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Senior Legal Counsel

  • Job
    Senior & Expert Level
  • Legal
  • £72K - £77K
  • London
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  • Qualified lawyer trained within legal practice (we are open to applicants with experience in-house and/or in private practice). 
  • Knowledge and extensive experience in contract & commercial law, data protection law, and drafting complex agreements. 
  • Background in either Consumer or Charity & Fundraising law with knowledge of:
  • Marketing, advertising, and intellectual property law (particularly copyright, logos, and trademarks).
  • Technology and payment systems.
  • Ideally payroll giving and individual giving (this is desirable meaning we welcome applicants without this specific charity experience).
  • Proven ability to work independently and manage a diverse and complex workload under pressure.
  • Delivery-focused with strong prioritisation and organisations skills to manage own time effectively, meet deadlines, and manage clients’ expectations.
  • Excellent stakeholder management and relationship skills with a proven ability to build effective trusted relationships and influence at all levels (including senior leadership and board level).  
  • Excellent communication; including writing and speaking clearly and concisely with excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to identify and solve complex problems and recognise when to escalate.


  • Working independently and with minimal supervision to provide timely, proactive, pragmatic, high-quality legal and commercial risk-based advice, and solutions to complex issues across all areas and levels of the organisation.
  • Advising all business areas on legal matters with a particular focus on business partnering with the:
  • Marketing, Fundraising & Engagement (MFE) directorate to advise on Corporate Partnerships (our Partnerships have raised £69m towards our mission).
  • Technology department to advise on their supplier contracts and portfolio.
  • Other areas you may support include Trading, Chief Operating Office (COO-including GC & Company Secretary, Assurance & HR), Philanthropy; Policy, Information & Communications (PIC) and Research & Innovation (R&I).
  • Proactively establishing and maintaining effective business partnering relationships with internal business teams acting as their strategic primary interface and learning about their work, priorities, sensitivities, and requirements.
  • Managing and owning complex legal matters while recognising when escalation is required.   
  • Drafting and negotiating complex agreements and assisting clients with commercial transactions with a risk-based approach. 
  • Collaborating with all members of the Legal Service team and proactively sharing experiences to build resilience and avoid a single point of failure.
  • Identifying, providing advice, and ensuring effective contract management, risk management, and regulatory compliance.
  • Supervising Legal Counsel while fostering a coaching culture. This will involve:
  • Supporting other lawyers to ensure they are made aware of any issues and risks which may affect their client areas
  • Ensuring progress in the team’s continuous learning, development, effectiveness, and independence.

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Mission & Purpose

Cancer Research UK is a renowned charitable organisation dedicated to advancing cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and support. Their overarching goal is to bring about a future where all cancers are cured, ensuring that individuals can lead full and healthy lives. Through funding groundbreaking research, raising awareness, and providing crucial support, Cancer Research UK strives to make a profound impact on cancer outcomes. Their relentless efforts are focused on improving prevention strategies, enhancing early detection methods, and developing effective treatments, with the ultimate aim of saving lives and improving the well-being of those affected by cancer.


  • Flexible Working

    We encourage a flexible working culture, including options such as home-working, reduced or flexi-hours, job shares, job-splits, compressed and core hours. We offer a high level of flexibility for the vast majority of our office-based roles, meaning that you’ll only be required to work from a specific location for 1 or 2 days a week on average.

  • Income Protection and Life Assurance

    We provide all staff with free insurance policies, paying 50% of your salary if you are unable to work through illness, and up to 4 times your salary for your beneficiaries should the unthinkable happen and you die while in our employment.

  • Pension

    Our Retirement Plan is worth up to 12% of salary and offers all employees a flexible way to build a pension fund, no matter which stage of your career you’re at. You’ll be given choice, control, financial benefits and valuable protection benefits. It is a defined contribution plan, which means contributions paid into the plan by you and by Cancer Research UK are invested in the funds you choose—you can have as little or as much control over this as you want.

  • Payroll giving

    We offer all employees a way to support any charity of their choice tax-free through their salary. Payroll Giving is a very effective way of supporting causes close to your heart: A £10 monthly donation will only cost you £8 as a standard tax-rate payer and even less, £6 if you are higher tax-rate payer.

  • Annual Leave

    For the majority of our roles we offer 25 days holiday a year plus bank holidays, and an extra day for Christmas Eve. You can choose to use the religious bank holidays flexibly.