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Litigation Lawyer – criminal/regulatory

Reporting to: Business lead – Lead litigation lawyer
Team: Legal Services
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £60,335 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Friday 14 August 2020

Job ref: 1857

TPR grade: 6

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.

Role

We’re looking for an experienced litigation lawyer with strong criminal experience and a good understanding of regulatory and civil litigation.

Working closely with the legal, frontline regulation and other internal teams you will provide legal advice and support on operational and policy matters to ensure compliance with legislation and procedural rules, legal risk is identified and mitigations proposed, and cases are appropriately managed in accordance with PACTT principles and as effectively as possible.

You will also provide advice across the organisation to key stakeholders across TPR at all levels, including the CEO. 

Your advice will be high quality, consistent, timely and pragmatic, within a public law context 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 criminal cases 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

You will:

  • 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 progression and management of cases, meeting statutory and policy objectives and organisational priorities.
  • advise and support, or lead where necessary, criminal and/or regulatory investigations, in conjunction with external experts, legal advisers and suppliers
  • advise on effective analysis of material and compliance with disclosure obligations
  • ensure summons, associated prosecution materials and other pleadings, whether drafted internally by the client, by your hand or by counsel are appropriate and effective for the context
  • attend and conduct advocacy at first appearances, PTPH and substantive magistrates’ and crown court hearings and in other regulatory / civil proceedings and forums (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 criminal matters within a regulatory context, including complex cases, fraud, financial misconduct or other relevant context, as well as substantial technical knowledge of those areas and applicable legislation (eg. Fraud Act, Anti-Money Laundering regs, POCA, SOCPA, IPA, etc)
  • detailed and tactical working knowledge of investigative processes, PACE, CPIA and their codes, criminal procedure rules and associated court and hearing practices and procedures
  • comprehensive and relevant experience of working with other agencies, regulatory, investigatory and prosecuting bodies (such as police / COLP, CPS, NCA, NAFN, FCA, HMRC) and of applying the Regulators’ Code and PACTT principles
  • relevant experience and knowledge of regulatory / civil litigation and willingness to develop and expand experience in this area
  • knowledge of pensions legislation, as well as public law, including the Equality Act 2010, Data Protection Act 2018, Human Rights Act 1998, FOI Act 2000,
  • high awareness of current criminal law precedents and developments, as well as strategic trends and issues
  • demonstrable ability to understand and support the needs and aims of TPR, present the views of the organisation views both internally and externally with clarity, 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 and highly effective drafting skills in terms of a wider variety of documents, pleadings, advice, internal and external communications, and other written materials, with demonstrable success
  • 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 and the ability to adapt to suit different audiences
  • 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 of £60,335 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 to recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk along with a covering letter ,quoting ref 1857 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 recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk.