Senior Lawyer (Regulatory)

About the role

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced and highly motivated Senior Regulatory Lawyer 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 regulatory functions.  This means that 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.

As the Senior Regulatory Lawyer, you will be responsible for providing legal advice in relation to our legislation, rules and policies. You will play a key role in advising and supporting teams on the quality assurance of registration procedures and as part of fitness to practise investigations.  You will also lead and develop a small team of lawyers.

What will you do?

  • Provide timely, accurate and high-quality legal advice in relation to our regulatory remit and statutory framework.
  • Ensure that the decisions we take are legally robust by identifying legal risks early and work with other teams to ensure that these are managed appropriately.
  • Provide timely and accurate legal advice and expertise to our fitness to practise and registration and quality assurance directorates.
  • Provide advice on our internal policies and procedures and ensure operational processes are legally compliant.
  • Provide advice on the correct provision of the statutory regime, and any legal challenges made relating to the same.
  • Manage the relationship with our contracted legal services that provide advice on fitness to practise cases, or who are otherwise involved in the prosecution of cases.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders and legal representatives.
  • Keep up to date with legal and policy developments within regulation to inform your advice. This will include keeping up to date with relevant policy and strategy developments, case law and outcomes from fitness to practise cases.
  • Assist in the drafting of policy and operational guidance for decision-makers.
  • Arrange legal training for fitness to practise staff, as required.
  • Advise on high risk matters, including applications for judicial review.


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 regulation (preferable) or criminal enforcement or prosecution matters.
  3. Proven 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. Experience managing and developing teams.
  6. Excellent legal analytical skills and the ability to work in a politically sensitive environment, dealing with high profile sensitive issues.
  7. Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to work and communicate effectively within a busy multidisciplinary team.
  8. Ability to work to tight deadlines, be calm under pressure and flexibly manage competing priorities.
  9. Excellent written communication skills, with the ability to draft clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence for a range of stakeholders.
  10.  Excellent organisation and time management skills and the ability to manage different tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  11. Ability to work with others and responding positively, creatively and supportively to a variety of colleagues while maintaining high and consistent standards.
  12. 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 10 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. Embracing change – leads change by communicating clearly and encourages discussion.
  4. Respecting each other – works with others to build respect
  5. Being a business – is focused on delivering business objectives.

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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