Senior Principal Lawyer (Job share, three days per week – 24 hours)

Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Team: Litigation & Advisory Team
  • Grade: Senior Principal
  • Salary: £61,117.92 (FTE Equivalent)
  • Location: Manchester M4 3AQ or Cardiff CF14 4YJ
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 26th Jan 2022 GMT

Job Description

About us

We are the Equality and Human Rights Commission. We are Great Britain’s national equality body and a United Nations accredited National Human Rights Institution. We were established by the Equality Act 2006 and our role is to protect and promote equality and human rights across England, Scotland and Wales. As a statutory non-departmental public body, we are funded by HM Treasury via the Cabinet Office, but we operate independently of governments.

We pride ourselves on being a flexible and inclusive employer. We celebrate difference, embrace diversity and support all our people to thrive at work. If this sounds interesting - apply to join us!

Our Vacancy

Working with an experienced and expert job share partner, this role represents the opportunity to join the Commission’s senior legal leadership, as co-lead responsible for one of our two Litigation and Advisory teams.

This is an exciting time to join the Legal Leadership Team, as we support the Commission in developing and implementing our new three-year strategic plan, 2022 - 25. The post-holder will be able to make a significant contribution to the work of our Legal Directorate, helping to oversee our strategic litigation and internal legal advice functions, contributing to ensuring the delivery our wider regulatory and statutory functions.

There is lots of work to do, and juggling our priorities and resources is not always easy, but if you are looking for a challenge, enjoy working in a flexible, supportive and technically expert professional team, in a role where you will be able to have impact in issues affecting real people’s lives – then this may be the vacancy for you.

Key Responsibilities

We are recruiting for a part time Senior Principal Lawyer to join the team in a leadership role on a job-share basis. Reporting to the Chief Legal Officer, you will perform a key role in the delivery of our strategic litigation and in house legal advice functions.

  • You will be an experienced senior lawyer, responsible for managing and overseeing the work of one of the Commission’s two Litigation and Advisory teams, undertaking strategic litigation on behalf of the Commission, delivering our Strategic Plan objectives.

  • You will be responsible for working with external lawyers whose litigation we are supporting, as well as directly leading in-house lawyers conducting litigation on behalf of the Commission.

  • You and your team will provide excellent and timely legal advice to internal colleagues at all levels across the organisation, up to and including Board Level.

  • You will take an active part in the wider management and leadership of the Legal Directorate, working in close collaboration with your job-share partner and other members of the legal leadership team, to respond in an agile, timely and focused manner to emerging regulatory issues, whilst still delivering against our planned legal activities.

  • You will be involved in developing our relationships with our wide range of legal stakeholders, and working with colleagues in our Communications Team to highlight the impact of our strategic legal work, both internally and externally.

What we are looking for

  • You will be a qualified solicitor or barrister entitled to practise in England and Wales, with substantial relevant post qualification experience in one or more of the specialist areas of law we regulate.

  • You will have the ability to manage and direct a legal team of up to 8 people, undertaking complex litigation and providing specialist technical expertise and advice on Equality and Human Rights law and practice.

  • You will be used to providing legal quality assurance to the highest standard, across all outputs you are responsible for, and for taking personal conduct of the most high risk, complex or sensitive legal work.

  • You will have the ability to work effectively as part of the Legal Leadership Team, contributing to developing the strategic direction and operational effectiveness of the Legal Directorate and the Commission’s wider Regulatory Network.

  • You will be a credible, articulate and persuasive communicator to staff and colleagues at all levels of the organisation, and able to establish and promote networks internally and externally to generate intelligence, strategic litigation cases and stakeholder support.

  • You will have an understanding of, and ideally experience in the formulation of legal strategy and priorities, together with a clear understanding of the wider cultural environment and social context in which the Commission operates.

Important InformationCurrently we are trialling hybrid working, which is where an employee works part of the week in their EHRC office and part of the week from home. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and your office will be your contractual place of work. The number of days that anyone will be able to work at home will be determined primarily by business need. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working, including whether a hybrid working arrangement is suitable for this role or for yourself, will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.

Benefits

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!

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an accredited Disability Confident Leader and operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for candidates with a disability.

Should you wish to apply under our Guaranteed Interview Scheme or request a reasonable adjustment, please indicate this in your application.  

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 recruitment@equalityhumanrights.com or by telephone on 0161 829 8100.

Diversity in our workforce

At the Commission, we are proud of our inclusive workplace where we celebrate difference, value everyone’s contribution and where people of all backgrounds can thrive.  We do not accept discrimination or harassment, and all our recruitment decisions are based on fair and open competition, with appointment on merit. We are committed to further growing our workplace by making sure that the talent pipelines for our most senior roles are as diverse and inclusive as they can be. We welcome applications from everyone and encourage disabled people and people from an ethnic minority background to apply. This is to ensure we are taking positive action in order to achieve our legitimate aim of a balanced representation in our workforce at senior grades.

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  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

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