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Solicitor Operations / Solicitor Civil Litigation & Employment

Merseyside Police
£38,376 - £50,250 (dependent on experience)
Closing date
5 Nov 2021
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Solicitor Operations

Solicitor Civil Litigation & Employment

Legal Services

Grade G/H - £38,376 - £50,250 (dependent on experience)

Force Headquarters


Closing date – Friday 5th November 2021


Merseyside Police is a modern force with traditional values and serves a population of 1.5 million people.  Our Force covers a geographical area of 647 square kilometres and currently employs over 6,000 people in a variety of roles. We are committed to putting our communities first, preventing crime, protecting people and pursuing offenders

 Job Purpose

Salary £38,376 to £50,250 (depending upon experience – please see JDQ)

Merseyside Police are currently recruiting for two permanent roles within our expanding Legal Services department, to maintain an excellent service within a demanding environment.  Both roles are demanding but hugely rewarding.

Legal Services provides legal advice and representation to the Chief Constable in a broad spectrum of circumstances.  As a clear and effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills, you will have the ability to work with a wide range of personnel across the Force.  You will advise on sensitive and confidential matters and on varied and complex police-related matters.

To fulfil the role, you must have a desire to make a real difference to the communities of Merseyside. 

You will be a committed team player but capable of working autonomously, managing a full and varied caseload. You will have the ability to work under pressure with tight timescales and have a constructive approach to problem solving.

With capability as an advocate before the Courts, you will have excellent analytical skills, first rate drafting skills, and be able to demonstrate sound and balanced judgement with good attention to detail.  It is essential that you have good organisation habits and a flexible approach.  You must be able to monitor and advise upon any legislative changes and other legal developments affecting the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioners.

Essential Skills

You must be a qualified, practicing solicitor or barrister and must hold a valid Practicing Certificate for England and Wales, or must be a Fellow of CILEx, and in addition be a CILEx Advocate/Litigator holding all three advocacy certificates.You must be able to evidence (and demonstrate by way of examples) in your application and in interview, that you

Critically analyse

Are innovative and open-minded

Are emotionally aware

Take ownership

Are collaborative

Deliver, Support and Inspire

Post-qualification experience is not essential but is desirable. 

Civil Litigation Solicitor

A proven track record of handling varied and sensitive matters along with an understanding of the requirements of a Police Organisation and Insurers is desirable.  Ideally, you will have experience of representing and advising defendant clients in all forms of civil actions against the police including pre-action and issued claims (to include public liability claims for false imprisonment, assault and malfeasance) along with family court applications, employment matters, disclosure and commercial issues.

Operational Solicitor

As a solicitor in the Operations department, you will directly assist the local community through your involvement in obtaining and maintaining preventative and protective orders and ensuring that criminal property is removed from society.  You will advise on, prepare and make applications for orders arising under various legislation, such as the Sexual Offences Act 2003, Policing and Crime Act 2009, Dogs Act 1871, Crime and Security Act 2010, the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (not exhaustive).

You will conduct advocacy primarily in the magistrates’ court but occasionally in the county and family courts.  You will receive strong managerial support to ensure you can provide ad hoc advice on varied police-related legislation such as the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980.


Both roles are full-time permanent with a salary range of £38,376 to £50,250.  Your starting salary will be dependent upon experience.

Along with the benefits of contributing to your local community, you will benefit from flexible working and a favourable pension scheme.

Legal Services is moving in November 2021 to a newly built Police Headquarters between St Anne Street and Scotland Road.  You will work from the office but have access to technology that allows you to also work from home up to 2 days per week.  The post holder will be required to travel to locations throughout the Force area and may be required to work at weekends and on Bank/Public Holidays on occasions.

The closing date is Friday 5th November 2021 with shortlisting expected to take place at the beginning of W/C 8th November 2021 and interviews schedule to take place on W/C 6th December 2021.

The successful applicant will be subject to appropriate vetting. 

In return, we offer you:

Competitive salary

Pension Scheme with employer contributions

32 days holiday including bank holidays (pro rata)

Flexi-time scheme

Legal Services is currently based at our city centre Police Headquarters, a site that will be relocating in autumn 2021 to the Everton area of the city. You will work from the office but have access to technology that allows you to also work from home up to 2 days per week. 

To apply: Please submit your CV and cover letter:


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