Office for Environmental Protection
The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) is the cornerstone of our environmental governance system now we have left the EU. As a new public body, we have a unique role to drive environmental protection and improve the natural environment. Supporting Parliament, and holding the Government to account on its environmental commitments, we have an essential part to play in the planet’s future. Join us at the start of our journey and you’ll be pivotal in our success as we address the most pressing issues of our time, from climate change to biodiversity loss.
As Principal Lawyer, you’ll help to build our legal function from the ground up. This is an unrivalled opportunity to influence how the OEP will operate in its crucial early years of existence. With the flexible approach you bring, you’ll enjoy the fruits of great variety. Here, you’ll work in an agile way, getting to grips with anything from proposed changes in environmental law, to high-profile investigations and enforcement casework, and everything in-between. We will look to you to provide expert legal advice across diverse aspects of environmental law and its enforcement. You will also enjoy the chance to collaborate on the development of legal policies and procedures.
To be equal to the challenge, you’ll need proven post-qualifying experience as a solicitor, barrister or chartered legal executive in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. If you don’t hold a valid practising certificate you must be able to obtain one. You’ll bring to the role proven experience of advising senior people on matters of UK public or environmental law. As flexible and creative as you are organised and strategic, you demonstrate a flair for communication, negotiation and influencing. Crucially, you will have the ability to see the big picture, and to present your analysis and defend your decisions in a clear, compelling and well-evidence way.
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