To find out more about our Grade 6 Senior Lawyer vacancies and to apply, please click here.

Grade 7 roles;

These vacancies are for permanent roles across all our London, Leeds, Manchester, or Bristol based divisions. We have roles that can be worked full-time, part-time or as part of a job share. For certain roles, some travel may be required, including to Brussels.

LEEDS / MANCHESTER / BRISTOL: Our starting salary is £59,200 and £47,541 for those joining us with less than 3 years’ PQE until they hit 3 years’ PQE or are in service for one year, whichever comes sooner. Please note salary is non-negotiable.

As a successful applicant with under one year of post-qualification experience will join as a Legal Officer and can opt in or out of the 2+2 scheme.

The 2+2 Scheme is a four-year process through which colleagues spend two years in either a contentious or non-contentious post followed by a second two-year period in a role in the other discipline. The scheme is designed to provide newly qualified lawyers with a well-rounded introduction to their career as a government lawyer.



Applicants must be qualified to practice as a Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive in England and Wales (or will be qualified 3 months from application date). You must have completed a training contract/pupillage/qualifying employment, or have been exempted from this by the Law Society, the Bar Council or CILEx.

Appointment term: Permanent
Number of posts: c. 25
Salary range: Grade 7 Lawyer –  £59,200 (National). Legal Officer – £47,451 (up to three years PQE)
Patterns: Full time / Part time / Job share
Travel required: Sometimes
CRB Required: Yes
Disability Confidence Scheme: Yes
Reserved / Non-reserved: Non-reserved

If you would prefer to download all the information relating to these vacancies you can do so by downloading the Qualified Lawyer Vacancy Notice.

If you have any questions about your application, please contact the GLD Recruitment Team, Telephone: 0845 3000 793 or 0117 923 4417, Email: [email protected]

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Flexible Working

GLD is committed to flexible working, but business needs for some roles may limit the scope for particular working patterns. For those working full-time, you will be expected to work a five-day week of 37 hours (excluding lunch breaks). Applications from those wanting to work as a job share will also be considered.


GLD is part of the wider Civil Service and therefore the Civil Service nationality rules apply.

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

– UK nationals
– Nationals of the Republic of Ireland
– Nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
– Nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
– Nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) 
-Individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
– Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

For more information on job nationality requirements and the right to work in the UK, see the Civil Service Nationality rules and the UK Visas and Immigration rules.

Please note that it is possible to meet the above nationality requirements and still not be legally entitled to work in the UK. The Home Office has a points-based immigration policy.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to check whether this policy applies to them. When applying, applicants will be asked about their nationality at birth, whether they are subject to immigration control, whether there are any restrictions on your continued residence or employment in the UK etc. Detailed document checks will be made prior to employment.

Applications will be accepted from those applicants who may require sponsorship for a work permit under the Home Office’s points-based immigration policy.

In addition to meeting the nationality requirements, you must have the right to work in the United Kingdom. Please note that recruiting departments are unlikely to be able to assist with sponsoring a visa. There are likely to be considerable changes to immigration law depending on the agreement that the UK reaches with the EU. Recruiting departments have to comply with the law on working status at the time employment will start.

Pre-Employment Checks

All government departments are required to ensure that any personnel employed by them comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) before they take up employment.

This standard involves verification of identity; nationality and immigration status (including an entitlement to undertake the work in question); employment history (past three years) and criminal record (unspent convictions).

You will be asked to produce original documents when attending interview to enable us to verify the above if you are successful. The information which you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence by GLD and its authorised representative (Peoplescout).

Supplying false information or failing to disclose relevant information could be grounds for rejection of your application or dismissal and could amount to a criminal offence.

Your referees will not be approached until your permission has been obtained following success at interview.

Regarding criminal record checks, a basic disclosure will normally be required (covering convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974). This will apply to successful candidates only and your permission will be required before checks are undertaken.

Successful candidates will also be required to be cleared to SC (security check) level.

Some posts will require clearance to a level higher that SC in view of the sensitive nature of the work.  You will be told if this applies to you.  Details of HM Government vetting policy can be found here:

Data Protection

If you have any concerns about any of the questions which you are asked to complete or what we will do with the information you provide, you should discuss these with the GLD Recruitment Team, Telephone: 0845 3000 793 or 0117 923 4417, Email: [email protected]

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