Senior Lawyer (Corporate)

About the role

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced and highly motivated Senior Lawyer with experience of public procurement, commercial and contracts, and employment law to join our brand-new organisation.

Social Work England is a specialist body taking a new approach to regulating social workers in their vital roles. This is a unique opportunity to use your skills and expertise to ensure that people receive the best possible support whenever they might need it in life. We were established by statute and the law is the thread running through all our functions.  Much of what we do as the regulator stems from our legislation – The Children and Social Work Act 2017 and the Social Workers Regulations 2018 but in addition to that we must also comply with legislation and statutory frameworks that relate to the way in which we operate as a business and an employer.

As the Senior Corporate Lawyer, you will be responsible for providing legal advice across the organisation and you will work closely with colleagues in our finance and corporate services directorates, managing legal risk and helping to ensure that Social Work England operates in a legally sound way.

What will you do?

  • Support the Executive Leadership Team and senior leaders by providing timely, accurate and high-quality legal advice in respect of public sector procurement, commercial and contracts, and employment law.
  • Commission advice and manage relationships and contracts with external legal services on a range of legal issues.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders and legal representatives.
  • Keep up to date with relevant legal and policy developments in your area(s) of practice and effectively share learning across the organisation.
  • Develop effective processes to ensure compliance with relevant legislation.
  • Assist in the drafting of policy and operational guidance for decision-makers.
  • Advise on high risk matters such as procurement challenges, contractual disputes and issues, and employment tribunal cases.
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the business and build strong relationships with the leadership team in order to champion, prioritise and embed appropriate legal advice.
  • Work with the Senior Lawyer (Regulatory) to continuously review and improve the quality of the legal team’s output and processes.

What are we looking for?

  1. Significant experience as a qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
  2. Substantial experience advising in relation to at least one (essential) or two (desirable) of the following areas of law: public sector procurement, commercial and contracts, or employment law.
  3. Experience of complex decision making and providing appropriate legal advice on complex issues.
  4. Experience of managing a large caseload including dealing simultaneously with a high number of requests for legal advice.
  5. Excellent legal analytical skills and the ability to work in a politically sensitive environment, dealing with high profile sensitive issues.
  6. Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to work and communicate effectively within a busy multidisciplinary team.
  7. Ability to work to tight deadlines, be calm under pressure and flexibly manage competing priorities.
  8. Excellent written communication skills, with the ability to draft clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence for a range of stakeholders.
  9. Excellent organisation and time management skills and the ability to manage different tasks while maintaining a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  10. Ability to work with others and respond positively, creatively and supportively to a variety of colleagues while maintaining high and consistent standards.
  11. A track record of respectful, open and honest behaviour including a demonstrable commitment to inclusion and diversity.

How to apply

To apply, please email the application form and equality monitoring form by midday on Wednesday 15 May 2019 to

Selection process

We will assess you against the evidence you provide in your application form. Please make sure that you address the criteria in the ‘What are we looking for?’ section, and give examples of how you meet the requirements of the role. It will not be possible to give feedback at sift stage.


Interviews will take place w/c 3 June 2019 in Sheffield.

Interviews will seek to further understand your skills, knowledge, experience and motivation and test the key competencies of the role:

  1. Leading the way – demonstrates clear management of department and colleagues.
  2. Working as one team – encourages collaboration internally and externally.
  3. Being a business – Is focused on delivering business objectives
  4. Embracing change – leads change by communicating clearly and encourages discussion.
  5. Respecting each other – works with others to build respect

If you are successful, we will undertake routine security checks.


If you have any queries about the role or the appointment process, please contact 

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Sheffield UK

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Working pattern

37 hours, flexible working. Part-time and job share considered

Closing date

15/05/2019 12:00 pm

Annual leave

25 days a year leave rising each year to a maximum of 30 plus 8 bank holidays

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