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- F021 Principal Legal Public Law Specialist, UK

Salary£46,569.96 - £46,569.96

Job description

To provide specialist technical expertise and advice on public law including judicial review and on equality and human rights law; to develop litigation strategies and proposals in relation to a wide range of issues; to conduct cutting-edge litigation; to advise on and to exercise the Commission’s statutory regulatory powers. This is a new fixed term role with a focus on development of the use of the Commission’s power under section 30 of the Equality Act 2006.
A Principal in our legal team will be a qualified solicitor or barrister entitled to practice in England and Wales with substantial post-qualification experience. The role holder will report to a Senior Principal and will work autonomously, with the support of the Legal Leadership Team. They will provide specialist technical legal expertise and advice on public law and equality and human rights law; conduct high-risk legal actions and regulatory work; provide legal input into specific projects, legal briefings and guidance on equality and human rights issues.
The key responsibilities for this role include:
• To develop the use of the Commission’s legal powers, and in particular its use of section 30 Equality Act 2006, by advising and working collaboratively with staff at all levels and across the Commission
• Conduct of litigation and/or legal policy work and/or regulatory and enforcement legal work, mainly autonomously
• Analysis of information and investigation of evidence to assess compliance with the Equality Act 2010, Human Rights Act 1998, and international human rights law.
• Provision of specialist technical expertise and advice on equality and human rights law, with detailed knowledge and substantial experience of public law litigation in several of the following areas: education, employment, social welfare, health, access to justice, privacy and security, criminal justice, EU law, discrimination law, immigration and asylum, prison law, regulatory law.
• Translation of legal concepts into clear, concise language, making recommendations to support decision-making or promote external compliance
• Communication of complex legal concepts and advice into accessible, user-friendly documents for both internal and external non-legal audiences
• Delivering legal training internally and externally
• Writing effective and technically accurate submissions, briefings and reports
• Identifying and engaging with internal and external stakeholders, developing and building effective relationships
• Planning and organising your own work and supporting performance management and development of our team
• Regular travel to other offices, court hearings and meetings is required.
Qualified Solicitor entitled to practice in England and Wales.
Qualified solicitor or Barrister entitled to practice in England and Wales
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
Civil Service Pension
30 days holiday plus public holidays
Comprehensive Learning & Development programme;
Season ticket loans;
Bicycle purchase loan;
Childcare vouchers;
Employee assistance programme;
Payment of professional subscriptions;
Support for external qualifications.
London weighting of £3,200 P.A if the successful candidate is London based.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.
Selection process details
How to apply
Complete the application form and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before midnight on the closing date. No applications will be accepted after the closing time. The application form asks you to provide evidence of how you meet the core skills of leadership, delivery management and stakeholder engagement to the appropriate level, as outlined in the generic grade profile above. You are also asked to provide a statement on how you meet the professional skills for the role, also above.
Please send your application in the original Microsoft Word format. An electronic/e-mail signature will be accepted. Please see the application form for our postal address should you be unable to email your application. Alternative accessible version of our application literature is available upon request.
Should you wish to apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme or request a reasonable adjustment please indicate this on your application form. If you have a disability which requires an adjustment or a requirement for additional support please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The application form also includes a diversity monitoring section which we encourage all our applicants to complete to assist us in meeting our equality objectives. This form will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act and will only be used as part of the selection process in instances where it is legitimate to take positive action.
Selection process
Following the shortlisting, a variety of assessment methods may be used including psychometric assessment, competency based interview, technical interview and practical exercises such as presentation, in-tray exercise etc.
Full details will be available to successfully shortlisted candidates.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.
Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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Application Form
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Application Form Guidance
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Grade Profile Principal
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Qualifications and Skills
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Job posted on 13 November 2017.
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