G2 Senior Lawyer x5 and G3 lawyer x2 - HP1026901DB

National Crime Agency

Closing date: 29 Aug 2017

Reference number



G2 - £52,008 to £59,816 and G3 - £41,607 to £47,853


Grade 7
NCA Grade 2 & NCA Grade 3

Contract type


Business area

Other - NCA Legal

Type of role

Legal Services

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time



Number of posts




About the job

Job description

The NCA is an organisation which leads the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime. This includes class A drugs, child exploitation, people smuggling and human trafficking, major gun crime, fraud, cyber crime, money laundering and the corruption that organised criminals use to facilitate these crimes.
We work to imprison serious criminals, and use many other tactics to disrupt crime and keep people safe. In particular, we want to ensure crime doesn’t pay and that it’s harder to commit. We also draw on innovative new approaches to prevent crimes from happening in the first place.
We expect our Officers to work to the highest standards of behaviour in everything they do.

Our values and behaviours are:

Flexibility – seeking continuous improvements to the way that we work, adapting to find solutions to difficult problems.

Integrity – acting with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

Respect – treating everyone with dignity and respect, valuing diversity, working in partnership, and sharing knowledge and best practice.

Serving the public – being proud to put the public interest at the centre of everything we do.

Transparency – being truthful, open and accountable for our actions.

Grade & Role Title: G2 Senior Lawyer x5 and G3 lawyer x2
Vacancy Reference Number: HP1026901DB
Open to: Substantive and External Staff on Lateral Transfer or Promotion, Permanent & a 2 Year Fixed Term Contract/Loan
Location: London
Closing Date: Midday on Tuesday 29th August 2017
Generic Role Profile Number: RP22302
Salary: the salary bands for these positions are £52,008 to £59,816 and £41,607 to £47,853 respectively.  Where existing Civil Servants apply on transfer to the NCA at the equivalent grade, pay principles on Civil Service transfers will apply.

Additional London Weighting Allowance of £3,226 is payable as the posts are all London based.

Role summary:

To provide legal advice to the National Crime Agency.
The 7 posts are:

1. to provide legal advice to the International Corruption Unit on bribery, corruption and sanctions matters. – This role is a 2 Year Fixed Term Contract with can be filled on a LOAN Basis.
2. to provide advice on information law issues.
3. within our civil recovery and tax team, to advise on proactive litigation targeting the assets of serious and organised criminals.
4. to provide advice on litigation brought against the NCA. (3 posts)
5. to provide employment law advice and deal with employment law casework

Lawyers provide legal advice to all areas of the National Crime Agency. The post holders must demonstrate reliable judgement and have a sound appreciation of legal risk. The post holders should be capable of working independently within a team environment and collaboratively with colleagues both within and outside the Legal team and Agency.

The post holders will work closely with policy and operational colleagues giving clear and actionable legal advice, often in complex and urgent circumstances. The post holders will operate with a high level of autonomy and responsibility, focused upon protecting the public from the threat of serious and organised crime in accordance with the Agency’s values and the applicable legal framework.

As lawyers, the post holders are expected to represent the NCA in meetings and other fora from time to time and may perform a management function within the current legal team structure.

Candidates are required to provide evidence against ONLY the following competencies taken from the Civil Service Competency Framework.

- Making Effective Decisions – uses sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice

- Leading and Communicating - Strong written and oral communication skills with an ability to explain and provide clear and constructive advice on complex legal issues; and evidence of taking the initiative and engaging in wider corporate activity

- Changing and Improving – Resilience to work in a changing environment

- Managing a Quality Service – Strong interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work flexibly and effectively with clients and colleagues at all levels, within and across teams

- Delivering at Pace – An ability to assimilate new work quickly and to take on new projects at short notice.

Candidates are ALSO required to provide evidence against the following Entry Criteria taken from the Role Profile.

- Legal Professional Skills - has reliable legal judgement and appreciates legal risk; produces sound analysis, using secure legal research; has an in-depth understanding of the legal issues specific to their current post; and understands the wider Government context of their work.

- Knowledge of at least two areas of law listed in the role profile

- Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines


Barrister or solicitor qualified to practise in England and Wales with sufficient PQE to satisfy the senior level of these roles.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Making effective decisions
  • Leading and communicating
  • Changing and improving
  • Managing a quality service
  • Delivering at pace
  • Technical Criteria 1: Legal Professional Skills
  • Technical Criteria 2: Knowledge of at least two areas of law listed in the role profile
  • Technical Criteria 3: Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines

Civil Service Competency Framework



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 security check.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

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.


Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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

For HR Queries: David Brown 0117 372 0060

Sift/interview dates and location

Shortlisting is scheduled for w/c: 4th September 2017
Interviews are scheduled for w/c: 20th September 2017

Further information

To apply:

Please carefully read all the information on this advert and the attached documents.

Candidates must fully complete the attached two forms to be considered for this vacancy:

• External Application Form
• Equality & Diversity Form

Please return both documents to central.recruitment@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk mailbox no later than 12.00hrs Midday on Tuesday 29th August 2017.

Please also specify the role or roles in which you are interested.

If you already work for the NCA and wish to apply for this role you must complete the Internal Application Form found on the NCA intranet.

The Application Form, Equality & Diversity Form, Guidance Notes and Role Profile should be attached. If they are not or you cannot download them please email central.recruitment@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk for an application pack

To ensure that your application / emails regarding this vacancy are actioned please ensure that the title of the email contains the vacancy reference number - G2 Senior Lawyer x 5 and G3 lawyer x 2 – HP1026901DB

Should an application arrive after the stated deadline it will not be included in the recruitment process, regardless of the reason.

Should you be successful at short listing but cannot attend on the date/time allocated to yourself for an interview date The Recruitment Team cannot guarantee an alternate date, regardless of the reason.

If you wish to make a complaint in relation to any stage of the recruitment and selection process please email central.recruitment@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk. please ensure that you refer to the campaign reference number. If you remain dissatisfied following the outcome of your complaint you have the right to contact the Civil Service Commission to pursue it further.

To be considered, you will need to successfully complete SC clearance before commencing the role and for specified roles DV clearance within the first 12 months as part of your probation period.
You will also be required to undertake a mandatory pre-employment substance misuse test and achieve a satisfactory result.


The NCA is a Disability Confident Employer. If you would like this application form in a different format, please contact the Recruitment Team using the details shown towards the end of the form or email:- central.recruitment@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles. Further information about the Recruitment Principles can be found on http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/
The NCA complies with and expects all its employees to reflect the values outlined in the Civil Service Code, for further information please review the code.

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