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Open Rights Group is currently recruiting a:

Legal Director

£33,580 pa

Full time (although a part-time contract may be available to the right candidate)


Based at our offices in central London (currently Borough, SE1)

Closing date: extended to 12:00 Tuesday 22nd April 2014


We now seek an experienced legal professional with a strong commitment to human rights and digital rights, to lead our legal strategy, legal interventions, and legislative analysis.

The Legal Director will:

  • Lead ORG’s litigation strategy
  • Work with the ORG team to identify changes in legislation (including the drafting of amendments)
  • Contribute to ORG policy development from the legal perspective
  • Ensure ORG gets the most from its legal volunteers

Essential experience

The successful candidate will be:

  • A qualified lawyer (solicitor/barrister/legal executive) with 2 years+ PQE
  • Currently qualified to practice in England and Wales
  • Experienced in case management in civil litigation before the High Court and/or Court of Appeal (or in comparable courts)

A demonstrable knowledge of, or interest in either or both of the following broad areas of law is also essential:

  • Public law, judicial review, civil liberties, and human rights, and/or
  • Digital rights, information law, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, EU law, and technology law

Preferred experience

The ideal candidate will also have experience of:

  • Third party interventions at the High Court and Court of Appeal (including in respect of costs matters)
  • Working as part of a team in multi-party litigation
  • Instructing barristers and expert witnesses
  • Liaising with court offices (including filing and obtaining court papers)
  • Dealing with Ofcom and/or government departments
  • Experience of case management in criminal and regulatory litigation
  • Working for or with NGOs

A demonstrable knowledge of ECHR and/or public international law would also be welcome.

To apply, please download the Application Form and Equal Opportunities monitoring form.  Completed forms should be sent to (please put Legal Director Application in the subject line and rename the form to include your name), or posted to The Administration Manager, Open Rights Group, Langdale House, 11 Marshalsea Road, London SE1 1EN. Please note that CV's will not be considered.

Legal Director Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

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