Head of Legal & Compliance

Contract Type
Practice Area
Compliance / Regulatory
Longmore House, Edinburgh
£46,153 - £53,930
0-2 yrs, 3 -4 yrs, 5+ yrs
Expiry Date
This is a new role leading our Legal and Compliance function with primary responsibility for providing an in-house legal service to the organisation.

Job Description

As a qualified solicitor, you will be an individual who has credible legal and advisory experience as well as bringing the required leadership and management experience to build and shape a new team.

In this new role you will lead our Legal and Compliance function, which is part of the Internal Audit and Business Improvement department that sits within the Chief Executive’s Office. The team currently consists of a Legal and Compliance Manager and a Legal and Compliance Administrator with approval to recruit a further qualified lawyer.

As Head of Legal and Compliance you will have a significant degree of autonomy in shaping the new team as well as responsibility for developing a cohesive strategy to deal with the complexity and diversity of the workload, implement procedures to assist with the function, as well as commissioning external legal advice as appropriate.

You will be responsible for a range of matters, including copyright and IPR, public law, contract law, legal and company secretarial work, as well as your managerial duties. Your role will consist of providing expert legal advice, managing legal risk and safeguarding the reputation of the organisation. You will also be responsible for liaising with Senior Management and the Board, ensuring legal compliance within the organisation and supporting the Board in the implementation of key business decisions.

Please see the job description for a more detailed list of Key responsibilities, duties and objectives.

Knowledge, skills and experience

You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the requirements and qualifications below as part of the selection process. 

Essential requirements:

  • Minimum 4 years post-qualification experience
  • Demonstrable experience of working in Intellectual Property law, including Copyright, Trade Marks and Brand Management
  • Demonstrable experience of drafting, reviewing and finalising commercial contracts

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience of working in Public law
  • Experience of working with public sector organisations and/or charities

Qualifications & Professional Memberships:

  • Qualified solicitor and member of the Law Society of Scotland (Essential)
  • Current practicing certificate (Essential)

The closing date is 12 noon on 26th January 2018, and we anticipate interviews will be held w/c 5th February 2018.

This is a full-time, permanent post.