30254 - Law Reform Lawyer - Property, Family and Trust Law Team

£55,487 - £74,930
3
12 Months
London
Westminster
QUEEN ANNE'S GATE LONDON, SW1H 9AG
Grade 7, Grade 6
Aa
Fixed Term
Up to 12 months
Full Time
Legal Services

 Overview

The Law Commission for England and Wales is the statutory body set up under the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law of England and Wales under review and to recommend reform where it is needed.

We are looking to recruit up to three property lawyers to join the Law Commission’s property law team to work on our review of residential leasehold law which encompasses projects on leasehold enfranchisement, the right to manage and commonhold. We are seeking applicants with general experience of property law and leasehold work. It is also desirable, but not essential, to have experience relevant to one or more of the areas covered in the three leasehold projects – or interest in those topics and the ability to come up to speed with new areas quickly. More information about each of these projects is available on the Law Commission’s website.

The initial focus of these roles is likely to be on working with Parliamentary Counsel to draft new residential leasehold legislation and to amend the legislation governing commonhold, and then to prepare for and support any implementation of that legislation. There may also be opportunities to take forward new reform work on other leasehold areas. These roles are an excellent opportunity for lawyers to gain law reform, policy, drafting, bill development and stakeholder engagement experience. They are offered on fixed term contract for 12 months. Subject to business need, the fixed term could be extended, or the post could be converted to a permanent position.

The successful candidate will start as soon as the candidate’s terms of employment and Government security checks allow. Suitable candidates who are not successful will be held on a reserve list for future posts. Other posts may be available in the next 12 months, depending on the work of the team.

Background

The Law Commission’s aims are:

  • To ensure that the law is as fair, modern, simple and as cost-effective as possible
  • To conduct research and consultations with a view to making recommendations for reform for consideration by Parliament
  • To codify the law, eliminate anomalies, repeal obsolete and unnecessary enactments and reduce the number of separate statutes

The Law Commission is an independent non-departmental body sponsored by the Ministry of Justice. Further information about the Law Commission and its work can be obtained from its website at www.lawcom.gov.uk/.

A job description and outline of required skills are set out below.

Job Description

The main duties of this post are:

  • Working on one or more law reform projects with the Commissioner, the Team Manager, and (where relevant) other team lawyers and research assistants. This may include:
  • Assisting with the promotion and implementation of recommendations from completed projects, contributing to the consideration of new project work and working on other legal issues as they arise.
  • Engaging with stakeholders (both inside and outside Government).
  • Effectively managing one or more Research Assistants.
  • Acting as an effective and cooperative member of your law reform team and the Commission.
  • Acting as a leader and role model, supporting and encouraging the sharing of knowledge, skills and best practice.

Essential qualifications:

  • Academic: You must hold a minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree in any subject (or an overseas degree qualification equivalent to a 2.1 degree); and
  • Professional: You must be either a solicitor or barrister qualified to practise in England and Wales, or the holder of a law degree who can demonstrate a comparable level of legal ability (for example, as an overseas professionally qualified lawyer, a legal academic or a legal policy expert).

Selection process:

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience, Technical Skills and Strengths.

At the sift stage you will be assessed on your Experience, Behaviours and Technical Skills.

Experience

Demonstrable experience, career history and achievements that are relevant to the specific job role.

Behaviours

  • Delivery– you must be able to take responsibility for delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive
  • Making effective decisions – you must be able to use evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice, carefully considering alternative options, and the implications and risks of decisions
  • Working together – you must be able to form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally
  • Communicating and influencing – you must be able to communicate with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm.

Technical

Sound understanding of property and leasehold law. Specific experience or demonstrable interest in the law relating to one or more of the following areas is particularly desirable: leasehold enfranchisement, the right to manage and commonhold.

Candidates who are successful at the initial sifting stage will undertake an interview and other assessments to gauge their suitability for the role. These exercises will assess your Behaviours, Technical Skills and Strengths.

Salary, Working Arrangements & Further Information

There are fixed-term posts, for 12 months. Subject to business needs, there is a possibility that the fixed term could be extended, or that in due course the post could be converted to a permanent position.

The posts are available to full-time workers, job-sharers or part-time workers. The Law Commission operates flexible working arrangements including a flexi time scheme and the opportunity to work compressed hours, subject to business needs.

The appointment will be fixed term, and may be on loan (from another Government Department) or on secondment. If appointed there will be restrictions on your ability to undertake private practice.

If your application is successful, you will receive a formal letter offering you an appointment that will explain your terms and conditions of service in detail. Your appointment will include a period of probation.

Suitable candidates who are not successful will be held on a reserve list for future posts; such posts may be available in the next 12 months and offered to suitable candidates on the reserve list.

Salary

For external applicants, the salary range starts at £55,487.

This role is graded at Band Aa (a specialist grade within the Ministry of Justice’s Band A), or Band A if you are not professionally legally qualified. Band A has formerly been known as ‘Grade 7’ and ‘Span 8’. MOJ are currently consulting on the proposed regrading of Band A jobs to determine whether roles should be considered as ‘Grade 7’ or ‘Grade 6’. It is expected that this role will be evaluated as falling within the ‘Grade 7’ cadre.

New staff will be normally appointed at the starting point of the scale; higher starting salaries will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

We will consider applications from staff on promotion, but candidates will need to be able to demonstrate the ability to work at a high level on complex matters with senior stakeholders.

Membership of the Government Legal Profession

The GLP networks together Government lawyers and trainees, who between them provide legal services across the whole spectrum of government activities. Some are members of the Government Legal Department (GLD): others (like Law Commission lawyers) are not part of the GLD but are part of the wider GLP network. The GLP also maintains close links with lawyers in other parts of the Government, such as the Crown Prosecution Service.

A solicitor or barrister qualified to practise in England and Wales will, on joining the Law Commission, have access to the networking benefits and opportunities of the wider Government Legal Profession. This will also apply to overseas qualified lawyers who fulfil the nationality requirements and are eligible to practise in England and Wales under the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme. Information about the QLTS can be obtained from the SRA (www.sra.org.uk)

*Equal opportunity & diversity information: short description of your organisation’s diversity and equal opportunity policy

We are committed to treating people openly and with respect. As an equal opportunity employer we welcome applications from candidates regardless of their ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, sexuality, disability, marital status, age and race. For further information, please see the following:

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/resources/diversity-guidance

Interviews

Interviews are expected in the week commencing 25 November or 2 December 2019.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Generous allowances for paid holiday starting at 25 days per year, and rising as your service increases. There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Pension

The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits,retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Networks

The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

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.

Interviews are expected in the week commencing 25th November or 2nd December 2019.

12/11/2019, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk Please quote the job reference - 30254.

Further information

If you would like to discuss this post further, please contact Matthew Jolley, Head of Legal and Head of the Property, Family and Trust law team.

Email: matthew.jolley@lawcommission.gov.uk

Telephone:   0203 334 3371

Search reference: 30254

Closing Date: 12 November 2019

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why. 

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

  • You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
  • You were studying abroad
  • You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk) in the first instance

This Vacancy is closed to applications.