The Legal Services Directorate is a highly regarded team of 9 lawyers and 2 support staff from a mixture of Civil Service and private practice backgrounds. We are a supportive team who are valued across the office for providing high quality, policy focused and risk based advice.
Legal Services is involved in everything the office does – for example, we advise on:
competition law cases and policy;
determining contractual disputes about timetabling or access to the rail network;
setting the policy for monitoring Network Rail’s and Highways England’s performance and enforcing against failures;
ensuring accessibility of the rail network and the protection of passengers under consumer law;
conducting five-yearly reviews of the charges Network Rail and HS1 levy on train operators;
prosecuting health and safety offences and advising on safety policy;
ensuring the Channel Tunnel operates safely and in accordance with the UK’s international obligations; and
corporate matters, such as employment.
As a Senior Legal Adviser you will:
understand ORR’s regulatory functions and have an in-depth understanding of ORR’s policy and strategic objectives and how significant issues could impact on these, including in relation to competition and sectoral regulation, and the interaction between the two;
provide timely and high quality legal advice to colleagues on a wide range of issues, both in respect of discrete requests for legal assistance and on larger matters;
manage, with minimal supervision, your own caseload and work collaboratively with others on larger matters;
highlight to senior colleagues, drawing on a deep understanding of regulatory and policy issues, any significant legal risks particularly in your practice areas on a timely basis and develop solutions to manage these;
proactively liaise with legal teams/advisers of stakeholders and other government departments/regulators as appropriate;
lead in managing relationships with legal panel firms and legal counsel as required, and where work is outsourced, ensure the provision of high quality and cost effective legal advice;
assist the Director, General Counsel and other legal colleagues in ensuring that ORR has first class legal advice to support delivery of its corporate strategy and business plan; and
supervise more junior members of the team to ensure successful delivery of the Directorate’s outputs. There may also be the opportunity to line manage a junior lawyer, although this cannot be guaranteed.
This description of the job may be subject to review and is to provide you with guidelines within which you would work. You may from time to time be asked to assist with any area of the team’s work depending upon business priorities and your workload.
Locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London, Manchester, York
Closing date: 8 February 2021.