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Legal Counsel

British Museum


Posted over 30 days ago...

Join the prestigious British Museum as a Legal Counsel and play a pivotal role in upholding its legal framework.


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In-person- Bloomsbury United Kingdom

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The British Museum, an institution that preserves over two million years of human history, is inviting applications for a Legal Counsel role. The Museum, renowned for its vast collection including the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies, offers a stimulating environment where history and culture converge with contemporary legal challenges.

Role Summary:

  • Provide high-quality legal advice within the Museum.
  • Collaborate with a dedicated team handling a diverse range of legal matters.
  • Engage with external legal advisers and represent the Museum in various capacities.
  • Create and conduct in-house legal training programs.

Role Requirements:

  • Must be a qualified solicitor or barrister in England and Wales.
  • Possess substantial experience in relevant legal areas, such as commercial, contract, intellectual property, and charities law.
  • Adept at managing a varied workload and meeting strict deadlines.
  • Excellent at assessing commercial risks and clarifying complex legal issues.


  • Competitive benefits package with a generous annual leave allowance.
  • Membership in the civil service pension scheme.
  • Free access to museums and cultural exhibitions.
  • Opportunities for professional and personal development.
  • Discounts on food and gift shop purchases.

Application Details:

  • For more details, refer to the job description.
  • Communicate any special application needs to [email removed - click apply for more details].

The British Museum is seeking an experienced lawyer to join the Legal Services team as a Legal Counsel. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the implementation of the Museum’s Legal Strategy and deliver a sector-leading advisory function.

The Role: As a Legal Counsel, you will provide accurate, timely and effective advice to colleagues around the Museum. You will be part of a small and collegial team with a busy and varied workload. Your responsibilities will include providing high-quality in-house legal advice, working with external legal advisers as required, representing the Museum and communicating on its behalf with third parties and relevant stakeholders, and designing and providing in-house training courses as required.

Job Requirements: Applicants must be admitted as a practising solicitor or barrister in England and Wales and have relevant experience either in-house or in private practice. They should have sound knowledge and experience of relevant law and practice, including commercial, contract, intellectual property and charities law. They should be able to carry a varied and unpredictable workload, work to tight deadlines, assess commercial risks efficiently, and communicate complex legal matters in a clear, straightforward way.

About the British Museum: Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. The Museum is one of the leading visitor attractions and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.

Benefits: The Museum offers a competitive benefits package including generous annual leave allowance, membership of the civil service defined benefit pension scheme, free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions, participation in private and public Museum activities, interest-free travel, bicycle and rental deposit loans, professional and personal development opportunities, Employee Assistance Programme, and discounts on food and gift shop purchases.

Application Details: For more information about this role, please see the job description. If you have any additional needs that we should be aware of in order to support you with your application, please provide details to [email removed - click apply for more details]. The British Museum is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We value the benefits that a diverse workforce brings to a Museum which represents world culture.


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