Please note that one role will be based in London and one role will be based in Birmingham, there is a regional focus to each role and the Area require one Specialist Prosecutor in each location. About the job Summary Candidates must have the below essential experience;
In-depth knowledge of the law relating to the restraint and confiscation of assets, including enforcement of confiscation orders.
A thorough and up to date knowledge of mutual legal assistance relating to the preservation of assets and the enforcement of confiscation orders in respect of both incoming and outgoing requests.
A good working knowledge of criminal law and the law relating to disclosure and the handling of sensitive information.
Candidates must have the below essential abilities;
Respected and proven legal expertise, with depth and breadth of exposure to complex casework.
Establishes credibility and earns respect by depth of specialist knowledge.
Contributes to the personal development of members of staff.
Visible to staff and stakeholders confidently engaging at all levels to build trust and commitment to goals.
Candidates must also have the below essential technical skills;
The post holder must be a qualified practising solicitor or barrister, possessing a law degree or Common Professional Examination, having completed a Legal Practice Course or the Bar Vocational Course and the relevant pupillage.
The post-holder must have a good working knowledge of the law relating to the areas set out under essential experience in this document.
For further information on how to apply, please see the Candidate Pack at the bottom of this page.
Please note excess fares will not apply. Job description CPS Proceeds of Crime (CPS POC) is at the forefront of the fight against Economic Crime, ensuring that criminal assets are restrained, confiscated and enforced; so that criminals do not benefit from their ill-gotten gains. We are also working with law enforcement colleagues to use new civil recovery powers to target unexplained wealth.
We work with foreign governments to repatriate funds to the UK, as well as restraining and returning money abroad where it is derived from criminal activity overseas. CPS POC also handles all civil litigation in respect of the CPS.
Prosecutors within CPS POC are responsible for providing early advice, reviewing cases and taking decisions relating to all aspects of asset recovery case work. CPS POC handles all restraints, complex Area confiscation work, and the enforcement of all confiscation orders obtained by the CPS. CPS POC also handles incoming requests from overseas countries for restraint and enforcement assistance.
The purpose of this role is to advise on and prepare specialist cases for CPS POC, with a focus on asset recovery investigations and prosecutions, conducted by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The post holder will be based at HMRC premises, and will be required to travel to HMRC offices, and on occasion abroad. Applicants should pay particular attention to the “Technical Knowledge” accountability required for the post.
Subject to the postholder satisfying the “general qualification” provision within the meaning of section 71 of the Courts and Service Act 1990, the post is designated by the Director of Public Prosecutions as a Crown Prosecutor under the terms of section 1 (3) of the prosecution of Offences Act (1985).
Responsibilities Analyse evidence and review files engaging with HMRC, the police and other agencies, including investigators and prosecutors from foreign jurisdictions. Apply specific legislation, and procedures and processes, which may include European Arrest Warrant, Mutual Legal Assistance and extradition, to provide accurate advice and make sound case decisions.
Provide advice to HMRC, the police and other investigatory bodies, as well as to CPS Areas and Divisions, at the commencement of operations, pre-charge and post arrest, often involving large quantities of material, taking on board issues regarding evidential requirements, admissibility of evidence, disclosure, unused material, custody time limits, etc.
To deal effectively and persuasively with a wide range of people, both internally and externally, as part of a multi-skilled team or individually in order to ensure the effective and successful prosecution of cases. Engage with all relevant agencies for debriefings in order to learn lessons, improve practice and share findings from debriefings with colleagues to improve the quality of the Unit’s casework and overall performance.
To demonstrate a high level of oral and written communication skills in all matters relating to the prosecution of serious, complex or sensitive cases; in particular the ability to distil and explain legal complexities and decisions in non-legal language. This will include drafting complex documentation as the need arises.
For all cases, especially Very High Cost Cases (VHCC), to prepare case plans, allocate counsel hours, monitor counsel hours against plan. Provide updates to line manager and take necessary remedial action to maintain costs within budget and ensure that cases are progressed to agreed timescales.
Legally Qualified: The post holder must be a qualified practising solicitor or barrister and must hold a valid Practising Certificate for England and Wales.
Academic: Law degree, Common Professional Examination, Graduate Diploma in Law.
Professional: Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course and have completed the relevant pupillage and training contract (or have received full exemption from the relevant professional regulatory body, either the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board).
If you have qualified through CILEx could you please contact us in order to establish your eligibility for this role.
If you apply AND are found not to possess any of the above any offer of employment will be withdrawn, or contract terminated.
Please note the qualification as stated is required for this role and equivalent qualifications will not be accepted.
If you are unsure about your eligibility please contact Cara.Thomas@cps.gov.uk
The successful applicant must have a valid practising certificate for England and Wales or be eligible to obtain a valid practising certificate issued from either the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board.
If CILEx qualified, must hold a ‘general qualification’ within the meaning of s.71 (3) (c) Courts and Legal Services Act 1990. Behaviours
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