Commercial Senior Lawyer vacancies in the Government Legal Department

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Headline Information

Department Government Legal Department
Division Commercial Law Group
Job title Commercial Senior Lawyer
Location Leeds
Salary Grade 6 - £58,700 to £71,000
Application deadline 2359hrs on Thursday 4 April 2019


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.

We are a non-ministerial government department with more than 2,500 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.

The Commercial Law Group (CLG) is a key part of GLD and provides specialist commercial advice to government on areas including public procurement law, contract law, intellectual property, data security and state aid.

At least two Senior Lawyer vacancies now exist within CLG’s Leeds based office. One post is advising the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the other is advising the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

In addition to these posts further opportunities for Leeds based Senior Lawyers may arise across CLG in the near future and may be filled via this process.

The Grade 6 Senior Lawyer post is a key leadership role in our organisation, providing direction to mini teams and supporting Deputy Directors in the delivery of legal services to large government departments and executive agencies.

Post-holders are likely to be required to manage other lawyers within their team. They will be expected to lead and be responsible for a range of complex and challenging projects and to provide strong professional leadership helping to build capability in the organisation in line with corporate objectives.

Post-holders will be expected to demonstrate strong communication and leadership skills as well as strong skills of legal and strategic analysis, sound judgement, pragmatism and pro-activity. They should be able to command the confidence of senior clients and ministers. They will also be expected to make a valuable contribution to the wider team and the department as a whole through knowledge management, training, projects and other opportunities that demonstrate GLD Values.

Senior Lawyers within CLG will typically be required to provide specialist commercial advice across a wide range of areas including:

  • public procurement
  • contract drafting, interpretation and management
  • grant agreements
  • state aid
  • IP and branding issues
  • data security
  • other bespoke commercial arrangements


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

GLD Senior Commercial Lawyers Leeds Vacancy Notice

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Published 14 March 2019