Legal Adviser (Litigation)

Canary Wharf, London
£53,527 - £60,599 (depending on experience)
07 Jan 2022
07 Feb 2022
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Legal Adviser (Litigation)

Canary Wharf, London - hybrid working

£53,527 - £60,599 (depending on experience)


Part time and flexible hours available.


Opportunity for an experienced Legal Adviser to play a key role in the Litigation Unit at the heart of the CMA’s Legal Service. With markets changing, this is an exciting time to join the team.

The CMA is the UK’s world-leading government body established to make sure competition works in consumers’ favour and businesses treat their customers fairly. Our work benefits the lives of everyone in the UK and offers a varied and exciting professional opportunity. Our work is complex, novel and often in the public eye.

The Litigation Unit acts for the CMA in all its civil litigation in the Competition Appeal Tribunal, High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and in other courts and tribunals as required.

Job description

As Legal Adviser, you will assist in the conduct of proceedings across the CMA’s civil litigation, with a focus on competition and consumer enforcement appeals, challenges to merger decisions, pursuing directors’ disqualification proceedings and public law cases.

The Legal Adviser will engage with external stakeholders and internal stakeholders throughout the CMA and help decision makers identify litigation risk in their investigations and decision making.

Your key responsibilities as Legal Adviser will include:

  • Assisting in the day-to-day conduct and management of CMA litigation, including:
    • The preparation of pleadings and statements of case
    • Drafting pre-action correspondence
    • Preparing and drafting witness statements and evidence bundles
    • Instructing counsel, drafting applications to court and attending court
    • Dealing with other matters, such as warrants, onward appeals, costs, disclosure, interim matters and correspondence with litigating parties and the courts
  • Working with project teams at the pre-litigation stage in advising and decision making
  • Advising on the litigation risk of press releases and other cross cutting issues
  • Playing a constructive role in the development of the CMA’s Litigation Unit

Candidate requirements

The successful candidate for the Legal Adviser role will need to be a fully qualified lawyer, entitled to practise in the UK, or be prepared to sit and pass the QLTT within two years of appointment. Experience of holding a litigated caseload in the UK, or other common law jurisdictions, is equally important.

The Legal Adviser will also require the ability to handle cases with high volumes of documentation as well as the ability to work as part of a project team.

Experience of competition/consumer law is desirable but not essential.

What we can offer you

In return the CMA is a hugely rewarding, diverse and stimulating place to work – an opportunity to work for the public good and to stretch and develop yourself in doing so. We offer generous benefits, including an excellent pension scheme, at least 25 days leave (increasing to 30 over five years), and generous maternity/paternity leave provision. You can also take advantage of interest-free season ticket loans, a cycle to work scheme, our employee well-being programme and favourable consideration of flexible working.

To find out more about this Legal Adviser opportunity and about working for the CMA, please click on the APPLY button.

Closing date for applications: 11:55 pm on Monday 7th February 2022.

During the Covid-19 pandemic period, our staff have been required to work from home to continue delivering our objectives. The CMA, like many other organisations, have moved to a hybrid working model with a mix of office and home working. We believe this supports us to deliver our best work while allowing the flexibility to maintain balanced and healthy lives.