Commercial Lawyer - fixed term contract

We are looking to recruit a Commercial Lawyer to join our Legal team here at the City & Guilds Group, who can advise on the legal aspects of the majority of activities of the City & Guilds Group, including reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts, providing advice on intellectual property and data protection issues, and support company secretarial and compliance work.

This role is available as a circa 9 month fixed term maternity cover role. We are flexible as to the location of the role, but you'll need to be within commuting distance of one of our main "hubs" - which include London, Brighton, and Wakefield.

Business Unit
Group Support Services
From 41,334 (National) From 44,073 (London)
Type of role
Maternity cover
Full-time or part-time
Location - Country
Location - City
UK, Brighton, London, Wakefield
Closing date
Vacancy ref


About the role

This role will specifically provide legal advice and support to clients in each of the business areas within the City & Guilds Group, including the international business, so that legal risks are identified and managed appropriately, and specific matters and projects are successfully delivered. There will also be the opportunity to undertake research, deliver training, and support company secretarial and compliance work, including anti-bribery, modern slavery and GDPR compliance activities.

You will be joining an established and supportive close knit team, where you will have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects and gain wide exposure of all areas of the business.

Some of the key responsibilities include advising on legal issues arising in connection with the work of the business and to carry out related research. Areas covered to include general commercial, intellectual property (such as brand protection and trademark use), IT and e-commerce matters, data protection, corporate (including acquisitions and company/branch set up), tendering and procurement. You will also be advising on compliance issues (including anti-bribery and data protection) and any other relevant areas of law / legislation affecting the business.

You'll be supporting on the acquisition process, including due diligence, drafting and negotiation of heads of terms, sale and purchase agreements and disclosure letters. Assisting other Legal team members with larger transactions, such as acquisitions, investments and project work, including reviewing and preparing tender documents. Important too, is developing and building relationships between the Legal Department and clients in the other sectors within the business, and improving understanding of overall commercial and business strategy.

About you

We want to hear from individuals who are confident and a clear communicators, with a natural flair for influencing and building strong relationships, who have experience working in a law firm or an in-house legal department. You will be happy working both independently and as part of a team, with a keen eye for accuracy and detail, a knack for staying organised at all times whilst handling a wide variety of matters and drive to deliver to deadlines.

As well as the above, it will also be key that you can demonstrate that you are a Qualified lawyer with post qualification experience. You'll need an in-depth knowledge of one or more areas of commercial law, such as contract law, company law compliance, acquisitions and disposals, data protection law, or intellectual property. You must have the ability to produce accurate and well researched work to meet client requirements. You'll also need to have high proficiency in Microsoft Office packages and more general IT skills.

Our story and mission

Our vision is for a world in which everyone has the skills and opportunities to succeed. We support almost five million people each year to develop skills that help them into a job, develop on that job and to prepare for their next job. As a charity, we’re proud that everything we do is focused on achieving this purpose.

Through our assessment and credentialing, corporate learning and technical training offers, we partner with our customers to deliver work-based learning programmes that build competency to support better prospects for people, organisations and wider society. We create flexible learning pathways that support lifelong employability, because we believe that people deserve the opportunity to (re)train and (re)learn again and again – gaining new skills at every stage of life, regardless of where they start.

At the heart of our business sits the City & Guilds Foundation which amplifies our purpose by helping to remove barriers to getting into a job, celebrating best practice on the job, and advocating for jobs of the future. 

We were founded in 1878 by the City of London and the trade guilds of the time, to help people, organisations and economies to develop their skills for growth.

Our rich experience means we’re uniquely positioned to understand the future of work and learning. And, we continually evolve to develop and deliver skills for the workplace of the future. Today, as well as qualifications and assessment, we offer digital credentialing, elearning technologies, executive leadership development, technical training and consultancy.

Our success is driven by the people we work with. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer an equal opportunity to all our staff and we value diversity within our inclusive culture. We recognise that a diverse workforce is the only way we will achieve our ambitious business goals, so we work hard to be flexible to accommodate everyone.

What we offer

We offer the opportunity to work in an innovative, engaging and market-leading organisation with opportunities to develop your existing skills and explore new ones.

You’ll receive an excellent benefits package which typically includes a great base salary, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, pension, private healthcare, volunteering opportunities and much more. 

We welcome a discussion about how this role could work flexibly for you. For example work pattern, hours or location.

Next steps and how to apply

If you think this is the role and organisation for you then we would love to hear from you.  Please submit your CV and complete our short application form using the apply button.