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Blue Legal Co-Ordinator

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BLUE LEGAL UNIT

BLUE is seeking a legal professional to help influence human interaction with our seas and oceans.

You will have a passion for the ocean and an awareness of the opportunities to create change.

This is an incredible chance to join a highly impactful charity at the cutting edge of marine conservation.

Salary:  Competitive based on knowledge and experience.

Hours & contract information:

Hours:  40 per week, Monday to Friday.

Location: Flexible but preferably based within easy reach of London and/or Bristol. There will be some requirement to travel around the UK and abroad, when restrictions are lifted.

Holidays: 5 weeks leave per annum plus bank/public holidays and time off at Christmas

Reporting to: Chief Legal Affairs Adviser / Projects Director

Please send your CV and a letter explaining your skills and suitability for the role to:

Anna Gage: anna@edelweisshr.co.uk

If you would like to know more or have any questions, then we’d be happy to help.

The application deadline: 11 November 2020

Interviews: 25 November 2020

All Blue Marine Foundation’s London office-based employees are currently working remotely, and we would expect to continue to offer flexibility as restrictions are lifted.

We are committed to an inclusive workplace, where there is equality of opportunity. We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Role & responsibilities

  • Undertaking non-reserved legal work in the following areas:
    • Legal research into UK, EU and international law;
    • Briefing on the findings of legal research;
    • Assisting with queries relating to marine conservation, fisheries and other law and directing queries to appropriate authorities;
    • Assisting with instructions to external lawyers in the event they need to be instructed;
    • Actively participating in and contribute to working groups with partner organisations and coalitions.
    • Assisting with regular reporting to BLUE, funders, the public and others on relevant issues.
    • Supporting the development of funding proposals for government, trusts and foundations as well as private donors.
    • Attending and speaking at relevant national and international marine conservation workshops, meetings and conferences when required.
    • Representing BLUE when required at meetings, events and other engagement opportunities.
    • Building strong working relationships with legal professionals, government bodies, academia, industry and the public.

This list is not exhaustive, and the selected candidate will be required to undertake other relevant tasks.

Skills required

  • Qualified legal profession (solicitor or barrister) or exceptionally LLM with relevant work experience.
  • Self-motivated and able to work using own initiative.
  • Able to work under pressure, prioritise tasks and meet key deadlines.
  • Able to multi-task and work across multiple documents and platforms.
  • An excellent communicator (written and verbal), with an ability to build relationships.
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail, together with the ability to work as part of a team.
  • A command of relevant software, such as MS Office.

Experience required

  • Previous experience working in a firm of solicitors, barristers chambers, public sector or third sector.
  • Legal work, which can be related to the marine sector / marine conservation. This can be interpreted broadly to cover (for instance) property law, shipping law, the public law or commercial litigation. BLUE will assist with relevant training since the scope of the work is very broad.
  • Experience of engaging and managing relationships with stakeholders.
  • Some experience of personal engagement with the marine environment.