Professionals Regulation Lawyer

London (Central), London (Greater)
08 Aug 2018
19 Aug 2018
Practice area
Full time
Contract type

Professionals Regulation Lawyer

The GPhC requires a Lawyer to join our Professionals Regulation (Fitness to Practise) team and apply excellent advocacy and case presentation skills both before the Courts and within the GPhC’s fitness to practise process.

Closing date: 19 August 2018

Interview dates: tbc

This is an exciting opportunity to join the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) as we expand our Professionals Regulation Team. As the regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and registered pharmacies in Great Britain, our core function is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public.

Gaining unique professional regulatory experience, this role goes beyond the normal scope required of a regulatory advocate. In addition to the usual fitness to practise matters, recent investigations have involved issues about EU law, the Information Commissioner, whistleblowing and covert surveillance. Our lawyers are expected to contribute to (and, where appropriate, lead) wider GPhC initiatives and projects, have a strong team ethos and work collaboratively with GPhC Inspectors. 

As well as delivering high quality oral and written advocacy, you will provide support, guidance and advice to team members about fitness to practise cases and broader regulatory issues.

The role, although primarily focussed on advocacy and case presentation within the GPhC’s fitness to practise process, is varied - our lawyers have recently appeared in Magistrates Courts, County Courts, as well as having defended High Court appeals, responded to Court of Appeal appeals, Judicial Review applications and contributed to Supreme Court appeals. 

Working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, your responsibilities will include:

·        Managing a case load proactively and progressing cases efficiently, effectively, on time and to the highest standards

·        Regularly present complex regulatory cases before various fitness to practise hearings in our dedicated hearings suite, and before the criminal and civil courts

·        Balance your attendance before tribunals/in Court with written work, case conferences and investigations advice 

The successful candidate will be a qualified solicitor or barrister with a strong track record of tribunal advocacy. Experience of successfully managing own caseload, plus a high level of skill and experience in both case investigation and the construction of cases for hearings are a must. The ability to assimilate, understand and interpret complex case law and legislation alongside a strong work, team and customer focussed ethic are vital skills to demonstrate both at application and interview stages. The chosen post holder will  be able to demonstrate up to date knowledge of current developments in the professional regulatory field. 

We value the diversity of our workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community. 

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