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Legal Services

MoJ Specialist (Lawyer) – 38128
£32,539 - £43,098
Multiple Locations

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The Organisation

The OPG

The OPG is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), set up in 2007 following the introduction of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) of 2005.

The OPG has a range of statutory functions under the MCA – including maintaining registers of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA), Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA) and orders appointing deputies; supervising deputies; and dealing with representations about the way in which a donee of an LPA or a deputy is exercising their powers.

The OPG registers approximately 900,000 LPAs and EPAs and supervises around 60,000 deputies per year. It has a staffing compliment of around 1800 employees.

The OPG is a fantastic, supportive and happy place to work offering a range of development opportunities. The OPG has signed up to the ‘Time to Change’ pledge which supports mental health in the workplace, as well as recently receiving a health and wellbeing charter accreditation as we are committed to developing a supportive and inclusive environment that reflects the diverse community we serve.

The OPG is currently going through an extensive period of organisational change. This will be delivered by our transformation programme – “OPG 2025”. The ambitious plan is about changing the way we provide services – including modernising the LPA processes to make them fully digital. It will help us meet the growing needs of our users, partners and our stakeholders. It will make sure our users experience a better level of support. Overall, it will help us to respond to the changing needs of society. This is so we can better support adults at risk and create high-quality services that are accessible and affordable.

The Legal and Information Assurance Directorate

OPG’s Legal & Information Assurance Directorate is based in both Birmingham and Nottingham and provides legal and information assurance (IA) services to all business areas in OPG. The principal legal work of the team comprises advice and litigation support. The IA team deals with requests for information under freedom of information and data protection legislation and seeks to ensure that the OPG meets all of its statutory obligations under this legislation.

The Directorate comprises 78 employees, and the successful candidate would be part of a team of 9 lawyers and would work in a mini team of three lawyers led by a Grade 7 lawyer.

The Role

The role is full time and permanent and can be based at either of OPG’s offices in Birmingham and Nottingham. There may be a requirement for travel between our offices and regional courts throughout England and Wales.

The range of work will include advising all areas of the business on matters relating to the discharge of the OPG’s statutory functions; reviewing reports produced following investigations and advising on possible legal proceedings; overseeing the drafting of applications to court and supporting evidence; and conducting litigation on behalf of the OPG. There may be a requirement to advise on other issues on occasion, including freedom of information requests and data protection matters.

Skills and Professional Qualifications

Essential:

  • Applicants must be qualified to practise as a Solicitor or Barrister in England and Wales (or expect to be qualified by 31 January 2021).
  • Excellent technical legal skills, commensurate with post-qualification experience.
  • Ability to work at pace and meet challenging deadlines, which requires you to be flexible/adaptable, setting priorities as the workload and focus of the teams within your area change.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with a variety of internal and external customers and stakeholders at all levels.

Desirable:

  • Experience of dealing with issues under the Mental Capacity Act.

Application process

This vacancy is being advertised using the Civil Service Success Profiles process, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Technical Experience. Your application should emphasise what you feel you would bring to the role and we actively encourage you to describe the personal strengths and experience that you believe would make you a success.

You are invited to provide a CV (2 pages of A4 maximum) plus a supporting personal statement of no more than 1000 words capturing your suitability for the role based on the job description, essential and desirable skills and qualifications, and demonstrating evidence of the following criteria:

Technical Legal Skills:

  • Sound understanding of public law and/or mental capacity law and/or civil litigation.
  • Reliable legal judgment and appreciation of legal risk.
  • The ability to think strategically and creatively, see legal issues in their wider context and advise accordingly.
  • Sound analysis, using legal research to produce timely and fit for purpose advice.

Motivational Fit

  • Your motivation for wishing to work with the OPG and what you might contribute effectively to the role within the OPG.

Applications will be sifted on your evidence of relevant skills and experience and motivational fit.

Interview Process

If successful at sift, you will be invited to an interview which will follow the Civil Service Success Profiles process. This will consist of a blended assessment and candidates should expect to complete a written exercise on the day of interview (further details will follow if you are invited to interview), you will be expected to: provide further evidence of Technical legal skills and Motivational Fit; evidence of three Civil Service Behaviours – Delivering at Pace, Working Together and Making Effective Decisions (all Level 3); and to answer strength-based questions

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

For further information about Civil Service recruitment processes and Success Profiles, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/success-profiles

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Pension

The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits,retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Networks

The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

1-      To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com);

2-      To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (resourcing-services@justice.gov.uk);

3-      To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Grading Structure Review

The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.

Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.