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Commercial Lawyer
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF37909

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 07/02/2022

Job live date: 10/12/2021

Salary: £53,348 to £60,022 per annum

Employment type: PM-ALC

Department: Legal Services

Division: Not specified

Hours per week: 1.0 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full time, Permanent

The University wishes to appoint a Commercial Lawyer to its Legal Services team. The successful candidate will provide legal advice on a wide range of matters across the University, with a focus on commercial law, intellectual property and contract drafting and negotiation.

The Legal Services Department is a dynamic group of nine lawyers, two paralegals and an administrative assistant. It supports the University with a large and diverse range of projects, collaborations and contractual activity in the UK and beyond, providing legal advice and support across the University to enable teaching, research and innovation to flourish. The successful candidate will work with a variety of business units across the university, across a wide range of legal issues. This post would be an excellent development opportunity for a candidate who wishes to expand their experience in-house across multiple practice areas.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a qualified solicitor, barrister or chartered legal executive
  • Have at least three years’ PQE practising UK law
  • Demonstrate experience of advising on commercial and contract law, and negotiating agreements
  • Demonstrate experience of advising on intellectual property, including its protection and assignment, and in managing and resolve disputes over it
  • Have good experience of working within a commercial environment, whether in house or in private practice, and will be able to demonstrate the ability to assess and manage risk
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to build effective working relationships
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to summarise legal issues for a lay audience

Interviews will be held on Monday 28 February

Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:

Director of Legal Services

Contact role:

Commercial Lawyer

Contact name:

Julie Rowe

Contact name:

Caroline Haley

Contact email:

Contact email:

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route.  Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS.  There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

​​​​​​​The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.



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