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University Lawyer (Estates) (Part-time)

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53,353 - 61,823 per year (reduced pro rata for part-time working)
Grade 8
Contract status
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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 will be the University’s first specialist estates/property Lawyer in the new Legal Services team, leading the wide variety of estates and development related legal work at the University. 

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The Role

You will develop and manage the legal risk for the University’s Technology, Estates, & Facilities Directorate. Supporting the Directorate’s senior leadership team, you will oversee the legal risk on capital estates projects, scope out projects, instruct and manage external lawyers and advise on transactional work.

You will work independently on complex projects and issues and be willing to challenge ideas and communicate adeptly. You will develop effective relationships with senior management and be able to understand the business objectives of the University. This is a senior role and where necessary you will be expected to stand in for the Head of Legal Services in relation to estates projects and to work independently on estates matters.

Key Requirements

  • Degree (or equivalent) and legally qualified as a Solicitor or Barrister
  • Minimum of 5 years pqe or equivalent experience practising as a lawyer in relevant estates/property/construction or relevant corporate projects legal discipline
  • Experience of HE or public sector advising on large scale and complex estates related projects
  • 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 

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.

This role is available on a part-time basis (0.6 FTE)

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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