CMA756 - Legal Directors

Competition & Markets Authority

Closing date: 12 Mar 2018

Reference number



circa £95,000


SCS Pay Band 1

Contract type


Business area

Legal Services

Type of role

Legal Services
Senior leadership

Working pattern




Number of posts



London, WC1B 4AD

About the job

Job description

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) plays a critical role in promoting competition and making markets work for the benefit of consumers, businesses and the economy. Our work is high profile, complex and compelling with the potential to positively impact on the lives of everyone in the UK - and for those who join us, it offers a uniquely exciting professional opportunity.

Our team of Legal Directors are at the forefront of our casework, managing legal teams and leading on the advice and analysis that ensures our cases are underpinned by the very best legal insight which is informed by case law, anticipated future risks and marketplace changes. You will have the opportunity to work across a wide range of cases, including; merger control, market studies and investigations, regulatory activity, competition and consumer enforcement.

This is a highly visible senior management role and you can expect regular exposure within and beyond our organisation. You will be an accessible and inclusive manager, mentor and colleague both within your team and across our specialist professions and be an engaging representative of the CMA to external partners, government departments and at external events.

The role will suit fully qualified lawyers with successful track records in competition and/or consumer law as well as a sound understanding of regulatory and public law.

We are also currently recruiting for Project Directors and welcome applications from individuals with relevant legal or project delivery backgrounds. Should these roles also be of interest, we would encourage you to apply for both positions.

For full details about this role and the benefits of working at the CMA, please click on the apply button below.

Closing date: 11:59pm on Monday, 12 March 2018.


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

  • Degree educated (2:1 or above) or evidence of an equivalent high level academic achievement OR high level professional achievement.
  • Fully qualified lawyer entitled to practise in the UK or evidence of preparedness to sit and pass the QLTT on appointment.
  • Significant legal experience in casework involving a number of the following areas: competition enforcement, merger review, market studies and investigations, consumer enforcement, regulation and public law.
  • Demonstrable experience of excellent communication and representation skills, including negotiating with and influencing senior decision makers.
  • Experience of effective leadership and strong team-working skills, including managing and developing staff to ensure effective working with other professional groups.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


All CMA staff enjoy generous benefits, including:

• An excellent pension scheme
• 25 days leave (increasing to 30 days over five years)
• Favourable consideration of flexible working
• Generous maternity/paternity leave provision
• Childcare vouchers
• Interest-free season ticket loans
• Cycle to work scheme and our employee wellbeing programme.

If you’re already a civil servant being appointed on level transfer, you’ll retain your existing terms, including annual leave. Where you’re being promoted, however, you’ll receive the greater of a 10% pay increase or the new grade minimum. Applicants new to the civil service may be considered for appointment at a salary higher than the starting point indicated above (depending on skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications).

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

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 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

Sift/interview dates and location

The sifting date is 15 March. Interviews to be held the week commencing 9 April. The first part of the assessment will be a presentation for which preparation will be required (full details provided on confirmation of interview selection). The second part of the assessment will be a one hour competency based panel interview.

Further information

Equal Opportunity

The Civil Service is committed to providing services and developing policies which embrace diversity, promote equality of opportunity and eliminate unlawful discrimination. We are an equal opportunities employer and treat every application on the basis of merit alone. We also offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet our minimum selection criteria.

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of the following protected characteristics: Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Marriage & Civil Partnership, Pregnancy & Maternity and we will not tolerate any discrimination on those grounds.

Pension Statement

Pension schemes are available and more information will be provided to successful candidates. For further information on these schemes please refer to the following website

Our location is currently Holborn, London (Zone 1). In 2019 we are planning to relocate to either Zone 2 or Zone 3. Current locations being investigated are Canary Wharf as our preferred choice and Stratford as our second choice.

Recruitment Principles

The CMA’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

If your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Civil Service Commission

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