Legal and Governance Services

University Secretary and General Counsel: Maria Burquest

Legal and Governance Services consists of the Legal Team, the Data Protection and Information Governance Team and the University Secretariat.

Legal Team

Comprising legal professionals with expertise in various areas, from employment law to intellectual property rights we provide legal pragmatic advice and support for university Faculties, Professional Services and Departments. We work closely with partners within the university to ensure that strategic aims are met and that we support colleagues to make better-informed decisions. We ensure that colleagues are aware of the legal implications of activities and decisions, ensuring that risks are identified promptly and mitigated effectively.

More information about the Legal Team can be accessed online including how to instruct the Legal Team.

Data Protection and Information Governance Team

We provide advice and guidance across the university on all matters relating to data protection and information compliance. We are responsible for the administration of information requests and support the university in meeting its statutory obligations under information legislation. We raise privacy and security awareness across the organisation and promote best practice.

Records Management at LJMU is also part of the work carried out by the university’s Data Protection team. The team manage the university’s Records Retention Schedule, Record of Processing Activities and the administration of our off-site storage provider.

More information about the Data Protection and Information Governance Team can be accessed online.

University Secretariat

The Secretariat supports the University Secretary and General Counsel in the maintenance of the university's reputation for excellence in governance and management. It works across the organisation providing governance and management guidance and advice in the areas of corporate constitutional governance, committee management and policy management.

The Secretariat provides reassurance to regulators and stakeholders on the adequacy of its governance arrangements and performance. It also provides a support service for the Board of Governors and its committees and manages and co-ordinates the university's committee structures.

More information about the Secretariat, who we are and what we do can be found online.