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Government Legal Profession

Government lawyers provide legal advice to the government of the day and represent it in court proceedings.
Whether the government is creating new laws, buying goods and services, employing people or defending its decisions in court, it needs significant levels of legal advice on a whole range of complex issues. To carry out this work, the government needs its own lawyers,...


Government lawyers provide legal advice to the government of the day and represent it in court proceedings.

Whether the government is creating new laws, buying goods and services, employing people or defending its decisions in court, it needs significant levels of legal advice on a whole range of complex issues. To carry out this work, the government needs its own lawyers, who understand its business, to provide legal services to a wide client base - including a range of central government departments and other government bodies.

Education and adoption. Exiting the European Union. Trade. Immigration. Consumer rights. National security. Welfare Reform. These are just some examples of the work our lawyers have been involved in recently. The diversity of our work reflects the wide range of activities within government. These range across issues of national and international significance and across public and private law, embracing advisory and legislative work, litigation, commercial and a wealth of specialist areas.

We look to recruit talented people from diverse backgrounds who can demonstrate excellent analytical ability and communication skills. Since our lawyers have the opportunity to work in different legal areas throughout their careers, rather than specialise in a single area of law, we also look for evidence of innovative thinking. And because our work has a significant and positive impact upon the lives of millions across the country, you must be passionate about public service.

Please see www.gov.uk/gls for further information.

Legal
London, GB
2,000 employees

Government Legal Profession

Government lawyers provide legal advice to the government of the day and represent it in court proceedings.
Whether the government is creating new laws, buying goods and services, employing people or defending its decisions in court, it needs significant levels of legal advice on a whole range of complex issues. To carry out this work, the government needs its own lawyers,...


Government lawyers provide legal advice to the government of the day and represent it in court proceedings.

Whether the government is creating new laws, buying goods and services, employing people or defending its decisions in court, it needs significant levels of legal advice on a whole range of complex issues. To carry out this work, the government needs its own lawyers, who understand its business, to provide legal services to a wide client base - including a range of central government departments and other government bodies.

Education and adoption. Exiting the European Union. Trade. Immigration. Consumer rights. National security. Welfare Reform. These are just some examples of the work our lawyers have been involved in recently. The diversity of our work reflects the wide range of activities within government. These range across issues of national and international significance and across public and private law, embracing advisory and legislative work, litigation, commercial and a wealth of specialist areas.

We look to recruit talented people from diverse backgrounds who can demonstrate excellent analytical ability and communication skills. Since our lawyers have the opportunity to work in different legal areas throughout their careers, rather than specialise in a single area of law, we also look for evidence of innovative thinking. And because our work has a significant and positive impact upon the lives of millions across the country, you must be passionate about public service.

Please see www.gov.uk/gls for further information.

Legal
London, GB
2,000 employees
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The Government Legal Department (GLD), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have, in total, around 60 legal trainee places (i.e. training contracts and pupillages) available.
Most of the places will be for those who are looking to start their training in September 2021. However, there will also be a...


The Government Legal Department (GLD), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have, in total, around 60 legal trainee places (i.e. training contracts and pupillages) available.

Most of the places will be for those who are looking to start their training in September 2021. However, there will also be a number of places for those looking to start their training sooner.

The majority of the legal trainee places will be based in London. However, the Government Legal Department will be offering a small number of places in Leeds.

The application process will open in early July 2019. The closing date for applications will be around end July 2019.

Please visit www.gov.uk/glp for further details and to register your interest on the mailing list (to be notified when the application process opens).


The Government Legal Department (GLD), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have, in total, around 60 legal trainee places (i.e. training contracts and pupillages) available.

Most of the places will be for those who are looking to start their training in September 2021. However, there will also be a number of places for those looking to start their training sooner.

The majority of the legal trainee places will be based in London. However, the Government Legal Department will be offering a small number of places in Leeds.

The application process will open in early July 2019. The closing date for applications will be around end July 2019.

Please visit www.gov.uk/glp for further details and to register your interest on the mailing list (to be notified when the application process opens).


Training contracts and pupillages are offered through an annual ‘Legal Trainee Scheme’.

Two-year training opportunities are primarily available within the Government Legal Department (GLD), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and potentially other government departments and agencies, for example the National Crime Agency (NCA).

If your application is successful, you will join one of these departments and the structure of your training period will vary accordingly.

As a valued member of your legal team, you will be fully involved in a broad range of work. You will have an active role to play in casework. You will liaise with government ministers, senior policy makers and counsel. And you will have the unique opportunity to participate in the legislative process itself.

Over the two year training contract, trainee solicitors will spend six months each in four seats, with a compulsory seat each in litigation and an advisory practice. Work and on-the-job training depends upon the department to which trainees are allocated for their training contract but, generally speaking, will cover the basic essentials of research, drafting, negotiating, advocacy and advisory services.

The structure of pupillages may vary slightly according to the department. The training period (including the 12 month period of pupillage) in the GLD and HMRC is two years. Pupils will either spend the first six months, or middle four months, of pupillage in an external set of barristers’ chambers and the remainder of their training within their departmental legal teams. Pupils will be involved in the wide range of work in which their department and Chambers are involved. They will also get to attend court (with a supervisor), carry out research for other lawyers and draft opinions.

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