Senior Legal Counsel Ref A0043

School/department:  Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Division of General Counsel, Governance & Compliance
Hours: Full time considered up to a maximum of 1 FTERequests for flexible working options will be supported (subject to business need).
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: Permanent
Reference:  A0043
Salary: Between £54,421 to £70,952 per annum, potential for negotiation based on experience, pro rata if part time.
Placed on: 15 March 2023
Closing date: 12 April 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: To be confirmed
Expected start date: As soon as possible after interview.

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity to join a busy and successful in-house legal team.  The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is part of the Division of General Counsel, Governance & Compliance (GCGC), within the University’s Professional Services Team.

The work of OGC is fast-paced, often reactive and integral to delivering the University’s policy and operational priorities. The legal issues are often complex and sensitive and span a variety of topics, for example: commercial, contract, consumer, employment, housing, land, licensing, intellectual property, charity, public and information law; civil litigation; a variety of regulatory areas; complaints and discipline procedures; and coronial and criminal law.

Members of OGC work collaboratively with other members of the Professional Services Team and academic colleagues to deliver robust, high quality advice that is solution-based and centred on a sound assessment of legal risk.

You will be expected to deliver high quality, pragmatic legal advice at pace across the broad range of the University’s activities, providing an efficient and effective service that represents excellent value for money for the University.

To discuss the post generally, please contact Geraldine Ismail

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification A0043 [PDF 147.26KB]

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

To apply, applicants should complete the Professional Services Application form and submit a covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 explaining how they meet the Person Specification and Essential Criteria, and where possible, the Desirable Criteria.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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