Senior Commercial Lawyer (Leeds) vacancies in the Government Legal Department September 2019

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

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Headline Information

Department Government Legal Department
Division Commercial Law Group
Job title Senior Commercial Lawyer
Location Leeds
Salary Grade 6 - £58,700 to £71,000
Application deadline Midday on Monday 2 September 2019


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.

The Commercial Law Group (CLGp) was launched on 2 June 2014, to create a unified expert commercial law service for government.

The Grade 6 Senior Lawyer post is a key leadership role in our organisation, providing direction to mini teams and supporting Deputy Directors in the delivery of commercial legal services to large Government Departments and Executive Agencies.

This post is based in Leeds.

Post-holders are likely to be required to manage other lawyers within their team. They will be expected to lead and be responsible for a range of complex and challenging projects and to provide strong professional leadership helping to build capability in the organisation in line with corporate objectives.

Post holders will be expected to demonstrate strong communication and leadership skills as well as strong skills of legal and strategic analysis, sound judgement, pragmatism and pro-activity. They should be able to command the confidence of senior clients and ministers. They will also be expected to make a valuable contribution to the wider team and the department as a whole through knowledge management, training, projects and other opportunities that demonstrate GLD Values.

Senior Lawyers within CGLp will typically be required to provide specialist commercial advice across a wide range of areas including:

  • public procurement
  • contract drafting, interpretation and management
  • grant agreements
  • state aid
  • IP and branding issues
  • data security
  • other bespoke commercial arrangements

There is increasing demand for the Group’s services, largely due to the need to drive value from departmental contracts and because of new programmes of purchasing.

This increase in demand has led to the need to recruit high calibre, commercial lawyers to help lead and deliver our continuing success. Our Group offers some of the most interesting, varied, complex and high-profile commercial in-house work available anywhere. The work is broad but we do not expect candidates to cover every area when they join us.

Successful candidates can expect to be involved in some of the most high profile, complex and far reaching commercial issues in government.

This post is also available in London.


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 Senior Commercial Lawyer Leeds

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Published 12 August 2019