Senior Legal Adviser

University of Southampton - Legal Services

A unique opportunity to build a career in an institution that unlocks creative potential and provides opportunities that transform lives through education, research, innovation and enterprise. The University of Southampton, with over 20,000 students and 5,000 staff is a key member of the Russell Group of universities and a leading research institution with strong links to industry and commerce. 

As Senior Legal Adviser, you will assist the Director of Legal Services and the Legal Services team, working at the heart of the University, in providing high quality, robust and timely advice across the whole of the University’s activities. Your work will always be varied – no two days will be the same. You will work with senior people across the University and with external advisers and third parties. 

As a qualified solicitor or barrister or legal executive with experience gained in-house or in private practice, you will have had a good general training and detailed experience in at least one of commercial/contract/procurement or employment law. Knowledge of property/construction, litigation, higher education, intellectual property or data protection and freedom of information would be an advantage. Innovative and resourceful, pragmatic and commercially aware, you will have a suitable amount of PQE to fulfil the demands of the role.  

Benefits include a generous annual leave entitlement and a supportive working environment. 

Informal inquiries may be addressed to the Director of Legal Services, Barbara Halliday on 023 80 592400, by fax on 023 8059 5781 or by email at

Applications to be submitted no later than 8th November 2017, interviews to be held in the week commencing 13th November 2017.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 923217BB on all correspondence.

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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