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Health & Safety Enforcement Lawyer (Grade 7)
  • Employer: Government Legal Department
  • Reference: 174321
  • Published: Mon 20/12/2021, 17:10 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 17/01/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: £55,625 - £61,226
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Westminster

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Health & Safety Enforcement Lawyer (Grade 7)

Flexible location – home working plus attendance in Bootle HQ and other UK offices

Reference number 174321

Ensure compliance. Build trust and confidence. Save lives.

At HSE, we work with one goal in mind – to help keep Britain’s workforce safe and healthy. As an independent regulator, our work touches virtually every sector of UK industry. We don’t just inspect workplaces and implement the law, we campaign for better H&S practice, craft and review guidance and regulations, and produce crucial research and statistics.

Our enforcement powers are central to our success in upholding the health and safety regime and saving lives. By ensuring that those responsible for causing death and serious injury are appropriately punished, our work contributes directly to public confidence, both in HSE and in the wider justice system.

The role

Joining our new and expanding Legal Services Division, you’ll have the opportunity to deal with some of the most complex and significant prosecutions in this area of regulatory law. You will handle your own caseload of criminal prosecutions, providing advice on investigations, making decisions to institute proceedings and managing any resulting court proceedings.  You will also deal with appeals against enforcement notices issued by HSE Inspectors, and conduct Inquest work, liaising with Coroners and other regulators.  As the team expands, you can expect to provide legal advice to the organisation on a wide range of topics, including operational and policy issues.

Your background

Primarily, we’re looking for criminal lawyers who are quick and keen to learn. Knowledge of health and safety law or experience in another regulatory environment would be an advantage, as would experience of instructing external legal providers and experts – but neither is essential.

A qualified Barrister or Solicitor, you will preferably have some experience of prosecuting. You’ll have strong analytical skills and sound practical judgement, coupled with an ability to communicate in a clear, effective and influential manner.  You’ll be a team player who can manage a busy caseload and deliver to tight timescales. An ability to build, maintain and manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and other prosecutors is important.


There’s a lot to look forward to here beyond the generous Civil Service pension and our commitment to flexible working. We put a high value on ongoing personal and professional development and offer access to learning opportunities tailored to your role. You can also expect annual leave of least 25 days.

Our work affects people’s lives across the UK, and it’s important that our teams reflect the diversity of the society we work to protect. So we look for people to bring different skills, perspectives and experience from all walks of life, and particularly welcome BAME, disabled and LGBT+ applicants, currently underrepresented in this discipline within HSE.