Associate/Senior Associate - Education - Cambridge
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The roleWe have a vacancy for a solicitor (or barrister) to be based in our Cambridge office, working with partner Gary Attle (Head of Education & Governance), and other members of the Regulatory, Public Law and Commercial Disputes National Service Line ("NSL") across our six offices. The work primarily involves advising clients in the Education sector, including universities, further education colleges, academies and other educational bodies on a range of issues, including:legal issues in connection with students, such as safeguarding and immigration issues; equality and diversity issues (other than employment law obligations); drafting and advising on governance documents, policies and procedures; advising on the application of the freedom of information and data protection legislation; advising on existing and new legislation; conducting litigation (including judicial review and civil claims).
Reasons for applyingAs a market leader in higher education, we are at the forefront of developments in the law in the sector, being involved in test cases, applying new legislation to the Education sector, developing new governance and collaborative arrangements. The work is varied, interesting and intellectually stimulating.
Experience requiredYou will be at least 3+years PQE (solicitor or barrister) with experience in conducting litigation. Experience of working in the education sector and/or advising in the areas listed above is not essential but appropriate relevant or similar experience will be helpful.
Skills and attributes requiredYou will have good academics and have experience of conducting litigation. You will have excellent written English to be able to produce clear, logical drafting. Key skills include good IT skills, lateral thinking and problem solving skills, the ability to build and strengthen relationships with clients and potential clients. You will possess good research skills, including an ability to use online information sources, and have good negotiating skills. In addition, you will have effective time and matter paper management skills with a systematic approach to work. You will also possess excellent communication, interpersonal and team skills, including ability to work with others, influence and persuade, together with drive and commitment to see a job through
Desirable skillsExperience of public law and/or working with higher education or further education clients would be desirable, together with experience of Tier 4 of the immigration points based system, relating to students, marketing skills and advocacy,
Who would I be working with?You will be working with Gary Attle (Head of Education & Governance) as your supervising partner in the Cambridge office and will be part of the cross- office Regulatory Public and Commercial Disputes NSL headed up by partner, Jamie Wheatley.
Disclosure and barring service checkThis post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
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