Legal advisor and writer

Icebreaker One

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Contract: Fixed – Mid-May to end of  July 2021

Location: Flexible (working from home until further notice) 

Hours: Up to 3 days a month

Rate: Contractor rate – circa £500 – £600 / day

About Icebreaker One

We are a diverse collection of like minded people whose expertise spans policy and science, finance and engineering, data and systems—working together to tackle one of the greatest challenges of our time. We need your help.    


Our mission is to make data work harder to deliver net-zero outcomes. 


Open Energy (Phase III)

We have secured funding for the third phase of our Open Energy project. During this phase we have six months (February-July) to deliver a fit-for-purpose, market-ready, operational service, with a sustainable business model that directly meets the needs of its users.  Working iteratively, collaboratively and in the open, the objective is to take the work and prototyping from Phase II through a private-to-public scaling of the Open Energy Governance Platform (OEGP) and related search and discovery services. This work will be done using Agile methodologies, taking a decentralised, open approach to the design and implementation of the solution. Core to this phase is our Open Engagement, continuing to work directly with, and seek continuous feedback from, the energy industry. We will do this through Advisory Groups as well as 1-1 conversations and wider webinars. 


The role

We are seeking the services of a legal professional or practicing legal academic with a strong grounding in UK data licensing, data rights, IP and contract law with familiarity with related regulations and concepts, such as open data and Open Banking.

The candidate must have experience of working both with personal and non-personal data. Familiarity with the energy sector, including the developing policy landscape around energy system data and smart meter data, would be an advantage.   



Responsible for delivery to the Research director and works closely with the Project Manager, Product Owner and other team members as appropriate.


Liaise and collaborate with other members of the Open Energy team and Icebreaker One to help ensure the successful delivery of the project.



  • Advise on specific legal issues regarding Open Energy Membership including:
    • Contract terms and conditions for membership of Open Energy
    • Data licensing
    • Intellectual property law, particularly as applied to kinds of contracts and licenses that work in an environment where we’re expecting entities to aggregate, remix or otherwise transform, and then redistribute data 
  • Review and feedback on an initial:
    • Privacy notice for the Open Energy services (these include search and membership)
  • To attend relevant advisory group meetings (held monthly) and relevant Open Energy Show & Tells (held fortnightly)



  • Contribute to creation of membership contracts and terms for Open Energy
  • Contribute to creation of licensing agreements for IP shared or otherwise exposed by Open Energy members


Knowledge, Skills, Experience

  • Demonstrable experience under England and Wales law or relevent UK/EU law: 
    • data licensing
    • contract drafting 
    • IP management
  • Experience of pre-emptive licencing 
  • Familiarity with alternative licensing models such as creative commons, open source and open data
  • Familiar with using and applying Google Suite/Workspace, Slack, social media and other engagement tools for working in the open


Are you an Icebreaker?

The organisation has been built from within and intends to continue to do that in the future to encompass all flexibility – that’s in our DNA and that’s what makes us different.


Icebreakers have the energy, passion and tenacity to deliver the purpose of wide-ranging challenges.  On top of that, it is not just about what you can do but it is about how you do it as a member of the IB1 team.  Online or in person we are all part of and will work together for the benefit of the Icebreaker One team and wider  constellation.


Our aim is that everyone’s team user experience (TUX) is about shared problem solving in open, collaborative and non-confrontationally challenging ways. We work in a supportive environment so that we can do and make things as best as we possibly can. 


Icebreakers work with us on, sign up to, and strive for the following in what they do and how they behave with their fellow Icebreakers and our wider community: 

  • A collaborative and collegiate approach – we are open by default – in a fast-paced environment.
  • It is what you can bring and what you want to achieve mixed with enthusiasm and a desire to do that alongside and not at the expense of others.  This includes a willingness to help out and get stuck in with any other reasonable tasks for your project that help us to achieve the deliverables. 
  • Appropriate use of feedback channels to share up front and friendly feedback – good friends honestly and fairly critique what each other does and it’s ok to agree to disagree.


The benefits of being an Icebreaker?

  • Flexible working –  to help you work around your needs and commitments we don’t have work or meetings booked on a Friday!
  • Remote working – we may all be working remotely but it doesn’t get in the way of us working closely.  Regardless of whether working remotely is by choice or by necessity – daily standups and regular work and non-work related hangouts mean you are not alone. 
  • Supportive working – Bring and share what you know as you’ll be working with people willing to learn and share knowledge and support from getting the most of the virtual / remote TUX through using Google Docs/GSuite to show and tell sessions ranging from essential research to sharing pictures of Christmas trees!


Apply today

Please note that before applying you will need to ensure you have the right to work in the UK and can provide documentary evidence of this. 


Email a CV or links to pages that show us what you have done and can do to help us to achieve our mission to


Applications must be received by 9am GMT on 10 May 2021.


As a team, we are committed to equality and creating an inclusive culture with diverse and balanced backgrounds.  We actively encourage applications from everyone and will help to support you to reach your full potential and to be yourself in a working environment based on dignity, respect and mutual support.  If you have any queries or need any advice or adjustments at any stage of the recruitment process please contact us at the email address above.


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