Grade 7 Lawyer
The closing date for applications is Midday on 1st May 2019
HMRC Solicitorâ€™s Office and Legal Service (SOLS) is an integral part of HMRC, providing legal services for the whole Department. We advise on legal issues arising from HMRCâ€™s policy and operational work and conduct the Departmentâ€™s litigation. SOLS is made up of around 1,200 people who include lawyers, tax professionals, advocates, paralegals and support teams. Our legal work is high quality and covers a broad range of different areas of law. Our work as HMRC lawyers impacts upon the lives of millions. Our efforts help HMRC to achieve its vital purpose to collect the money that pays for the UKâ€™s public services and to help families and individuals with targeted financial support.
Our lawyers work in specialist teams within a supportive team environment, handling specific areas of work. Each team tends to focus on either policy and operational advisory work or litigation. An HMRC lawyer can expect to move teams every few years to build up a wealth of skills and experience.
Our advisory lawyers provide advice on the interpretation and application of legislation and guidance on the full range of HMRC work. This includes advising HMRC colleagues and Treasury ministers on business tax, personal tax and national insurance, customs, excise and environmental taxes and VAT law. They also implement policy through primary and secondary legislation, principally the annual Finance Bill working with Parliamentary Counsel on the draft Bill and supporting policy colleagues at all stages of the parliamentary process as well as drafting a high volume of secondary legislation.
Our commercial lawyers advise on some of the most interesting, high value and complex public procurement and contractual commercial legal issues within government. Our commercial law teams provide legal support to HMRC's largest transformation programmes including IT and Estates as well as the departmentâ€™s day to day banking and general commercial operations, including all aspects of, commercial contracts, intellectual property rights, public procurement and state aid, contract and supplier management, and disputes resolution.
Our criminal lawyers support HMRC's enforcement activity in the investigation of serious complex fraud and other criminal non-compliance by providing advice and support on criminal law matters to investigators and policy makers.
Our litigation lawyers conduct litigation across the full range of HMRC work. Responsible for their own caseload and adding real value through their legal and litigation skills and knowledge they litigate big money cases, successfully bringing in millions of unpaid tax. Itâ€™s not only tax related issues that our lawyers litigate as our cases range from resisting judicial review challenges to litigating civil cases against those who benefit from the proceeds of crime. HMRC cases often involve novel and challenging points of law including EU and ECHR and contribute to developing the interpretation of the law. Our lawyers, often working in partnership with counsel from the Attorney Generalâ€™s Panel, litigate in the tribunals and in all the courts, regularly litigating through the higher courts to the Supreme Court.
We are looking for bright, enthusiastic and ambitious lawyers, with a commitment to delivery for HMRC. We welcome applications from qualified lawyers whatever stage you are at in your legal career. We donâ€™t expect you to have prior tax experience and will provide support to help you to develop your knowledge and expertise through our comprehensive in-house training programme.
We have vacancies for lawyers in advisory and litigation work. We are particularly interested hearing from:
â€¢ lawyers with experience of civil litigation, including cases involving public law, EU and ECHR arguments.
â€¢ commercial lawyers with a strong transactional background, with drafting and negotiation experience and a good working knowledge of contract and commercial law. We particularly welcome experience in IT/technology licensing, outsourcing and services agreements.
â€¢ criminal lawyers with a good understanding of criminal law, evidence and procedure. We particularly welcome experience in the investigation or prosecution of serious complex fraud.
If you apply, please note that your application will be for a generalist qualified lawyer in SOLS. If you have previous experience in a particular area of law then you should reflect that in the CV section of the application form, however please bear in mind that you will be offered a role according to business need and not necessarily within your specialism.
Information About the Department
Over the next 10 years HMRC will be reducing the number of its offices and will be located in Regional Centres â€“ currently planned to be located in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Croydon and Stratford. There will also be a small number of offices where we will retain some specialist roles in Dover, Worthing, Gartcosh (near Glasgow), Ipswich and Telford, as well as our headquarters in central London. If you are recruited into an office that is not currently based in one of these locations, you will be expected to move to one in the future. Current plans are for our lawyers based in London to move to Stratford.
The Person Specification
We are looking for smart, enthusiastic and ambitious qualified lawyers, with powerful communication skills and a commitment to delivering for HMRC. Youâ€™ll need to be self-aware and keen to use feedback to help you learn and develop as a professional.
At application stage, you will be assessed on the following criteria:
Technical Legal Skills
â€¢ Understands the main features of public law.
â€¢ Reliable legal judgement and appreciation of legal risk.
â€¢ The ability to think strategically and creatively, see legal issues in their wider context and advise accordingly.
â€¢ Sound analysis, using secure legal research to produce timely and fit for purpose advice.
â€¢ The ability to communicate advice effectively both in writing and orally.
â€¢ We need to know how well our requirements and offerings match your aspirations.
â€¢ An understanding of the role of lawyers in Government.
â€¢ Please outline why you are motivated to join SOLS and how you feel you might contribute effectively to a role with SOLS.
At interview stage, you will be assessed on the following criteria, alongside strength-based questions:
Technical professional skills â€“ as above
Motivational Fit â€“ as above
Behaviour: Communicating and Influencing
â€¢ Communicate with others in a clear, honest and enthusiastic way in order to build trust.
â€¢ Deliver difficult messages with clarity and sensitivity, being persuasive when required.
â€¢ Explain complex issues in a way that is easy to understand.
Behaviour: Managing a Quality Service
â€¢ Demonstrate positive customer service by understanding the complexity and diversity of customer needs and expectations.
â€¢ Deliver a high quality, efficient and cost effective service by considering a broad range of methods for delivery.
â€¢ Proactively manage risks and identify solutions.
Behaviour: Working Together
â€¢ Actively build and maintain a network of colleagues and contacts to achieve progress on shared objectives.
â€¢ Challenge assumptions while being willing to compromise if beneficial to progress.
â€¢ Create an inclusive working environment where all opinions and challenges are taken into account and bullying, harassment and discrimination are unacceptable.