ABOUT FUTURELEARNFutureLearn is a leading social learning platform formed in December 2012 by The Open University and is now jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group. FutureLearn has over 10 million people signed up worldwide. FutureLearn uses design, technology and partnerships to create enjoyable, credible and flexible short online courses, microcredentials, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that improve working lives. It partners with over a quarter of the world’s top universities, as well as organisations such as Accenture, the British Council, CIPD, Raspberry Pi and Health Education England (HEE). It’s also involved in government-backed initiatives to address skills gaps such as The Institute of Coding and the National Centre for Computing Education.

ABOUT THE ROLEWe have an exciting opportunity for a lawyer to join a dynamic legal team in an exciting business and industry. The right candidate will have a desire to have a real impact by supporting the business with a wide range of legal and compliance issues on its path to growth and transform access to education. We are a culturally diverse team that consists of a Contracts Manager, a Legal Counsel and a Head of Legal. Although we take our role seriously it is equally important to us that we are able to have fun together and with the wider business.

The Legal Counsel will:

Legal Advice

Advise the business on a range of legal queries, in areas such as IT, Consumer law, IP etc. Review and negotiate a range of legal documentation, including Customer contracts and supplier contracts independently.

Risk Management

Identify risk from a commercial and/or legal perspective and assist with finding creative solutions. Manage IP portfolio and disputes

Operational Management

Work with the wider legal team and business to establish and maintain good processes and relationships that enables the legal team to work closely with and be responsive to the business.

Thought Leadership

Stay on top of current legal issues and developments and share relevant pieces with the wider team Take the lead on related training for legal team and wider business Actively contribute to strategy of the legal and compliance team


Advise on GDPR and assist the DPO with data protection issues. Identify and lead on other key compliance areas such as competition, employment, country risks and assist the company to better manage them. Review, draft and amend various policies from time to time


Strong academics - undergraduate with 2:1 or above required Qualified Solicitor (Must have at least 2 years experience, this is essential) Good contract drafting skills and technical ability Must have experience working on technology and commercial contracts, preferably with an international company Experienced in advising on data protection issues Ideally some experience in corporate, IP, litigation, and employment law Strong ability to communicate effectively and balance and prioritise a large workload in a fast-paced environment Excellent communication skills Excellent working knowledge of contract law and concepts, and policies and procedures related to contract management, as well as knowledge of project management principles Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are required to develop creative solutions to complex business relationships An interest in the transformation of online learning delivery and higher and further education institutions Additional language abilities desirable


28 days holiday (plus 8 days public holiday) Buy & sell up to 5 days holiday Charity day (volunteer for a charity of your choice Cycle to work scheme Season Ticket loan Flexible working environment/hours Pension (4% employer / employee contribution) Great coffee, teas & fruit and daily breakfast Complimentary breakfast Perkbox

APPICATIONSTo apply, please send us your CV and a one page cover letter, stating your salary expectations.

RECRUITMENT PROCESSPlease contact if you require any reasonable adjustments or alterations to be made, to support you through the recruitment process.

Please submit a CV and cover letter explaining why you would like to work for FutureLearn and how your skills and experience meet the requirements outlined above. Please also include information on your current remuneration package.

DIVERSITY STATEMENTWe value diversity at FutureLearn, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, neurodiversity, marital or disability status.

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