80865 - Litigation Team Leader

The national salary range is £28,672 - £34,196, London salary range is £30,259 - £38,390. Your salary will be dependent on your base location
1
12 Months
London, National
London, National
NATIONAL, 10 SOUTH COLONNADE LONDON, E14 4PU
HEO
PB HEO Inner London, PB HEO National, PB HEO Outer London
Fixed Term
up to 12 Months
Full Time
Legal Services

Litigation Team Leader

About the Parole Board:

The Parole Board is an independent court-like body that carries out risk assessments on prisoners to determine whether they can be safely released into the community. We do that with great care and public safety is our number one priority.  

All Parole Board decisions are solely focused on whether a prisoner would represent a significant risk to the public after release.  Not all decisions Members make are popular, but they make these decisions fairly and objectively.

The Board is made up of about 190 secretariat staff and approximately 300 Members who make decisions on risk and hold hearings remotely and at prisons around the country.

The Parole Board is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Ministry of Justice.  Staff who work for the Parole Board Secretariat are Public Servants and not Civil Servants.

The Parole Board recruits on a national basis and our Head Office is in Canary Wharf, London. Your salary will be determined by your location on the Civil Service pay scales.

You will be required to spend 20% of your time in person contact. This is either at the Head Office, a Ministry of Justice (MoJ) hub office, with Parole Board colleagues, members or MoJ colleagues, or in training. If you are a national candidate, please be aware that if successful, you will be expected to attend the Canary Wharf office at least quarterly for team or staff meetings. Travel for these purposes will be reimbursed for national employees. This role will require some travel outside of these requirements.

About the role:

Oversee all pre-action correspondence for damages claims, assisting the caseworkers with any challenges and negotiate settlement. Supporting the Administration officer with their duties.

Progressing non-disclosure appeal applications.

Person specification:

Your duties will be to support and lead the Litigation Team in sifting and progressing compensation claims and rule 17 applications submitted to the Parole Board.

You will supervise 2 case managers, 1 administration officer and report to the Lead for Litigation and Summaries.

It will be imperative that you are able to communicate effectively with a diverse range of individuals, at varying grades, with competing demands for how this process functions and produces.

Main Duties:

Litigation specific:

  • Manage rule 17 applications working closely with the Lead for Litigation and Summaries on the more complex cases where necessary.
  • Manage and progress compensation cases.
  • Oversee the invoices are paid and deal with any problems with payment issues (which are to be escalated to SSCL & MOJ if required).
  • Work closely with the MOJ finance team to provide figures on claims and assisting in accruals for the budget.
  • Obtain data for the annual report by reviewing litigation spreadsheets/logs in collaboration with GLD.
  • Provided Excel financial breakdown of litigation spend to finance in liaison.
  • Ensure that all records in relation to compensation claims are accurately recorded on the relevant spreadsheets.
  • Draft and issue Pre-Action Protocol responses.
  • Deal with any escalated queries from the Litigation Case Managers.

General:

  • Line manage 2 case managers and 1 Administration Officer in the Litigation Team, ensuring HR processes are followed, performance is managed and learning and development needs are met.
  • Manage the Parole Board’s reputation through the production of good quality decisions on applications, that have been checked for factual and legal accuracy.
  • Collect and analyse data within the team and provide statistics to Lead for Litigation and Summaries.
  • Work closely with other Parole Board teams to develop positive relationships with Members, ensuring they are supported to reach conclusions on whether a case should be reconsidered.
  • Respond to member queries.
  • Respond to email queries and any complaints.
  • Conduct weekly meetings with the Litigation Team.
  • To represent team interests as required and appropriate e.g. at meetings at an operational and strategic level.
  • Assist the Lead for Litigation and Summaries and other tasks appropriate to the role as assigned.
  • To facilitate and deliver training to new members of the team as well as other training required for case managers.
  • Allocate work to EO Case Managers where required.
  • To assist with covering the team during periods of absence and work as a team.

Experience required for the post:

  • Experience in using Microsoft programmes
  • Ability to work well within a team
  • Adaptable to change
  • Ability to follow processes, policies and guidelines
  • Be detail-focused and accurate
  • Experience in relaying complex information in a simple, digestible format at all levels – i.e. in order for stakeholders or service users to be able to easily understand
  • Previous experience in judicial reviews/compensation claims

Behaviours:

We will assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership

Security:

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Strengths. At the sift stage you will be assessed against Behaviours.

Should a large number of applications be received, the initial sift may be conducted using a lead behaviour. This will be the behaviour which is listed first in the job advert.

In the current climate, face to face interviews may be conducted virtually. If you are successful and invited to a virtual interview, please see attached the ‘Candidate guide for virtual interviews’ document that will help you prepare. If you have any issues with attending your virtual interview, please contact us in regard to this. Please ensure the contact details you provide to us are up to date and correct, as if successful, all communication for your interview will be sent to you through the email address provided.

The Parole Board offers a range of benefits:

For nationally advertised campaigns, candidates will be appointed to their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

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 Parole Board is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

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.

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 moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.
Expected Week Commencing 27th November.

13/11/2023, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0345 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com

Please quote the job reference - 80865.

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.

In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on one lead behaviour. The chosen lead behaviour for this campaign is Managing a Quality Service.
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@gov.sscl.com) in the first instance

We have provided detail of the assessment stages and areas being assessed to help you prepare for completing your application form, and to advise of what will be assessed following this, if you successfully pass the application stage.


Application form stage assessments

Behaviours
Managing a Quality Service - 250 word limit
Communicating and Influencing - 250 word limit
Changing and Improving - 250 word limit
Leadership - 250 word limit
A sift based on the lead behaviour, Managing a Quality Service, may be held if a large number of applications are received. If a large number of applications remain after the initial sift, your application will be progressed to a full sift, where all behaviours will then be considered.

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Behaviours
Managing a Quality Service
Changing and Improving
Leadership
Strengths may also be assessed at interview but these are not shared in advance.
Any candidate who has been assessed as being appointable to the role they applied for may be offered a similar, lower grade role, if one is available. Furthermore, any candidate who has just missed meeting the criteria for a particular role, may be appointed to a similar role at a lower grade if such a role is available, and if they have been assessed as meeting the criteria for the lower grade role. These appointments will also be made in merit order.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

The "Making the Civil Service a Great Place to work for veterans" initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which recognises and values your previous service in the Armed Forces.
For further details about the initiative and eligibility requirements visit : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Redeployment Interview Scheme

Civil Service departments are expected to explore redeployment opportunities before making an individual redundant. The MoJ are committed, as part of the Redeployment Interview Scheme, to providing opportunities to those who are 'at risk of redundancy'.

MoJ are able to offer an interview to eligible candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns. Candidate's will not be eligible for the Redeployment Interview Scheme if they are applying on promotion.

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

· UK nationals

· nationals of the Republic of Ireland

· nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

· individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020

· Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules

This Vacancy is closed to applications.