They play a key leadership role providing direction to mini teams and supporting Deputy Directors in the delivery of commercial legal services to central government departments and executive agencies.
They will be expected to lead, and be responsible for delivering, a range of complex and challenging projects to quality and time, and will need to be comfortable working at pace and exercising judgment in relation to matters of national importance. They will be expected to role model sound professional skills whilst providing strong professional leadership when leading, managing and developing more junior staff and building capability in the organisation in line with corporate objectives. They will be a collaborative team player but with a willingness to challenge constructively
They will be able to command the confidence of senior clients and ministers, together with stakeholders using a variety of communication mediums as often clients are based in other/multiple geographic locations. Playing a proactive role on matters such as knowledge management, training, projects and corporate opportunities.
Senior lawyers will typically be required to lead large high value complex commercial projects whilst providing specialist commercial advice across a wide range of areas including:
• public procurement
• contract drafting, interpretation and management
• grant agreements
• subsidy control
• IP and branding issues
• data use and protection
• Information law
• other bespoke commercial arrangements
Successful candidates can expect to be playing a key role in delivering some of the most high profile, complex and far reaching commercial issues in government.
Significant and strong commercial and contract law experience is essential. Reliable legal judgement, analysis and appreciation of legal risk and the confidence to give persuasive, balanced and strong risk based advice. Significant recent public sector commercial experience, as a lawyer. Extensive complex commercial contract drafting experience in a public sector context. Skilled in presenting risk based legal advice to senior stakeholders. They will have sound knowledge of the procurement regulations and their application in practice and an ability to think strategically and creatively, seeing legal issues in their wider context and advise accordingly. They will have an awareness of Public Law in a commercial setting