London, Leeds, Croydon or Bristol, with opportunities for home working
Grade 7: £50,500 - £61,000 (London); £48,985 - £58,000 (National)
Legal Officer: £43,916 (up to three years PQE)
Deadline: Midday on Wednesday 29th June 2022
As commerce comes to the heart of government, so does the practice of commercial law
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, health to
human rights, our work touches on most aspects of public life.
Now, with increasing demand for commercial legal advice, the Commercial Law Group (CLGp)
provides a single source of expertise across government. We offer vital support as priorities shift to
new ways of delivering services, driving value from departmental contracts and purchasing goods
and services. As a result, our commercial transactional lawyers are involved in some of the most
interesting, varied, complex and high-profile commercial in-house work in the UK.
Expect to be involved in nationally significant work that is often scrutinised in Parliament and the
media. We have been at the forefront of commercial efforts to meet the challenges of Covid19 and
EU Exit, as well as supporting a range of other projects from COP26 and international expos to a
new legal aid scheme, future farming, prison building, refugee accommodation and high-value
contract disputes relating to Covid19 PPE and Testing.
Government work is often novel and challenging and likely to involve a rapid learning curve when
joining from private practice. However, we have a strong culture of collaboration and mutual support
and a thriving in-house training programme. Newly qualified lawyers are also encouraged to join
CLGp and develop their careers with us.
Strong intellectual and analytical skills are important. We’re looking for lawyers qualified to practise as
a Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive in England and Wales. We’re keen that our
workforce reflects the wider public that we serve and will train lawyers from all backgrounds, but we
are particularly interested hearing from lawyers with the following:
• ability to analyse legal commercial problems
• a constructive approach to solving problems
• ability to provide legally sound, risk-based advice
• sound commercial legal judgement
• ability to communicate advice effectively both in writing and orally
• skills in drafting commercial contracts
• commercial and contract law experience
An exceptional communicator, you’ll be focused on quality and have a collaborative approach to
getting things done. Above all, you’ll be ambitious to challenge yourself and to make a contribution to
the UK’s future.
We will hold informal virtual Engagement Sessions for would be applicants for these roles, so you
can get to meet us and find out more about us and our work. This will be attended by senior legal
managers and lawyers. We will provide more detailed information on CLGp and the exciting and
wide ranging work we do, as well as providing you with the chance to ask questions.
These sessions are expected to take place on Tuesday 14 June and Monday 20 June (5:30pm –
6:50pm). For further information, please email the contact listed below, including details of which
post you are applying for and your preferred date of attendance:
GLD encourages its people to develop their skills and provides the opportunity to move between
advisory, litigation, employment and commercial law services during your career, should you wish to
do so. Other benefits include access to a valuable civil service pension and flexible working
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