Senior Legal Counsel

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
22 Feb 2023
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24 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Full Time


The Senior Legal Counsel, is responsible to provide high-level legal advice and services to the university through the Legal Affairs Department across a broad range of legal and corporate issues in order to maximize the quality of decision making and mitigate legal risks for the University. The work involves responsibility for legal services associated with the University's collaborations, strategic partnerships, and to review, interpret and translate legal requirements. Will also be responsible to promote quality decision making in areas affecting KU’s legal obligations and interests and coordinate and oversee externally sourced legal advice and services.

Strategic Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of the Department's strategy, as well as annual business plans
  • Contribute to the development of the Department's policies and procedures, in line with the overall business objectives of the University, ensuring they promote leading practices and excellence
  • Contribute to the development and management of the Department’s budgets and report back on a timely basis to ensure that divergences are addressed promptly

Operational Responsibilities

  • Provide sound, relevant, and up-to-date legal support and advice to the University management on relevant legal issues.
  • Ensure compliance with the internal controls, statutory regulations and other formalities
  • Handle litigation, keeping up with current changes on all relevant areas of laws.
  • Ensure the University is aware of the appropriate policies and procedures related to University activities and operates within the defined legal governance framework
  • Ensure that Khalifa University is in compliance with UAE Law and any other applicable international laws to mitigate any risk of legal action against the University
  • Provide legal opinions on matters raised and prepare memos with opinions in response
  • Provide advice and consultation on the University’s policies and procedures
  • Manage and prepare related national and international agreements, Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) and templates relating to Khalifa University
  • Maintain and archive a signed copy of all contracts and agreements (including amendments, addendum)
  • Support and manage external counsel of the University as required
  • Provide legal opinions on all complaints raised against the University in coordination with the relevant departments.
  • Ensure adherence to the University's information security policies and procedures, and report Job Description Rev. 1.1 (February 2023) Page 2 of 2 
  • Ensure coordination with other departments to facilitate the accomplishment of tasks and responsibilities, as and when needed.
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by Line Manager.


  • Bachelor’s degree in law from an accredited college or university
  • Expat : 12 years of relevant experience 
  • UAE : 8 years of relevant experience 

Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact the Recruitment Team (

Primary Location: Khalifa University - Abu Dhabi, UAE
Job: Senior Specialist
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time

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