Principal Lawyer - HP114001DB

National Crime Agency

Closing date: 23 Apr 2018

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Grade 6

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Business area


Type of role

Legal Services

Working pattern



37 Hour Week

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About the job

Job description

Location: London

Closing: Midday on Monday 23rd April 2018

Would you like the opportunity to contribute to the fight against serious and organised crime?
To lead a team of lawyers responsible for providing the Agency with high quality, timely and fit for purpose legal advice to enable the Agency to deliver its operational objectives.

Salary: The salary for this position is £64,346.  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 £3,258

This role is open to External candidates & Civil Servants on lateral & promotion basis.

About the NCA
Serious and organised crime is one of the gravest threats to the UK's national security. The National Crime Agency sits at the heart of the law enforcement response, protecting the public by disrupting and bringing to justice those serious and organised criminals who pose the highest risk to the UK.

We identify and disrupt serious and organised crime by investigating and securing the prosecution of those responsible. We also lead, support and coordinate work across law enforcement, locally, regionally and nationally to reduce the impact of serious and organised crime on the UK’s communities and deter people from becoming involved in such activity.

NCA officers work at the forefront of law enforcement, building the best possible intelligence picture of all serious and organised crime threats; relentlessly pursuing the most serious and dangerous offenders; and developing and delivering specialist capabilities on behalf of law enforcement and other partners.

There's no such thing as a typical NCA officer. We come from different backgrounds and cultures, speak many language and have diverse skills and experiences. What we have in common is dedication and a commitment to protecting the public from serious and organised crime.

Are you ready to join the team?

Application Process

As part of the application process candidates are required to provide evidence against the following Criteria as well as any essential/desirable qualifications & skills.

Behavioural Criteria

1) Problem Solving
2) Negotiating and Influencing
3) Strategic Thinking
4) People Management
5) Change

Technical Criteria

1) Good working knowledge of at least two areas of law listed in the role profile
2) Proven legal professional skills
3) Proven ability to advise effectively and quickly

Essential Qualifications/Skills:

Solicitor or Barrister qualified to practise in England and Wales

Desirable Qualifications/Skills:

Knowledge of the Proceeds of Crime Act
Civil litigation experience

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

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

• External Application Form
• Equality & Diversity Form

Please return both documents to mailbox no later than 12.00hrs Midday on Monday 23rd April 2018.

The Application Form, Guidance Notes, Role Profile and Personal Qualities Framework (PQF) should be attached. If they are not or you cannot download them please email 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 - Grade 1, Principle Lawyer - HP114001DB

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 alternative date.

If you wish to make a complaint in relation to any stage of the recruitment and selection process please email 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 an inclusive employer committed to developing a workforce which reflects the society we protect. We value difference, and recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the  Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles. More information can be found on

If you would like the application form in a different format, please contact the Recruitment Team via email to:-


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

  • Problem Solving
  • Negotiating and Influencing
  • Strategic Thinking
  • People Management
  • Change
  • Good working knowledge of at least two areas of law list in the role profile
  • Proven legal professional skills
  • Proven ability to advise effectively and quickly



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.

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.

Grade entry qualifications

Solicitor or Barrister qualified to practise in England and Wales

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

Dave Brown - 0870 496 8239

Sift/interview dates and location


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