcomes, and providing progress reports for the Head of Department.
Collate as required, qualitative and quantitative information and lead appropriate analysis to develop robust business cases and contribute to project ‘products’.
Analyse, interpret and present data to highlight issues, risks and support decision making.
Planning and Organisation
Assist with the development and implementation of the legal strategy and service development.
Support the development and implementation of strategies for improving performance
Deliver the development and improvement of processes.
Ensure stakeholder representation is engaged throughout the cycle.
Deliver process efficiency in the continuous development of the end-to-end cycle and its associated performance metrics.
Accountable for delivery of own objectives in line with the team’s short, medium and long term business plans, achieving quality outcomes
Identify and liaise with all stakeholders whom you should work with to deliver the above and manage other inter-dependencies.
Policy and Service Development
Identify and assess opportunities for new services and threats to existing services as markets develop.
Develop plans and seize opportunities, mitigate threats and deliver strategic objectives
Responsible for proposing and drafting changes, implementation and interpretation to policies, guidelines and service level agreements which may impact services.
Proposes changes to own function making recommendations for other service delivery.
Contribute to the review and development of existing information management systems and contribute to the development of an integrated approach to project management.
To provide day to day advice to internal clients and working with other members of the team to forge an appropriate response to matters arising or the strategic direction of the organisation in a legal context in relation to:
-Commercial advice – advising on a range of contracts, including Memoranda of Understanding with other public bodies and trade associations
-Procurement and competition law advice – advising on compliance with procurement obligations, supporting and developing procurements, challenges brought under procure law.
Information law – application of the Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act, Caldicott and duty of candour matters.