Legal Adviser

£57,100 to £64,650 per annum
06 Jun 2024
17 Jun 2024
356552 - Edinburgh
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Contract Type
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Legal Adviser - Competition and Consumer Law Specialism Programme

Salary: £57,100 to £64,650 per annum

Hours: Full time / part time / flexible working

Contract: Permanent

Location: Edinburgh

Are you a qualified lawyer, looking to develop your knowledge and experience in competition and consumer law?

Do you want to work on cases that benefit the public good and make a real impact on millions of people and businesses in the UK?

Join the expanding legal team at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and play a key role advising case teams and decision makers, whilst completing qualifications in competition or consumer law, funded by the CMA.

About the CMA

We help people, businesses, and the UK economy by promoting competitive markets and tackling unfair behaviour. Our work is wide ranging, ambitious and often new and challenging.

Right now, the CMA is a particularly exciting and interesting place for a lawyer to work – and is set to become even more so over the next few years.

Now that the UK has exited the EU, the CMA has become responsible for many of the larger and more complex international mergers, antitrust and cartels cases that were previously reserved to the European Commission.  At the same time, the CMA also has an ambitious programme of markets and consumer protection enforcement work, including digital markets. 

What you will do

This role will allow you the opportunity to contribute to a wide range of casework across the CMA portfolio.

The work that you may be involved in could include:

  • Competition law enforcement
  • Consumer law enforcement
  • Merger control
  • Market studies and investigations
  • Regulatory appeals
  • Office of the Internal Market
  • Subsidy Advice Unit
  • Digital Markets Unit

You will work as an embedded lawyer, advising case teams and decision makers throughout the life of a project and will contribute to the delivery of high-quality analysis, decisions, reports and policy.

The key focus of Legal Advisers at the CMA is to ensure that decisions taken by the CMA are legally robust, by identifying legal risks early, and working with senior lawyers, case teams and decision makers to ensure that these are managed appropriately.

The role will involve undertaking an in-role learning and training programme. You will gain technical legal experience and knowledge whilst working on a mix of CMA matters, in particular those relating to competition and consumer law. Subject to prior knowledge and experience in these areas, and course availability, you will also be expected to complete relevant qualifications in competition or consumer law. There may also be opportunities to gain litigation experience.

What you will need

You will be a fully qualified lawyer, entitled to practise as a solicitor, barrister or chartered legal executive (CILEx Fellow) in the UK. Applicants qualified in a jurisdiction outside the UK must have completed the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme/Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

Strong, demonstrable post-qualification experience of providing legal advice is essential, as is a strong interest in developing a career in competition law and/or consumer law and an ability to learn new subject matter.

Equally important will be your experience of delivering high quality analysis to set deadlines, providing case advice, report writing and contributing to policy.

What we can offer you

The CMA is a hugely diverse, rewarding 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 with an average employer contribution of 27%, 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 assistance programme, and our extensive flexible working options.

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

Closing date for applications: Monday 17 June 2024.

Like many other organisations, we operate 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.

The CMA are an accredited Disability Confident Employer, and we are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

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