Pro-rata if part-time.
Closing date: 28 February 2020
Overview of the role
Please note, within the organisation, this role is known as 'Senior Principal – Litigation and Advisory'. Within EHRC, ‘Senior Principal’ refers to the grade of a role and this is how we will refer to the role throughout the following advert.
Senior Principals in Legal provide strong leadership, direction and support across one of the three legal teams: Enforcement, Litigation & Advisory, or Legal Intelligence & Impact. They are generic roles, and Senior Principals may move teams in future either for professional development purposes or to meet business needs. This vacancy is in the Litigation & Advisory team.
The Litigation and Advisory team provides specialist technical expertise and advice on:
• the use of the Commission’s powers to clarify or strengthen the legal framework; providing assistance to individuals to take action and seek redress on strategic issues and challenge decision makers where they have not complied with the Equality Act 2010 and/or Human Rights Act 1998 including s28 assistance, s24 injunctions, s30 interventions and own name judicial reviews
• complex legal advisory work including on inquiries, parliamentary work, treaty monitoring advice, quality assurance of reports and publications, law reform, briefings and other non-enforcement legal work and
• s28 legal support projects.
It has responsibility for the development and conduct of strategic litigation to achieve real change, securing better rights across society and eliminating discrimination.
Reporting to the temporary Director, Legal and providing management and leadership to direct a team working on the core, institutions and access to justice priority aims. This includes work to ensure that:
• equality and human rights laws are maintained and/or strengthened and flagrant breaches addressed
• mechanisms for redress of equality and human rights breaches are more accessible and effective including legal aid, practice and procedure in the criminal justice system and barriers to justice for women and girls who have survived violence are exposed and reduced
• the legal safeguards for those who are detained or deprived of their liberty are strengthened and that there is a reduction of unlawful or improper treatment in institutions
This Senior Principal (Legal) role will effectively deploy resources, develop and implement operational plans and contribute to longer term plans for both team and Directorate and ensure the provision of high quality of outputs from their areas of responsibility, including litigation, legal advisory or policy work and legal projects. They will manage the most complex and high-risk legal work for within their areas of responsibility personally and supervise others as necessary.
As a key member of the Legal Leadership Team (LLT) the role will be responsible for:
• Supervision and management of a team (up to 6 people, including Principal lawyers), with primary responsibility for all litigation and advisory work within 3 priority aims or other strategic work areas
• Contributing to the management and leadership of the Legal Directorate, collaboratively with other members of LLT, including financial control, quality control, work planning, performance management, learning and development, communication of legal work, and other tasks associated with the efficient and effective operation of the Directorate
• Contributing effectively to strategic thinking and planning both within the Directorate and for the Commission as a whole
Knowledge, Skills and Experience/grade profile
Please access the Knowledge, Skills and Experience and Grade Profile documents at the bottom of the Civil Service Jobs advert for the criteria that you will be assessed on.
All Senior Principals are also required to demonstrate our core skills of leadership, delivery management and stakeholder engagement.
• Those applicants who meet the benchmark agreed by the panel and who are not offered a vacancy at this time, will have the opportunity to take a place on the reserve list for a period of 12 months.
• We are recruiting for a Senior Principal in Litigation and Advisory, however, any reserve list resulting from this campaign will be applied across the Legal directorate. This means that if a vacancy should arise in a different Legal team, we can offer the vacancy to the reserve list in the first instance. Offers will be given based on merit to those on the reserve list.