Enforcement Lawyer vacancy in the Health and Safety Executive

Information for candidates applying for the Enforcement Lawyer vacancy in the Health and Safety Executive

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Headline Information

Department Health and Safety Executive
Division Legal Adviser’s Office
Job title Enforcement Lawyer
Location Bootle, Merseyside
Salary Grade 7 - £52,493 to £58,303
Application deadline Sunday 14 October 2018

Vacancy details

The Health and Safety Executive is a non-departmental public body which has statutory responsibility in Great Britain for securing the health and safety of workers and protecting the general public from work-related risks.

HSE believes that risk management should be about practical steps to protect people from real harm and suffering, not bureaucratic back covering.

If you believe some of the stories in the press, you might think that Health and Safety Law is all about stopping any activity that might possibly lead to harm. This is not HSE’s vision of sensible workplace health and safety - our approach is to seek a balance between the unachievable aim of absolute safety and the kind of poor management of risk that damages lives and the UK economy.

HSE Legal Adviser’s Office consists of an enforcement and litigation team based at HSE’s Headquarters in Bootle, Merseyside. It works closely with two teams of lawyers at the Government Legal Department who deal with HSE’s advisory and drafting work.

HSE’s legal advisers are able, committed lawyers, who enjoy a very broad range of high quality work. They have the satisfaction of knowing that their advice and casework can make a direct impact on saving lives.

As an Enforcement Lawyer, you will be part of an expanding team which deals with the most serious and high-profile criminal prosecutions brought by HSE.

You will also advise on a wide range of both operational and policy issues. The work includes:

  • Conduct of an interesting and very varied caseload, covering workplace safety in sectors such as the construction industry, hazardous installations, pesticides, offshore installations, the gas and electricity supply industry, manufacturing, hospitals and schools. These cases often involve complex expert evidence
  • Advising on the investigation of such cases, especially where complex issues arise at an early stage
  • Dealing with appeals (in the Employment Tribunal) against enforcement notices issued by HSE Inspectors
  • Inquest work and liaising with Coroners when HSE is an interested person
  • Delivering enforcement training to HSE’s inspectors, many of whom are highly specialised in their particular field.

The post will involve regular travelling throughout England and Wales, for example, to court hearings and case conferences. These may involve overnight stays.


For further information on this post and to apply, please visit the Civil Service Jobs Website.

Published 20 September 2018