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Lawyer (Programme Legal Advice)

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Job Introduction

We’re recruiting a Programme Legal Advice Lawyer to join our Programme Legal Advice team, based in London.

We advise journalists and programme makers working on a wide range of programmes from news and current affairs to drama and entertainment. You will be part of a small team of lawyers that help get programmes like Watchdog, Panorama and Have I Got News For You to air.

The BBC Legal Division is responsible for providing legal advice to the BBC and for developing and implementing the BBC’s legal strategy.  The Division is made up of the following departments: General Counsel’s Office, Editorial Legal (comprising Litigation and Programme Legal Advice), Commercial Legal, Employment, Intellectual Property, Competition Law, Information Policy and Compliance, Property Legal and Business Affairs and BBC Digital (formerly Future Media) and Engineering (formerly Technology).

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

As a Programme Legal Advice lawyer reporting to the Head of Programme Legal Advice, you will provide pre-transmission legal advice on defamation, contempt, privacy and other aspects of media law to journalists and content producers on TV, radio and online and will also advise senior management on legal risks associated with their output.

You will also participate in the provision of advice to news programmes 24/7. This will involve being on call out of office hours. In addition, you'll deliver legal training to BBC journalists and producers to develop their understanding of the BBC’s legal liabilities, in programme making areas.

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, you will need some experience of defamation, contempt, privacy and associated issues and of dealing with journalists and/or programme makers, including providing pre-transmission or pre-publication advice.

You will be comfortable providing advice on the above areas of law and presenting legal talks and seminars.  In addition you will also possess sound judgment, strong analytical and interpersonal skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines, often under pressure.

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

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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