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The Legal Services team comprises a small group of solicitors who provide legal advice and support to UCL as an institution across a range of core activities.  

The team is unable to provide advice to individual members of staff or students on matters that are personal or are not of an institutional nature.

Early engagement with Legal Services is critical to ensure that timely and appropriate advice can be provided.

Core UCL activity and other activity

The Legal Services team has to prioritise the provision of advice and support to UCL’s core day to day activities.

If a request for advice does not relate to UCL’s core activities or is revenue generating, it is likely that external advisors will need to be engaged to support the activity.  
Any engagement of external lawyers must be coordinated through the Legal Services team.

Where external advice is required we utilise our significant experience of working within the legal sector to ensure that the project obtains best value for the legal advice required.  Our role is not restricted to identifying appropriately experienced lawyers and obtaining fee proposals for approval by the project team.  We will also manage every aspect of the relationship with the external advisors, coordinating the provision of advice and ensuring full instructions are given to external advisors.

Disputes with third parties

You should notify the Legal Services team as soon as you become aware that any individual or organisation is considering a legal claim against or involving UCL.  

If you receive formal notice of any legal action against UCL, you must provide details and relevant documentation to the Legal Services team immediately. 

Disputes with employees should be notified to the HR team immediately.

Engagement with Legal Services

The Legal Services team works closely with Professional Services and other teams / functions within UCL across a broad range of activity.  It is usually best to contact the relevant team / function within UCL first and they will then liaise with the Legal Services team if they require legal assistance.  Some examples of matters and the appropriate team are as follows:

Matter

Team

Student Matters

Student & Registry Services

Data Protection / FOI

Data Protection/FOI Officer

Funded Research

Research Services

Insurance

Insurance Team

Industry Placements

Student & Registry Services

NDAs & MOUs

Faculty Enterprise Team

Purchasing goods or services

Procurement

Staff Consultancy

UCL Consultants

Staffing/HR Issues

Human Resources

IP Commercialisation

UCL Business

IP Policies

Library Services / Innovation and Enterprise

Property Issues

Estates

Alumni / Fundraising

VP Development

International Activity

Global Engagement Office

Teaching / Consumer Protection

Student & Registry Services

 

Who we are

  • Natasha Lewis: Director, Legal Services (x58742, natasha.lewis@ucl.ac.uk)
    - Natasha has overall responsibility for the provision of legal advice and support to UCL.
  • Simon Griffiths: Deputy Director, Legal Services (x58761, simon.griffiths@ucl.ac.uk)
    - Simon has responsibility for provision of legal advice and support across a range of legal matters, including commercial contracts, international relationships, and intellectual property.
  • Anna Butler: Legal Counsel, Estates and Procurement (x58706, anna.butler@ucl.ac.uk)
    - Anna provides advice on all aspects of UCL's estate and related procurement matters.
  • Alex Hall: Legal Counsel (x58700, alex.hall@ucl.ac.uk)
    - Alex provides advice on commercial contracts, IT projects, international relationships, joint venture arrangements and intellectual property.
  • Kati Kaarlehto: Legal Counsel (x58729, kati.kaarlehto@ucl.ac.uk)
    - Kati provides advice on procurement activity, commercial contracts, teaching collaborations/partnerships and equality issues.
  • Suzanne Tyrrell: Legal Counsel, Employment (x58722, s.tyrrell@ucl.ac.uk)
    - Suzanne provides advice and assistance on employment matters and advises UCL on student litigation in the High Court and County Courts.
  • Sarah Willey: Legal Counsel (x58970, s.willey@ucl.ac.uk)
    - Sarah provides advice on UCL's estate and related procurement matters.

How to contact us

Office address: provided upon enquiry