Solicitor (In-house)

35 hours per week
Starting salary 43,000
Applications by 30 January 2022

Solicitor (In-house) x2 roles

Salary Circa £43,000 per annum

35 hours per week (hybrid working)

Legal Affairs Team, Stoneleigh Warwickshire



About you


Are you a bright, independent and decisive individual who enjoys juggling a variety of assignments, with the ability to deliver to tight deadlines? 


Do you have the resilience and maturity to stand behind your technical expertise and provide confident and pragmatic legal opinions, whilst forming and maintaining strong and effective working relationships?


You should possess a strong academic record (including at least 3 A Levels at a A/B grade), hold a law or non-law degree (2:1 or above), and CPE/GDL qualification, and will be qualified as a Solicitor or Barrister. You will have experience in providing legal advice on one or more of the following areas: animals / animal health, company, employment, environment, regulatory, property, litigation / ADR, contracts, tort, competition, administrative / public, EU, CAP schemes, insolvency, rights of way and commons.  


You will be fully computer literate, with the ability to adopt a self-sufficient approach to providing written or verbal advice.


You will have, or be keen to develop, an interest in farming issues and the agricultural industry.


About the role


The role will require you to provide in-house legal advice on all aspects of the NFU’s lobbying and policy work as a trade association. A trusted source of high-quality in-house advice and support, you will be keen to take on new areas of law and to expand the breadth of your knowledge and experience across a wide range of legal areas. You will enjoy the ability to influence outcomes and will be rewarded by seeing the contribution you have made to changes in the industry.   


Free from time recording and billing targets, you will have the discretion and autonomy to work on the issues of the day, responding quickly and adeptly to emerging priorities. Supported by the Chief Legal Adviser, you will welcome the responsibility to handle a diverse and complex workload.


This is a great opportunity to start or further your in-house career, providing you with a wide range of legal experience.  


Who are we?


The National Farmers’ Union is the voice of British farming, and our members are at the heart of what we do. On their behalf we lobby government and other stakeholders, develop policy and provide a range of frontline services. 


We are proud to make a difference. Working for the NFU means working alongside great people who are committed to their work and recognised for their knowledge and expertise. Please see our careers page for more information.


Why join our team?


You will become part of our friendly, dedicated working environment and work with a highly motivated team, recognised for their knowledge and expertise and passion about food and farming.  In addition to this we also offer, 25 days annual leave (plus, statutory bank holidays), increasing with length of service, and an attractive contributory, stakeholder pension scheme. 


At the NFU, we embrace the unique worth of everyone from all backgrounds, identities and circumstance. As a Professional, Resourceful, United and Inclusive organisation, we strive to celebrate all individuals.  We are committed to creating a sense of belonging, educating and developing an inclusive community, and welcoming the value of diversity.


Successful candidates will need their own reliable transport, as public transport is not frequently available to the beautiful work setting of Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.  


We are currently piloting a ‘hybrid working’ scheme that gives colleagues the choice of working from home for up to 3 days a week, with other working days being from the office in Stoneleigh Park.


We recognise that some applicants may wish to work flexibly, and we welcome discussions regarding this.  Please discuss this with us as part of the recruitment process.  


We encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible and not to wait until the published closing date. We reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.



Closing date:             30th January 2022

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