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University Lawyer (Commercial)

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53,353 - 61,823 per year
Grade 8
Contract status
Hours of work
Full-time (flexibility available)
Based at
University of York campus
Interview date
WC 09/01/2023
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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. This appointment as the University’s Commercial Lawyer will provide legal advice across a range of commercial focused issues. The legal 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
You will oversee and manage the commercial legal risk for the University and contribute to the processes and training that enable the management of legal risk to be embedded into the University’s day-to-day activity.  This is a senior role and where necessary you may be expected to stand in for the Head of Legal Services and to lead independently on legal matters and to assist other team members.

You will have significant experience and be able to work independently on complex projects and issues at a senior level across a range of legal disciplines including complex commercial, corporate and contract matters, litigation, student related matters, employment, data protection, intellectual property and general queries and/or dispute resolution.  It is not expected that you will be a specialist in all disciplines but you will be able to demonstrate an awareness and capability to understand and lead on  legal disciplines new to you. Experience of the HE sector is desirable.

Key Requirements

  • Degree (or equivalent) and legally qualified as a Solicitor or Barrister
  • Significant experience practising as a lawyer
  • Expertise in legal discipline(s) relevant to University sector
  • Expertise in drafting complex legal documentation
  • Experience of delivery of complex/high-risk projects under pressure;

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 also encourage applications from women for senior roles. 

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.