Government Legal Department

Employment Lawyer or Legal Officer

Leeds, West Yorkshire
£47,025 (Grade 7) or £42,420 (Legal Officer)
17 Nov 2017
13 Dec 2017
Practice area
Full time
Contract type

G7 Lawyer or Legal Officer

Employment Group


£47,025 (Grade 7) or £42,420 (Legal Officer)

The Government Legal Department (GLD) is made up of around 1,600 Solicitors and Barristers, from roads to rivers, and health to human rights, our work touches on most aspects of public life.  As the main provider of legal advice to the Government, we are committed to developing our staff and enhancing their career potential, resulting in a dynamic working atmosphere that is quite unique. The Employment Law Group is an important part of GLD, and we are expanding our presence in Leeds by making an additional 7 appointments at our qualified lawyer level. As such, it’s a really exciting time to join us.

In these interesting roles, you will have the opportunity to work on a broad scope of projects such as large-scale multi-party litigation, or the legalities of insourcing and outsourcing contracts involving staff transfers. Providing advice to the Cabinet Office and Civil Service Employee Policy on overarching employment issues, you will also be tasked with the complexities of Human Resource issues including individual cases and guiding colleagues on departmental restructures. You will also work on high profile challenges such as departmental policy issues, covering off topics such as prison reform. With the opportunity to join us as either a Grade 7 Lawyer or a Legal Officer, your career progression is guaranteed in this fast-paced team.

Appointments are offered full-time or through a range of flexible working options. You will succeed if you have the drive and ambition to deliver a high-quality service across a range of challenges. You should  be (or be on the verge of becoming) a qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive in England and Wales, ideally with a 2.1 degree or better, but this is not essential if you evidence high level academic and/or professional achievement.  With good verbal and written communication skills, your ability to impart clear advice will prove crucial, as will your appreciation of legal risk and quality legal judgement.

With the scope to take on new challenges both within The Employment Group and across the wider GLD, this is a perfect opportunity to join a highly respected team and take on a career-defining role. We’re keen to meet ambitious individuals with the ability to find solutions to complex problems, so if you’re enthusiastic about sharing your knowledge and furthering the capabilities of our Leeds team, then please get in touch to discuss our opportunities.

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