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Lawyer (BBC Children in Need)

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Job Introduction

BBC Children in Need are now looking for a Lawyer for a 6 month fixed-term contract / Attachment, based in Salford.

As the BBC’s UK Charity, BBC Children in Need exists to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Our refreshed objectives and activities will ensure the impact we have on children’s lives is front and centre of the work the charity undertakes over and above the projects and services we fund.

Our focus is on finding and funding the inspiring ideas that change children’s lives.

The post holder will work alongside BBC Children in Need’s Senior Lawyer to help provide accurate and timely legal advice to the charity, to continue to support the embedding of GDPR changes across the charity and to support the business as usual function of the Senior Lawyer for the run up to the appeal period which is a particularly busy time for the charity.

This position will be 4 or 5 days per week.

Role Responsibility

You will be an ambassador for the charity. This is an excellent opportunity for someone to get involved with lots of interesting projects for an uplifting organisation where your productivity visibly counts towards helping young people's lives.

It is expected that you will be capable of taking responsibility for, and work unsupervised on, supporting all legal activity for the charity including advising on a broad range of commercial, IP, data protection, technology, outsourcing and charity law issues which will include supporting the charity in relation to annual Appeal Night programme on the BBC.  

You will advise around compliance and regulations across the charity but will also negotiate agreements with the charity’s corporate partners including licensing the BBC’s trade marks and ensuring compliance with specific charity law requirements.

You will be expected to draft and negotiate a variety of agreements with third party suppliers including consultancy arrangements, technology contracts, vendor and supply agreements, fundraising agreements and grant agreements.

You will also advise on branding and marketing issues, liaising with the BBC IP team as necessary and ensure charity law, regulations and good governance are adhered to at all times. You will also advise on competitions, lotteries and related issues under the Gambling Act, working closely with the BBC’s Interactivity Technical Advice and Contracts Unit (ITACU).

In addition to the above you will  keep up-to-date with recent relevant legal developments and their impact disseminating these to the charity as appropriate and supporting training.

Are you the right candidate?

As a Lawyer for BBC Children in Need, you will be a fully qualified lawyer or legal executive (ideally 5+ years PQE) with substantial experience in commercial, IP and data protection gained within a leading law firm and / or specialist team.

You will be commercially aware with an understanding of the issues affecting the charity sector and have the ability and confidence to work unsupervised on complex legal projects.

Essentially, you will have a track record of providing proactive, expert, timely and authoritative legal advice and liaising with and managing different stakeholders.

You must have excellent communication skills with the ability to clarify complex issues and concepts for non-lawyers and the ability to work supportively as a team member while building and managing relationships.

It is imperative that you can manage diverse work-streams and be able to apply complex analytical and problem solving skills under pressure. You must possess natural initiative and commitment and be able to deal with obstacles with flexibility. You must be able to stay motivated at all times and want to develop others by contributing to knowledge sharing across the team.

Experience of charity law and regulation as well as working in-house would be desirable.

Package Description

Grade 10 (Children in Need)

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very 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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