Legal and Governance

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Our work helps everyone here – staff, volunteers, non-executives and other partners – we protect and care for places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Helping more people enjoy the history, nature, and beauty of the landscapes around them. As a legal and governance team, we ensure the National Trust remains true to its charitable purposes of looking after places for the benefit of the nation.

We get involved with a wide variety of work from across the Trust, whether it be supporting our visitor operations or commercial teams, working with our Conservation or Let Estate teams, ensuring governance is adhered to through the running of our AGM or working with Trustees and Council members. We’re a friendly and welcoming team who supports each other and share ideas and ways of working whenever we can. 

To help us support the Trust, we’re focused on making sure our teams have the right expertise and skills they need and that we have the suitable systems and resources in place to make sure we work efficiently and effectively. 

Typical roles

We have lots of opportunities in Legal and Governance working from our central office. These include Assistant Lawyer, Governance Officer, Member of Legal Support Team, Senior Lawyer – and that’s just to name a few.

Assistant Lawyer

On a day-to-day basis, you’ll process transactions. You’ll help the Legal team provide advice and support to their client teams across the Trust, offering solutions in a confident, credible, positive and pragmatic way. Building strong working relationships with all those around you, your advice will be readily understood across all levels of the organisation. 

Governance Officer

You’ll provide excellent governance support services within the Legal & Governance Directorate. You’ll make sure we’re compliant with the National Trust’s governance constitution and provide guidance on the application of complex and demanding governance policy. You’ll also assist in the planning and delivery of our Annual General Meeting. 

Member of Legal Support Team

You’ll deliver high quality support to our in-house lawyers and solicitors, ensuring our team runs smoothly. As the first point of contact for the team, you’ll be friendly and approachable as you assess and deal with incoming communications to ensure the effective use of resources. You’ll also create, maintain and research a variety of legal documents and information.

Senior Lawyer

You’ll provide comprehensive legal support within the National Trust, proactively building relationships between your clients and the Legal team. You’ll guide their knowledge and confidence on legal issues so they can make sound and well-informed decisions.

Legal & Governance people

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Regional Lawyer

    As a Regional Lawyer at the National Trust, I’m responsible for ensuring that my regional clients receive all the legal services they need. This covers a broad range of law – primarily property, since land and buildings are the Trust’s core business, but also contracts, commercial, and dispute resolution. In my role, I help the Trust with both its non-contentious legal needs – including land acquisitions, disposals, leasehold transactions, grant contracts, chattel loans, construction contracts – and its contentious legal needs – trespass, neighbour disputes, compulsory purchases, and highways commons restrictive covenants to name but a few. No day is the same and the variety makes the role both very interesting and very challenging.

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Governance Officer

    I love what the Trust stands for and it’s important to me that members and supporters feel that the charity is run in a way that fulfils that purpose. Being in the Governance team provides me with the opportunity to help with that. I also get to connect with people across the organisation and can honestly say I am still learning something new every day after five years.

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Member of Legal Support Team

    In my legal support role, I assist in a variety of ways. One day I can be preparing applications to the Land Registry to register a new piece of land the Trust has acquired and the next day, I might be sifting through documents as part of a research task. Much of what I do involves working with the deeds, which are both important legal documents and historic resources that tell a part of the properties’ stories. The Legal team provide support across the Trust, and it’s interesting and inspiring to see a diversity of projects come to life.

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Legal Manager

    I’m a Legal Manager in the National Trust’s in-house Legal team and a qualified solicitor. I lead a team of lawyers as they support and give legal advice to different people across the Trust – mainly to people based in regions and countries. I provide legal advice and support to part of the London and Southeast Region and to the central Finance team. I often work with senior people in the Trust to take forward high profile property transactions and solve complex issues that arise from time to time.

    I also work alongside other leaders in the Legal and Governance Directorate to give effect to the National Trust’s strategy within the Legal team via the day-to-day work of the Legal team and in the setting of particular objectives and goals each year. I also take forward some of those objectives myself, as well as supporting others in the Legal team. I keep an eye on the evolving legal world outside the National Trust and its potential impact on the National Trust and its work.