Principal Legal

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Closing date: 30 Jun 2019

Reference number

4/1780

Salary

47,268 - 47,268
47,268.51

Grade

Grade 7
EHRC

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

EHRC - Corporate Law and Corporate Correspondence

Type of role

Legal Services
Other

Working pattern

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

Number of posts

3

Location

Manchester, North West, M4 3AQ

About the job

Summary

We are the Equality and Human Rights Commission. We stand up for freedom, compassion and justice in changing times. We do it by promoting and upholding equality and human rights ideals and laws across England, Scotland and Wales. Our work is driven by a simple belief; if everyone gets a fair chance in life, we all thrive.
We are now looking for three exceptional lawyers to join our Legal team who share our values of fairness, dignity and respect and can work with us to build upon our achievements and ensure our vision becomes a reality.

Job description

Legal Principals provide specialist technical expertise and advice on untested and grey areas of equality and human rights law; conduct cutting-edge litigation and interventions and/or exercise the Commission's regulatory enforcement powers and/or conduct complex legal advisory, policy and parliamentary work. They may also contribute to the smooth running of the Directorate working on projects such as pipeline development, impact measurement or operational issues. When required, they may lead project teams or attend/convene roundtables to address systemic issues.

There are three teams within the Legal Directorate: Enforcement, Litigation & Advisory, or Legal Intelligence & Impact. These current two vacancies are in the Litigation & Advisory team but principals may move teams in future either for professional development purposes or to meet business needs.

Responsibilities

The successful candidates will be a qualified solicitor or barrister entitled to practise in England and Wales with substantial relevant post qualification experience. You will have significant experience of supervising other lawyers conducting litigation.

You will be required to demonstrate our core skills of leadership, delivery management and stakeholder engagement outlined as well as certain knowledge, skills and experience outlined in the Professional Skill and Grade Profile document.

In return, we can offer you a great place and a dedicated team working with you on subjects that really matter to people. We will support you in developing professional skills and expertise, encourage you to seek out opportunities and provide opportunities for you to broaden your horizons, develop new skills, and progress your career

The Commission welcomes enquiries from everyone and values diversity in our workplace. A commitment to promoting diversity and developing a workplace environment where all staff are treated with dignity and respect is central to our recruitment process.

Benefits

Benefits

Benefits

The salary for this role is ?47,268.51. Those joining us from the Civil Service on a level transfer, will be offered the pay point closest to their current salary, wherever possible.

Flexible working patterns
Annual leave entitlement of 30 days plus 8 public holidays (pro-rated for part time employees)
Access to Civil Service Pension Scheme and Partnership Pension Schemes
Employee Assistance Programme
Season ticket loans
Employee benefits portal
Payment of professional subscriptions

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

Complete the application form and return to recruitment@equalityhumanrights.com before midnight on the closing date. No applications will be accepted after the closing time. Alternative accessible versions of the application form are available upon request.

The application form asks you to provide evidence of how you meet the core skills of leadership, delivery management and stakeholder engagement to the appropriate level, as outlined in the generic grade profile below. You are also asked to provide a statement on how you meet the professional skills for the role, also below.

Please send your application in the original Microsoft Word format. An electronic/e-mail signature will be accepted. Please see the application form for our postal address should you be unable to email your application. Alternative accessible version of our application literature is available upon request.
Should you wish to apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme or request a reasonable adjustment please indicate this on your application form. If you have a disability which requires an adjustment or a requirement for additional support please contact us at recruitment@equalityhumanrights.com
The application form also includes a diversity monitoring section which we encourage all our applicants to complete to assist us in meeting our equality objectives. This form will be treated in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and will only be used as part of the selection process in instances where it is legitimate to take positive action.

Selection process
Following the shortlisting, a variety of assessment methods may be used including psychometric assessment, competency based interview, technical interview and practical exercises such as presentation, in-tray exercise etc.
Full details will be available to successfully shortlisted candidates. Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Continuous employment

If you're employed by a non-departmental public body (NDPB) and/or by the Civil Service, applying for a job at the Commission will involve a change of employer and you may break the statutory rules on continuity of employment. By moving to the Commission from the Civil Service or an accredited NDPB you will retain your continuous service for the purposes of pension and compensation only.

Join us and you will be part of an organisation that not only champions human rights and strives to eliminate discrimination, but which also celebrates the fact that we are all equally different.

The Commission welcomes enquiries from everyone and values diversity in our workplace. A commitment to promoting diversity and developing a workplace environment where all staff are treated with dignity and respect is central to our recruitment process.

We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people. Read more information about our Guaranteed Interview Scheme at https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/careers/guaranteed-interview-scheme

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

Name : recruitment@equalityhumanrights.com
Email : recruitment@equalityhumanrights.com

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