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Title:  Legal Counsel - Commercial


Worcester, West Midlands, GB, WR1 3ZQ

Department:  Governance and Legal Services
Operation:  Sanctuary Group
Requisition Number:  169022

Sanctuary is one of the UK’s leading providers of housing, care and community services. With around 13,000 employees, we maintain a culture where diversity is valued and talent is nurtured and rewarded.


Legal Counsel – Commercial


49,126 - £51,711 per year


Worcester based with a balance of home and office working


35 hours per week



Reporting into the Head of Legal Services, this role provides an great opportunity for an experienced commercial solicitor to grow and develop with the in-house legal team.  The successful candidate will be accountable for providing high quality legal advice and support to Sanctuary Housing Association, its subsidiaries, and operations in relation to commercial law, contracts, data protection matters, regulatory requirements and compliance.


The role of Legal Counsel - Commercial will include

  • Leading and supervising the commercial teams’ legal work, ensuring that statutory deadlines and internal targets consistently are met (including trainee solicitors)
  • Managing a varied caseload of legal work that includes reviewing, drafting, and negotiating stand-alone contracts, framework agreements, standard terms and conditions, non-disclosure agreements, and data sharing agreements.
  • Being the first port of call for commercial updates and advice on regulatory and compliance matters (e.g. FCA, GDPR, data protection, Public Procurement Bill), responsible for intellectual property and trademark registrations/maintenance
  • On occasions there may be involvement in business acquisitions, disposals and restructures
  • Providing accurate and relevant advice to stakeholders on a wide range of legal topics relating to the business of the Group and its sectors.
  • Communicating with and managing third party bodies and assisting with the management of the Group’s external legal providers
  • Ensuring that legal services are delivered in a timely and cost-effective manner
  • Managing and mitigating legal risks by collaboratively designing, implementing and maintaining legal policies
  • Promoting legal, compliance and risk management best practice throughout the Group
  • Designing and delivering legal training to the legal services team and the wider business
  • Staying up to date with changes to legislation, particularly in relation to statute, case law, rules and regulations affecting the social housing and development sector


Skills and experiences

  • A qualified solicitor with proven post qualifying experience (ideally from within a relevant sector)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of commercial contracts, data protection law, and the public contract regulations
  • An experienced in providing appropriate, pragmatic, commercial and easily digestible legal advice to everyone from the directorate and senior managers to operational staff on the ground
  • Knowledge of EU procurement law would be advantageous
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships and influence stakeholders both internally and externally


Ready to join us?

As part of our commitment to making Sanctuary a great place to work, where your wellbeing is of genuine importance, we have developed an attractive employment package. The package recognises your contribution, supports your physical, mental and financial health and gives you the flexibility to tailor your employee benefits by offering:

  • 25 days annual leave (rising to a maximum of 30 days) plus public holidays
  • A pension scheme with matching employer contributions from Sanctuary up to set limits
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee Advice Service including counselling
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Voluntary health plans  
  • Employee discounts
  • Wellbeing support and tools
  • Employee recognition scheme
  • £49,126 per annum (rising to £51,711 per annum after 12 month, subject to satisfactory performance)


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Closing Date: 10 July 2022


We reserve the right depending on application numbers to close or extend the closing dates for positions; we would therefore recommend an early application.


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Building Equality and Diversity

Sanctuary Group encourages and welcomes applications from people from diverse backgrounds to support our commitment to offering an inclusive environment for our employees and customers. 
We work closely with the Home Office in order to prevent unlawful working.
Sanctuary Group is a trading name of Sanctuary Housing Association, an exempt charity.