Job Title: Legal Adviser
Salary range: £58,963-£60,751
Grade: Assembly Grade 4
Directorate: Legal, Governance and Research Services
Business Area/Office: Legal Services Office
Accountable to: Head of Legal Services Office
Legal Advisers provide a specialist in-house legal advice service to the Assembly, its Committees and its Speaker. They provide objective legal advice, independent of government, to support the Assembly in its scrutiny and legislative roles. They advise on legislation, procedural matters and committee work to assist political actors in achieving their goals. They represent the Assembly and Assembly Commission in proceedings before courts, tribunals and inquiries. They also advise and assist key clients in the Assembly Commission, the corporate body which supports the Assembly. In this role they work at a senior level to manage contractual, employment and commercial legal issues on behalf of the Commission.
The role of a Legal Adviser is that of in-house counsel. The successful applicant will:
At the closing date for applications, applicants must:
1. Hold a first or bachelor’s degree of minimum 2.2 classification (or equivalent);
2. be a barrister or solicitor who is entitled to practice in Northern Ireland;
3. have at least 3 years’ post-qualification experience (‘PQE’) in law to include evidence of the following:
(a) interpreting legislation and legal documents;
(b) demonstrating legal analytical ability and sound judgement in the resolution of complex legal problems; and
(c) communicating with clarity and confidence with clients.
4. be able to provide evidence within their application form of:
(a) a knowledge of constitutional, administrative and human rights law in Northern Ireland; and
(b) a knowledge of the role of the Assembly in the political and institutional relationships in Northern Ireland.
Should shortlisting be required, the following shortlisting criteria will be applied:
At least 2 years’ PQE in providing legal advice in 3 of the following areas: constitutional law; administrative law; human rights law; procurement and contract law; data protection and information law; employment law; EU/retained EU Law.
The following Assembly Skills and Behaviours will be assessed during the selection process:
Delivering a quality service
…is about providing a high-quality and efficient service to our customers. It is thinking ahead, managing resources effectively and delivering work on time and to a high standard. It is also using professional or technical expertise to enhance service delivery.
Building relationships and effective communication
…is creating and maintaining positive, professional and respectful internal and external working relationships through effective and appropriate communications.