Legal Advisor - Associate/Senior Associate

UK-Edinburgh or London
Salary Details
Job Type
Part-Time/Full-Time - Permanent
Job Level
Associate/Senior Associate
Contract Duration
Part-Time/Full Time - Permanent
Closing Date

About the Job

Ofcom is the converged regulator for the UK’s communications industries with responsibilities across television, radio, telecoms, radio spectrum management and post, and a key role to play in meeting the growing challenges of the UK communciations sector. Ofcom is a highly regarded organisation with a warm culture, strong values and a great working environment.


We are seeking applications to join a professional, cohesive and fun legal team of approximately 40 qualified lawyers with diverse experience and expertise. The legal team is central to Ofcom’s work, playing a critical role in the creation and implementation of communications regulatory policy, as well as advising on enforcement and investigations, and conducting litigation before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the High Court and appeal courts.

What you will be doing

The role is exciting and wide-ranging, covering the full spectrum of Ofcom’s work and requiring you to take on diverse projects, including conducting litigation. You will work on complex and high profile matters which are often the subject of political and public interest and debate, and which have the potential to raise new and significant points of law.


You will work in collaborative, multi-disciplinary project teams including policy advisors, economists, accountants and engineers. Depending on the nature of individual projects, you will sometimes work as part of a team of lawyers, and sometimes more independently (with support from a legal peer reviewer and/or senior legal colleagues). You will also attend meetings with government departments, industry stakeholders and other regulators.


You will be expected to work hard and in an agile manner, and to meet challenging deadlines when necessary, but encouraged to maintain a sense of perspective and a healthy work/life balance.


Recent examples of matters that members of the legal team have advised on include the regulation of the BBC, universal broadband, the reform of BT Openreach, auctioning new spectrum for 5G mobile services, the imposition of dark fibre to promote competition in high speed business services, the impact of Brexit on the communications sector, and the Fox/Sky Merger.

Essential Skills / Experience

  • Qualified lawyer (solicitor, barrister or equivalent);
  • Excellent communications skills, enabling you to present your analysis clearly in written papers, and to contribute confidently to team meetings and presentations to senior colleagues;
  • Strong analytical skills, with an ability to interpret and advise on the law but also to think strategically and creatively to solve problems and to identify and manage legal risks;
  • A willingness to expand your expertise, including advising on areas of the law that are new to you, and learning about new industry sectors and technologies;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills together with the ability to work collaboratively in multi disciplinary teams;
  • Effective time management, juggling and prioritising your work across a range of matters;
  • An interest in regulation of the communications sector to deliver good outcomes for consumers and businesses.

Desirable Skills / Experience

  • Experience advising on areas of law directly relevant to Ofcom’s work, either in private practice, in-house or in the public sector;
  • An interest in and basic appreciation of economics;
  • Litigation experience;
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams.

Please note that Ofcom will offer roles dependent on the nature of a candidate’s experience as a whole, so candidates are not required to specify whether they are applying for an associate or senior associate role.  

Further Information

Ofcom offers competitive salaries plus pensions and flexible benefits package.


If you are interested in the role, we invite you to submit a CV and short covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role and why you are suited to working for Ofcom. Please provide any other information you think we should have (for example, if you want to work part time).                                  


Ofcom is an equal opportunities employer and committed to equality of opportunity for all. As a disability confident employer, all disabled candidates who meet all the essential criteria of a job description will be guaranteed an interview. If you have a disability or special need and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process please do so by contacting Recruitment@ofcom.org.uk or calling us on 020 7783 4050.


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