Commercial Lawyer (Bristol) vacancies in the Government Legal Department April 2018

Information for candidates applying for the commercial lawyer vacancies at the Government Legal Department based in Bristol

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Headline Information

Department Government Legal Department
Division Ministry of Defence Legal Advisers
Job title Commercial Lawyer
Location Bristol
Salary Grade 7 - £47,025 (National); Legal Officer - £42,000 (National) up to 3 years’ PQE
Application deadline Midday on Tuesday 3 April 2018


Vacancy details

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 who are solicitors or barristers. The department is based primarily in London but has teams in Bristol and Leeds.

These posts are in the Commercial Law directorate based in Bristol, in the purpose built headquarters of the Defence Equipment and Support Agency at Abbey Wood. The team presently consists of 31 lawyers, 8 Legal Executives and a number of support staff.

Within the team there are currently seven main units, each of which advises on general commercial matters and on the following particular specialist areas:

  • Advising the MOD in its major projects. You would be assisting in initial business planning decisions, appointing and working with external lawyers, advising on public law issues, including the application of law and the relevant position post Brexit to procurement decisions, drafting contractual documentation, assisting in bidder selection and in negotiating with bidders to ensure the best possible arrangements are put in place. The work calls, amongst other skills, for the ability to understand the commercial world and practice, and provides the opportunity to be involved in new developments in Partnering and Alliancing

  • Advising on the effects of different regulatory structures on MOD’s commercial activities. You could be involved in advising on the environmental impact of certain projects, including possible land disposals, on the application of competition law in relation to mergers and acquisitions, or state aids or on the impact of data protection and freedom of information regimes on commercial matters

  • Advising on international activities. The MOD carries out much of its procurement in conjunction with the governments of other countries, where the arrangements are underpinned by agreements that require negotiation with assistance of careful legal advice

  • Advising the MOD on its legal position in disputes on major contracts. Any litigation is handled by the commercial litigation division of GLD, whose lawyers you will find yourself working with very closely.


For further information about the post and application enquiries, please contact the GLD Recruitment Team or telephone 0845 3000 793 or 0117 923 4417.

GLD Commercial Lawyers Bristol Vacancy Notice

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Published 1 March 2018