Vacancy -- Government Lawyer

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Office of the First Minister and Brexit Group
Legal Services
Grade 7 - £49,625 - £59,350
£49,625 with more than 3 years experience, £29,850 with less than 3 years experience
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Permanent, fixed term or secondment - The exercise will also seek to identify a number of successful applicants either for posting immediately or for posting to opportunities that arise over the ensuing 12 months.
1 - 2 years or permanent
Pan Wales
'Pan Wales' means that the location in which the vacancy can be based is flexible, subject to the needs of the business. A list of the Welsh Government's offices can be found on our website ( Please note it may not always be possible to accommodate a preference for a specific office location, but requests will be taken into consideration.

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.

Key tasks:

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).

Development opportunities:

As a government lawyer you will be part of the Civil Service and the Government Legal Profession. Your experience will give you a unique understanding of the devolution settlement in Wales. It offers lawyers a unique opportunity to work within a dynamic environment that places them at the heart of devolved government, projects of national significance and profile, at the cutting edge of major constitutional developments, including the significant challenges raised by withdrawal from the European Union, and at the forefront of the policy and law making process.

Closing Date:

01/06/2020, 17:00

Disability Confident

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 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.

Can read some basic words and phrases with understanding
Can hold a basic conversation in Welsh
Can understand parts of a basic conversation
Can write basic messages on everyday topics

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.

Assessment Process

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 stage:

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:

Other Information

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

Barbara Brown - 03000 625406 -

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 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.