83865 - Lawyer

The national salary is £54,358 - £61,585, London salary is £58,847 - £66,670. Your salary will be dependent on your base location
3
12 Months
National
National
NATIONAL
Please note: Some of our MoJ Office locations, such as our Liverpool Justice Collaboration Centre, require higher levels of National Security Vetting. The MoJ is working to open more Justice Collaboration Centres and Justice Satellite Offices over time. Click here to learn more about where our currently open Justice Collaboration Centres and Justice Satellite Offices are, to identify where you may be based and understand National Security Vetting requirements of each location.
Grade 7
Grade 7
Permanent
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Flexible Working
Legal Services

Overview

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) protects people in England and Wales who may not have the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves, such as about their health and finance. We are an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), set up in 2007 following the introduction of the Mental Capacity Act of 2005.

OPG is responsible for registering lasting powers of attorney (LPA) and enduring powers of attorney (EPA) and supervising deputies who are appointed by the Court of Protection.

OPG is a fantastic place to work offering a range of development opportunities.  The OPG has signed up to the ‘Time to Change’ pledge which supports mental health in the workplace, as well as recently receiving a health and wellbeing charter accreditation as we are committed to developing a supportive and inclusive environment that reflects the diverse community we serve.

OPG is currently going through an extensive period of organisational change. This will be delivered by our transformation programme – “OPG 2025”. The ambitious plan is about changing the way we provide services. It will help us meet the growing needs of our users, partners and our stakeholders. It will make sure our users experience a better level of support. Overall, it will help us to respond to the changing needs of society. This is so we can better support adults at risk and create high-quality services that are accessible and affordable.

OPG is aiming to have a Digital Power of Attorney in place that meets our customer and stakeholder needs. We aim to have a multiskilled, flexible workforce, working within office/home based locations to meet civil service environment.

Job Description, Duties and Responsibilities -

Your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

Corporate/Leadership    

Strong communication and leadership within the business particularly when dealing with more junior staff.

Contribute as required to the change process and the development of new structures and processes that is underway in the legal team.

Work with other lawyers to identify: 

  • trends and develop legal training for staff within the legal department
  • development required to processes and procedures within the legal department
  • Working with key client departments, including policy, operations and stakeholder management to ensure legal basis of approach is sound

Contribute to the overall aims, objectives and performance of the OPG Legal Team and OPG’s Business Plan including work on diversity and inclusion, anti-bullying and staff engagement plans.

Develop relationships with senior leadership within a designated operational area of the business, to support the development of any action plans within that area.

Provide supervision and development for junior staff, and potentially trainee solicitors

Litigation

  • Conducting litigation on behalf of Public Guardian 
  • Providing legal advice on litigation, disputes, contentious and some advisory matters related to the Public Guardian’s statutory function;
  • Supporting the Team Leaders, Head of Litigation, and Deputy Director in successfully delivering the work of the team; 
  • proactive and collaborative working with external partners; 
  • Support clients investigating attorneys, deputies and guardians.
  • Draft/supervise drafting of court applications and supporting evidence
  • Act as instructing solicitor in relation to interim and final hearings – possibly appearing personally on occasion before the Court of Protection in directions/interim hearings.  

Advisory 

  • Respond to queries in a timely way, meeting internal targets
  • Ensure that advice is practical, written at an appropriate level and is understood by the caseworker
  • Produce advice and guidance for external stakeholders and the public that is of a high standard
  • Deliver relevant training on mental capacity law but also in associated areas – property law, trusts, powers of the Court, remedies etc.
  • Provide legal support to OPG in progressing improvements to legislation in accordance with OPG Business Plan ambitions
  • Provide legal advice/guidance and providing legal input to Parliamentary Questions, MP correspondence and complaints to the Public Guardian

Security, Diversity & Equality, & Health & Safety    

  • Ensure adherence to the OPG Information Security Policy, Email, and Internet Misuse Policy and to ensure ID cards are worn at all times.
  • Positively promote and implement diversity and equality of opportunity in all areas of work.
  • Take reasonable care for own health and safety and for the safety of others and abide by OPG Health and Safety procedure

Other Duties    

  • Undertake any other duties commensurate with the skill set of this post

Skills & Qualifications

Essential Criteria

  • Qualified solicitor or barrister
  • Excellent legal judgement and appreciation of legal risk, coupled with the ability to appreciate the operational impacts of litigation issues.  
  • Strong legal analysis, using legal research to produce timely and fit for purpose advice.
  • Good people and stakeholder management skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work at pace and meet challenging deadlines which requires you to be flexible/adaptable, setting priorities as the workload and focus within your area changes.

Desirable Criteria

  • Mental Capacity Act experience, particularly litigation within the Court of Protection
  • Experience of relationship development with operational colleagues
  • Experience of working in a government legal advisory position.
  • Proven ability to conduct litigation in a relevant context. 

Motivational Fit

  • Your motivation for wishing to work with the OPG and what you might contribute effectively to the role within the OPG.

Technical Legal Skills

  • Reliable legal judgement and appreciation of legal risk
  • The ability to think strategically and creatively, see legal issues in their wider context and advise accordingly
  • Sound analysis, using secure legal research to produce timely and fit for purpose advice

Application process

Sift Process

Candidates will be expected to provide a name-blind CV (2 pages of A4 maximum) plus a personal statement of no more than 1000 words capturing their suitability for the role based on the essential and desirable criteria, as well as Motivational Fit.

Interview process

If you are successful at sift, you will be invited to an interview which will use the Civil Service Success Profiles. At interview candidates should expect strength-based questions and behaviour-based questions on the following Civil Service Behaviours:

  • Working Together (Level 4)
  • Communicating and Influencing (Level 4)
  • Making Effective Decisions (Level 4)

All interviews will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams.

Candidates should also expect to complete a written assessment on the day of the interview. The written assessment will assess you on the Technical Legal Skill.

Should you be successful at sift-stage, further details on the written assessment will be provided to candidates in advance of interviews commencing. This information will be confirmed to you via email.

All interviews will be held remotely via MS Teams.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

Reasonable Adjustments:

At OPG we are committed to ensuring our workplace remains diverse and inclusive place to work. We want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. If you require any reasonable adjustments for any aspect of the selection process, do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

For further information on benefits of working for OPG, such as our Flexible Working Policy and a FAQ, please check the candidate information pack attached to this advert.

If your application for this role is unsuccessful, we may offer you an alternative role at the same or lower grade should one be available.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

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.

MoJ candidates who are on a specialist grade, will be able to retain their grade on lateral transfer.

All candidates who are currently in receipt of Mark Time / Pay Protection should ensure they are familiar with the new policy on permanent and temporary promotion which can be found on the employee intranet.

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

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 Ministry of Justice 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.

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. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Expected week commencing 11/3/2024

12/02/2024, 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 - 83865.
Please note the successful applicant will need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Security Check for this post.

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@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

Experience
CV
Statement of Suitability - 1000 word limit

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Behaviours
Working Together
Communicating and Influencing
Making Effective Decisions
Technical Skills
Technical legal skill
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.

The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.

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.