The Solicitor’s Office and Legal Services (SOLS) is an integral part of HMRC, providing legal services to the whole department. It is headed by the General Counsel and Solicitor, Gill Aitken. We advise on legal issues arising from HMRC’s policy and operational work and conduct the Department’s litigation. SOLS is made up of around 1200 people who include lawyers, tax professionals, advocates, paralegals and support teams.
HMRC is currently undergoing significant transformation across their huge IT estates, presenting exciting opportunities for experienced commercial lawyers to join our increasingly high profile team. Our commercial lawyers advise on some of the most interesting, high value and complex public procurement and contractual commercial legal issues within government, making this a really exciting time to join HMRC’s legal team.
Our commercial law teams, based in both Manchester and London, provide legal support to HMRC's largest transformation programmes including IT and Estates as well as the department’s day to day banking and general commercial operations, including all aspects of public procurement, commercial contracts, intellectual property rights, state aid, contract and supplier management, and disputes resolution. Each team has mini-team team leaders and is overseen by a Senior Civil Servant.
HMRC has the largest IT estate in the UK delivering £500 billion of annual tax revenues, and is currently undergoing the biggest IT transformation programme in Europe. It has recently completed the phased exit from the largest single overarching IT contract in Government – by breaking it into to a series of smaller, more flexible contracts with both existing and new suppliers. These are enabling HMRC to deliver a ground-breaking digital strategy by taking advantage of emerging technologies such as open-source software and cloud services. This will provide better value for money for taxpayers, while ensuring that HMRC’s systems remain safe, secure and reliable.
The work will include:
• Commercial contracts: negotiation and contract management issues
• IT contracts (outsourcing agreements, IT procurement, managed services, software & systems development, advising on cutting-edge digital solutions)
• Framework agreements
• Advising on complex technology schedules
• High degree of client contact on a day-to-day basis
• Advice on relevant law such as procurement law and public law as applicable (training on these will be provided for those new to public sector work)
• Mentoring of, and support from, less experienced lawyers as required
• The opportunity to build strong working relationships with colleagues across the organisation, working in a high-performing, friendly and supportive environment
• Working with external lawyers as required