Legal and Policy Manager

London (Central), London (Greater)
Circa £60,000 FTE
29 Sep 2017
29 Oct 2017
Contract Type

LEGAL & POLICY MANAGER (part time: 3-4 days per week)

London, EC4

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Legal and Policy Manager to join our team, based in the heart of Central London. Reporting to the Chief Executive, you will have sole responsibility for providing advice and support on all legal issues relating to copyright, and other relevant policy.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual with the relevant knowledge and experience to make a significant impact. You will be working closely with the CEO to guide and assist as necessary, as well as representing the organisation to a range of external partner associations.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Keeping the governance of PLS under review and aligned with all new regulation;
  • Reviewing and managing all contractual and legal issues, whether non-contentious or contentious, arising from time to time;
  • Instructing and working with external advisors in relation to governance and legal issues as agreed with the Chief Executive.
  • Keeping the Chief Executive informed of relevant policy developments and supporting the Chief Executive in representing PLS’ position, whether by attending and speaking at relevant industry or political meetings or by drafting written submissions.
  • Taking minutes of quarterly Board meetings.
  • Performing company secretarial duties;
  • Providing general support to the Chief Executive in all legal and policy affairs.

Personal Profile

We are looking for a motivated and confident legal professional (solicitor or barrister), ideally with experience in copyright law. You must be confident in your ability and position to advise both internal and external stakeholders accordingly, and able to establish strong and positive working relationships with such parties. You will be working predominantly in an independent capacity, and so a proactive and dynamic attitude to your work is essential. You must be comfortable working in a fast paced environment, capable under pressure, and able to manage and negotiate well between conflicting demands and interests.


The successful applicant:

  • Fully qualified lawyer (solicitor or barrister).
  • 4 years’ post qualification experience in commercial and/or IP law.

Essential Skills

  • A commercial approach to managing and resolving legal issues.
  • Ability to manage workload with competing priorities.
  • Ability to take on tasks and follow through to completion and to meet deadlines.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Pro-active self-starter.
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team.
  • Versatile, flexible and assertive.

Desirable Skills

  • An interest in learning about the publishing industry.
  • Knowledge of copyright.
  • Some knowledge of collective licensing.
  • Experience in public affairs.

Why Work For Us?

  • Salary circa £60,000 (FTE)
  • 23 days’ holiday per year, increasing on service
  • Pension Scheme
  • Healthcare
  • Holiday Purchase Scheme
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Cycle-to-Work Scheme
  • Life Assurance

About the Company

PLS was established and incorporated in 1981. The primary role of PLS is to manage collective licensing of copying from print and digital publications including books, journals, magazines and websites.  PLS is currently expanding its scope of activity to respond to publishers’ needs for more central administration of their rights and licensing, and recently launched a new suite of permissions clearance services

Our vision is to provide efficient and effective copyright and licensing solutions to support publishers in providing access to their content. PLS obtains authority to license from publisher rights owners in the form of “mandates” and distributes licensing revenue to publishers for copies made of their publications. PLS oversees the licensing of publishers’ copying rights through licensing bodies, principally the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), which it owns jointly with the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) representing authors, and which also represents photographers and visual artists. PLS also licenses a number of magazine titles through NLA media access (NLA). PLS distributed £33m to publishers in 2016/17.

The PLS Board is comprised of 12 publishers and officers from our member organisations - the Publishers Association, the Professional Publishers Association, the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, and the Independent Publishers Guild – the Independent Chair and the CEO.. The PLS Board nominates four directors to the CLA Board.

PLS is a small not for profit organisation with a team of fifteen permanent staff. We are based in Fetter Lane, Central London. We share offices with CLA, ALCS, and ERA.

How to apply

To apply please send your CV, and covering letter detailing your interest and suitability to the role, to Kate Whitehead, HR Officer:

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