Legal Advisor

National Crime Agency

Closing date: 11 Dec 2017

Reference number



circa £110,000 per annum


SCS Pay Band 2

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Legal Services
Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



Spring Gardens, Tinworth Street, London SE11 5EF.

About the job

Job description

The successful candidate will need to provide independent, accurate, timely and high quality legal advice to the Director General and the Board on the business of the Agency. They are expected to be an active member of the Agency Command Team, proactively spotting risks and leading cross Agency work on strategic issues.

This is a high profile role operating at Board level and actively contributing to wider policy development across Whitehall.

Key Responsibilities

• Advising the Director General and the Board on all legal matters relating to the Agency’s business, including governance and exercise of its powers, litigation, contract and employment law, identify and manage strategic legal risks to NCA’s work;

• Leading and managing the NCA’s large internal team comprising both generalist and specialist lawyers;

• Working with operational colleagues, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and their specialist prosecutors to maximize the probability of successful prosecutions, or other legal interventions;

• Advising on relevant EU and international legal developments;

• Managing external legal contacts for specialist advice as required and relations with the legal profession generally;

• Representing the Agency across Whitehall on all aspects of legal developments and proposals for legislative change affecting the Agency, the law enforcement and intelligence communities;

• Proactively spotting and addressing ethical and legal issues that may impact on public confidence in the Agency, engaging with the Independent Reference Group in the development of policy and operational practice as we develop new capabilities.

For further information about the role and for details on how to apply please see the attached Candidate Information Pack.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Advert Closing Date:09:00hrs Monday 11th December 2017

Short List Meeting:w/c 18th December 2017

Assessments:w/c 8th and 15th January 2018

Interviews :w/c 22nd January 2018

The final interview will be held at Spring Gardens, Tinworth Street, London SE11 5EF

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