Leeds, West Yorkshire
£41,782 / £52,598
29 Apr 2022
18 May 2022
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Full Time

Lawyer | Leeds | £41,782 / £52,598

About the job


At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues; an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.

We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you.

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.

HMRC is the UK’s tax payments and customs authority. We have a vital purpose: we collect the money that pays for our public services and help families and individuals with targeted financial support. We couldn’t do all this without our dedicated and very important, workforce. We’re one of the largest organisations in the UK and we pride ourselves on our diverse and inclusive working culture.

HMRC Solicitor’s Office and Legal Service (SOLS) gives legal advice on issues arising from HMRC’s work and conducts HMRC’s litigation. Our work impacts the lives of millions, as we help to take forward HMRC’s vital purpose. We have around 1450 people including lawyers, tax professionals, advocates, paralegals and administrators. Our strength is in our diverse people and the inclusive working culture that brings us together.

We work in supportive, specialist teams, that handle a broad range of different areas of law including tax law, commercial law, employer’s liability for personal injury, general public law (including human rights, administrative law, freedom of information), insolvency law, information law and criminal law) focusing on either policy and operational advisory work or litigation.

Job description

Advisory Lawyers
As an advisory lawyer you will give advice on the interpretation and application of legislation and advise HMRC colleagues and Treasury ministers on business tax, personal tax and national insurance, customs, excise and environmental taxes and VAT law. You will work with Parliamentary Counsel on the annual draft Finance Bill, supporting policy colleagues at all stages of the parliamentary process as well as drafting a high volume of statutory instruments.

As a commercial lawyer you will give advice on high value and complex public procurement and contractual commercial legal issues within government. You will give legal support to HMRC's largest transformation programmes including IT and Estates and support HMRC’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 dispute resolution.

As a criminal lawyer you will give advice and support to investigators and policy makers, supporting HMRC's tax enforcement activity in investigating serious complex fraud and other criminal non-compliance.

Litigation Lawyers
As a litigation lawyer you will conduct litigation across the full range of HMRC work, litigating big tax money cases and cases ranging from resisting judicial review challenges to litigating civil cases against those who benefit from the proceeds of crime. Your cases will often involve novel and challenging points of law and contribute to developing the interpretation of the law. You will work in partnership with counsel from the Attorney General’s Panel, regularly litigating through the higher courts to the Supreme Court.

Who are we looking for?
We are recruiting qualified lawyers and we would like you to apply whatever level of experience you have.
We have vacancies for lawyers in both our advisory and litigation teams. You do not need any existing knowledge of our work or tax experience (although we do welcome applications from lawyers who do have experience); we will give you training and support to develop your knowledge and expertise and you can expect to move teams every few years to build up your skills and experience.
If you have developed a specialism in our work areas, we’d be keen to know about that, so please tell us about it in your application form. Please bear in mind that you will be offered a role in order of merit and not necessarily within your specialism.


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension

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