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Legal Advisor Ref. 1315

Corporate
London, Cheltenham (located within an hour’s journey of Birmingham and Bristol)
£52,740 - £58,270
We are currently recruiting for up to 5 lawyers to join the team providing operational and employment advice.

Three of the posts will require the provision of advice about the legality of particular intelligence gathering operations. This will include statutory interpretation and advising on authorisation applications and a host of issues arising under public law, human rights law, international law, European law. In addition, these posts will variously require the provision of advice on information law issues and litigation in domestic and overseas forums. Some of the work of these posts will also entail advising on cyber-related issues.

One of the posts will predominately require the provision of advice on employment-related matters.

Another, which will principally entail providing advice to the National Cyber Security Centre, will involve aspects that combine commercial law and public law.
 
All the posts provide an excellent development opportunity for talented lawyers to expand their skills in a stimulating environment.

GCHQ lawyers work very flexibly as a team and the posts are therefore likely to appeal to individuals who are happy to work as self-starting team players in a dynamic environment.

We are committed to diversity and believe that talent thrives best in an inclusive environment. All of the posts are open to individuals who wish to have flexible working patterns.

The successful candidates will ideally have:

•    Excellent legal professional skills and powers of analysis and judgement.
•    Knowledge of and experience in one or more of the following areas: public law, human rights law, international law, European law, employment law, commercial law, information law, litigation.
•    First-rate communications and client care skills at pace.
•    The ability to work under pressure and to handle competing demands.
•    The ability to quickly learn new areas of law and operate autonomously with integrity.

Knowledge of both domestic and international law as it relates to cyber activities would be an advantage.

To be eligible to apply you will need to be a British Citizen and a qualified solicitor or barrister in a UK jurisdiction.

The posts are suited to full or part time/job share lawyer(s) working a 37 hour week.

The posts are permanent, but secondments would be considered where appropriate.

The posts will be based in London or Cheltenham, with reasonably regular travel to the other location being required.

The post holders will be required to undergo security clearance to Developed Vetting level.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and an ingenious cover letter of no more than two pages stating why they want the job and what they would bring to it. A sift will be conducted on the basis of this information and a short list for interview compiled.

The closing date for applications is 29th December.