Government Legal Department (GLD)

Employment Lawyers

London (Central), London (Greater)
10 Oct 2019
30 Oct 2019
Practice area
Full time
Contract type

Grade 7 Employment Lawyers


Salary Range: Grade 7: £48,800

Legal Officer: £42,844 (less than 3 years’ PQE)

Location: London


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 2,300 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.

We are recruiting Lawyers who can conduct employment litigation on behalf of a variety of Government departments. The successful candidates will be required to undertake a varied caseload in all areas of legal work as required, including:

· Employment based proceedings in the tribunals and higher courts.

· Interviewing witnesses and recording witness statements.

· Conducting settlement negotiations with opposing representatives.

· Liaising with key stakeholders as required.

· Advising in matters relating to Employment Law.

· Advising in matters relating to access to information and data protection

Successful candidates will be expected to play an active role in the Team, Group and wider GLD as required, including contributing to client training and Group knowledge management, managing junior members of staff and participating in appropriate corporate activities.


Essential Criteria


Technical Legal Skills: we are looking for Lawyers who have:

· Sound understanding of Employment Law and Public Law.

· Reliable legal judgement and appreciation of legal risk.

· The ability to think strategically and creatively, see legal issues in their wider context and advise accordingly.

· Sound analysis, using secure legal research to produce timely and fit for purpose advice.


Motivational Fit: We are looking for Lawyers who can:

· Demonstrate real interest in the application of law to the spirit of public service.

· Can articulate a clear motivation to work for the GLD and the Employment Group.

· Demonstrate interest in public law and the workings of Government.


Behaviour: Communicating and Influencing: We are looking for Lawyers who can:

· Implement communication strategies which ensure effective communications are embedded and take account of people’s individual needs.

· Communicate in a straightforward, honest and truthful way with consideration for the impact of the method used.

· Communicate with conviction, clarity and sensitivity, being persuasive when required.

· Respect and consider the diversity of the audience when giving messages and deliver these appropriately whilst remaining open-minded and impartial in discussions.


Behaviour: Managing a Quality Service: We are looking for Lawyers who can:

· Demonstrate positive customer service by understanding the complexity and diversity of client needs and expectations.

· Deliver a high quality, efficient and cost effective service by considering a broad range of methods for delivery..

· Identify areas for improvement and make appropriate changes to reach professional excellence.

· Break down complex aims into clear, practical and manageable plans.

· Proactively manage risks and identify solutions.


Behaviour: Working Together

· Proactively create, maintain and promote a strong network of contacts across the organisation and externally.

· Embed an inclusive culture of creating positive and supportive teams who consider the diverse needs and feelings of other colleagues.

· Ensure consideration and support for the wellbeing of all individuals across the organisation.

· Set out clear expectations that bullying, harassment, and discrimination are unacceptable.

· Encourage and establish mechanisms to share knowledge and resources across boundaries to support the business.


Closing Date: 30th October 2019 12:00 midday

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