233 - Junior Lawyer

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Posted: 13/11/2023 11:22
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £50,000 per annum plus generous benefits
Location: London
Level: Management
Deadline: 10/12/2023 23:59
Hours: 36.00
Benefits: £600 annual healthy lifestyle allowance, pension allowance and 30 days annual leave
Job Type: Permanent




JOB TITLE:                   Junior Lawyer


TEAM :                          Legal


REPORTS TO:               Senior Lawyer


GRADE:                        [4]


DIRECTOR:                   Director of Business Services






UK Sport is the nation's high-performance sports agency. We work with the government and our partners to drive the continued success of British sports, both at home and on the world stage. Our mission is to create the greatest decade of extraordinary sporting moment; reaching, inspiring and uniting the nation. We invest in and support the UK's best athletes and National Governing Bodies to maximize their potential and achieve sporting excellence.


The legal team at UK Sport has an important role across all departments and areas of UK Sport’s work towards achieving its strategic goals. It’s an exciting opportunity of a talented and passionate individual who wants to contribute to the success of British sport.


We are looking for a self-motivated individual to boost the work of our tight-knit legal team. As well as working in the core legal areas of grant awards and contracts, the role has particular focus leading in the areas of integrity and employment.







  • Advocate for cases brought before Independent Panels under the UK Sport Funding Eligibility Policy.
  • Leading the legal advice regarding UK Sport’s work in how sports handle issues such as integrity, grievance or selection.
  • Managing the legal aspect of UK Sport’s relationships with DCMS and other Government partners.
  • Leading the relationship between the legal and HR teams.
  • Drafting, reviewing, negotiating or advising in relation to various types of agreements and contracts such as grants, research, confidentiality, goods services and supply agreements, and other documents such as policies or other business documents.
  • Managing Company Secretarial duties.
  • Managing contracts administration including maintaining and updating database records.
  • Input to UK Sport’s data protection processes, engaging and upskilling other employees, and liaising with other teams such as IT.
  • Taking the lead on internal projects and team priorities.
  • Developing legal processes and establishing new ways of working for the team and the organisation.




  • Close working with legal team.
  • Excellent approachability and trustworthiness for all other internal teams across the organisation including HR, Integrity and Sport/Athlete Investment.
  • External contacts include DCMS; UKSI; Sport England; National Governing Bodies for sports; BOA; BPA; external legal advisors; Regulatory Bodies.




  • Occasional out of hours work and some travel throughout the UK may be required.
  • Normal working hours are 36 hours a week. You will be office based (at our London, Loughborough or Manchester offices) to provide the frontline legal service to the organisation, within the UK Sport Ways of Working Framework.


This job specification is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline of the areas of activity and will be amended in light of the changing needs of the organisation








Qualifications / Experience:


  • Lawyer qualified in England & Wales (solicitor or barrister).


Skills / Behaviours:


  • Ability to work autonomously, be proactive and show initiative.
  • Effective prioritisation and time management skills with the proven ability to take on a varied workload and work effectively under pressure.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and inter-personal skills.
  • Effective team-player.
  • Have a growth mindset to be flexible and have the ability/enthusiasm to take on new tasks.
  • Strong level of MS office skills.




  • Experience of working within an in-house or commercial legal team.
  • An understanding of the public sector, public law and freedom of information
  • A high degree of acumen in the UK’s sporting landscape






Clearly conveying information and ideas to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.

Contributes to Team Success

Actively participating as a member of a team to move the team toward the completion of goals, a willingness to take on projects and drive forward innovative ways of working.

Building Partnerships

Identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships between one’s own area and other areas, teams, departments, units or organisations to help achieve business goals.

Customer Focus

Making customers and their needs a primary focus of one’s actions; developing and sustaining productive customer relationships.  

Quality Orientation

Accomplishing tasks by considering all areas involved no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time.

Decision Making

Identifying and understanding issues, problems and opportunities; comparing data form different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts and probable consequences.

Continuous Improvement

Generating innovative solutions in work situations; trying different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities. Show a desire for self-improvement and take ownership of personal development.

Planning and Organising


Establishing courses of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently.

Initiating Action

Taking prompt action to accomplish objectives; taking action to achieve goals beyond what is required; being proactive.

Lives the Mission and Values


Knows and understands the mission and values; operates within the values on a daily basis; understands and can explain how their role contributes to the mission; gives input to discussion and feedback within the values. 










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