Government Legal Department
£48,400 or £42,420 for those with less than 3 years’ PQE
London with possible travel to Brussels
The Government Legal Department (GLD) is the largest provider of legal services across government, working with all the main Whitehall departments. From roads to rivers, and health to human rights, our work touches on most aspects of public life.
We are a non-ministerial government department with more than 2,200 employees, around 1,800 of whom are solicitors or barristers. The department is based primarily in London but has teams in Bristol and Leeds.
The department has more than 14 client-facing advisory teams who provide legal advice on the development, design and implementation of government policies and decisions, draft secondary legislation and work with Parliamentary Counsel on primary legislation. Our cross-cutting expert service groups for Litigation, Employment and Commercial Law provide specialist legal services to a wide range of government departments and public bodies.
We provide legal advice to government departments on matters that are frequently scrutinised in Parliament and the media. Our advisory clients range from departments such as the Home Office, the Department for International Trade to the Department of Health and Social Care and the Ministry of Defence, to name just a few.
We are looking for highly capable qualified lawyers at all stages in their career to join our supportive teams where we can offer a challenging and exciting work environment.
To thrive in the GLD, you’ll have a minimum of a 2:1 degree in any subject, or equivalent high level academic or professional achievements. You’ll be a qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive in England and Wales (or you will qualifying within 3 months of making your application) and you will have completed a training contract, pupillage or qualifying employment (unless you have been exempted from this by the Law Society, the Bar Council or CILEx).
Providing guidance on a broad and diverse range of issues ranging from health services to international trade agreements, we offer engaging and fulfilling work that touches most aspects of public life. With our exceptional in-house training programme, we offer a supportive environment for our employees helping them develop the required legal skills as well as encouraging everyone to develop their career across a range of our divisions. Individuals with less than one year of experience will spend two years in both a contentious and a non-contentious post on our Newly Qualified Scheme.