Company

The British Musuem

Location

Bloomsbury

Salary

£46,742 per annum

Expiry date

12th January 2024

Job description

Role Summary

Legal Counsel
Governance
Part-Time (3 days per week)
Permanent 
£46,742 per annum (Full Time Equivalent)
Application Deadline: 12pm (midday) on Friday 12 January 2024

This is an exciting and unique opportunity for an experienced lawyer to join the Legal Services team at The British Museum.

The successful candidate will contribute to implementing the Museum’s Legal Strategy and delivering a sector-leading advisory function. They will provide colleagues around the Museum with accurate, timely and effective advice.

Joining a small and collegial team with a busy and varied workload, candidates will have relevant experience gained in leading firms or comparable in-house roles. They will work closely with the rest of the Legal Services team and Governance Department to deliver high-quality and strategic legal support to colleagues around the institution.

Applicants will have in-depth technical knowledge across a range of key legal areas, including commercial, contract, intellectual property and charities law. They will be adaptable, responsive, and actively engaged in commercial and legal issues relevant to the Museum and Cultural sectors.

The role is part-time (3 days per week), with the possibility of spreading working hours flexibly across the week.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Provide high quality in-house legal advice;
  • Contribute to implementation of the Museum’s Legal Strategy;
  • Work with external legal advisers as required, ensuring value for money;
  • Represent the Museum and communicate on its behalf with third parties and relevant external and internal stakeholders;
  • Design and provide in-house training courses as required; and
  • Provide other support as required.

Person Specification:

  • Admitted as a practising solicitor or barrister in England and Wales.
  • Relevant experience either in-house or in private practice.
  • Sound knowledge and experience of relevant law and practice.
  • Able to: carry a varied and unpredictable workload and work to tight deadlines; assess commercial risks efficiently; clearly and concisely provide advice; understand the operational ramifications of advice and find practical solutions; apply knowledge/skills through handling complex problems within and outside area of expertise.
  • Professional manner, objectivity, and commercial negotiation skills.
  • Able to: listen, and to argue cases coherently with tact and sensitivity; support others in complex decision making; communicate complex legal matters in a clear, straightforward way.

About the British Museum:

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. The Museum is one of the leading visitor attractions and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.

The Museum offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave allowance of 25 days (rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service) plus 2.5 privilege days and plus bank holidays
  • Membership of the civil service defined benefit pension scheme (find out here what benefits a civil service pension provides).
  • Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
  • Participation in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections
  • Interest-free travel, bicycle and rental deposit loans
  • Professional and personal development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

Additional details:

For more information about this role, please see the job description.

If you have any additional needs that we should be aware of in order to support you with your application, please provide details to bmrecruit@britishmuseum.org.

The British Museum is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals can make best use of their skills, free from unlawful discrimination or harassment. We value the benefits that a diverse workforce brings to a Museum which represents world culture. The Museum is committed to ensuring that no job applicant suffers unlawful discrimination because of any protected characteristics. Our recruitment procedures aim to ensure that individuals are treated because of their relevant knowledge, skills and experience.

We offer a flexible way of working scheme that allows our employees to work remotely in a way that suits them and the organisation. We welcome questions and conversations at interview stage about how flexible working could work for you.

The Museum adheres to the HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) for pre-employment screening of Civil Servants.