Legal & Business Affairs Manager

Legal Kings Cross, London Req. UMG-5895


Job title: Legal & Business Affairs Manager
Responsible to: SVP, Legal & Business Affairs
Department:  Mercury Studios
Location of work: 4 Pancras Square, Kings Cross


Music is Universal

It’s the passionate and dedicated team at Universal Music UK who help make us Britain’s leading music company. From A&R to finance, legal to digital, sales to marketing, Universal Music is the place to grow and develop your career within a truly commercial and innovative business that leads in everything it does.

Everyone is welcome to apply for our roles, and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment because of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief, age, marital status, background, pregnancy or caring responsibilities. We also recognise the importance of diversity of thought within our teams and are fully committed to embracing the talents of people with autism, dyslexia, ADHD and other forms of neurocognitive variation.

We will always seek to make appropriate adjustments to recruitment, workplaces, and work processes to be fully inclusive to people with different needs and working styles. If you need us to make any reasonable adjustments for you from application onwards, including alternatives to the online form or to disclose a neurocognitive condition, please email [email protected]


The A Side: A Day in The Life


Reporting to the SVP of Legal & Business Affairs, Mercury Studios, you will perform your role as a qualified lawyer to support the day to day Legal & Business Affairs needs and requirements of Mercury Studios, a music-based audio-visual production, distribution and sales studio within Universal Music UK based in London.


The B Side: Skills & Experience


We are looking for a qualified lawyer to join our team as Legal & Business Affairs Manager - Mercury Studios, to provide support on commercial TV and film based contracts and deals in relation to the acquisition, production, distribution and sale of audio-visual content, the skills and requirements will consist of but are not limited to:

  • Acting as a member of the legal & business affairs team
  • Advising on, drafting and negotiating on a broad range of legal and business affairs deals – principally focusing on the production, distribution and sale of audio-visual content, including TV, film and digital
  • Assisting with handling legal and business affairs related issues and collaborating across a variety of internal departments, including finance, development, production, sales and marketing teams
  • Updating relevant internal systems to reflect rights positions and maintaining contracts databases
  • General legal, commercial correspondence and administrative duties
  • Supporting legal intern when required

The job holder will ensure:


  • Advice and queries are answered in a correct, professional, efficient and courteous manner
  • Communication is performed appropriately and effectively with all levels within the Company and externally
  • All work is produced to a high standard of accuracy
  • Work is produced within agreed deadlines
  • Problems, issues or requests for information are communicated to the SVP Legal & Business Affairs in a timely manner
  • Department filing is kept up to date
  • Requests for assistance from members of internal teams are greeted with a helpful and flexible approach

Person Specification


  • You will be a qualified lawyer with legal and business affairs experience in the TV sector and a have excellent knowledge and experience of drafting development, production, distribution, sales and acquisition related contracts for television programmes and films
  • Bright, outgoing, pro-active individual with keen interest in continuing a career in the television, music and entertainment industry
  • Excellent verbal and written skills and the ability to communicate with people at all levels
  • Excellent prioritisation skills and the ability to multitask demands from across the business
  • Accurate drafting skills and great attention to detail
  • Ability to show own initiative
  • Accurate typing skills
  • Good IT skills, especially in Word and Excel
  • Excellent spelling and grammar
  • Proven experience of working under own initiative and as part of a team
  • Proactive approach to work, able to pre-empt problems before they occur
  • Able to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Committed with a flexible, “can-do” attitude

Bonus Tracks: Your Benefits


  • Group Personal Pension Scheme (between 3% and 9%)
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • 25 paid days of annual leave
  • Interest Free Season Ticket Loan available
  • Holiday Purchase scheme
  • Dental and Travel Insurance options
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice Cars
  • Subsidised Gym Membership
  • Employee Discounts (Reward Gateway)


Just So You Know…

The company presents this job description as a guide to the major areas and duties for which the jobholder is accountable.  However, the business operates in an environment that demands change and the jobholder's specific responsibilities and activities will vary and develop.  Therefore, the job description should be indicative and not as a permanent, definitive and exhaustive statement.