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Litigation Lawyer

Reporting to: Business Lead - Lead Litigation Lawyer
Team: Legal Services
Contract type: Fixed Term – up to 12 months (maternity cover)
Salary: £61,844 to £82,095 (inc. 15% market premia) per annum dependent on skills and experience, with access to performance related pay, bonus and civil service pension scheme
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Tuesday 9 February 2021

Job ref: 81318

TPR grade: 6

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK. We work with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement.

We have a fantastic office located in the heart of Brighton that is a short distance from the train station, shops and the sea.

We put our 700+ employees first by supporting flexible working and offering a diverse, lively and inclusive environment. This includes LGBT+ Network (PROUD), Women’s Network, BAME Network (ME) and a Disability Network, which offer supportive spaces to connect with like-minded individuals.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work. We do all we can to support our people reach their full potential with training, secondment and development opportunities.

Role

We’re looking for an experienced litigation lawyer with strong commercial litigation experience and a good understanding of regulatory litigation to provide maternity cover under a fixed term contract for up to 12 months.

Working closely with the legal and frontline regulation teams you will provide advice and support on operational and policy matters to ensure probity, compliance with legislation and procedural rules, risk is managed appropriately, and cases are managed proportionately in accordance with PACCT principles and 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, and in particular litigation related matters.

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.

Responsibilities

  • 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 on TPR’s statutory powers and which facilitates the effective progression and management of cases, to meet statutory and policy objectives and organisational priorities.
  • Contribute to the development of case strategies, including for high risk, high profile and complex cases, where the use of TPR’s statutory powers is being considered.
  • Advise and support, and provide lead litigation support as necessary, regulatory investigations, in conjunction with external experts, other legal advisers and suppliers.
  • Advise on effective analysis of voluminous and complex material and compliance with disclosure obligations.
  • Prepare cases for submission to TPR’s Determinations Panel, or brought in the High Court or Administrative Court and/or under appeal to higher courts such as the Upper Tribunal or Court of Appeal under applicable rules.
  • Ensure regulatory notices, statements of case, associated materials and written submissions, whether drafted internally by you, the client, or by counsel are appropriate and effective.
  • Attend and effectively support counsel in preparation and at Determinations Panel hearings and court/tribunal hearings.
  • Have experience and be willing to conduct advocacy at hearings and other regulatory / civil and other relevant fora (subject to rights of audience).
  • Contribute to the internal legal knowledge management system and assist in the supporting learning and development of colleagues and clients through formal or informal training as required.

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 legal advice on a range of commercial and regulatory litigation matters, including high risk / high profile, complex cases, such as insolvency / restructuring, fraud, financial misconduct or other relevant context, as well as substantial technical knowledge of those areas and applicable legislation.
  • Detailed and tactical working knowledge of investigative processes, procedure rules and associated court and hearing practices and procedures.
  • Comprehensive and relevant experience of working with other regulatory, investigatory, and prosecuting bodies (such as the FCA, HMRC and Insolvency Service) and of applying TPR's Code and PACCT principles.
  • Relevant knowledge of criminal litigation and willingness to develop and expand experience in this area.
  • Knowledge of pensions legislation, as well public law Equality Act 2010, Data Protection Act 1998, Human Rights Act 1998, FOI Act 2000.
  • High awareness of current litigation precedents and developments, as well as strategic trends and issues.
  • Demonstrable ability to understand and support the needs and aims of TPR, with ability to present the organisation’s views both internally and externally, including assisting fellow internal advisers and experts to 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

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Negotiation and communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Approachable and a team player.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary from £61,844 and £82,095 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

Please send your CV and a written statement to recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk quoting ref 81318. The statement should be no longer than 500 words, describe why you would be a suitable candidate and how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria.

We are an inclusive employer and offer 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.

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

If you have any queries about this role, or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk.