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Principal - Pensions Lawyer

Reporting to: Lead Lawyer
Team: Corporate Services
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £64,532 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Friday 13 November 2020

Job ref: 1840

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.


We’re looking for a legal advisor, providing specialist pensions law advice, in relation to all types of occupational pension schemes. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to advise in relation to regulatory activity as well as policy initiatives within the regulatory policy directorate, which encompasses a broad range of activity.


You will:

  • provide robust, legal advice to TPR, which will include advice on the development and review of regulatory codes and guidance, implementation of new legislation and on the availability of TPR's powers to deliver mitigations to the risks to good member outcomes and take enforcement action where appropriate
  • contribute to the development of well-informed, consistent legal lines to take drawing on external advice as necessary
  • support the lead lawyers
  • provide legal risk mitigation advice in particular in relation to the development of operational policies and working processes and specialist consultancy in additional areas of individual specialisms (including public law, equality, judicial review risk mitigation, Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act legislation including on public service pension schemes)
  • enable lines of business to manage public law risk through training and embedding of public law principles
  • provide legal advice and analysis on cases for submission to the Determination Panel, tribunals and the courts

Essential criteria  

  • relevant legal knowledge including: recent experience advising on trust law, Pension Schemes Acts 1993, 2015 and 2017, Pensions Acts 1995, 2004, 2008, 2011 and 2015, Public Service Pension Schemes Act 2013 and working knowledge of Data Protection Act / Freedom of Information principles
  • demonstrable recent previous experience of advising trustees and employers of DC and DB schemes and detailed knowledge of the challenges facing pension schemes
  • knowledge of the operation of master trusts
  • knowledge management

Person specification

  • identify, prioritise and plan effectively –  mentor
  • deliver appropriate outcomes in line with our objectives – mentor
  • evaluate, learn, adapt and improve – mentor
  • understand our audience – experience
  • communicate clearly – experience
  • build good working relationships – mentor

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £64,532 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 along with a covering letter, quoting ref 1840 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