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Principal - Commercial, IT and Procurement Lawyer

Reporting to: Business Lead – Automatic Enrolment Lead Lawyer
Team: Legal Services
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £57,711 with access to performance related pay and civil service pension scheme
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Thursday 7 May 2020

Job ref: 1814

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK, working with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement. We have an excellent office location in the heart of Brighton and have a diverse, lively and professional growing workforce.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work and doing all we can to support our people to reach their full potential. Join our expanding team for the chance to be a part of the biggest change to pensions in a generation.


We’re looking for an experienced procurement lawyer with strong commercial skills and a deep understanding of IT contracts.

Working closely with the procurement team you will provide advice and support on operational and policy matters to ensure best value, compliance with procurement rules, risk is managed appropriately, and disputes are resolved as effectively as possible. You will also provide advice organisationally to key stakeholders across TPR at all levels, including the CEO.

Your advice will be high quality, consistent, timely, commercial and pragmatic and will cover legal issues as well as legal risk on a wide range of subjects.

You will direct and support complex, large and high profile/high risk commercial negotiations and be able to represent and support TPR both internally and externally in a number of forums and proceedings.

You will play an important role in the legal services team, contributing to the knowledge management system and providing TPR wide training on areas within your remit as appropriate.


  • Provide high quality, timely, consistent and pragmatic legal advice to a range of different stakeholders.
  • Identify and advise on client decisions that create unmanaged legal risk and/or legal risk beyond TPR's risk appetite statement.
  • Provide advice which facilitates the effective project management of cases, commercial contracts, policy and procurement.
  • Lead on and support, as necessary, negotiations with external suppliers ensuring contracts are concluded successfully and disputes are avoided.
  • Contribute to the internal legal knowledge management system.

Essential criteria

  • Extensive experience as a solicitor or barrister with a current practicing certificate in England and Wales.
  • Comprehensive post qualification experience of providing consistent, clear, audience tailored risk-based advice on procurement - both IT and non-IT commercial contracts, information regulation and governance in relation to IT and European Law, as well as substantial technical knowledge of those areas.
  • Relevant knowledge of pensions legislation, Equality Act 2010, Data Protection Act 1998, Human Rights Act 1998, Freedom of Information Act 2000, IORP Directive 2003/41 and EIOPA Regulations 2010/1094 as well as elements of UCITs and Solvency II Directive
  • High awareness of current public law, procurement, commercial, information regulation and governance and European Law environment as well as strategic trends and issues.
  • Demonstrable ability to understand and support the needs and aims of TPR, present the organisations views both internally and externally, including assisting fellow internal advisers and experts present their outputs.
  • Highly organised, creative, resilient and self-motivated and able to prioritise a full portfolio of work and competing deadlines.
  • Excellent advocacy, negotiation and persuasive skills with a proven ability to influence, both orally and in writing, with experience of leading meetings and negotiations and presenting internally and externally at all levels.
  • Extensive experience of handling difficult situations and acting under pressure, including explaining the impact of unmanaged legal risk.

Person specification

  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Negotiating skills.
  • Calm under pressure.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Personable and a team player.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary from £57,711, we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location in Brighton

How to apply

We provide an exciting, supportive and flexible working environment, and are committed to helping our people meet their full potential.

The Pensions Regulator is an inclusive employer and offers equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. TPR welcomes applications from the BME and LGBT communities who are currently under represented at TPR.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please send your CV and a covering letter, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria to

If you have any enquiries with regards to this role or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email