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22 April 2024

We are recruiting: Legal Counsel

We are recruiting: Legal Counsel
The SWA is seeking a Legal Counsel to join our Legal Affairs team.

Team: Legal Affairs, reporting to Director of Legal Affairs

Location: Edinburgh (HQ)

Hours: Full time (hybrid working) but equivalent of 4 days may be considered

Salary: From £48,000 for NQ and otherwise dependent on experience. 

Benefits package: 25 days' holiday plus 9 public holidays and 3 days shutdown between Christmas and New Year.  Generous group personal pension plan. Flexible and hybrid working.

Start date: From July


The role:

The Legal Counsel is a member of the Legal Affairs team, whose primary function is to safeguard the Scotch Whisky category. Within that function, the team requires to:

  • secure and maintain recognition of Scotch Whisky as a description reserved only for whisky produced in Scotland;
  • take action to stop the sale of products being passed off as Scotch Whisky;
  • take action to prevent the registration of trade marks which falsely evoke Scotch Whisky;
  • advocate for greater awareness of and effective action on illicit trade; and
  • ensure a fit for purpose domestic and overseas regulatory framework for the protection of Scotch Whisky which supports the long-term interests of members.

Read more about the role here.

In order to apply please download the application form (including full job description) here. Your completed form, along with a covering email or letter describing why you are applying and why you meet the requirements, should be sent to before the closing date of 13 May.
In order to help us meet the aims and commitments in our equality, inclusion and diversity policy we ask you to download and complete a monitoring form although this is voluntary.  Please send your completed form to, separately from your application. The form is used to help us build a picture of how diverse our applicants are.  It will be separated from the rest of your application and will not be seen by members of the shortlisting or interview panels.  
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