Senior Lawyer (10+PQE) - DEFRA

Hays Legal
England, London
£58150.00 - £75200.00 per annum
09 Sep 2019
07 Oct 2019
Louise Fussell
7 years+
Full time
Contract type

Your new company
The Government Legal Department is the single largest provider of legal services to the government. Its expert legal teams provide advisory services to nearly all of the main Whitehall departments. With more than 1800 qualified lawyers, working within 15 client-facing advisory divisions embedded with their client departments, it is one of the largest legal businesses in the country. There is currently a need for experienced Senior Lawyers to join the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) who are Environmental Law specialists. A number of roles are available on fixed-term appointments, from 6 months up to 2 years. Part-time and flexible working is available.

Your new role
A unique opportunity has arisen for a Senior Lawyer (10+ PQE) to join the one of the client departments of the GLD (such as DEFRA) on advising, developing and drafting legislation on unprecedented scale and complexity, and supporting ordinary business of government. You will anticipate possible legal challenges and provide officials and Ministers with clear legal risk assessments. DEFRA are particularly interested in Senior Lawyers with extensive experience of Environmental Law.

What you'll need to succeed
The ideal candidate will have over 10 years PQE, with particular expertise in Environmental Law. Other experience levels will also be considered if demonstrating significant expertise in this sector. You should be passionate about contributing to public service, particularly during this time of great change and opportunity.

This role is available on a fixed-term appointment, up to 2 years. Alternatively, a shorter assignment as well as part-time and flexible working is available.

What you'll get in return
This is an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to shaping the country during a time of extreme flux with Brexit fast approaching. You can get involved in exciting work of unprecedented complexity and scale, as well as contributing to public service. This is a remarkable chance to undertake career defining work, which can be an exciting highlight to your career as Partner or Head of Legal. The Government Legal Department offers flexible working and working from home, where appropriate, as well as good work-life balance. Part-time and flexible working is available.

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