Government Legal Department

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    Bristol, Leeds, London, Manchester

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  • Published:

    144 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    14 August 2023

SI Hub - Drafting lawyer

The Government Legal Department is the largest provider of legal services across government, working on high profile matters that are frequently scrutinised in Parliament and the media. Our work includes:

  • Developing and drafting legislation
  • Providing legal advice on policies
  • Securing our economic and trade relationships
  • Ensuring value from commercial contracts worth billions of pounds
  • Providing the Civil Service’s employment law advice

We are at the heart of delivering the Government’s priorities and our success depends on our people.

GLD is a non-ministerial government department, sponsored by the Attorney General. We are headed by the Treasury Solicitor, our Permanent Secretary and employ nearly 3000 people, including over 2000 legal professionals. Our offices include London, Leeds, Bristol, Croydon and Manchester as well as overseas. We provide specialist legal services including Litigation, Employment and Commercial Law as well as advising most Government Departments on the policies and services they deliver.

GLD also depends on a range of vital corporate services. These are essential to the smooth and efficient running of the Department and provide the foundation to enable GLD to deliver outstanding legal services. Our corporate functions include Strategy, HR, Finance, Digital, Data and Technology, Communications, Security, Commercial and Project delivery. 

Our vision is to be an outstanding legal organisation and a brilliant place to work where everyone can thrive and fulfil their potential. This is an exciting time for GLD, with cutting edge legal work on global issues and a transformation agenda which is ensuring the Department exemplifies the Modern Civil Service.  

To find out more about what we do visit the Government Legal Department’s webpage or have a look at this short film which showcases the breadth of work government lawyers and legal trainees are involved in.

Job Description

The SI Hub is a team sitting within the Government Legal Department (GLD) which drafts statutory instruments (SIs) for each of the Government’s departments. The SI Hub was set up in 2015, and now has approximately 25 drafting lawyers and 5 members of the Senior Civil Service as the Senior Leadership Team.

The SI Hub drafts approximately 20% of SIs for each department so the subject matter is extremely varied. Our drafters have worked on projects relating to EU Exit, Covid, Russian sanctions and immigration.  Projects range in complexity from the very long and complex to the routine and straightforward.

The SI Hub also provides training and guidance to the whole of the Government Legal Profession and acts as one of GLD’s Centres of Excellence, which means that colleagues from across government come and ask us when they face challenging drafting issues and need expert input.  We are a friendly, supportive place to work with a focus on wellbeing and a good work-life balance

The Role

Job Description

The successful applicant will be responsible for drafting secondary legislation.  You must be prepared to work at pace, assist other SI Hub team members, and share your knowledge across the SI Hub and GLD. You will also be expected to play an active corporate role and, when you have acquired a sufficient level of experience, to provide training on SI related matters to legal colleagues across Government, usually in pairs, at least 3 times a year.

Key responsibilities for the role will also include:

  • Building effective and productive relationships with colleagues in the SI Hub and colleagues (legal and policy) who instruct you,
  • Role modelling sound professional skills

You may also be expected to manage a paralegal.

SI Hub Recruitment Open Evenings:

These virtual sessions aim to engage the potential applicants by giving them an insight into SI Hub. It is also an opportunity to hear from SI Hub’s Director’s Office, Senior Leadership Team members and the SI Hub Lawyers.

Thursday 27th July 2023 at 16:00pm-17:00pm

To register your attendance please email SI Hub team kinga.strzelczyk@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

For full job description + to apply click HERE 

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