Senior Enforcement Lawyer vacancy in the Health & Safety Executive

Information for candidates applying for the Senior Enforcement Lawyer in the Health & Safety Executive

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Headline Information

Department Health & Safety Executive
Division Legal Adviser’s Office
Job title Senior Enforcement Lawyer
Location Bootle, Merseyside
Salary Grade 6 - £66,898 to £71,999
Application deadline Sunday 10 March 2019

Vacancy details

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is the independent regulator for work-related health and safety in Great Britain. At the HSE, we believe everyone has the right to come home safe and well from their job. That’s why our mission is to prevent work related death, injury and ill health.

HSE’s legal team perform a front line prosecution and enforcement legal service in support of this mission.

Our Legal Adviser’s Office consists of an enforcement and litigation team based at our headquarters in Bootle, Merseyside. We work closely with two teams of lawyers at the Government Legal Department who deal with our advisory and drafting work.

As a Senior Enforcement Lawyer, you will be part of an expanding legal team responsible for the most serious and high profile criminal prosecutions brought by HSE. Your caseload will also include the provision of advice to clients on a wide range of both operational and policy based issues. The work is of high quality and you will have ownership of specific cases as they progress.

Key responsibilities

The work will include:

  • Conduct of the most sensitive and serious cases dealt with by Legal Adviser’s Office, covering workplace safety in sectors such as the construction industry, hazardous installations, pesticides, offshore installations, the gas and electricity supply industry, manufacturing, hospitals and schools. In fact our cases cover a huge range of work activities often involving complex expert evidence

  • Advising on the investigation of such cases, especially where complex issues arise at an early stage

  • Dealing with appeals (in the Employment Tribunal) against enforcement notices issued by HSE Inspectors

  • Inquest work and liaising with Coroners when HSE is an interested person

  • The oversight and delivery of legal training to HSE’s inspectors, many of whom are highly specialised in their particular field

  • Building, maintaining and managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and other prosecutors. You will often be involved in the most sensitive cases arising from workplace deaths, liaising with the Crown Prosecution Service under the Work Related Death Protocol

  • Contributing to the leadership and management of Legal Adviser’s Office.


For further information on the post and to apply, please visit the Civil Service Jobs Website.

Published 25 February 2019