Lawyer - Commercial Law Team - 16588

South West
Bristol , Exeter
Manley House, Horizon House
Staff Grade 5
Legal Services
This is an exciting opportunity to use your practical experience and specialist knowledge to support the Environment Agency in furthering its objectives to protect and enhance the environment. You will be helping to deliver the Environment Agency’s Action Plan (EA2025 creating a better place) and the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. You will need to work with external public, private and third sector partners as well as engaging with lawyers in the Government Legal Service and the wider public and private sectors and to provide sensible, practical, accurate, timely and risk-based advice. You will have a varied, high quality, interesting and challenging caseload, and ensure that services are provided in a client-focused manner.

You will advise on a wide range of general commercial matters such as public procurement, dispute resolution, intellectual property, construction agreements, supply agreements, debt recovery and externally funded projects. You will also provide commercial law support to lawyers in other Legal Services teams.
There are currently five lawyers in the commercial law team. While currently home-working they are normally based in Bristol and Exeter, but with a focus on Bristol, where key clients are located. Two members of the team work part-time. For an exceptional candidate we may consider a base other than that specified for the role. National travel is required. Candidates seeking flexible working, including job share are welcome.
We welcome candidates with a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds who bring with them skills in the areas mentioned above or other transferable skills.
• Candidates will need to have a track record of handling technical issues, preferably to include advising on a wide range of general commercial matters.
• Candidates will need to demonstrate that they are confident and credible, combining good communication and analytical skills with a broad understanding of commercial legal issues.
• Experience of the following would be an advantage: Civil litigation, debt recovery, procurement law, construction law, intellectual property law and public law.
• Candidates should be capable of influencing and persuading a wide range of people up to organisational leaders.
Applicants from other common law jurisdictions are welcome, at the time of applying they must be fully qualified in England; a Practising Certificate will be required.

We offer a generous career average pension scheme and a wide range of other benefits. We serve a diverse range of colleagues and make a real difference to the environment. We believe this, and the quality of work, are the biggest rewards this opportunity presents. The Environment Agency strives to be an inclusive, equal and diverse organisation. It is important to us that our workforce is representative of the diverse needs of the communities we serve. The candidate pack contains more information on the role and the application process.

For further information contact Will McKenzie: or 07557 846678.

14/05/2021, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Achieves Results
Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets.
Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.
Influences and Persuades Others
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
Addresses the needs of internal and external customers, provides 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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