Assistant Land Registrar

HM Land Registry

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 1st November 2021


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Grade 7
G7 Lawyer

Contract type


Business area

HMLR - Legal Services

Type of role

Legal Services

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Number of posts



Birkenhead, North West, CH41 6DU : Durham, North East, DH1 5TR : Nottingham, East Midlands, NG1 7AU : Plymouth, South West, PL6 5WS : Swansea, Wales, SA7 9FQ

About the job


Since 1862, HM Land Registry has protected and guaranteed people’s land and property rights by keeping and maintaining the Land Register for England and Wales. HM Land Registry plays an important role in the property market, underpinning property ownership worth over £7 trillion across England and Wales. Our ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data.

We are now looking for 15 Assistant Land Registrars to join our Land Registration Lawyers team and play a vital role in the delivery of first-class legal services to support HMLR’s ambition. This role can be either full time or part time to a minimum of 30 hours per week.

We are looking to recruit to five offices, Birkenhead, Durham, Nottingham Plymouth and Swansea, with three recruits planned for each. Appointments will be made based on merit, taking into account our priorities and posts available at a given location and candidates’ stated preferences. You can choose offices in order of preference, selecting up to three. Reserve lists will be locational rather than national.

Job description

Working as part of a national team of lawyers you will manage a varied caseload of complex and sensitive cases, complaints and financial claims under the land registration legislation and help deliver the Legal and Assurance Directorate’s business objectives. You will support HM Land Registry’s aim to maintain trust and confidence in the property market and to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data by providing legal and technical advice and making key decisions and giving direction in the most complex cases on matters such as land ownership, rights, interests affecting land, indemnity and disputed applications, working with our operational delivery teams based in 14 offices throughout England and Wales.

All of our roles are office based. However, HMLR is currently trialling an approach to blended working where individuals are able to utilise a blend of home and office working to enable them to work effectively and achieve the best outcomes for the organisation and our customers. Please note you will not be signed off with lawyer authority to settle cases without supervision until you have successfully completed your training course. During this period, you should expect to attend the office for at least 3 days per week. This is to help deliver the best level of training and learning experience and to keep you fully engaged in the process. Once your training period has been completed, working as part of a national team of lawyers, you may be asked to work virtually with other lawyers outside of your training office and may be required to travel to other HMLR offices as required from time to time, subject to business need and taking account of personal circumstances.


To take up a post, you must be qualified to practise as a Solicitor or Barrister in England and Wales or be a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives by the date of your appointment, but no later than 1 June 2022. If you are not yet qualified, you may be asked to produce evidence to show you are working towards the qualification and expect to achieve it no later than 1 June 2022.

Due to the breadth of the role, unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from Licensed Conveyancers who are not also qualified Solicitors, Barristers or Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (or likely to qualify within the above timescale). Knowledge of, and an interest in land registration, land law and conveyancing is desirable.

We are looking for applicants with legal professional skills who can exercise sound judgement to reach effective decisions quickly and manage risk, while handling a varied and busy workload, combined with strong communication and interpersonal skills, who will play a vital part in delivering the first-class legal services HM Land Registry needs as we transform into a digital organization.

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For more information please see the attached candidate pack and job description.


Qualified at time of appointment (but no later than 1 June 2022) to practise as a solicitor/barrister or FCILEx in England and Wales.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Developing Self and Others


A great place to work
HM Land Registry is a vibrant place to work with sport and social events and a variety of clubs. We offer flexible working to help you achieve a work-life balance that works for you and us.

Where difference is celebrated
We’re committed to fairness and equality for all, so you feel valued for who you are and what you do. Diversity fuels our innovation. Our shared values help us work together, to benefit the communities we serve.

Our employee diversity networks support our culture of inclusion and contribute to our diversity action plan. Our current focus is to encourage people from under-represented groups into management and leadership roles, especially people with disabilities, women and ethnic minority colleagues.

HMLR offers very competitive terms, conditions and benefits. We provide excellent opportunities for career progression, training and development. You will have access to Civil Service pension and benefits arrangements and generous leave allowances, as well as flexible working – exactly what you would expect from a progressive employer.

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Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
To apply, please paste your CV into the online form to include your qualifications and relevant roles (with main duties / key responsibilities only please); removing any personal details as the sift process is anonymous.

Within the role specific question boxes, please provide evidence of how you demonstrate the following “essential experience” criteria , from the attached job description, in no more than 500 words each for the three areas:

• Making pragmatic, reasoned legal decisions and showing initiative in, and giving direction to, complex legal cases and managing them to a successful conclusion.
• Proven ability to identify key issues and risks in complex legal cases quickly, analysing evidence and applying sound judgement, while managing the risks effectively.
• Effective communication skills, both in writing and verbally, to a wide range of audiences, and the ability to work effectively under pressure, while managing a broad workload and competing demands.

Please note that only the information provided in these question boxes will be used to assess these criteria, evidence from your CV or elsewhere in the form will not be taken into account.

Within 48 hours of you starting your application, a link will be sent to your email address containing a Critical Reasoning Test invitation. You will be expected to complete this test by the closing date of 1st November 2021. If after 48 hours you have not received the Critical Reasoning Test invitation, please email If you have any technical support issues when taking the Critical Reasoning Test please email

The sift will take place shortly after the closing date, with blended video interviews, which will include a technical legal question , held in or shortly after week commencing 15 November 2021.

The blended interview will test the technical skills, experience and behaviours listed in the job description, as well as the strengths associated with the role. We want to hear your first, unrehearsed, natural response to strength questions, and so we don’t advertise which strengths are being tested. The best way to prepare for strengths questions is to reflect on what you identify as your own personal strengths, and your preferred ways of working.

Please review your application form before clicking ‘submit’ – once you have submitted, you will not be able to amend your application. Ensure your application form is received by the closing date for receipt of applications – this is 23:55 on the advertised date.

HMLR is accredited to the Disability Confidence Scheme, which denotes organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled people. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria at the shortlisting stage are guaranteed an invitation to interview.
If any candidate requires the panel to consider a reasonable adjustment or there is anything else they would like the panel to take into consideration they are asked to notify us of this at application stage where possible or during the process as soon as it becomes a requirement.

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Richard Hill
Email :
Recruitment team :
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Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance to the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, please email in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from HM Land Registry then you may take your complaint to the Civil Service Commission:

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