WELLCOME TRUST: Senior Legal Counsel – IP and Translation

The Legal (IP and Translation) team is currently looking to recruit a Senior legal counsel. This team provides legal advice to help achieve maximum patient impact from translational research funding and from the creation, identification, protection and commercialisation of Wellcome-funded intellectual property wherever it arises.

They also manage Wellcome’s approach to intellectual property to ensure staff use IP assets (such as copyrights and trademarks) appropriately and to help our awardees comply with our IP related policies and grant conditions.

Finally, this team includes a small cohort of paralegals that support the Commercial and IP & Translation sub-teams to efficiently manage high volumes of legal work arising from several parts of Wellcome including the Health Challenge Areas.

You will:

  • Advise on complex legal issues that arise in the course of Wellcome’s activities, incorporating an in-depth understanding of those activities, business issues & priorities.
  • Work closely with the Associate General Counsel (IP & Translation) to identify and lead delivery of improvements to the way in which the IP & Translation team operates and to the way in which Wellcome approaches IP and supports translational research.
  • Provide support to execute transactions in an effective way. This will include being able to draft, review and negotiate legal documents, adapt existing skills into new areas of legal work, advise on legal issues in the context of the relevant team’s risk/benefit profile and assist with project management. Examples of relevant translational work include drafting and negotiation of award letters (adapted to address translational issues) and more complex & bespoke funding agreements, convertible loans and equity and revenue sharing arrangements. Also, reviewing corporate documentation and monitoring project progress, drafting and negotiation of material transfer agreements between institutions / research organisations, and the assessment of substantial research collaboration agreements between multiple (often international) parties.
  • Horizon-scan the policy and legal landscape and provide strategic counsel to the IP & Translation Team on emerging legislative developments and market trends. Act as the Legal Team’s expert in particular fields, and openly share knowledge with the IP & Translation team and the wider Legal Team and take a hands-on role in working/coaching and transferring knowledge and expertise to more junior colleagues in the team.
  • Close partnership with a broad range of other internal and external contacts. Internal contacts include with the Commercial legal team, Tax, Finance, and Risk, to take a holistic view of translational and IP related activities that aims to ensure they meet commercial needs, avoid tax and accounting complications, limit financial and charity law risks and are not overly complex to operate. External contacts include external lawyers to ensure that Wellcome obtains high quality, value-for-money external advice when appropriate, properly tailored to its policies, legal status and situation, and other sector, industry and professional groups.
  • Actively participate in Legal Team meetings and projects, and maintain good communication and relationships with the Legal team generally.

Skills and Experience:

  • Qualified as a UK solicitor or barrister
  • Significant Post qualification experience
  • Commercial IP and corporate law exposure
  • Experience of applying legal expertise to a range of business and legal problems.
  • Experience of drafting and negotiating IP related agreements.
  • Knowledge of the bioscience ecosystem and the role of IP and translation within it.
  • Experience or exposure to charity law and other jurisdictions, particularly Europe, India or US is desired.
  • Exposure to tax law, especially VAT is desired.
  • Ability to apply highly technical areas of law in support of Wellcome’s research funding goals and to give non-lawyers and more junior legal team members good practical advice on complex issues.
  • Well organised and a structured approach to work.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent communicator of both the written and spoken word and in particular with non-lawyers.
  • Computer literacy and usage.
  • Ability to assimilate large amounts of information quickly.
  • Ability to delegate work to more junior colleagues and legal trainees.
  • Ability to supervise and oversee the legal work of more junior colleagues and legal trainees and to provide constructive advice to work on their development.

​If you are interested in the role, please make sure when submitting your application, you attach your CV and complete the questionnaire form

Salary: £79,000

Contract Type: Permanent

Advert closing date: Sunday, 10th of October 2021

Diversity and Inclusion is a priority at Wellcome. We are committed to cultivating a fair and healthy environment, where everyone can be themselves and thrive. We are happy to discuss flexible working options for all roles. We work to ensure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for

Leave a Comment