Director of Legal Services vacancy in the Welsh Government

Information for candidates applying for the Director of Legal Services vacancy in the Welsh Government

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Headline Information

Department Welsh Government
Division Legal Services Department
Job title Director of Legal Services
Location Cardiff
Application deadline 23:55 on Friday 10 May 2019

Vacancy details

The Director of Legal Services is the head of the legal profession within the Welsh Government, reporting directly to the Director General, First Minister’s Office, and providing direct support as required to the Permanent Secretary and to the Counsel General, First Minister and Welsh Ministers.

The Director leads and manages the Legal Services Department, responsible for the provision or oversight of all legal advice and services provided to the Welsh Government.

The primary roles of the Director are to ensure that legal advice and support of the highest quality is provided to the Welsh Government, to provide outstanding personal leadership to those working within the Department, and to create an inclusive and engaged environment in which legal analysis is objective, risk based, well-judged and proportionate to the task.

In addition to leading the legal team, the Director has a wider corporate role as a member of the Permanent Secretary’s Board and participates in the work of the Permanent Secretary’s Executive Committee and Senior Leaders Group within the Welsh Government. The Director is responsible for maintaining and developing strong links with counterparts in other devolved administrations and with lawyers within the UK Government.

The location of this post is flexible; however, there will be an expectation that, due to the nature of the role and the need to meet regularly with Ministers, the successful applicant will work from Cardiff for part of each week.


For further information on the post and to apply, please visit the Welsh Government Recruitment Website.

Candidate Brief Welsh Government Director of Legal Services

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Published 29 March 2019