Building Safety Regulator (BSR) Enforcement Lawyer - Health and Safety Executive

Health and Safety Executive

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 18th April 2021

 

Reference number

105587

Salary

£54,190 - £59,791

Grade

Grade 7
Band 2

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

HSE - Building Safety Regulator (BSR) - Legal Service

Type of role

Legal Services

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts

1

Location

Liverpool Northwest L20 7HS (There is a current temporary Covid 19 requirement to work from home)

About the job

Summary

HSE wants its workforce to represent modern Britain in all of its diversity

We want all our employees to feel that they can be themselves at work and to know that they are valued for the distinct perspective and experience that they bring.

We take the broadest possible view of equality, diversity and inclusion
We value the qualities that make you who you are
We believe that every member of the community has the right to work safely
We commit to nurturing and empowering our staff, so that they can progress their career as far as their talent takes them
We welcome applications from anyone who holds these same values and meets our personal specification for skills. We look forward to hearing from you.

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.

The Health and Safety Executive is a non-departmental public body which has statutory responsibility in Great Britain for securing the health and safety of workers and protecting the general public from work-related risks.
As part of the Government’s response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy HSE is establishing a new function as Building Safety Regulator (BSR)in England. This new role in HSE’s Legal Adviser’s Office offers a unique opportunity to contribute to an exciting and high-profile area of Government policy that aims to ensure that people living in high-risk buildings are both safe and feel safe.

More information about HSE can be found at www.hse.gov.uk.

HSE Legal Adviser’s Office currently consists of a growing enforcement and litigation team based at HSE’s headquarters in Bootle, Merseyside. It works closely with lawyers at the Government Legal Department in London who deal with HSE’s advisory and drafting work.

Job description

HSE has been involved in the response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy since June 2017. Our considerable knowledge and expertise of regulating the construction industry and operating major hazard regimes informed Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of building regulation and fire safety, as well as the Government’s reforms of the building safety system.

In January 2020, the Housing Secretary announced that a new Building Safety Regulator would be established in HSE. In July 2020, the Government published, for pre-legislative scrutiny, a draft Building Safety Bill setting out the most ambitious reforms to building regulation for a generation, including provisions covering the regulator’s mission, functions and powers.

The Government intends that the regulator will be responsible for implementing a new regulatory regime for higher-risk buildings in England, overseeing the safety and performance of the wider built environment, acting as head of profession for building control professionals, setting technical standards and providing technical advice to industry and Government, and helping to increase the competence of professions and trades working on buildings.

The programme to establish the BSR in HSE will involve working as a team and at pace, often to very tight deadlines. It will also include establishing good working relationships with, for example:

• Colleagues from MHCLG and the Home Office
• HSE counterparts working at the interfaces with building control and fire safety legislation and departmental legal teams
• Regulators from local authorities and fire and rescue services
• External stakeholders including public and private sector landlords, developers and construction companies, and residents’ representatives.

Responsibilities

As the designated BSR enforcement lawyer, you will be part of a team which deals with the most serious and high-profile criminal prosecutions brought by HSE and advises on a wide range of both operational and policy issues.

Your role will be to provide legal advice on the development of enforcement policy and sanctions for the BSR and in due course the implementation of these including appeals against enforcement decisions, prosecutions and delivering training.

Full training for this new role will be provided and ongoing support to develop your career as a regulatory lawyer with HSE.

You should demonstrate the following:

A good knowledge and experience of regulatory law. Knowledge of local government law and practice will be an advantage as will prosecution and civil enforcement experience.

An ability to quickly assimilate new areas of law with a keen interest in expanding your legal knowledge and skills

Strong analytical skills and sound practical judgement

An ability to communicate both in writing and orally in a clear, effective and influential manner

You must be able to actively manage your own caseload

A good, flexible team player who can deliver work to a tight timescale and who is capable of managing situations to get the best results from the resources available. This role may involve overnight stays.

Essential Criteria:

You must have:

• A sound understanding of public law.
• Reliable legal judgement and appreciation of legal risk.
• The ability to think strategically and creatively, see legal issues in their wider context and advise accordingly.
• Sound analysis, using secure legal research to produce timely and fit for purpose advice.
• Civil litigation experience preferably in Tribunals

Qualifications

You must be a qualified solicitor, barrister or a Fellow of CILEx and hold a ‘general qualification’ within the meaning of s.71 (3) (c) Courts and Legal Services Act 1990.

Behaviours

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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

Benefits

We invest in our people with;

• Competitive rates of pay.

• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute around 27.9%, far more than in the private sector.

• Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career.

• Up to 30 days annual holiday, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave

• Parental leave benefits: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.

Returning to work after a break
We appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications from individuals who have been out of work for some time and who have previous relevant experience.

Allowances
This post is eligible for Excess Fares Allowance. A successful internal candidate currently based at another office may be entitled to Excess Fares Allowance in line with HSE policy (http://intranet/finance/expenses/excess-fares-allowance-policy.htm)

Things you need to know

Security

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 and Experience.
Application Stage

You will be required to complete the Civil Service Judgement Test. If successful at the test, you will then be invited to submit the following:

- A CV setting out your career history, with qualifications, key responsibilities and achievements.

- A suitability statement (no more than 750 words) that answers the following question - Describe a piece of legal advice you have written where you demonstrate your ability to think strategically, creatively, see legal issues in their wider context and advise accordingly.

Guidance for the tests will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website. Please see attached link to find out more information regarding the test. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/preparing-for-the-civil-service-judgement-test

Interview Stage

At interview we will assess you on your qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience, along with the following behaviours:

Communicating and Influencing

Making Effective Decisions

Working Together

The closing date for receipt of applications is 23:55 on Sunday 18th April 2021.
A sift will take place week commencing 19th April 2021
Interviews will take place week commencing 3rd May 2021 via video.

A reserve list will be held for 12 months.


Information

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the terms and conditions they will adopt should they be successful in their application. For a summary of HSE terms and conditions as part of Civil Service Reform, please see the attached document.

Any move across the Civil Service on or after 4 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process, please contact: hr.resourcing-team@hse.gov.uk


Complaints:
If you believe that Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition have not been met you can raise a complaint by emailing: HR.Resourcing-Team@hse.gov.uk or by writing to HSE at the following address:
HSE Resourcing Team
2.3 Redgrave Court
Merton Road
Bootle
Merseyside
L20 7HS
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact Civil Service commissioners: https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/code/civilservicecodecomplaints/

Please access the following link for guidance on how to apply and how to complete a Statement of Suitability https://www.civil-service-careers.gov.uk/how-to-apply/

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 (or eligible for) status under 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 :  Tracey Anderson
Email :  Tracey.Anderson@hse.gov.uk
 
Recruitment team :
Email :  BSR-resourcingadmin@hse.gov.uk

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