Government Legal Department Qualified Lawyer Recruitment Campaign (London)

Information for candidates applying for the Lawyer vacancies in the Advisory Divisions, Commercial Law Group, Employment Group and Litigation Group

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Headline Information

Department Government Legal Department
Division Advisory, Commercial, Employment and Litigation
Job Title Lawyer
Location London
Salary Grade 7 - £48,400 (London); Legal Officer - £42,420 (up to 3 years PQE)


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 1,800 of whom are solicitors or barristers. The department is based primarily in London but has teams in Bristol and Leeds.

These posts are London based only.

We are looking for highly capable qualified lawyers to join our supportive teams where we can offer a challenging and exciting career.

We provide legal advice to government departments on matters that are frequently scrutinised in Parliament and the media. Our advisory clients range from departments such as the Home Office, the Department for International Trade to the Department of Health and Social Care and the Ministry of Defence, to name just a few.

Whether you join us as an advisory, employment, commercial or litigation lawyer, we offer broad and unrivalled career opportunities.

We would be thrilled to receive applications from candidates whatever stage you are at in your legal career. Whether you are newly qualified, returning to work after a break, or looking to ‘do something different’, GLD is a supportive and happy place to work.


We welcome applications on a continuous basis between 1 December 2017 and 30 May 2018.

Applications will be assessed in 6 phases throughout period.

The cut-offs for each phase are:

Phase Cut-off (Midday)
1 27 December 2017
2 31 January 2018
3 28 February 2018
4 28 March 2018
5 25 April 2018
6 30 May 2018

Candidates should note that if all vacancies are filled at the close of a particular stage, then GLD may close subsequent phases.

Offers are made strictly in order of merit. Where candidates pass the Board but cannot be offered posts at that particular time, we may keep them on a reserve list for a period of time and offer a post at a later stage.

Applicants may only apply to one of the phases listed above. Repeat applications are not permitted within the period 1 December 2017 to 30 May 2018.


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 Vacancy Notice

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Published 1 December 2017