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Lawyer (Freedom of Information and Data Protection)

Job Introduction

We’re looking for a Lawyer to join our Workplace and Information Rights team, based in our London office.

As an Information Rights Lawyer, you will report to the Head of Workplace and Information Rights and the team also advises the BBC on property, and other commercial and regulatory areas. 

The BBC Legal Division is responsible for developing and implementing the BBC's legal strategy and for providing legal advice to the BBC.  The Division is also made up of the following departments: General Counsel's Office, IP Legal, Editorial Legal Group (comprising Litigation and Programme Legal Advice), Employment, and Commercial Legal.

Our overall structure is similar to that found in private practice firms and we support on a wide range of diverse matters.  Whilst this means the work can be challenging and relatively fast-paced at times, we are open to discussing agile ways of working to support our staff, where appropriate and in line with our flexible working policies.

Role Responsibility

You’ll take the lead on complex freedom of information requests, internal reviews and Information Commissioner and Tribunal cases.  You’ll also take a particular lead on providing specific data protection advice to divisions within the BBC and manage varied DP questions from broad strategy, from questions from programme makers and product design teams to complex individual subject access requests.  You’ll also be expected to undertake independent legal research and support other aspects of the wider team’s work, particularly with GDPR compliance.

The Ideal Candidate

A qualified lawyer or legal executive, with substantial experience in a legal or compliance related role, you’ll possess knowledge of FOIA, DPA and GDPR (or have worked in a similar regulatory environment) combined with experience of file and case management.

In addition, you will have strong analytical skills and be a good communicator, with experience of building relationships across a range of people and within a team. You'll have excellent written and oral communication skills and experience of advising clients directly, in person, on the telephone and in writing.  Knowledge of the structure, objectives and values of the BBC and Broadcasting issues generally is desirable.  A familiarity with a variety of online legal databases and experience of undertaking legal research is essential.

Package Description

CPF Grade 9/ Proposed Band D

Permanent role

Interviews anticipated to be held 11/12 December

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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