Requesting legal services

How do I request legal services?

  • Instructions should be addressed to the Legal Office by means of a completed and signed Request for Legal Services form (pdf, 219kb). Completing this form will help ensure your request is dealt with properly and with a minimum turnaround time. The Request for Legal Services form must be signed by the Dean or Director. In some cases approval from the appropriate Deputy Vice-Chancellor may be required.
  • Research contracts must be approved by Research Services and the Request for Legal Services form must be signed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) or Director, Research Services.
  • Where a Partner Agreement (private provider) is proposed (whether international or local), the Request for Legal Services form must be signed by the Pro-Vice Chancellor (International). A Proposed Partner Agreement (docx, 1.4mb) form must also be completed and approval from the International and Partners Committee obtained. A Request for Legal Services form is not required for this.
  • Staff in the Legal Office are happy to answer routine email queries.

Is the document legally binding?

A legally binding agreement will not always take the form of a standard agreement or contract, but could be in the form of a letter for example. If staff are in doubt whether a particular document has the potential to legally bind the University, they should check with the Legal Office prior to proceeding.

Are further approvals required?

Further approvals may be required depending on the nature of the request as specified in the Requesting Legal Services Framework (pdf, 80kb).