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Newly Qualified Solicitor/Barrister - Information Law

Posted: 1 Jul 2022 Closes: 17 Jul 2022
Leeds Band 6 - £32,306 - £39,027
Permanent & Full-time NHS_2128

About the role

This is an extraordinary opportunity for a newly qualified lawyer looking to build a career in information law, to join an innovative inhouse team supporting the whole healthcare sector and NHS Digital's vision to use information and technology to provide better health and care.

Working for the NHS to resolve the nations challenges is especially rewarding and gratifying. NHS Digital legal team has grown in the last two years with internal promotions and lateral hires. It is now seeking to recruit a newly qualified lawyer to its specialist Information Law inhouse legal team.

The importance of this role during the Coronavirus pandemic aftermath, cannot be emphasised enough.

Newly Qualified Lawyer Roles:

  • You will be advising on areas of importance within NHS Digital, such as major new data systems for the health and social care sector and arrangements for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data for health and social care planning and research purposes.
  • You will comply with all profession practice management requirements including time recording, matter management, office procedures, PLC and Westlaw registration and know-how management.
  • You will undertake training and development as the SRA Training Principal requires and provide services in accordance with SRA guidelines.
  • You will work collaboratively alongside other government entities such as NHS England and DHSC and will work to ensure all stakeholders are informed.
  • You will enable the use of data to deliver excellent health and social care outcomes in a way that satisfies the privacy rights and freedoms of individuals.
  • With supervision, you will provide timely practical and solutions-focused legal advice on a variety of data driven services.
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About you

Some of the key skills and experience you'll bring:
  • You are, or about to become, a newly qualified lawyer with experience during your training contract/pupilage in one or more of the following subject matter areas: Data Protection and Privacy Law, Public Law, Commercial and ICT, and the Common-Law duty of confidentiality as it applies within health and social care
  • A genuine interest in pursuing a career in Information Law with good awareness of key elements of data protection
  • Interest and awareness of emerging data technologies with a reasonable level of understanding of data privacy considerations that may apply
  • Excellent communication, analytical and drafting skills
  • You have a confident and commercial approach, with the ability to deliver decisive advice that goes beyond black letter law
  • You are a team-player whilst also being able to sensitively manage competing risks and issues within the work
  • You are driven to succeed and committed to your continuous improvement and development.
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About us

NHS Digital is a great place to work. What we do matters.

Our outstanding teams are passionate about technology and public service, making use of everyone's skills to improve people's lives.

We collaborate to deliver world class tech and intelligence, so come and join us. We are committed to sustainability, diversity and inclusion; our people are at the heart of what we do.

Find out about the amazing work we do by visiting our website: https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital

Find further information on the current work we are undertaking meeting the challenges of the pandemic here: https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Why you should apply

We value the different experiences our people bring to their work at NHS Digital. We're working to create an environment where everyone can make a full contribution no matter their background, identity, or circumstances. Which means, we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities.

Our work matters. You matter.

What we offer you:
  • we're moving to a hybrid working approach which offers you an informal, flexible way of blending home and office working
  • flexible working opportunities - we value and respect the diversity of our employees, and applications from prospective candidates who require flexible working arrangements are welcomed; these include part-time hours, job sharing, flexible hours and part-remote set ups
  • 27 days annual leave increasing to 33 days with service
  • ability to buy and sell annual leave
  • a generous pension (with our contribution equal to 20.6% of your earnings)
  • NHS Discounts including shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones, and insurance
  • employee benefit schemes including our Season Ticket Loan, Car Lease and Bike to Work schemes

Next steps

Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by email.

To view further information please see the attached role profile.

This post is not exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. We only ask applicants to disclose convictions which are not yet spent / unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Following an offer of employment, we will carry out a Basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of the pre-employment check process.

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