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Junior Lawyer

Reporting to: AE Lead Lawyer
Team: Automatic Enrolment (AE) Legal
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £43,329 per annum (inc 10% Market Premia)
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Monday 16 November 2020

Job ref: 61408

TPR grade: 8

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 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 2 junior lawyers to join the team that advises on AE. The successful candidates will provide advice and support on operational, policy and litigation matters to the AE directorate and other key stakeholders across TPR.

The successful candidate will:

  • provide good quality, consistent, timely, commercial and pragmatic legal advice on legal issues and legal risks over a wide range of subjects
  • support complex, large and high profile regulatory investigations and proceedings, and
  • represent and support the organisation both internally and externally.


  • Advise on AE litigation before the First Tier or Upper Tribunal, debt recovery in the County Court and Prosecution, including where appropriate the instruction of Counsel.
  • Advise the Compliance and Enforcement Team on cases that they are considering for enforcement action.
  • Advise on operational and policy developments within the AE directorate.
  • Identify, advise on, and escalate decisions that create unmanaged legal risk.
  • Contribute to the Legal Services teams know how – sharing knowledge and actively participating in training.

Essential and desireable criteria

  • A solicitor or barrister with a current practising certificate in England and Wales (or equivalent).
  • Experience of providing consistent, clear audience tailored risk based advice.
  • Ability to understand the needs and aims of an organisation.
  • Highly-organised, creative, resilient and self motivated and able to prioritise a challenging portfolio of work with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Good advocacy, negotiation and persuasive skills.
  • Experience of at least some of the following (i) providing pensions, commercial and/or regulatory law advice, (ii) devising and implementing a case strategy and (iii) preparing cases for litigation.
  • Awareness of the pensions and regulatory environment, including public law issues, and its strategic trends and issues.

Person specification

  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Personable and a team player.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £43,329, 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.

TPR 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 to along with a covering letter, quoting ref 61408 with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria and details of your notice period.

Please be aware we are currently holding interviews through Skype due to COVID-19.

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