Grade 6 Inquiry Lawyers
Government Legal Department
Salary: Grade 6 - £63,734 (London)
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Who we are
The Government Legal Department (GLD) is the largest provider of legal services across government. We work with all the main Whitehall Departments and our work touches on nearly all aspects of public life, from roads and rivers to health and human rights.
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 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, and we’re based primarily in London but also have teams in Bristol, Manchester and Leeds. We’re committed to the highest standards of service and professionalism, and to being a brilliant place to work where everyone can thrive and fulfil their potential.
We are currently recruiting for a number of inquiry lawyers to work on several GLD-run inquiries, including the Undercover Policing Inquiry and the Brook House Inquiry.
You will work as part of a close-knit team including lawyers, paralegals and counsel, providing legal advice and assistance to inquiry Chairs and the team supporting them. Your work may involve management of Grade 7 lawyers, paralegals and junior counsel, with associated line and task management responsibilities. You may also be involved in the governance of the inquiry and provide support to the Solicitor to the Inquiry and the wider senior leadership team.
This role will require considerable strategic oversight of different work streams, and as such you should have experience of delivering large-scale, complex and document heavy projects to tight deadlines.
A qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive with license to practice in England and Wales, you’ll have a sound understanding of public law, reliable legal judgement and a sound appreciation of legal risk. You will be able to think strategically and creatively, see legal issues in their wider context and produce timely and fit for purpose advice. As a strong communicator with excellent leadership skills, you’ll also be able to make effective decisions, manage conflicting pressures and work to challenging deadlines. Ideally you will have experience of working on an Inquiry or similar inquisitorial process, though this is not essential for the role provided you have a good understanding of the role of lawyers in government.
This role requires candidates to obtain an SC clearance before joining. You must have lived in the UK continuously for the last 5 years in order to clear the SC level checks, therefore, applications from candidates who haven’t lived in the UK continuously for that period will not be considered.
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