Qualified Lawyer vacancies in the Government Legal Department

Information for candidates applying for the lawyer vacancies in the Department for Transport Legal Advisers at the Government Legal Department

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Headline Information

Department Government Legal Department
Division Department for Transport Legal Advisers
Job title Commercial Lawyer
Location London
Salary Grade 7 - £48,400 to £61,000 (London); Legal Officer: - £42,420 (up to 2 years’ PQE)
Application deadline Midday on Monday 19 March 2018


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 2,300 employees, around 1,800 of who are solicitors or barristers. The department is based primarily in London but has teams in Bristol and Leeds.

These posts are in the Department for Transport Legal Advisers based in London.

The government’s rail programme has never been more ambitious. Rail Group’s remit encompasses huge projects, including delivery of the next generation of intercity trains through the InterCity Express Programme, the Thameslink Upgrade and Crossrail - the biggest construction project in Europe. Rail Group is also running a bigger rail franchising programme than ever before. Rail Group and High Speed Rail Group are also working with HS2 Ltd and Network Rail to plan and deliver the railway of the future, as well as managing today’s network through a period of major change.

Both Groups are doing all of this against a backdrop of a highly complex and interconnected rail industry. Network Rail, train operating companies, rolling stock companies, manufacturers, the regulator and the wider supply chain all have roles to play. There are different levels of devolution to Scotland, Wales, London and some Passenger Transport Executives (PTEs). Our lawyers play a central role in supporting both Groups in delivering their challenging and diverse portfolio of work.

There is significant political and media interest in rail, which makes the work of both Groups exceptionally high profile.

We are looking to recruit more lawyers with a commercial background to support this nationally important programme of work.


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 Feb 2018

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Published 26 February 2018