Lawyer - Canary Wharf x 2

Independent Office for Police Conduct
London, UK
18 Sep 2019
21 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The IOPC's Legal Service is part of the Legal Services directorate. Our lawyers play an active and important role in all of the organisation's work. They advise caseworkers and senior managers on the exercise of our powers and also advise our investigators. They contribute to the development of organisational policy. Much of our work is high profile and lawyers are often called upon for advice on extremely sensitive matters which are subject to intense media scrutiny.


The post holder will work closely with clients across the IOPC including senior clients such as the Chief Executive, the Deputy Director General, Directors and Heads of Function. S/he will also be expected to develop professional working relationships with solicitors acting for complainants, police forces and individual officers and members of police staff, internal and external stakeholders at all levels but particularly with the Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO), the Information Asset Owners (IAO's), the IOPC Facilities Management (FM) team, the external accreditor, staff of outsourced suppliers and Home Office and CESG representatives.

The post holder will be security cleared to SC level.


To provide advice to organisation staff on all areas of the organisation's work including casework, investigations and policy.
The handle a caseload of matters including litigation cases, inquests and judicial review cases.
To undertake advocacy.
To participate in the development and review of organisational policy.
To participate in service wide initiatives and projects.
To lead on certain allocated legal issues.
To comply with the Legal Service's policies and procedures.
To comply with all relevant corporate policies and procedures.
To undertake other duties commensurate with the level and remit of the post as may time to time be allocated by the Head of Legal Services or another member of the Legal Services Senior Management Team.


Qualified solicitor or barrister entitled to practice in England and Wales.
Post qualification experience in at least two relevant areas of law - these include criminal law, police law, coronial law, public and administrative law and human rights law.
Experience of litigation.
Experience of advising on complex issues.
Experience of handling substantial and complex cases.
Knowledge of FoI and DPA matters would be desirable as would knowledge of complaints systems and handling.
Strong analytical skills with the ability to master new material rapidly.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Problem solving skills.
Approachable and constructive.
A good team worker but also able to work independently.

Job Description file

JD Lawyer Sep 19 External.docx - 22KB
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Working conditions

Applications for job share and part-time working will be considered.

Additional information

**Please note that this role may close early if sufficient applications are received. We would encourage you to apply early**

To be eligible for the role you must hold a practising certificate / be able to obtain one immediately from the relevant body. **Please confirm in the additional information section that you hold a practising certificate**

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, therefore a standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out for the successful candidate during the pre-employment process. SC Clearance will also be required.

Be yourself.

The diversity of our staff is one of our key strengths. We welcome applications regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, sex, marital or civil partnership status, parental status, religion or belief.

We're building a culture where difference is valued. Be part of it.

Closing Date

06/10/2019, 23:55

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