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34,308 - 42,155 per year (reduced pro rata for part-time working)
Grade 6
Contract status
Hours of work
Full-time (flexibility available)
Based at
University of York campus
Interview date
10 or 12 January 2023
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Role Description

The University is making a strategic investment into its Legal Services team with a number of new legal roles at various levels. The new team will provide legal advice across a range of operational issues, manage the work of our external law firms and oversee the University’s legal spend. The team will provide input across a diverse range of matters, including strategic partnerships, international collaborations, dispute management and regulatory compliance, as well as delivering training and guidance materials to staff. 

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The Role

Reporting to the Head of Legal Services initially and working with colleagues, your role will be preparing, researching and producing clear understandable legal advice and legal risk assessments on a wide range of legal disciplines and subject areas. This is a general role, but you may be able (in the longer term) to develop your interests and expertise in a particular discipline 

Key Requirements

  • Lawyer ideally with 1+ years pqe as solicitor or equivalent
  • Legal knowledge or expertise in at least one discipline relevant to University
  • Adaptable and proactive – willing and able to research and learn new legal disciplines, legislation, regulations and explore options as required
  • Enthusiastic and keen to learn about the HE Sector

Please see the job description for full details of requirements

We are happy to consider applicants from a diverse range of legal backgrounds e.g. Higher Education, private practice, in-house, government or chambers. We are also keen to encourage applications from  those who are looking for part-time and/or flexible working arrangements or are returning from a career break or candidates from diverse backgrounds. 

The University’s vision is to create a valued and skilled professional support services community offering flexible roles and career progression. We are seeking lawyers who will enjoy the wide variety of legal work at the University and who will enjoy being part of a friendly and supportive Legal Services team.

For informal enquiries, please contact Julia Durham (Head of Legal Service) on

Why York

A vibrant community of academics, students and professionals, the University of York is a world-leading institution with a reputation for excellent interdisciplinary research and outstanding teaching and learning. We offer a range of excellent benefits that include the following 

  • 30 Days Annual Leave (38 days with bank holidays)
  • Generous Pension Scheme (21.60% Employer contribution)
  • Hybrid working (see our Remote working policy)
  • Annual salary increments within your pay grade
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Onsite Gym with discounted membership
  • Staff training and development courses
  • Access to a range of savings on childcare, transport and healthcare, plus shopping discounts and other offers.

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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Why York?

York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.