Employment Lawyer vacancies in the Government Legal Department

Information for candidates applying for the Employment Lawyer vacancies in the Government Legal Department based in Leeds

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Headline Information

Department Government Legal Department
Division Employment Group
Job title Lawyer
Location Leeds
Salary Grade 7: £47,025; Legal Officer: £42,420
Application deadline Midday on Wednesday 20 December 2017


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 2,200 employees, around 1,600 of who are solicitors or barristers. The department is based primarily in London but has teams in Bristol as well as an ever expanding presence in Leeds, making this an exciting time to join one of our teams there.

GLD’s Employment Group provides employment litigation and advisory services to central government. It contains 90 lawyers, currently 8 are based in Leeds with the remainder in London, and is divided into 5 SCS led teams based around particular clients with the work falling into 4 categories:

  • HR advice and litigation including advice on individual cases and advice on collective and strategic HR issues such as departmental restructuring or advice on major departmental policy issues such as Prison Reform.
  • Large scale multi party litigation (e.g. part time judicial office holder cases)
  • Advice to Cabinet Office and CSEP on overarching civil service employment issues
  • Transactional employment work (insourcing and outsourcing contracts involving staff transfers)

The GLD prides itself on staff development and there will be opportunities in due course to move within the Employment Group and the wider Government Legal Department.


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 Employment Lawyers Vacancy Notice

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Published 17 November 2017