Commercial Solicitor

Job Description

Salary: £60 532 - £71 000


Please note this vacancy has extended the closing date until 17th August. 

The Government Legal Department (GLD) is looking for senior commercial transaction lawyers to lead, manage, develop and supervise the work of other lawyers within our Commercial Law Group (CLGp). These are key leadership roles and we can offer a challenging and exciting career.

Commercial lawyers within GLD provide legal advice to government departments and public bodies on some of the most important and interesting projects and other commercial transactions in the country which are frequently scrutinised in Parliament and the media. Our clients are government departments such as the Home Office, the Department for International Trade, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Health and Social Care, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice, to name just a few. We offer broad and unrivalled career opportunities within CLGp and as part of wider GLD.

We would be delighted to receive applications from talented and motivated senior commercial and contract lawyers for these roles. Whatever your legal career to date, if you are currently working for the GLD or looking to ‘do something different’, CLGp is a supportive and collegiate place to work offering complex and challenging projects on matters of national importance.

Job description

These vacancies are for permanent roles in CLGp, across our national based teams in central London, Leeds, Croydon and Bristol. We have roles that can be worked full-time, part-time or as part of a job share. For certain roles, some travel may be required. Our salary range for Grade 6 lawyers is £63,734- £75,200 (central London) and £60,532 - £71,000 (national). There is potential to assess starting salaries based on experience and specialist skills. CLGp is a dynamic and specialist commercial legal service, which was launched in June 2014, to create for the first time, a single expert source of commercial legal advice across government.

Candidates may be based in any GLD national office, which are in central London, Leeds (our new office - Wellington Place Government hub), Bristol and Croydon. Some of our London teams are co-located in departmental client’s offices. GLD operates a hybrid work model – office based and working from home – you will be able to work from home for up to 60% of your contracted hours, spending the remainder of your time in your contracted location, subject to business needs

GLD is the largest provider of legal services across government, working with all the main Whitehall departments. From roads to rivers, and health to human rights, our work touches on most aspects of public life.
GLD has, at its core, client-facing advisory teams who provide legal advice across government on the development, design and implementation of government policies and decisions, draft secondary legislation and work with Parliamentary Counsel on primary legislation. In addition, we provide specialist and expert legal support in litigation, employment and commercial law to a wide range of government departments and public bodies.
GLD’s vision is to be an outstanding legal organisation, committed to the highest standards of service and professionalism and also a brilliant place to work where we can all thrive and fulfil our potential.


About you

With extensive and demonstrable commercial and contract law experience you’ll think creatively and strategically about a range of legal issues within a wider context and have proven experience of delivering advice accordingly. Your reliable judgement, analysis and appreciation of legal risk will pair with the confidence to give persuasive, balanced and strong risk-based advice.

Your excellent, well-rounded interpersonal skills will allow you to work comfortably at pace. Whether in your team or with internal and external stakeholders your pragmatic approach to developing strategies and delivering legal advice of the highest quality will ensure everyone is satisfied and confident in the organisation.

What you’ll receive

Working at GLD is going to be a constant and rapid learning curve. We offer a supportive and thorough career progression & development programme with opportunities to work in a number of legal areas and authorities. In return you can expect a competitive pay package, an excellent Civil Service Pension and 25 days’ holiday (plus an extra day off for the Queen’s Birthday).

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