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    The RYA employs over 170 staff in a wide range of roles, from boating specialists to professional staff to co-ordinators and administrators. Most work from our headquarters in Hamble, near Southampton, but some are based in other parts of the UK. We offer modern, accessible office facilities with free parking, up to date IT systems and a competitive range of benefits.

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    The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity.  We actively promote diversity in our workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community.  The RYA is keen to achieve a more diverse workforce and particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups, in particular people from ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. 

    If you would like to join the RYA and feel you have the relevant skills and experience for one of our vacant positions, please download the appropriate application form.


    Legal Advisor

    Salary: £36,000 - £40,000 per annum (dependent upon experience)

    Permanent, full-time (35 hours per week)

    Location: Hamble, Southampton

    The RYA offers a range of benefits which include; a personal pension scheme, free life insurance and a total annual leave package of 28 days (plus public holidays).

    The RYA works actively, and tirelessly, to represent and protect the interests of its members, affiliates and Recognised Training Centres at government level. We provide a tailored Legal Advisory and Information Service to those external stakeholders, and work towards protecting existing boating facilities and promoting the expansion of facilities to cater for the future needs of the sport. Access to legal advice on boating related issues is a key tangible benefit to personal and organisational members of the RYA.

    The Role

    The RYA is looking for an accomplished legal professional to play a key part in its Legal Advisory Service.

    As the successful candidate your role will be to work with the Legal Manager in providing advice and information to personal members, affiliates and training centres on legal matters. This will include producing standard documentation and advising on contractual arrangements.

    You will also be required to research areas of legal interest likely to affect our personal members, affiliates and Recognised Training Centres, and support the wider Cruising, Legal and Government Affairs department in representing the interests of the RYA to legislators, regulators and officials at all levels to ensure the policies and interests of the RYA are taken into account at all times.

    We are seeking a candidate who has:

    • Knowledge of contract law, law of tort, consumer law and insurance law;
    • A proficient ability in drafting, reviewing and negotiating on commercial contracts;
    • The ability to effectively represent, advocate and negotiate at all levels; and
    • The ability to exercise good judgement under pressure.

    To Apply

    Please review the full job description and download & complete an application form. Completed application forms should be returned, along with an equality monitoring form, to  Please note that we do not accept CVs in lieu of a fully completed application form.

    Closing date for applications: Mid-day on Wednesday 28 October 2020

    Interviews to be held on: Monday 23 November 2020

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