Government Legal Department Commercial Lawyer Recruitment Campaign (London)

Information for candidates applying for the Commercial Lawyer vacancies in the Government Legal Department

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Headline Information

Department Government Legal Department
Division Commercial Law Group
Job title Commercial Lawyer
Location London
Salary Grade 7 - £48,800 to £61,000 (London); Legal Officer - £42,844 (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 2,500 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.

These posts are London based only.

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

When you join GLD’s Commercial Law Group we offer broad and unrivalled career opportunities.

We would be pleased 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 17 December 2018 and 20 February 2019.

Applications will be assessed in waves throughout the period.

The cut-offs for each wave are:

Wave Cut-off (midday)
3 20 February 2019

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 17 December 2018 to 20 February 2019.

Please note you can only apply for either a Commercial or Commercial Litigation role. If unsuccessful for one, you will not be considered for the other.


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

Vacancy Notice GLD Commercial Lawyer Recruitment Campaign (London)

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Published 17 December 2018