Commercial Lawyer

Government Legal Department (GLD)
London (Central), London (Greater)
£48,800 – £61,000
Closing date
23 Sep 2019
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Unique and high-profile work for Government

We are looking for highly capable qualified lawyers to join our supportive Commercial Law Group where we can offer a challenging and exciting career.

The Government Legal Department provides legal advice to central Government Departments on matters that are frequently scrutinised in Parliament and the media. Our clients range from the Home Office, the Department for International Trade to the Department for Health and Social Care and the Ministry of Defence, to name just a few. When you join GLD’s Commercial Law Group we offer broad and unrivalled career opportunities.

We would be pleased to receive applications from candidates whatever stage you are at in your legal career. Whether you are newly qualified, returning to work after a break, or looking to ‘do something different’, GLD is a supportive and happy place to work.

Headline information

These vacancies are for permanent roles across all our London based teams. We have roles that can be worked full-time, part-time or as part of a job share. For certain roles, some travel may be required, including to Brussels. Our starting salary for Grade 7 lawyers is £48,800 and £42, 844 for those joining us with less than 3 years’ PQE until they hit 3 years’ PQE or are in service for one year, whichever comes sooner.

LOCATION:                                                    London only

APPOINTMENT TERM:                                 Permanent

NUMBER OF POSTS:                                   c. 25

SALARY RANGE:                                       Grade 7 - £48,800 – £61,000 (London)

Legal Officer - £42,844 (up to 3 years PQE)

PATTERNS:                                                   Full time / Part time / Job share

TRAVEL REQUIRED:                                    Sometimes    

CRB REQUIRED:                                          Yes


RESERVED/NON-RESERVED:                    Non-reserved

Work of the Government Legal Department

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.

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 are a non-ministerial government department with more than 2,500 employees, around 1,800 of whom are solicitors or barristers.  The department is based primarily in London but has teams in Bristol, Manchester and Leeds.  

As an organisation our vision is to be trusted by government to provide consistently excellent and value for money services so government departments want to come to us to meet their legal needs, to be known throughout the legal profession for the quality of our legal work, and to be the best employer for our people.


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