Environment Agency

Grade 5 Lawyer

Leeds, West Yorkshire
£34,330 per annum
26 Jul 2018
13 Aug 2018
Full time
Contract type

Grade 5 Lawyer – ref:  8453

Contract: Permanent

Location: Leeds

Salary: £34,330 per annum

About the roles

The Environment Agency’s diverse work provides a wide range of challenges for our Environmental Regulation Team. Here, you will have the opportunity to tackle interesting cases and make your mark in a national body that offers a good work-life balance, salary, pension scheme and great professional development.

You’ll provide high quality legal advice over a wide range of regulatory activity. You’ll support front line officers regulating permitted industry, waste, pollution control, water resources, fisheries and more. This may include advice connected with high profile environmental incidents, and will often involve working to demanding deadlines.

You’ll handle challenges in the civil courts and through the statutory appeal process with colleagues and clients across the country. You may also need to liaise with partner bodies, including local and national government.

About the team

Your team will be one of three led by experienced regulatory lawyers, together comprising the Environmental Regulation Team of 15 lawyers, who specialise in environmental regulatory law and provide essential legal support to officers in operational Areas across England. The team also works closely with colleagues from across our Legal Services.

Environment Agency Legal Services  colleagues deal  with a wide range of enforcement action, litigation, flood risk matters, permitting and statutory appeals, as well as working closely with central government on new environmental policies and legislation. This not only involves environmental law, but also criminal law, administrative law,  human rights, planning and property, commercial and procurement, employment, freedom of information and data protection.

Experience/skills required 

You will be a fully qualified lawyer (barrister, solicitor or chartered legal executive) entitled to practise in England and Wales and educated to degree level.

You will need to demonstrate that you are confident and solution-oriented, able to combine first-class communication skills with strong analytical skills and you’ll have an ability to pick up new areas quickly. You’ll be customer-focussed with good organisational skills as well as being a strong team player. You will also have experience of influencing and persuading people at all levels, and be able to interpret technical legal provisions for a variety of customers and stakeholders. Experience of environmental law and working for a regulatory body or local authority is desirable.

This vacancy would generally be suitable for lawyers who have recently qualified, or are considering a move into a new area of law, and would involve close work with, and some supervision by more experienced colleagues.

Contact and additional information 

You may be required to travel to other offices or to attend courts or appeal hearings in different locations as work demands.

For additional information please contact:

Jonathan R Taylor, tel: 020 302 52752 or email jonathanr.taylor@environment-agency.gov.uk

Raymond Howard, tel: 0203 02 56704 or email raymond.howard@environment-agency.gov.uk

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Closing date: 13th August, 2018