Information for candidates applying for qualified lawyer vacancies in the Government Legal Department
|Job title||Litigation and Advisory Lawyers|
|Legal Officer (less than 1 year PQE)||£35,950|
|Legal Officer (1 to 3 years PQE)||£43,200|
|Grade 7 (Over 3 years PQE)||£48,000|
|Application deadline||Midday on Wednesday 3 August 2016|
We are looking for experienced and newly qualified lawyers to work in our Litigation Group and Advisory Divisions.
The actions and decisions of government are under increasing scrutiny and challenge. Military action overseas, immigration policy, welfare reform, climate change and energy policy are just a few of the issues that generate legal challenges that can hit the headlines. GLD litigation lawyers conduct a wide range of often high profile cases, frequently involving questions of constitutional importance.
Litigation lawyers work closely with policy colleagues and advisory legal colleagues in client departments to reduce the exposure to litigation risk and to develop realistic contingency plans when the litigation risk materialises.
Government departments need to draw on the skills of advisory lawyers to bring to life policies for which ministers are accountable to Parliament and the electorate. The legal issues are often complex, novel and politically sensitive.
The legal approach may be scrutinised by Parliament, the media, courts, and other institutions, domestic, European and International projects are often fast moving and the problems brought to lawyers are often both urgent and unpredictable. Our advisory lawyers work closely with policy officials and other professionals in the Department to find legally sound solutions to deliver ministers’ priorities, even where these change overnight.