PRS for Music – Lawyer roles (0-5 years PQE)

Posted on 20th September 2021
Type Full Time
Specialism Commercial, Corporate, Data Privacy, Intellectual Property
Location London
Deadline 20th October 2021

Job Description

Apply by 20 October 2021

About Us

PRS for Music operates at the centre of the UK music industry and is one of the leading music rights organisations globally. We undertake collective rights management on behalf of over 155,000 members.  We grow and protect the value of rights entrusted to us, distributing royalties with market leading transparency and efficiency when music is performed, broadcast, streamed, downloaded, reproduced, played in public or used in film and TV

About our Legal team

We’re a company founded on a legal concept and the Legal team is at the heart of everything we do.  We’re the company’s in-house law firm with 20+ industry experts providing specialist legal advice across all areas of the business.  We’re a grounded, solutions orientated group that strives to embrace a values led culture; we organise ourselves around the “5Cs”of Corporate, Commercial, Contentious, Compliance and Copyright.  Collectively, we do strategy, policy, governance and anti-piracy as well as the nuts and bolts of legal work.  We focus on continuing to develop a diverse team into essential business partners.

About the Roles

We have exciting opportunities for Lawyers to join our team.

The Lawyer roles will suit candidates who are 0-5 PQE and looking to develop their legal experience across the 5Cs within an exciting and evolving industry and within a high-preforming, supportive team.

Lawyer Roles x 3

These positions are a great opportunity to support the work of the entire legal team at PRS for Music in all areas of legal practice that we encounter: compliance, commercial, corporate, contentious and copyright.   The Lawyer roles focus on advising the business in relation to a wide range of matters including the company’s membership, licensing, international and corporate agreements as well as advice relating to property, marketing and sponsorship. You will also have an opportunity to work on dispute resolution, including ADR, infringement claims, copyright tribunal references and ombudsman complaints. They are broad roles with plenty of client contact working very closely with our business teams.  The three roles are nuanced in their emphasis on type of work. So although broad, there will be opportunities to major on (a) music licensing and commercial agreements, (b) dispute resolution, or (c) data protection and compliance.

About You

You will be a qualified solicitor (0-5 PQE) with relevant expertise, gained in-house and/or in private practice, with good experience in at least one of the 5Cs.

Knowledge of the music industry or of other content industries is an advantage, as is a genuine interest in intellectual property rights and their use across technologies. We handle a vast amount of data – so knowledge of associated compliance areas would also be an advantage.

Degree level qualification (2:1 (or above) LLB in Law or equivalent)

Self-motivated and self-reliant. Strong communication skills, both written and oral, including presentation skills. Ability to use appropriate level of language depending on audience, avoiding complex legal jargon. High level of integrity, discretion, and confidentiality.

Ability to build strong relationships with all colleagues within the organisation you will enjoy working as part of a wider team and will be keen to collaborate with others, and to guide and develop those around you.

Why PRS?

What are fair licensing terms for the music used by television broadcasters?  How can we obtain merger clearance to build an international hub, to streamline the licensing of global digital music services, like Spotify and Apple Music?  How should we be licensing user upload platforms like SoundCloud and TikTok and is there a litigation strategy? How can we ensure our members’ rights are effectively represented and protected by societies in other territories?  How can we harness the power of big data in the music industry while remaining compliant with data protection and competition law?  These are all real-life questions that have been faced by our lawyers, who have collaborated with the business to find solutions.

We will help you grow throughout your career at PRS for Music and invest in your development. Lawyers at PRS for Music have gained invaluable industry experience working on major negotiations, cases and projects and have been sponsored on specialist courses (e.g. post graduate diplomas in copyright and competition law) as well privacy qualifications (e.g. CIPP/E) and business/management courses including MBAs and equivalent.

We are proud of the benefits which we offer to our employees. These include truly flexible working, enhanced maternity leave, a generous annual leave entitlement, wellbeing activities throughout the year and corporate discounts including gym membership & a cycle to work scheme. We also have a number of other perks including access to live music and other industry events.

Next Steps

Does this sound like the place for you? If so, we would love to hear from you – apply now and send your CV & Covering Letter by 20th October 2021.

Please specify which role you are applying for in your application.

For more information on working for us, please visit our website.

Covid-19Recruitment Statement

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 are transitioning back to a hybrid model of working across the organisation including in our recruitment process. Whilst our first stage interviews will take place remotely, we want you to experience the culture and working environment at PRS for Music. Therefore, once opened, our new Central London Hub, based in London Bridge will be used for second stage interviews. 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