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Solicitor (12 month fixed term)

Solicitor (12 month fixed term)

locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 07/07/2022
Business Development / Sales / Rights / Legal
Fixed term contract
£51,000 to £60,000 per year

Closing date for applications: 11th July at 11.45pm

Salary: £58,300

Contract: fixed-term for 12 months


The National Gallery wishes to appoint a commercial lawyer for a fixed term of 12 months to provide advice and support across the Gallery in relation to a wide range of commercial and compliance issues working within the Gallery’s Legal and Procurement team.

As part of the National Gallery’s legal and procurement team, you would report to the Head of Legal, where you will have the opportunity to develop your own practice and gain experience of working in a legal environment within the cultural sector in one of the world’s greatest galleries. The role will report to the Head of Legal, and work alongside the existing Solicitor, the Procurement Manager, and the Data Protection Manager.

As an in-house lawyer at the Gallery, you would therefore deal with an interesting and varied portfolio of work including negotiation and drafting of a wide range of contracts for the Gallery and its trading company in relation (but not limited) to sponsorship, events, licensing, and commissions as well as digital and web projects; providing advice on policies and compliance; maintenance of precedents and guidance notes for users; and devising and delivering in-house training. This is a rare opportunity for a lawyer wishing to move into or develop their experience in the museums and galleries sector.



Contract review, negotiation and drafting

  • To review, negotiate and draft a wide range of contracts including those relating to exhibitions, loans, joint ventures, and collaborations, corporate membership, sponsorship, grants, film commissioning, consultancy, licensing, event contracts, service contracts, SaaS and data sharing agreements
  • To assist with maintain a bank of precedents and user notes for regularly used contracts and provide in house - training sessions to those teams using those precedents

Advise on policies and compliance

  • To provide advice on and contribute to the drafting of policies and procedures in relation to a wide range of compliance issues affecting the Gallery
  • To devise and deliver in house training areas as required by the Head of Legal


  • To provide sensible and commercial advice as required on one off legal issues and projects, including evaluation and advice on areas of risk.
  • To keep up to date on developments in relevant legal areas.
  • Where appropriate to instruct and manage external lawyers, to deliver best value to the Gallery.

Diversity and equal opportunities

  • To value and respect your colleagues and members of the public regardless of their background.
  • To cooperate and contribute to measures introduced by the Gallery to ensure and diversity.


Knowledge, skills, experience

  • A lawyer (solicitor or barrister) qualified to practice in the UK
  • Strong academic credentials
  • Experience or knowledge of one or more of the following, namely property law, charity law, and other compliance issues affecting the Gallery
  • Excellent commercial drafting skills
  • Ability to balance and prioritise a wide range of demands
  • Willingness and ability to get quickly up to speed with new areas of the law
  • Self -motivated with the ability to work with minimum supervision (and in appropriate cases take decisions without reference to their line manager) and to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrable legal research and analytical skills
  • Demonstrable commercial judgement and the ability to balance legal risk against operational demands and provide clear and practical solutions
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to advise colleagues from a wide range of non–legal backgrounds in clear and succinct English
  • Comfortable at operating at all levels of an organisation up to the leadership and board
  • Demonstrable ability to promote a positive environment that supports equality and values diversity
  • Ability to develop strong and collaborative relationships across the organisation and a desire to support colleagues in the delivery of Gallery projects
  • Demonstrable interest in and commitment to the work and ethos of the National Gallery
  • Demonstrable ability to act in ways that supports equality and values diversity, including treating all those you encounter courtesy and respect irrespective of background
  • Positive, creative and people focussed
  • Proactive, with a high level of initiative whilst knowing when to escalate issues to senior management
  • Decisive and able to take responsibility for informed decisions
  • Diplomatic and able to resolve issues swiftly, calmly, and sensitively
  • Motivated and able to motivate others to achieve organisational goals
  • Able to retain focus on the bigger picture whilst understanding how details fit in and impact its successful achievement
  • Leads and manages with clarity and purpose
  • Demonstrable ability to act in ways that supports equality and values diversity, including treating all those you encounter with courtesy and respect irrespective of background

A full job pack will be available for download when clicking the apply button. 

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please make sure that you state in your application that you found this role via Creative Access.

Fields of study

  • Law

Required degree level

  • Level 6 (e.g. Bachelor's degree)

Years of experience

  • Mid-Level

Salary range

  • £51,000 to £60,000 per year

Required skills

  • legal knowledge