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In-House Legal Counsel (0761)

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  • Salary:
    £50,000 per annum
  • Poscity
  • Poscountry
  • Area:
    Support and Governance
  • Vacancy Type:
    Fixed Term Contract
  • Full or Part Time?:
    Full Time

The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare organisation, offering care and protection to donkeys and mules worldwide. We are working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. We are achieving this by transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.

The role of In-House Counsel is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced lawyer looking for a varied, rewarding and vital role within an international charitable organisation. Whilst the role is advertised as full time, we would, in keeping with the Charity’s ethos, welcome applications for candidates seeking to work compressed or flexible hours. A job share between two suitable candidates will also be considered. Working primarily from home, this is a maternity cover contract starting as soon as possible until November 2022.

As In-House Legal Counsel, you will play a key role in safeguarding the reputation and assets of the charity, providing a diverse range of professional legal advice and support to stakeholders – both domestically, and in our global operations. A UK qualified lawyer with preferably three to five years of relevant post-qualification in-house and/or international legal experience you will develop the legal function and processes to best support the Charity in delivering its charitable objectives. Working closely with external law firms, where needed, you will ensure that high quality and cost effective legal support is obtained, including the development of a cost-effective framework of legal provision across a spectrum of required specialisms, both in the UK and internationally.

An ambassador for collaborative cross-functional working, and possessing outstanding communication, diplomatic and problem solving skills, you will offer valuable support and guidance to a diverse range of business areas across the charity and to other members of the Legal and Governance team. You will advise all functions on legal risks arising from the organisation’s operations, ensuring key stakeholders are informed of all relevant new legal and regulatory developments. In addition, you will assist with the drafting and negotiation of contracts and other key agreements.

The ability to understand and interpret complex legal information pertinent to the operations of a charity and its global operations, and to provide commercial legal advice in a concise and clear manner, together with the ability to work largely without supervision, is essential. Experience as a lawyer in the not-for-profit sector, and a working knowledge of charity and commercial law, intellectual property and regulation and organisation policy drafting, is desirable.

If you feel you have the qualities, skills and experience to fulfil this varied, rewarding and vital role, and would like to be part of the evolving program of change taking place within the charity, we would love to hear from you. 

Closing date for completed applications: Monday 27 September 2021.

The Donkey Sanctuary is a Disability Confident Employer.

The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults), and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, including an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where required for the post.

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Slade House Farm
Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon, UK, EX10 0NU
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