Legal Counsel


Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
Permanent/Full Time
Contract Details:
Rate of pay negotiable
Working Hours:
35 hours per week
Closing Date:
Job Category:
Legal and Compliance
Business Area / Division:
Resources - Legal
Business Unit:
United Kingdom

Job Introduction

The Institute’s Legal team is seeking to recruit a legal counsel to provide day-to-day legal support and advice to colleagues working in multiple jurisdictions around the world.

Our Legal team is part of Institute Resources, the central team that supports and helps pave the way for the Institute to deliver its mission.  Institute Resources is comprised of Legal, Finance, IT, Ops & Security and the People Team.

We develop policies and processes that drive our working practices, mirror our values, and that are aligned with our strategic objectives.  We ensure that our organisational capabilities equip us to meet current and future challenges.

The successful candidate will be a skilled attorney who is equipped to work independently across a wide variety of legal areas both within the U.K. and internationally. The candidate will be able to provide practical, risk-based and well-informed legal advice, collaboratively supporting project teams and Institute Resources colleagues.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide timely, responsive and practical approach to the delivery of legal advice to the Institute’s teams;
  • Advise on and support legal aspects of the formation, structuring and operationalisation of the Institute’s foreign branches and subsidiaries;
  • Lead and manage ongoing corporate compliance responsibilities across the Tony Blair Institute group of companies and subsidiaries;
  • Provide advice and support related to right to work, immigration and visa matters in the U.K. and abroad;
  • Maintain the Institute’s U.K. visa sponsorship licence and make necessary filings, ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations;
  • Draft, review, and negotiate various contracts with donors, counterparties, and key partners;
  • Draft, develop and review Institute policies, particularly those related to legal and regulatory risk and help monitor compliance with said policies;
  • Support the design and delivery of key training to the Institute;
  • Support the Institute’s due diligence process, reviewing (or where necessary, conducting) counterparty due diligence, escalating any concerns discovered;
  • Review and update legal templates;
  • Build good internal and external relationships to support effective delivery;
  • Manage external counsel and professional advisors;
  • Identify areas of cross department/project collaboration as well as areas of process where internal processes can be improved;  
  • Support junior members of the Legal team in their development;
  • Assist the Legal and wider Institute Resources team with ad hoc tasks and projects that may be required from time-to-time; and
  • Work with the Institute Resources function as a stakeholder in the excellent delivery of business support services to the organisation.

Person Specification

  • Qualified solicitor admitted in England and Wales with a current practicing certificate;
  • 3+ years of post-qualification experience either at a reputable law firm and/or in-house legal team;
  • Experience with and sound understanding of commercial and corporate law;
  • Some experience with international law and international organisations beneficial;
  • Excellent drafting skills with the ability to work on a variety of legal documents;
  • Ability to recognise legal and regulatory risks and implement risk management strategies;
  • Strong understanding of current legislation, regulations, and legal frameworks;
  • English fluency; additional languages a plus;
  • Willingness to facilitate the legal training and qualification of junior team members; and
  • Capability to evaluate and improve internal practices and procedures.

About The Institute

The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is a mission-driven not for profit organisation. We exist to equip political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies. We work hard, every day, to make a difference. When governments work well they are able to create economic and social change in a way that promotes fairness, social justice and opportunity. We work relentlessly to support leader and governments with the challenges they face. Giving them practical solutions and actionable insights, that once implemented, can be transformative for their people  

We do this within two connected divisions: 

 Government Advisory 

Our Advisory Practice works directly with political leaders and governments around the world to implement reforms that improve the lives of their citizens. It has both non-profit partners and a client base and its outputs cover a range of disciplines and projects across countries in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Asia. We are currently in a rapid expansion phase from c. 18 countries at present, to 30 by December 2022.

 Policy Futures 

Our Policy Futures work encompasses three broad areas: 

  • Renewing the Centre: developing a bold and innovative domestic policy programme to help renew the centre ground of British politics; 
  • Tech and Public Policy: exploring the policy challenges and opportunities presented by the technological revolution; and 
  • Extremism Policy Unit: creating solutions designed to tackle the threat of extremist ideologies in the UK and around the world. 

As an organisation, the core beliefs we all embrace are: 

  • Open and Progressive: you’ll believe in the value of teamwork 
  • Bold and Pragmatic: you’ll approach everything you do with integrity and authenticity 
  • Optimistic Changemaker: you’ll be focused on results 

TBI believes embracing diversity and inclusion make us a better place to work.  It’s our goal to reflect everyone in society and we actively welcome applications from individuals and groups who are under-represented in the workplace. We celebrate difference be it ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. We will only ever assess you on your abilities and fit for a role. We’re happy to discuss any adjustments you need to ensure a level playing field during recruitment and, if you\'re successful, discuss any adjustments you might need to thrive in your role.