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The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)
Birmingham or Canary Wharf
£50,970 (plus £4731 London Weighting Allowance, if based in Canary Wharf)
Closing date
29 May 2024

Job Details

Title: Lawyer

Location: Birmingham or Canary Wharf

Grade: 13a

Salary: £50,970 (plus £4731 London Weighting Allowance, if based in Canary Wharf)          

Contract:  1 x Permanent

                  1 x Fixed Term until 30/06/2025

The IOPC’s Legal Services is headed by IOPC General Counsel and reports to the Deputy Director General Corporate Services. Our lawyers play an active and important role in all of the organisation’s work. They advise colleagues in our Operations Directorate in relation to the exercise of their powers and police misconduct decision-making. They also represent the IOPC in legal proceedings (e.g. judicial review, inquests and police misconduct proceedings). They advise colleagues in the Strategy and Impact Directorate contributing to the development of organisational policy. Much of our work is high profile and lawyers are often called upon for advice on extremely sensitive matters which are subject to intense media scrutiny.

The post holder will work closely with clients across the IOPC including senior clients such as the Director General, Deputy DG Operations and Deputy DG Corporate Services, Regional and Executive Directors and Heads of Function. You will also be expected to develop professional working relationships with solicitors acting for complainants, police forces, legally qualified chairs and individual officers and members of police staff, internal and external stakeholders at all levels but particularly with the Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO), the Information Asset Owners (IAO’s), the IOPC Facilities Management (FM) team, the external accreditor, staff of outsourced suppliers and Home Office and CESG representatives.

The post holder will be security cleared to Standard DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) before joining. Once in role, the postholder will be expected to undertake and obtain Home Office SC clearance – please note that this requires 5 years’ continuous residency in the UK.

Essential Qualifications, Experience, Skills:

• Qualified solicitor or barrister entitled to practise in England and Wales. A current practising certificate will need to be provided prior to the start of your employment.

• Post qualification experience in at least one relevant area of law – these include criminal law, police law, coronial law, professional disciplinary and regulatory law, public and administrative law and human rights law.

• Experience of advising on complex issues.

• Experience of handling substantial and complex cases.

• Strong analytical skills with the ability to master new material rapidly.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills. • Problem solving skills.

• Approachable and constructive.

• A good team worker but also able to work independently.


  • 27.5 days paid annual leave (increasing with service to 32.5 days) 
  • Options to carry over, buy or sell annual leave
  • Civil Service pension
  • PAM employee assistance programme
  • Access to Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC) membership
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Opportunity to enjoy the latest home and electronics in a more affordable way provided by Vivup
  • Car Leasing Scheme
  • Staff networks focused on each of the protected characteristics – run for staff, by staff:
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options

The IOPC is currently consulting with its consultative bodies about proposed changes to our hybrid working policy which will require all staff to work 20% of their contractual hours at their office base (or another office for business reasons) from 1 September 2024 and increased to 40% from April 2025. Office attendance time includes in-person training, meetings with stakeholders and families, and attending events.

At the IOPC, we are committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the communities in which we serve. A more inclusive workforce enables us to be a more effective and efficient organisation, better understand and respond to the needs of our communities.

Positive action as detailed in the Equality Act 2010, allows us to use measures designed to help improve equality in the workplace, and create a level playing field for all, whilst still employing everyone based on merit. Our workforce profile data shows that people who identify as black, Asian and minority ethnic are under-represented at the IOPC. 

For this role – should we have a situation where multiple candidates have achieved the highest score and one identifies as black, Asian or minority ethnic, by using positive action, we can select that candidate for the role, therefore improving this area of under-representation at the IOPC. We will only use positive action in this way where the highest scoring candidates have all scored equally, at the final assessment stage, and above our required threshold.

Link to apply:

Closing Date for applications: 29th May

Contact details for queries:


We oversee the police complaints system in England and Wales and set the standards the police should apply when handling complaints.

As a totally independent body, not part of the police or government, we investigate and make decisions on serious and sensitive cases, including where police action may have led to death or serious injury.

Our work is challenging and high-profile. Focusing on the facts, we must be balanced, fair and totally independent. We must respect human rights, while getting to the heart of some of the most serious and sensitive cases. Most of all, we must gain and retain the confidence of everyone we meet by treating them with respect, integrity and honesty.

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