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Expired Vacancy
General Counsel

Royal Academy of Arts
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Deadline: 07 October 2018

Please note that this vacancy has expired and you can no longer apply.

About this position
We are looking for an experienced, UK-qualified solicitor or barrister to provide comprehensive legal advice to colleagues across the Royal Academy on a range of commercial and charity law issues.
As well as being responsible for the provision of all legal advice, guidance and services to the RA, this position acts as Company Secretary to the RA and the associated RA legal entities, ensuring that all company secretarial duties are properly carried out.
About you
You will have at least 10 years’ PQE, gained in private practice and/or in-house and will have experience of IT/IP commercial matters, including general commercial contracts, confidentiality and data protection. Detailed knowledge and experience of charity law would be preferable but are not essential.
You will demonstrate excellent commercial judgement and will be responsible for drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts, including publishing, sponsorship and exhibition agreements, and supply and consultancy contracts. You will also administer internal policies and various legal frameworks and will have a solid working knowledge of copyright and data protection law.
Proactive and productive, you will be supremely well organised and able to manage a varied workload and competing deadlines on a daily basis.
A confident and resourceful self-starter, you will have excellent problem-solving, analytical and organisational skills, along with the ability to quickly establish strong working relationships with colleagues and third parties.
An appreciation of the visual arts would be advantageous, while a commitment to the aims and objectives of the Royal Academy is critical.
Our benefits
• A generous pension, contributing up to 10% of your salary into a defined contribution scheme
• Along with 25 days’ holiday and 8 bank holidays each year (pro rata), we close between Christmas Eve and New Year, allowing staff additional paid leave
• Staff are encouraged to attend free History of Art and life drawing classes on site
• We also have a staff choir, running and craft clubs
• Best of all, we have reciprocal agreements with many leading museums and art galleries in London and New York that enable you to enter for free with your staff pass.
Closing date for applications:  7 October 2018 (midnight)
Interviews to be held w/c:  15 October 2018

To be the General Counsel for the Royal Academy of Arts and in so doing be responsible for the Legal Department of the RA and the provision of all legal advice, guidance and services to the RA, its wholly owned trading subsidiaries and its connected charities and thereby ensure the timely provision of legal advice and assistance to the RA to proactively further the charitable aims of the organisation.
• Directly line manage all members of the Legal Department and the budget for the Legal Department
• Act as Company Secretary to the RA and the associated RA legal entities and ensure that all company secretarial duties are properly carried out
• Act as the Data Protection Officer for the RA and ensure detailed advice and guidance is provided on all data protection matters and that the RA adheres to the Data Protection Act and associated legislation, as updated from time to time
• Act as one of the Whistleblowing Officers for the RA
• Provide expert advice to the RA on charity and company law
• Ensure the RA and its associated entities have sound and robust governance procedures, including the maintenance and monitoring of the legal aspects of the RA’s risk register
• Manage and provide detailed contract drafting and negotiation skills over a wide range of contractual documentation, including art exhibition and loan agreements, sponsorship agreements, supply contracts, sales agreements, consultancy contracts, donation agreements, photography and filming etc.
• Manage and provide in depth advice on all intellectual property considerations including trademark and copyright issues, and where necessary in conjunction with the Rights and Reproduction department, particularly in relation to exhibition loan agreements and image usage
• Manage and provide all necessary legal advice concerning property and construction law matters for the RA’s Masterplan and overall estate
• Be the sole point of responsibility for the procuring and management of external solicitors and counsel as required
• Advise on all legal matters related to insurance and in particular for the loan of art works, Government Indemnity and immunity from seizure
• Take responsibility for any litigation or dispute matters that may arise and the general dealing of issues associated with the public
• Provide general regulatory advice
• Manage and provide advice and guidance on employment law issues as required
• Provide legal advice, drafting and support in relation to the wholly owned commercial subsidiary companies of the RA to include the publishing and distribution of publications, the RA shop both physical and online, the hiring of parts of the RA estate and the catering facilities
• Provide all necessary advice and guidance to internal stakeholders, including Council, the President and Secretary and Chief Executive of the RA
• Ensure that Health & Safety policies, procedures and regulations are known, understood and complied with by yourself, your team and any contractors, suppliers and all others who work with the team
• Work flexibly as may be required by the needs of the RA and to carry out any other reasonable tasks which will be required of the General Counsel.
• A UK qualified solicitor or barrister with at least 10 years’ PQE, preferably with detailed knowledge and experience of the charity sector
• Good working knowledge and experience of company secretarial requirements and duties
• Good contract/commercial law experience from either a good private practice firm and/or recognised in-house legal department
• A good working knowledge of IP law, including copyright, trademarks and design rights
• A person who is keen to be fully involved in the business, appreciates the need to earn the trust of the business and provide a full, proactive legal function
• An effective communicator in both written and oral presentation
• Demonstrably good drafting skills, ideally with broad experience of drafting a variety of contracts to a high standard
• An expert knowledge and appreciation of data protection law and relevant issues
• Able to demonstrate an analytical and solution-based approach to providing advice and solving legal issues
• An ability to work in a timely manner and if necessary under pressure combined with a calm and measured approach
• An interest or experience in the charitable arts sector and the charitable aims of the RA.

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