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Grade 7 Energy Lawyers

Government Legal Department (GLD)
London (Greater)
£50,500 - £61,100
Closing date
19 Nov 2021
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Government Legal Department

Grade 7 Energy Lawyers

£50,500 - £61,100 (London)

Full time / Part time / Job share


The Government Legal Department (GLD) is at the heart of UK life. From transport to the environment, health and wellbeing to the protection of human rights, the advice and guidance that we provide impacts on every single member of the population. Both high-profile and deeply interesting, the reach of our work is unparalleled, making for a unique career path in which you will be encouraged to take on the type of challenges that will further your expertise exponentially.

About the team

The GLD is the largest provider of legal services across government, working with all the main Whitehall Departments. From roads to rivers, health to human rights, our work touches on most aspects of public life. Sitting within the Energy directorate, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) works on projects and policies that include carbon reduction technologies, nuclear power, clean energy and heat, energy efficiency, energy security, energy infrastructure, and climate change.

Like all teams within the GLD, were committed to highest standards of service and professionalism, and we aim to be brilliant place to work where everyone can thrive and fulfil their potential. The government has an ambitious and innovative approach to the UK’s energy portfolio, making now a really exciting time to be joining us. We have up to 5 Energy Lawyer roles available, and as part of our team you’ll have the chance to get involved in interesting, diverse work that has a genuinely life-changing impact. 

About the role

This role offers a high level of flexibility – you can work full time, part time or job share, and you can choose between a permanent contract or a 3 year fixed term appointment (with possibility of a permanent contract at the end). 

Working in a diverse and welcoming environment, you’ll be undertaking a range of activities that will test your talents and engage your interests. You’ll need to work at a fast-pace and think strategically and creatively, because you’ll be tackling tasks that include providing legal advice to ministers and officials, drafting secondary legislation, preparing BEIS bills and advising on all aspects of legal risk. In this role, you’ll be working closely with ministers, policy leads, Parliamentary Counsel and your colleagues within the Energy Directorate, so excellent communication skills and a strong knowledge of energy law are must haves.   

About you

You’ll be a highly motivated individual with a hunger to develop professionally. A qualified lawyer with skills at Legal Adviser Grade 7 level, you’ll have a strong understanding of public law, along with significant knowledge and experience of energy law. You’ll also need to have excellent communication skills and be able to explain complex issues in a clear, honest and enthusiastic way.

Building strong, trusting relationships is a key part of this role, so you’ll need to have an open and approachable outlook, and be able to deliver and receive feedback in a professional manner. You’ll need to enjoy developing and maintaining networks of colleagues and contacts and working closely alongside them to achieve shared goals. The ability to plan ahead is also important in this position, so you’ll be able to think strategically and creatively to solve problems. You’ll also need to be adaptable enough to work reactively when required and be comfortable working under pressure to meet deadlines.

To succeed in this role, you’ll need to have impeccable legal judgement and a sound appreciation of legal risk, and enjoy using your analytical skills to produce timely and fit for purpose advice. Above all, you’ll need to have a real passion for energy law, and for using your talents to make a lasting, positive difference for UK citizens.

Why join us?

This is a really exciting time to be joining us. In light of the government’s net zero commitments, the BEIS energy portfolio is in the spotlight more than ever, underpinned by the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan and Carbon Budget 6, both of which set an ambitious and innovative trajectory. Right now in our directorate there’s a real opportunity for your work to have a tangible, long-lasting impact on this country’s future.

We’re a welcoming, diverse workplace and all our staff have a strong team spirit and desire to collaborate. You’ll find lots of opportunities to grow and develop within the team. We provide a wealth of excellent training opportunities, and there’s plenty of scope for you to pursue your specific interests.

This role also offers a great degree of flexibility when it comes to both work patterns and the duration of your contract, so you can tailor it to meet your requirements and ambitions, and ensure you maintain a good work/life balance. 


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. 

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