Senior Legal Adviser

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
£59,463 – 65,952 + £7,500 allowance (and London allowance of £3,496 where appropriate)
15 Jul 2022
31 Aug 2022
Vacancy Type
Solicitors, Barristers
Full Time
Experience Level
Senior Level

Office for Students

Senior Legal Adviser

£59,463 – 65,952 + £7,500 allowance (and London allowance of £3,496 where appropriate)

Generous Civil Service defined benefit pension

London or Bristol

Pioneering, problem-solving legal work at the forefront of public policy

The challenge

Use your legal expertise to make a real difference to the lives of students by joining the Office for Students (OfS). As the independent regulator of higher education in England, we ensure the best experience and the best value – for students, for taxpayers, for the economy and for the public good. This is an opportunity to apply your experience to a new and novel caseload, providing a vital public service as you help to shape a diverse and rapidly evolving organisation.

The role

Taking up a senior role, you’ll work closely with the Head of Legal Services and Deputy Head of Legal Services in the provision of advice and support on a broad range of complex legal matters, as well as supervising the work of other lawyers. In addition to advising on precedent-setting matters of higher education and public law, you can expect a varied and evolving caseload, where you will lead on matters of consumer protection, charity law, human rights, data protection and information law.

About you

This role would suit a qualified solicitor or barrister with a significant background in public law and regulatory issues. Proven experience of developing productive relationships with key stakeholders such as heads of teams and policy leads is essential. You will, of course, have exemplary communication skills, and will be ready to exert influence and negotiate effectively in a variety of situations. A flexible, creative approach will be important. While your legal career to date may have been in a different sector, you are likely to have transferable legal experience across a range of different areas including:

  • working on litigation cases involving judicial review and/or regulatory appeals;
  • the interpretation of regulatory rules such as licence conditions;
  • the interpretation and application of sector-specific legislation which relates to a regulatory body; and
  • investigation and enforcement in a regulatory context.

Working for us

The OfS regulates the higher education sector on behalf of all students. We value diversity and the wealth of perspectives, experience and ideas that it brings to our work and we strive to embed equality of opportunity in everything we do.

We recruit based on fair and open competition and welcome applications from candidates regardless of age, disability, race and ethnicity, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and socio-economic background. To attract the widest possible field of qualified applicants, flexible working, for example job share and part-time working, apply to this role.

In addition, our Total Reward Framework offers a range of benefits to suit your way of life. These include comprehensive learning and development, annual leave starting at 25 days per year (plus public holidays), access to the highly regarded Civil Service pension scheme and a variety of health benefits.

Working arrangements

The OfS is trialling a hybrid model of working, a mixture of office and remote working. Staff can work up to 60% of their hours remotely, and 40% in the office, as well as some flexibility in core contact hours. We will provide the equipment and support to ensure that you can do that safely and securely. Our offices remain open for staff and teams.

Closing date: 31 July 2022.


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