Senior Legal Counsel

The Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal Programme has been established to tackle the significant work that needs to be done to protect and preserve the heritage of the Palace of Westminster and ensure it can continue to serve as home to the UK Parliament in the 21st century. This is an enormous and unprecedented undertaking, which is expected to be the most complex renovation programme of any single building the UK has ever seen.

The work will be carried out under a two-tier governance system with a Sponsor Body and a Delivery Authority. Under this structure, the Sponsor Body will be the single client accountable to Parliament. The role of the Delivery Authority is to deliver the Programme to the scope, budget and timescale set down by and agreed with the Sponsor Board.

The Delivery Authority is committed to promoting diversity and to equal opportunities in employment.  We seek to attract and retain talented people from a range of backgrounds and cultures. We are building diverse teams and are looking for talented individuals to join us in this hugely challenging project. Part-time applicants are also welcome to apply.

We are looking for an experienced commercial lawyer to join our newly established legal team.  Reporting to the General Counsel, you will provide legal advice across the organisation and will work closely with the commercial and project teams.  You will make a pivotal contribution to the establishment of a high performing legal function in support of the mandate of the Delivery Authority, as such, you must be comfortable with a ‘pathfinder’ role.

Solicitor admitted to practice in England & Wales. Demonstrable experience and expertise (appropriate to PQE) in the key activities outlined in the Job description with an aptitude for contract negotiations with proven results.

You will be able to demonstrate strong technical acumen, combined with a solution focused and pragmatic outlook, that takes account of the unique stakeholder environment. 

You will have the ability to work with significant autonomy and be highly motivated, proactive and solution focused with demonstrable problem-solving skills.

Salary Circa £110,000 + benefits package

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Candidates should apply by submitting a CV and cover letter stating suitability for the role. Please state in your cover letter if you believe you have any current or potential conflicts of interest relating to this role.

We look forward to receiving your application by noon on Tuesday 16th March 2021.


Successful candidates will be required to complete security vetting to a minimum Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) level obtained through the Parliamentary Security Department (PSD). Candidates are required to pass these checks before a start date can be confirmed.  Applicants should also be aware that, depending on the role applied for, if they have resided outside of the UK for a total of more than two of the last five years they may not be eligible for vetting.


The Palace of Westminster is home to one of the busiest and most historic parliamentary institutions in the world and is an enduring symbol of our national identity. As one of the top 5 most recognisable buildings in the world, the Palace is visited by millions of tourists each year. 

The Houses of Parliament Restoration & Renewal Programme has been set up to tackle all the work necessary to protect and preserve this UNESCO World Heritage site. It will be the biggest renovation of an historic building ever undertaken in the UK.

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