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Job Ref: 1555
Location: London EC4
Salary: £47,616 - £49,134 depending on experience + London Weighting of £3,439
Closing date: 6th September 2020
Interviewing date: 28th September 2020
About us
The Office for Students is a regulatory body, established in April 2018. We work in the interests of anyone in England who has the ability and desire to access higher education -whatever their background. Were here to make sure that every higher education student in England:
• is able to access, succeed in, and progress from higher education
• receives a high-quality academic experience
• has his or her interests protected while they study
• can progress to employment or further study
• receives value for money.
Working within our legal team, youll have the chance to work on novel legal issues and create precedent. This is a real and rare chance for you to make your mark by applying your existing skills across bespoke and complex areas of law.
Here, you wont focus solely on advisory, litigation or investigatory work: youll cover all three - forging solutions to cases as diverse as the students who seek your expertise. There are opportunities to manage caseloads with significant responsibility, beyond what you would normally expect in private practice, but without the stress of that environment.
The role
As Legal Adviser, youll have the opportunity to lead on the provision of legal advice for a range of legal matters across the regulatory body, including our internal corporate activities.
rucially, youll play a role in supporting our Head of Legal Services and Principal Legal Adviser in maintaining the operation of our legal function, and youll lead on specific initiatives, too.
Additionally, youll spend a significant amount of time working with internal and external stakeholders - to keep employees appropriately trained, and the team appropriately supported.
We are looking for someone with relevant transferable experience, applicable to the work of an in-house lawyer at a regulator, gained either through your work at a law firm, in-house or at another public sector body. The successful candidate will have a proven track-record of taking a proactive and hands-on approach to the delivery of legal tasks.
Additionally, youll need:
• an ability to analyse and advise on complex legal issues
• a sensitivity to politics,
• an ability to understand the needs of, and work collaboratively with, external stakeholders
• an ability to adopt a creative and innovative approach to legal issues
• excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
• n ability to influence and negotiate.
As well as an exciting opportunity to be at the cutting edge of a variety of high-profile legal issues, we provide our staff with a comprehensive staff development programme, 25 days annual leave and the opportunity to join the Civil Service Pension scheme.
The OfS embraces and promotes equality, diversity and inclusion. We strive to reflect this in our workforce so that we represent the diversity of those whose interests we promote. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition.
We welcome flexible working, and as an organisation which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we are firmly committed to providing learning and development opportunities for all employees.

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