In House Solicitor

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: CFO

Working Hours: 37.5h a week

Contract: Fixed term, until mid-April 2018, 1 month notice

Holiday: 28 days per annum, plus statutory holidays, pro-rated.

Equal Opportunities: The Satellite Application Catapult strives to be an equal opportunities employer and commitment to this process will be expected.

About Us

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent technology and innovation company whose purpose is to promote, develop and facilitate the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. The company is a not for profit Research Organisation, with a commercial trading subsidiary. The organisation embraces an open and innovative culture, encouraging an ethos of knowledge exchange and sector engagement, and has quickly become a world class centre of facilities and expertise.

We’re one of 10 “Catapults” launched by Innovate UK. The aim for each of them is to become a world-leading innovation centre in its own specialist area.

Our Mission

To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites

Our Vision

To be a world-leading technology and innovation company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. By embracing a pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, we create valued partnerships to deliver game-changing results

Our Culture

The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun.

The Role

This is a role with direct impact on negotiating large scale contracts with important customers and their legal teams. The successful candidate will have the ability, confidence and resilience to work independently, deal with complex questions, and keep calm under pressure. You will also be a strong team player and able to form relationships across industry and with other in-house legal teams.

The successful candidate shall help to ensure that the Catapult is compliant with all laws and regulations and that any changes in domestic law or EU Directives and Regulations are identified in advance so that the Catapult can amend its policies and procedures in contemplation of changes. The successful candidate shall also the Catapult’s IP including overseeing identification, disclosure and dissemination.

The successful candidate will work alongside senior management and leadership in furthering the Catapult’s interests and to provide advice on contentious and non-contentious matters and take charge of the resolution of actual and potential disputes, conflicts and litigation.

The successful candidate shall help ensure that the Catapult is aware of all commercial risk prior to entering into it and where possible, mitigating it through its contractual arrangements.
The successful candidate will help ensure companywide compliance with regard to the Catapult’s policies on data protection, compliance, security, anti-bribery and IP.

About You

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Qualified and experienced solicitor or barrister in England and Wales with at least 2 years PQE or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in a commercial in-house environment.
  • Experience in advising senior management on all legal issues and risk.
  • Experience and ability to influence and persuade key stakeholders, shareholder representatives and senior counterparts.
  • Proven experience in negotiating, drafting and advising on complex commercial contracts without supervision.
  • Proven experience in building relationships both internally and externally.
  • Experience of both contentious and non-contentious legal issues, being able to deal with litigation both by supervision of external counsel and/or without external support (as appropriate).
  • Ability to manage external advisors including instructing counsel, where appropriate.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle difficult situations whilst always maintaining attention to detail.

Desired Experience:

  • Experience in property law, state aid and/or procurement.
  • Knowledge of the Space Industry sector.
  • Experience working with technology companies.
  • Experience of working within a non-commercial business model.


If you are up for the challenge and thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment, send your CV along with a covering letter to

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