PRS – Senior Lawyers (UK)

We have two exciting opportunities within our Legal team. Both Lead Counsel Commercial positions, one on a permanent bases and the other a 12-month fixed term contract. This role will be based at our Central London Hub based in London Bridge with some home working. The role will start working remotely with the opportunity to continue with some remote-working once we return to the office.

About Us

PRS for Music Limited is the UK’s leading collection society. We undertake collective rights management for musical works on behalf of over 150,000 members and we pay royalties to them when their work is performed, broadcast, streamed, downloaded, reproduced, played in public or used in film and TV. We support them by influencing policy, supporting, and hosting awards and events, and investing in new technology to ensure we are fit for the digital music age.

About the Role

We are looking for experienced lawyers to provide advice to PRS for Music and its group companies. Principal area of focus is the provision of advice to commercial business clients, specifically to all areas of licensing and tariff development.

  • Licence and licensing scheme/tariff legal and commercial terms relating to:
  • Broadcasting
  • On-demand services
  • Music services of all kinds
  • Physical products (CDs, DVDs etc)
  • Public Performance
  • Drafting of licences relating to the above
  • Disputes over licences, most notably advising on and dealing with references to the Copyright Tribunal.
  • Risk of discrimination or other competition law issues relating to licensing terms.

If capacity permits or there is a need to do so, this role will also involve assisting other lawyers with advice on some or all of the following:

  • Agreements with international societies and other music licensing bodies
  • Mandates from members, both composers and publishers
  • Data sharing and confidentiality
  • Developments in copyright law
  • Service agreements
About You

You will be a Qualified solicitor with relevant expertise in commercial contracts, gained in-house and/or in private practice, with experience ideally in licensing of intellectual property rights.

Must have:
  • Degree level qualification (2:1 (or above) LLB in Law or equivalent)
  • Strong Microsoft Office and other IT skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and liaising with colleagues and internal clients at all levels,
  • external professionals, members and the public.
  • Knowledge of the music industry is an advantage, as is management experience.
Person Profile
  • Ability to analyse and summarise the application of complex legal issues to PRS for Music and to communicate those issues effectively both inside and outside the organisation.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet critical internal and external deadlines.
  • Excellent written skills, presentation skills and attention to detail.
  • Understanding of the business and how to add value outside of the legal remit.
  • Understands the importance of a working culture based on values.
Why PRS?

We live by our values they are deeply ingrained in our company culture. We want to help you grow throughout your career, so we have plenty of development opportunities for you including work-shadowing, study-support, variety of courses and a bespoke online learning platform.

We are proud of the benefits which we offer to our employees. These include well-being activities throughout the year, flexible working, enhanced maternity leave, a generous annual leave entitlement and corporate discounts including gym membership & a cycle to work scheme.

We also have a number of perks including home working, regular live music events including virtual events, roof terraces on both sites, subsidised cafes, and a relaxed dress code.

Next Steps

Does this sound like you? If so, we would love to hear from you – apply now and send your CV & Covering Letter to [email protected]

(PRS For Music is continuing to follow the Government recommendation in light of COVID -19 to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, members and candidates.

Our focus is to provide our members with the best service and support, and therefore we remain focused on our resourcing strategy and continue to encourage applications for advertised roles. We have now transitioned our staff to work from home and have adopted a remote interviewing, onboarding and training process.

We are committed to only recruit for vacancies that are essential to the livelihood and continued service to our members.)

Please note: That due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to give feedback to all candidates at shortlisting stage. If you have not heard from us within 6 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful.

Many Thanks – The HR Team

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