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In-house Lawyer (Commercial)

Job details
Posting date: 05 June 2024
Salary: £43,116.00 to £47,076.00 per year
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 23 June 2024
Location: Swindon, Wiltshire
Remote working: Hybrid - work remotely up to 5 days per week
Company: UKRI
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 240000IL


In-house Lawyer (Commercial)

UK Research and Innovation
Salary: £43,116 to £47,076 per annum (dependent on skills and experience). 
Hours: Full time or Part time (minimum 0.8 FTE)
Contract Type: Open Ended.
Location: Polaris House, Swindon, Wiltshire / Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot
Grade: UKRI E
Closing date: 23/06/24

This post can be based in Swindon or Harwell. Periodic travel to other UKRI locations where the legal team and key clients are based may also be required according to business needs. UKRI operates flexible working policies which include the opportunity to work part of the week from home, with regular attendance at Polaris House and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory for team meetings.

About the Role

You will work within the UKRI Legal Team and report to one of the team’s Senior In-house Lawyers. The principal deliverable in this role is timely, high-quality, and pragmatic legal advice on a wide range of legal issues affecting the functions and operation of UKRI.

You will be expected to offer experience in areas covered by the UKRI Legal Commercial Team to supplement existing expertise. We are primarily seeking experience in commercial and contract law along with grants and research contracts. Experience in legal aspects of property and intellectual property are also of interest.

You will be required to get up to speed quickly with new and unfamiliar areas of law according to business need (with appropriate support), as the remit of the Legal Team expands to meet UKRI‘s legal support requirements.

Person Specification

Professional and skilled lawyer with sound experience of providing pragmatic, business-focused legal advice and demonstrate a technical aptitude in the following areas:


• Commercial/contract law
• Grants and research contracts


• Property
• IP

Academic Qualifications

Minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in your first degree (in any subject) or equivalent high level academic and/or professional achievement where satisfactory evidence can be provided (e.g. via relevant experience and results achieved for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)/CPE, Legal Practice Course (LPC), Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Executive (CILEX)). Where an overseas degree qualification is held, this should be equivalent to a 2.1 degree.

Professional Qualifications

Qualified to practise as a Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive in England and Wales, with 3 years PQE or evidence of equivalent experience and knowledge. Candidates invited to interview will be asked to provide specific examples to demonstrate how they meet the Person Specification.


We recognise and value our employees as individuals and aim to provide a favourable pay and rewards package! We are committed to supporting employees' development and promote a culture of continuous learning!

A list of benefits below;

• An outstanding defined benefit pension scheme
• 30 days' annual leave in addition to 10.5 public and privilege days (full time equivalent)
• Employee discounts and offers on retail and leisure activities
• Employee assistance programme, providing confidential help and advice
• Flexible working options

Plus many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have a great work life balance!

UKRI is an Equal Opportunity & Disability Confident Employer.

How to apply:

For full details on the role, please visit our careers site. Please submit an application including your CV and a Cover Letter that clearly showcases how your skills and experience align to the requirements of the role.

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