Vacancy -- Government Lawyer
Purpose of Post:
The Welsh Government is in the midst of a period of unprecedented change. With new and enhanced powers following a new devolution settlement for Wales, and the need to undertake critical work relating to EU withdrawal, the Legal Services Department within Welsh Government is seeking a number of highly talented lawyers to strengthen its capacity at a critical time in UK and Welsh affairs.
With more than 100 lawyers and support staff, organised across a wide variety of subject areas, the Legal Services Department is the largest of its kind in Wales. It is responsible for the delivery of all legal services to Welsh Government. This work places government lawyers at the heart of devolved government. They advise on complex matters of public law, on projects of national significance, on major constitutional developments, on addressing the challenges of EU withdrawal and play a central role in the development of Welsh legislation.
The posts advertised are within a number of public administrative law subject areas including: fisheries; work connected with EU Withdrawal; procurement law; local government; tribunals; and education.
If you are attracted by working at the forefront of the law, Welsh Government would welcome your interest. You could be newly qualified, an experienced lawyer seeking to apply your skills in a new and different context, or attracted by an environment which offers and embraces flexible working arrangements. Applications from those who are not yet qualified are also welcome but appointment will be conditional on qualification having been obtained prior to start date. Applications from those who have previously expressed an interest in joining the Welsh Government legal team would also be welcome.
Specifically, the Legal Services Department is seeking to appoint lawyers who can provide additional capacity and public law expertise.
You will provide legal advice in a fast paced, public law environment where often the issues are high profile and significant in terms of the developing UK constitution. You will work in a team, gaining experience of working with lawyers, policy clients and Welsh Ministers to shape policy in Wales.
For further details of these roles, please read the Candidate information pack (link).
Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).
We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.
If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email SharedServiceHelpdesk@gov.wales as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.
Welsh Language Requirements
The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace.
The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.
Competencies / Job Specific Criteria
(Maximum 300 words each)
1. Sound legal analytical and problem solving skills including the ability to identify advantages, disadvantages and risks of possible courses of action.
2. The ability to communicate difficult legal concepts in plain and simple ways.
3. The ability to collaborate effectively with others.
4. The ability to maintain effective performance, integrity and impartiality in difficult and challenging circumstances encouraging others to do the same.
Job Specific Criteria
(Maximum 300 words each)
1. An understanding of Constitutional or Administrative law (e.g. the legal grounds for challenging decisions of public authorities), sufficient to identify potential legal pitfalls.
2. An understanding of EU law or Human Rights law, sufficient to identify potential legal pitfalls.
In the light of the COVID – 19 pandemic on going consideration is being given to how the selection process will be undertaken. The Welsh Government will work within the advice and guidelines that will be available at the appropriate time and we will advise candidates accordingly.
Application Form evidencing all competencies and job specifics.
Interview stage (if successful at application stage sift);
If successful at sift you will be invited to an interview. The job specific criteria and competencies will also be assessed at this stage. Before the interview there will be a legal test. The test will be based around the Government of Wales Act 2006. Please find attached the link in preparation: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/32/contents
The location is Pan Wales, however the successful candidates would need to undertake frequent travel to Cardiff to attend meetings with managers/ supervisors for up to 3 days per week.
Additionally, for the induction period of six months, it is expected that successful candidates are based in Cardiff for 3 days a week as a minimum
How to apply
All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system. If you have an impairment which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail SharedServiceHelpdesk@gov.wales to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to an impairment in order to submit your application.
To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system. Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account. Registration takes just a few minutes to complete. You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register. Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.
If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.
For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).
When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)
This vacancy is closed to applications.