Farringdon, Greater London
£42,650 - £51,750
Permanent, Part-time, Full-time
Job description

The job of a Save the Children's UK Regulatory Compliance Counsel is varied and fulfilling.


  • Are you looking for an in-house legal role where you can really make the difference?
  • Are you a qualified solicitor or barrister (or lawyer with equivalent overseas qualification)?
  • Do you have a good knowledge and experience in handling legal regulatory matters?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn't just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!


About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children's unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.


Job Purpose

The Regulatory Counsel will be responsible for providing pragmatic and proactive support and advice primarily focused on regulatory compliance, including regulatory investigations and reporting, and governance of regulatory matters to colleagues across Save the Children in the UK (SCUK). The role of Regulatory Counsel is new and will be matrix managed by the Head of Legal Compliance and the General Counsel.

The Regulatory Counsel will be an integral part of a Legal & Compliance team, which is responsible for providing advice, support and representation on legal, legal compliance and information security issues.

Key duties of this role will include working closely with the Head of Legal Compliance, the General Counsel, and the Board on engagement with regulators (particularly the Charity Commission), drafting and monitoring policies and procedures, managing regulatory incident reporting, overseeing management of the charity's regulatory and non-regulatory external compliance commitments, and advising on and carrying out any regulatory investigations.

The Regulatory Counsel will be joining the Legal and Compliance Team to support the organisation across a broad range of legal and regulatory issues, working with other departments in SCUK, such as fundraising, UK and international programming, and policy and advocacy, and with Save the Children International (the international programming arm of Save the Children) and other members of the Save the Children global movement.

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. The  Regulatory Compliance Counsel will also support our commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect.


Main Accountabilities

The Regulatory Counsel will be responsible for supporting the organisation across a broad range of legal and regulatory issues. Key duties include:


Advice and Engagement

  • Providing legal support and advice on regulatory and investigatory matters to teams across the organisation
  • Working closely with the General Counsel and Head of Legal Compliance (and where appropriate the Board) on regulatory and/or governance matters
  • Supporting on engagement with our main regulator, the Charity Commission



  • Providing dedicated support to the General Counsel and Head of Legal Compliance on regulatory and whistleblowing investigations, including providing legal support and advice to the investigation team, liaising with external legal counsel


Incident Reporting and Tracking

  • Managing regulatory reporting and incident tracking. Liaising with the internal SCUK teams responsible for managing the incidents as well as with relevant external stakeholders, including Save the Children International and other implementing partners


SCUK Policies

  • Developing, advising on, promoting, implementing, and maintaining policies, practices, and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, good corporate governance, and the effective management of legal risk



  • Promoting compliance with legal compliance requirements, such as anti-terrorism, sanctions, and anti-bribery compliance and in particular, mapping and track our regulatory and non-regulatory external compliance commitments


Contentious Matters

  • Supporting with litigation and disputes in the UK and internationally, including managing minor disputes and instructing external lawyers


Know-how and Precedents

  • Assisting as required with the creation, maintenance and implementation of standard legal documents, guidance notes and policies, and with development and delivery of training to staff on legal, regulatory or governance issues


External Counsel

  • Liaising with external counsel in the UK and overseas and assisting with the management of pro-bono relationships


Person Profile



  • Minimum of 4 years post-qualifying experience
  • Qualified Solicitor in England and Wales (or equivalent qualification overseas)
  • Broad experience gained in–house or in a pro-active private practice environment
  • Good knowledge of and experience in handling legal regulatory matters
  • Good IT skills including ability to use Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel etc.) and online resources effectively




  • Highly effective at using legal skills to provide strategic, creative and pragmatic advice
  • Well-developed negotiating skills and high ethical standards
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present complex issues clearly at all levels and with diverse audiences
  • Ability to build relationships and credibility quickly, including influencing at senior management level
  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgement when dealing with conflicting principles and dilemmas





  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment
  • A commitment to Save the Children UK's aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity



Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Please note - whilst this role is advertised as office based, Save The Children UK will remain a remote-working organisation until at least 30 June 2021.


We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBT+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds, as these are underrepresented at Save the Children UK.


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Refreshed on: 24 March 2021
Closed date: 03 April 2021
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