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Senior Solicitor/Barrister - Litigation and Inquiries

Posted: 1 Jul 2022 Closes: 17 Jul 2022
Leeds Band 8C - £72,230 - £94,842 this is inclusive of RRP of 10-25% depending on experience
Permanent & Full-time NHS_2131

About the role

This is an extraordinary opportunity for a senior contentious lawyer with significant experience to join an innovative inhouse team supporting NHS Digital's vision to use information and technology to provide better health and care for the whole healthcare sector.

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

Working for the NHS to resolve the nations challenges is especially rewarding and gratifying. The NHS Digital legal team has grown in the last two years with internal promotions and lateral hires. It is now seeking to expand its specialist inhouse legal team with a contentious senior lawyer with knowledge and experience of managing disputes relating to data/ICT and commercial contracts and ideally also experience of advising on inquiries, and working with external counsel and advisors to develop a planned and structured approach

Senior Lawyer Roles:

  • You will be supporting and influencing strategic vision and leadership. You will be advising on areas of importance within NHS Digital, such as the Covid 19 Public Inquiry, and interfacing with executive leaders and other stakeholders.
  • You will be responsible for collating and analysing factual and documentary content, developing strategy advice and documentation to manage matters in accordance with procedural rules.
  • You will be advising NHS Digital at a senior level on all legal and procedural issues arising in disputes, escalations, mediations and litigation.
  • You will supervise junior lawyers and paralegals, and have a role in the management and development of legal team members, and disseminating best practice across NHS Digital as well as providing ad hoc advice and training.
  • You will work collaboratively alongside other government entities such as NHS Resolution, NHS England, GLD and DHSC.
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About you

Some of the key skills and experience you'll bring:
  • You will be a qualified senior lawyer with significant relevant post qualification experience
  • You will ideally have a good understanding of relevant UK law as it pertains to NHS Digital subject matter areas of ICT, data public law, applicable regulatory frameworks, guidance and developments
  • You will have an awareness of public sector ways of working and political/societal context of NHS Digital's work
  • You can make informed, timely and effective decisions with minimal guidance, and you can identify relevant information
  • 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
  • You may be required to meet enhanced security levels for some matters
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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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