Litigation Lawyer vacancies in the Government Legal Department

Information for candidates applying for the Litigation Lawyer vacancies in the Government Legal Department based in Leeds

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Headline Information

Department Government Legal Department
Division Litigation Group
Job title Senior Lawyer and Lawyer
Location Leeds
Salary Senior Lawyer (Grade 6): £58,150; Lawyer (Grade 7): £47,025; Legal Officer: £42,420
Application deadline Midday on Wednesday 6 December 2017


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 1,600 of whom are solicitors or barristers.

The department is based primarily in London but has teams in Bristol and Leeds and is planning an expansion of the Leeds office with a new dedicated office located a few minutes walk from Leeds City Station opening in late 2017. The office will be home to GLD’s existing Leeds teams which are currently located elsewhere in Leeds as well as new recruits from Commercial, Employment and Litigation specialisms.

Litigation Group provides litigation services on a range of public and private law matters to most government departments. We handle over 30,000 cases a year across 14 Deputy Director led teams in 2 Divisions. Each Division is responsible for public and private law litigation organised around our biggest client departments and sharing the remaining work for smaller departments.

Litigation lawyers work closely with operational and policy clients, reporting to ministers, to secure the best outcomes for litigation brought against the government.

The advertised posts are in the Ministry of Justice Private Law litigation teams at Grade 7 (Lawyer) and Grade 6 (Senior Lawyer) level and are for specialist civil litigation roles.

The posts will involve representing the Ministry of Justice in personal injury and other civil litigation. The teams litigate a full range of personal injury claims, the majority of which are on behalf of HM Prison Service. The cases include high value personal injury claims involving death or life changing injuries and cases which break new ground in the law (e.g. Cox –v- MOJ (Supreme Court) which extended the law of vicarious liability was a recent case in the team)). The teams also deal with a significant number of Human Rights Act claims and other tort claims such as false imprisonment, assault and misfeasance in public office. We also represent the Ministry of Justice at approximately 200 inquests a year relating to deaths in prison custody. Our work frequently has a high media profile and ministerial interest.


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 Litigation Lawyer Vacancy Notice

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Published 9 November 2017