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University of Surrey - Secretariat & Legal

The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s top professional, scientific and technological universities. Named as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2016, Surrey has a world-class profile and a leading reputation in teaching and research.

The University Secretariat and Legal Services department is responsible for providing or procuring all legal advice relating to the University’s primary purpose (teaching and learning, and research) and trade activities.

The Opportunity

We are recruiting an experienced legal professional to deliver high quality, timely and pragmatic legal advice in three key areas: individual employment issues and HR policies and procedures; student matters such as contract and complaints; and data protection and freedom of information.

You will enjoy high levels of independence, managing your own case load with the freedom to resolve matters in a proactive way. Reporting to the University Secretary, you will have the discretion to determine priorities and propose creative approaches to achieving your objectives.

Your internal clients will include senior management, colleagues across the University including HR professionals, and representatives of the Students’ Union. You will also work closely with the Office for Student Complaints (OSCAR) and the OIA Officer.

The workload is varied and the successful candidate will be expected to advise on matters in addition to those listed, with support as needed from Legal Counsel.

Who we are seeking:

Candidates must possess a relevant qualification. The majority of your role is dedicated to employment related issues so detailed knowledge and experience in UK and EU employment law, and an awareness of public sector equality duties is essential.

You should have a good working knowledge of DP and FOIA, and demonstrate a willingness to undertake the necessary research to advise in a range of civil law matters such as contract, tort and PREVENT.

You will be a confident communicator who can explain complex legal issues with clarity to a range of parties. High level problem solving and decision making are integral to many elements of the role, therefore a meticulous attention to detail and advanced analytical skills are required.

Although this position is predominantly searching for full time cover, we will accept candidates on a part time (0.6 FTE) basis.

What we offer:

The opportunity to work in a dynamic and varied environment where you will play a significant role in the positive resolution of legal matters and governance for a top UK university.

In addition to salary, you will receive a generous annual leave entitlement and excellent development opportunities. Benefits package includes generous salary package, award-winning pension scheme, child care assistance and discounted membership to our world-renown Surrey Sports Park.

Further details:

For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply' button below.

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