Legal Officer

Application Closing Date
3rd October 2020 23:59 BST

Contract: Permanent

Working hours: Full time

Salary: £36,000

Other: 26 days annual leave, generous workplace pension, we can offer a modest relocation fund


The Legal Officer will work across PI on advocacy, policy, research, and public engagement initiatives in order to formulate new and creative ways to demand change and achieve PI’s policy and advocacy goals and, as relevant, the goals of our International Network of partner organisations. This will include bringing cases against governments and companies, advocating before regulatory bodies, intervening in actions in domestic and regional courts, and using other legal tools to assist with PI’s advocacy and research.

The Legal Officer will:

  • understand and work within a variety of local, national and international jurisdictions, including those governed by common law or civil law
  • assist in assessing legal risks faced by PI, and leading any necessary compliance initiatives
  • devise, implement and manage legal advocacy designed to achieve PI’s policy and advocacy objectives.

About our work: We are a London-based charity working on a multi-year strategic plan that includes interventions designed to defend against government assaults on civic engagement; prevent data exploitation during the election cycle; protect our identities, security, and social, cultural and political rights from vulnerabilities created by the deployment of new technologies; and restrain government and corporate exploitation of data more broadly.

About you: You are curious about the state and direction of the world. You understand that technologies play many roles in bolstering power and shaping the future. You are an advocate who wants to fight for change and ensure your voice is both credible and heard by key audiences, including the public. You want to shape an organisation that is always growing and learning and contribute to its strengthening. You want to work across a variety of projects and utilise different skills-sets. You are keen to learn new multidisciplinary ways of achieving change.

About PI: Everyone at PI works to build a good and resilient organisation, where we are always looking to learn and grow. We lead by example to make the most of our opportunities to shape the future. We work with others, including our network of partners across the world, to understand, engage and build a movement. We use creative approaches to deliver our work and share what we learn.




  • Law degree, in any jurisdiction.
  • Experience working with legal issues related to data and privacy, including data protection, or the legal concerns raised by techniques such as automated decision-making and profiling.
  • Experience assessing and mitigating legal risks faced by organisations.
  • Experience drafting and editing contracts and other legal instruments.
  • Experience in NGOs/human rights organisations, law firms or in-house, working on litigation or legal action initiatives.
  • Experience of taking creative approaches to novel legal challenges.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with international human rights standards and/or national rights frameworks.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the highest level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with and manage relationships with counsel, partner organisations and coalitions.
  • Ability to manage projects and campaigns, work in teams, and incorporate lessons into future planning.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that can be applied to communicating and engaging with colleagues and external audiences from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Proactive and self-motivated, capable of working unsupervised and taking responsibility for managing relationships with key partners, stakeholders and policymakers.



  • Advanced university qualification preferred (Masters, JD or equivalent).
  • Experience of strategically engaging with diverse communities across cultures.
  • Admitted to practice, in any jurisdiction.


  • Ability to speak publicly, including with the media and at conferences and stakeholder meetings.
  • Proven track record of communicating complex issues to diverse audiences.
  • Fluency in a language other than English.
  • Willing and able to travel internationally.


To apply, please send:

  1. 1. a CV (not more than two pages)
  2. 2. a covering letter (not more than two pages)

The closing date for applications is 03 October 2020, 23:59 BST.

Please send the requested material in one email to Please include the title of the post you are applying for in the subject of the email.

Only complete applications will be considered.

The candidates who we choose to interview will be contacted by the end of the day on 07 October 2020. Interviews will take place via video conference on 12th and 13th October 2020 – please reserve these days for a possible interview.

We may conduct a second round of interviews, which will be decided only after the first round of interviews takes place. If necessary, the second round of interviews would be held during the week commencing 19 October 2020.