Head of Legal Services

£67,067 per annum
14 May 2021
27 May 2021
Head of services
Full Time
Organisation Type
Housing association / RP

Worcester with an anticipated balance of home and office working

£67,067 per annum (rising to £70,597 per annum after 12 months, subject to satisfactory performance)

Sanctuary Group are recruiting for a Head of Legal Services to provide support to the Director for Governance and Legal Services which will include leading the Legal Services team to deliver accurate and high quality legal advice in relation to legal and regulatory requirements ranging from property and housing through to commercial and data protection.

This is a unique opportunity within our sector to lead a well-regarded team in the delivery of high quality technical and strategic legal advice and services across the key areas of housing, property, commercial and data protection to Sanctuary Housing Association and its subsidiaries and operations.  This is a varied role where no two days are the same and will offer you a great opportunity to test your problem solving and technical knowledge across a breadth of practice areas.

You will be responsible for managing your own caseload of legal work whilst supporting and contributing to the delivery of key strategic projects, so it is essential you have strong project management skills. In addition to this you will also manage the Group’s external legal providers to ensure the delivery of quality services in a timely manner which represents value for money. Finally, you will report into the Executive Committee, Director’s, and other key stakeholders with quality management information to support decision making and business planning.

We are seeking a Qualified Solicitor with significant PQE and experience of providing technical legal advice in a complex organisation at a senior level.   Ideally you will have some experience of working in the Social Housing or regulated industry sector, however we are open to applications from both private practice and in-house company Lawyers.

This is a highly visible role within our organisation where you will be advising the Executive Committee and Senior Management teams on complex legal matters, therefore first class interpersonal and communication skills and a high degree of professional ethics, integrity and gravitas are essential.   

You will be a strong people manager who can evidence leading a specialist legal function within a large, complex organisation.   Your direct reports will include 3 specialist Lawyers and a wider team of c. 20-30 so it is essential that you have experience of managing and mentoring staff of varying skill levels and abilities.  As part of this you will also provide the strategic direction of the team in order to foster an effective culture of professional development and training and a performance focused environment for staff to grow and develop.

Why work for us?

One of the UK’s leading providers of housing, care and commercial services, Sanctuary Group employs more than 13,000 people and manages over 100,000 units of accommodation throughout England and Scotland, including general rented, retirement living, supported housing, student and key worker accommodation and care homes. Sanctuary also provides a range of other services including maintenance, care and telecare, all of which are delivered by our dedicated employees who are completely committed to customer service. 

Ready to join us?

As part of our commitment to making Sanctuary a great place to work, we offer you access to a range of great employee benefits and the opportunity to develop and progress within your career. Benefits include:

  • A pension scheme, with matching employer contributions from Sanctuary up to set limits
  • 25 days leave (rising to a maximum of 30 days) plus public holidays
  • Life assurance
  • Health & well-being plans
  • Discounted products & services
  • Personal advice and counselling
  • Family-friendly arrangements
  • Tax efficient savings through our Cycle to Work scheme
  • Learning and development opportunities

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Closing Date: 27 May 2021

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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