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Head of Legal Services

Greater Manchester Police
Greater Manchester
Closing date
24 Jun 2021
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Keeping people safe is the primary aim of Greater Manchester Police. Policing is now more complex than ever before. We face new threats to public safety posed by issues such as online crime, terrorism, complex safeguarding and domestic abuse. We are proud to serve the communities of Greater Manchester and we aspire to be the best in everything we do. By working together with local people and partner agencies, we strive to build the safest communities in Britain.

To help meet the challenges of today and tomorrow, we are seeking an experienced and highly motivated qualified Solicitor or Barrister to provide legal advice to the Chief Constable and to lead and develop our in-house Legal Services team.

The Role

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to develop your legal career, leading on the provision of a broad range of legal services in one of the UK's largest police Forces.

Reporting directly to and working closely with Chief Officers, you will have a strong background in the law as it relates to policing. 

An excellent communicator, you will have a track record of delivering accurate and considered yet timely, practical advice to senior leaders at short notice in a policing context.  You will have the ability to advise on a wide range of legal and compliance matters affecting the police service and a sound understanding and experience of handling complex civil litigation, major public inquiries and matters relating to employment, regulatory and commercial law.

Leading an in-house team of qualified and non-qualified staff and working with external providers, you will provide strategic leadership for the Legal Services department.  You will plan, evaluate, oversee delivery and continually develop the provision of reactive and proactive legal work, ensuring the provision of an effective and efficient, high-quality legal service. 

As a member of the Force’s Leadership Team, you will use your professional skills to identify key legal issues and priorities.  You will provide professional, timely advice and challenge to influence positive change and to support the development of the Force's strategic objectives.

For further information about this role, please contact:  Supt John Harris (Chief of Staff)



Greater Manchester Police's Force Vision

We will be the most effective police force in the UK by:

- Putting people first in everything we do
- Being proud of delivering excellent service
- Working with, and for, the people of Greater Manchester to make communities safe and feel safer

About Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police was formed in 1974, serving more than 2.5 million people and covering an area of 500 square miles. GMP is split into 12 divisions - Bolton, Bury, Metropolitan, North Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, South Manchester, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. There is also a specialist division based at Manchester International Airport.

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