A national charity is seeking a Head of Legal to be the legal expert for the Organisation and be responsible for providing comprehensive, strategic and sound legal advice and guidance in order to minimise and mitigate any risk to the organisation and its Board.
Location of the role is flexible but you must be able to commute into Wakefield when required.
- Responsibility for contracts management
- Partner with the Procurement team on new and existing supplier contracts and agreements, ensuring a robust process for the review of ‘local’ contracts
- Liaise with external counsel on legal/complaints actions and other legal issues as required and review their performance annually.
- Work with key stakeholders (e.g. Business Development team; Property team) to coordinate all property legal work, including property sales, purchases and property leases
- Keep abreast of the Constitutional, Legal and Regulatory Framework within which the Organisation operate
- Dealing with commercial and residential leases including grants, assignments, surrenders, renewals and extensions
- Advise the Board, the CEO and the Senior Leadership Team on all statutory and constitutional requirements
- Attend Board and Committee meetings as necessary and establish a good working relationship with the Organisation’s non-executive directors
- Contribute to meeting discussions as and when required and advise stakeholders on the implications of proposed policies.
- Maintaining and updating the statutory records, ensuring the timely filing of annual returns, financial statements and statutory returns.
- File all necessary forms and documents at Companies House, as required by the Companies Act 2006 and complete any necessary filing with the Charity Commission.
- Partner with relevant stakeholders (internal e.g. service managers, finance etc. and external e.g. funders) to ensure timely investigation and resolution of all enquiries
- Operate at a senior level, with little direction, which will require intelligent decision-making and building strong relationships with key senior stakeholders
To be suitable for this role you must be/have:
- Qualified Solicitor or Barrister with minimum of 5 years post qualification experience
- Proven experience in a similar role – minimum 6 years
- Solid understanding and experience of legislation, governance requirements and best practice, ideally within a Health & Social Care setting alongside the compliance needs of a charity. Demonstrated career record of being accountable for regulatory, governance and legal activities and reporting associated to role.
- Experience of presenting and providing full details of key options to stakeholders to enable them to make sound legal and financial decisions.
- Experience of a high standard of business writing with proven experience of documenting complex and confidential commercial meetings and proposals.
- Strong commercial acumen with good business skills, able to review and identify opportunities
- Experience of acquisitions, disposals, mergers, joint ventures
- Management of contracts and insurances
- Financial awareness with an understanding of the principles of managing financial assets
- Excellent IT skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint