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Contract, Full-time
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Job description

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is recruiting a Head of Legal (Maternity Cover) for TrustLaw. It’s an excellent opportunity for an experienced lawyer with experience in pro bono.

About Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is a corporate foundation of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information services company. As an independent charity, registered in the UK and the USA, we work to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies, and promote human rights. Through news, media development, free legal assistance and convening initiatives, we combine our unique media and legal services to drive systemic change.


TrustLaw is the world’s leading pro bono legal service. The service and wider programme helps high-impact NGOs and social enterprises to grow, streamline their operations and navigate complex laws and regulations by connecting them with free legal assistance from the best law firms and corporate legal teams around the world. We also deliver ground-breaking legal research on key social and policy issues that our members use to support their advocacy and law reform efforts, and we deliver innovative capacity-building workshops for practical guidance on legal issues.

About the Role

The Head of Legal (Maternity Cover) is a member of TrustLaw’s senior management team and reports to the Director of TrustLaw. The successful candidate will lead a team of lawyers that works closely with NGO and social enterprise members to identify their legal needs and finds lawyers who offer pro bono legal assistance. The Head of Legal (Maternity Cover) will also oversee TrustLaw’s relationships with its law firm and in-house legal team members worldwide, identifies strategic opportunities and partnerships and oversees the development and publication of legal research and guides for the social sector.

As a Head of Legal (Maternity Cover) you will:

  • Implement TrustLaw’s 2021 strategy and support the team to deliver on their regional strategies.
  • Manage a multi-functional team of legal and programme managers and officers based around the world.
  • Oversee the team’s handling of pro bono requests from our global community of NGOs and social enterprises--from scoping to placing and managing pro bono projects and cross-border research.
  • Build and maintain relationships with our law firm and in-house legal team members globally.
  • Help devise strategies for implementing TrustLaw’s monitoring and evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) system.
  • Oversee global initiatives including the TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono and Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Training courses.
  • Support the development and stewardship of partnerships with donors and companies and special projects.
  • Represent the Foundation at major events and present TrustLaw to a variety of stakeholders.

The successful candidate is likely to be:

  • A qualified lawyer with at least 7+ years of work experience and experience in legal pro bono.
  • Experienced as a leader managing a team and with global working arrangements.    
  • Fluent in English, with excellent writing skills and public speaking experience. Other languages highly desirable.
  • Experienced or with demonstrated interest in media freedom, inclusive economies and/or human rights.
  • Experienced in working in or with the non-profit, philanthropic or social enterprise sectors; and
  • Willing to travel internationally and have the right to work in the UK.

This is a full-time, fixed-term role based in London and will involve some international travel (when safe to do so). Salary is commensurate with the social sector and level of experience. 

Applications will be reviewed as they come in, on a rolling basis.

Do you want to be part of a team helping re-invent the way knowledge professionals work? How about a team that works every day to create a more transparent, just and inclusive future? At Thomson Reuters, we’ve been doing just that for almost 160 years. Our industry-leading products and services include highly specialized information-enabled software and tools for legal, tax, accounting and compliance professionals combined with the world’s most global news services – Reuters. We help these professionals do their jobs better, creating more time for them to focus on the things that matter most: advising, advocating, negotiating, governing and informing.

We are powered by the talents of 25,000 employees across more than 75 countries, where everyone has a chance to contribute and grow professionally in flexible work environments that celebrate diversity and inclusion. At a time when objectivity, accuracy, fairness and transparency are under attack, we consider it our duty to pursue them. Sound exciting? Join us and help shape the industries that move society forward. 


As a global business, we rely on diversity of culture and thought to deliver on our goals. To ensure we can do that, we seek talented, qualified employees in all our operations around the world regardless of race, color, sex/gender, including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under applicable law. Thomson Reuters is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer providing a drug-free workplace.

We also make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and for sincerely held religious beliefs in accordance with applicable law.

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Refreshed on: 28 March 2021
Closing date: 27 April 2021
Job ref: JREQ141394
Tags: Senior Management, Legal

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