Senior Associate, Legal Team: Enforcement (maternity leave cover)

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Location Cardiff (CF14 3UZ), Manchester (M4 3AQ)
Salary £40,160.28
Team Legal
  • Closing: 12:00pm, 9th Jun 2023 BST

Job Description

About us

We are Britain’s national equality regulator and a United Nations accredited ‘A status’ national human rights institution.

We uphold people’s rights without fear or favour. We use the full force of our legal powers to defend people from unfair or unequal treatment and to challenge breaches of the law. We advise on developing laws and provide guidance, training and support to enable compliance.

We bring people together to create change. We work with employers, governments and a wide range of organisations, to promote understanding of equality and human rights and we support them to make improvements in practice.

Our new strategy for 2022-25 gives us a strong platform to show that we will use our powers to protect and promote equality and human rights, and that we have identified the main challenges in society where we can make a difference in our role as a regulator.

Overview of the role and responsibilities

This position offers a rewarding insight into the Commission’s enforcement role. As an Enforcement Team member, you will have the opportunity to learn new regulatory skills, work on a variety of enforcement projects using our different legal powers, and contribute to the strategic direction of our enforcement work.

You will be responsible for conducting high profile regulatory work, under the supervision of a Principal lawyer. You will need to be motivated, organised and enjoy working on a range of tasks and projects both individually and as part of a wider team.

Other responsibilities will include, assessing equality issues and identifying action that we may take, analysing compliance with legal and regulatory obligations, and work relating to our power to enter legally binding agreements under section 23 of the Equality Act 2006.

You will be working as part of a wider team who conduct cutting-edge litigation and interventions across a range of equality and human rights law. You will need to fulfil this role in a way that is in keeping with our values of fairness, dignity and respect, and display flexibility, accountability and initiative.

Team Responsibilities

This position offers a rewarding insight into the Commission’s regulatory enforcement role as well as an opportunity to develop your legal and/or regulatory skills and knowledge of equality law.

The key responsibilities of the Enforcement Team include:

  • Delivering high quality enforcement work in accordance with the Commission’s strategic priorities.

  • Managing a portfolio of enforcement matters, including binding legal agreements and high profile regulatory enforcement work such as investigations.

·         Identifying opportunities for use of the Commission’s enforcement powers to maximise positive impact.

  • Working with other teams within the organisations (legal and non-legal), exchanging specialist knowledge and skills.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Qualified solicitor, barrister, advocate/solicitor advocate (or other equivalent legal qualification) entitled to practice in England and Wales, with post-qualification experience. Alternatively, if not qualified or not entitled to practice in England and Wales, an equivalent level of skills and experience.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience required:

  • Ability to draft complex legal documents, and to translate legal concepts and advice into clear, concise language

  • Ability to evaluate information and evidence, identify key issues and use sound judgement to make appropriate conclusions and recommendations including to improve practices, policies and legislation

  • Ability to monitor, analyse and report on performance and impact across your areas of responsibility, and to contribute to maximising that performance and impact

  • Excellent organisational and project management skills, with an ability to manage and prioritise your work and others, ensuring that agreed deadlines are met and that work remains within budget

  • Ability to work as part of a team, including with other lawyers and non-legal staff, to contribute to the delivery of high quality enforcement work

  • Experience of communicating effectively with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders  


In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a range of benefits including flexible working patterns, 30 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays (full time FTE), access to the Civil Service Pension Scheme and partnership pension schemes, and enhanced parental leave benefits. More information can be found in [the candidate pack].

How to apply

If this sounds like the role for you, please review the attached Candidate Pack for more information and submit your application today!

If you have any questions, please refer to the contacts detailed in the Candidate Pack.

Disability Confident Leader

As a Disability Confident Leader, the Equality and Human Rights Commission offers an interview for people with disabilities (as defined by the Equality Act 2010 and The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004) and who meet the minimum criteria for this appointment.

Where high numbers of applications are received, the candidates that best meet the minimum criteria for the role may only be invited to interview. If you wish to apply for consideration under this scheme, please complete the appropriate section on the online application form. This will enable us to make the appropriate arrangements, if necessary.

If you require an alternative accessible version of the application form or wish to discuss your application or reasonable adjustment – please contact us by email at or by telephone on 0161 829 8100

Diversity in our workforce

At the Commission, we are proud of our respectful workplace that values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background.  We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone to ensure we achieve a balanced representation in our workforce in all grades.

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Fri 9th Jun 2023


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

Applications closed Fri 9th Jun 2023