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Undercover Policing Inquiry

Undercover Policing Inquiry - Second Junior Counsel

The Undercover Policing Inquiry is seeking to recruit suitably experienced counsel to work as Second Junior Counsel to the Inquiry, at £80 per hour in central London (with occasional work outside London).
The successful applicant will join an expanding counsel team which consists of Counsel to the Inquiry (David Barr QC), two First Junior Counsel, three Second Junior Counsel and twelve Junior Counsel.
The Undercover Policing Inquiry was established to investigate and report on undercover police operations conducted by English and Welsh police forces in England and Wales since 1968. The Inquiry will examine the contribution undercover policing has made to tackling crime, how it was and is supervised and regulated, and its effect on individuals involved – both police officers and others who came into contact with them. For our terms of reference and more information about our work, visit our website at

Essential skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Sound legal judgment and strategic thinking
  • Ability to assess and evaluate complex material to reach clear and logical decisions

Desirable skills

  • A good understanding of the work of a public inquiry
  • Exposure to handling highly classified material in legal proceedings.

Inquiry work can vary from week to week, and the role will necessarily require some flexibility. However, the main duties are likely to include:

  • Identification of evidence required in order to further the terms of reference;
  • Drafting formal requests for evidence; reviewing and responding to applications for restriction orders over the disclosure of sensitive or private information;
  • Analysis and review of documents and witness statements disclosed to the Inquiry;
  • Working with other members of the Inquiry team to ensure effective progress;
  • Attending meetings with Counsel for key stakeholders;
  • Legal research;
  • Assisting with preparation for oral hearings, including drafting explanatory and other documents; and
  • Attending some oral hearings, including the possibility of some advocacy.


The successful candidate will need to be ‘Security Checked’ cleared prior to commencing work and should be willing to undertake ‘Developed Vetting’. The Inquiry will cover the cost of clearance if not already held. For further information about what this entails please see:

There is an expectation that successful candidates will commit to working on the Inquiry for a minimum of 30 hours a week up to a maximum of 45 hours a week.

If you have any queries about this advertisement please contact the Inquiry team on 020 3876 4760.

If you wish to apply for this interesting and varied role, working at the heart of a high-profile pu inquiry please send your curriculum vitae, with a covering letter (of no more than 2 pages) providing examples of how you meet the essential criteria for this role. Please also include any relevant legal experience. Our email is

The closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm on Friday 9 November 2018, with interviews in mid-November 2018.

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National Crime Agency

Interested in joining our dynamic and diverse workforce?

Serious and organised crime is one of the gravest threats to the UK's national security. The National Crime Agency sits at the heart of the law enforcement response, protecting the public by disrupting and bringing to justice those serious and organised criminals who pose the highest risk to the UK.

We identify and disrupt serious and organised crime by investigating and securing the prosecution of those responsible. We also lead, support and coordinate work across law enforcement, locally, regionally and nationally to reduce the impact of serious and organised crime on the UK’s communities and deter people from becoming involved in such activity.

NCA officers work at the forefront of law enforcement, building the best possible intelligence picture of all serious and organised crime threats; relentlessly pursuing the most serious and dangerous offenders; and developing and delivering specialist capabilities on behalf of law enforcement and other partners.

There's no such thing as a typical NCA officer. We come from different backgrounds and cultures, speak many language and have diverse skills and experiences. What we have in common is dedication and a commitment to protecting the public from serious and organised crime.

Are you ready to join the team?


All officers in the NCA are members of the UK Civil Service. You will be eligible for:

  • Civil Service pension scheme
  • 26 days annual leave rising to 31 on completion of 5 years continuous service
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Cycle2work scheme
  • We take the welfare of NCA officers very seriously. All staff have access to Occupational Health services and there are a number of staff representative groups. We also have a range of sporting and other activities on offer.
  • We can provide flexible working arrangements if the role in question is suitable. These include flexi-time, job sharing and compressed hours (working contracted hours over a shorter period).


Role Title: Lawyer

  • To provide expert, operational legal advice to different areas of the Agency.
  • The post holder must be capable of working independently within a team environment but also capable of working collaboratively on projects with colleagues both within and outside the Legal team.

To apply:

Please visit the Service Gateway Website , find the National Crime Agency Vacancies. The Civil Service Jobs reference number are below for the respective role available.

CS Jobs Reference: 1604548

Closing Date: Midday on Monday 12th November 2018

Salary: £53,053

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