Senior Lawyer - Area Flood & Coastal Risk Management, Planning and Health and Safety - 28611

East of England, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber
Birmingham , Bristol , Exeter , Leeds , Peterborough , Reading , Warrington , Worthing
Staff Grade 6
Legal Services
The Environment Agency operates at the place where environmental change has its greatest impact on people’s lives. We work closely with a wide range of partners to make sure there is enough water for people and wildlife, reduce the risk of flooding, protect and improve air, land and water quality and apply environmental standards within which industry can operate.

We are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application. Working on ever-evolving challenges and with a high level of autonomy, this is your opportunity to make your mark in a national organisation that promises a good work-life balance, generous defined-benefits pension scheme and great professional development.

This crucial role is based in our Area Flood & Coastal Risk Management (FCRM), Planning and Health and Safety team. It is a defined role providing both FCRM, Planning and Health and Safety and Environmental Management advice. No two days will be the same as you take on a diverse caseload: from providing high quality legal advice to colleagues on Health and Safety at Work Act issues, occupiers liability, environmental damage incidents, protected species, RIDDOR reporting requirements and Coroners Inquests. In relation to FCRM you will advise on our powers of entry, major scheme development, planning, highways, navigations and litigation. You'll work closely with internal clients and play an influential role in the team to ensure standards are met in a client-focused manner.
The team is led by a Senior Managing Lawyer and Team Leaders and works closely with other FCRM and planning lawyers in the wider Area FCRM and Planning team and also with National colleagues who advise on implementation of policy and legislation matters.
You'll be a fully qualified lawyer (solicitor, barrister or legal executive), with a track record of handling technical legal issues and ideally experience advising on environmental law. You'll need to demonstrate that you are confident and credible, able explain complex issues in a simple and concise way, with proven analytical skills and an up-to-date knowledge of public law and regulation. You'll also have a demonstrable track record of influencing and persuading people at all levels, and the ability to explain environmental law to a variety of customers and stakeholders.
For further information, please contact Nick Hayden ( for further information.

14/03/2024, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Achieves Results
Please describe how you prioritise and organise tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.
Influences and Persuades Others
Please give an example of how you would approach presenting a case in a convincing and attractive way that will win people over, encouraging them to follow plans willingly; often succeeding where logic and reason alone would fail.
Focuses on Customers and Partners
Please explain how you address the needs of internal and external customers in order to provide rapid and effective responses.
Current Practising Certificate
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

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This Vacancy is closed to applications.