Information for candidates applying for litigation, advisory and employment lawyer vacancies in the Government Legal Department
|Job title||Lawyers – Litigation, Advisory and Employment|
|Salary||Grade 7 - £48,400 (London), Legal Officer - £42,000 ( up to 3 years PQE)|
|Application deadline||Midday on Wednesday 8 February 2017|
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.
GLD is looking for experienced and newly qualified lawyers to work in our Litigation Group, Advisory Divisions and Employment Group.
While previous experience or knowledge may be relevant to some vacancies, government work is likely to involve a rapid learning curve to acquire legal skills and knowledge not required in private practice. Strong intellectual and analytical skills are important. GLD will provide support to help you acquire the necessary expertise and have a thriving CPD-accredited in-house training programme.
GLD encourages its people to develop their skills and provides opportunities to move between advisory, litigation, employment and commercial law services during their careers. For Newly Qualified lawyers with under one year’s experience, GLD has recently introduced a scheme so that lawyers under one year qualified, spend two years each in a contentious and non-contentious post in order to develop their experience of the range of government legal work.