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Head of Legal

Reporting to: Director - Legal Services
Team: Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice (RPAA)
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £91,987 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Wednesday 30 September 2020

Job ref: 1935

TPR grade: 4

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.


  • To provide oversight over operational legal work across the legal function.
  • To provide expert technical input and advice to the Director and Heads of Case Management and Head of Compliance and Enforcement on complex or critical cases and be point of escalation for other leads.
  • To identify issues of strategic legal significance and to escalate as appropriate.
  • Working with General Counsel (GC) to develop and maintain the provision of legal services to the organisation. Oversee deployment of resource from legal team and in particular support Director of Enforcement, Director of Supervision and Head of Compliance and Enforcement with relevant team strategies.
  • To represent TPR as required externally in relation to matters of a strategic significance.
  • To work collaboratively as part of, and contribute to relevant management groups across TPR.
  • To build relationships across the TPR legal team and wider organisation to ensure TPR lawyers have a clear understanding of priority work activities.


  • Lead and line manage lead lawyers (not Determination Panel Lead Lawyer).
  • Attend RPAA Management Committee and risk committees. Attend other department management meetings as appropriate.
  • Represent TPR as required externally and engage with external stakeholders.
  • Provide strategic legal advice and support to GC, Executive Director Frontline Reulation, Executive Director Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice, Director of Enforcement, Director of Supervision, Director of Automatic Enrolment or Head of Compliance and Enforcement.
  • Strategic involvement in the provision of legal advice on complex cases and or policy including providing legal advice to senior management as required.
  • Oversee strategic output of legal team.
  • Identification of new/emerging significant legal risks and to escalate/share/resolve those issues as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the management of the enforcement and supervision Regulation team by playing an active role as a member of the enforcement and supervision management team.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Managerial and leadership experience.
  • Experience of operational planning.
  • Demonstrable ability to understand and support the needs and aims of an organisation.
  • Extensive experience providing consistent, clear, audience-tailored risk-based advice.
  • High awareness of the pensions and regulatory environment (including public law issues) and its strategic trends and issues.
  • Highly organised, creative, resilient and self-motivated and able to prioritise a full portfolio of work and competing deadlines.
  • Ability to Manage competing demands across a broad range of complex areas.
  • Ability to Resolve competing views within the legal team and between teams.
  • Acting autonomously and exercising sound legal judgments.
  • Proactively identifying strategic risks, issues and opportunities leading to improved regulatory (including legal) outcomes.


  • As part of policy and case work, demonstrable ability to present the organisation’s strategic views both internally and externally, working with other advisor heads of to present their outputs.
  • High confidence and ability to authoritatively communicate externally with legal and industry experts.
  • Development and implementation of clear and achievable strategies.
  • Crafting strategic solutions to senior management on policy, operational, legal and organisational issues.

Person specification

  • Strong leadership skills and people management qualities.
  • Qualified lawyer with extensive experience with current practicing certificate for the UK.
  • Comprehensive post-qualification experience of two or more areas: regulatory, pensions, litigation and or public law.
  • Extensive experience in instructing Counsel and working closely with Counsel.
  • Outstanding drafting and presentation skills and the ability to communication complex legal and technical issues to non specialist audiences.
  • Relevant legal knowledge - Pension Schemes Act 1993, Pensions Act 1995, Pensions Act 2004 and related legislation.
  • A good understanding of diagnostic regulatory tools, risk mitigation strategies and techniques.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary from £91,987, 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 and inform your line manager of your application.

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