Senior Lawyer - National team - 28612

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
Do you want to work for an organisation that values difference and includes everyone? Then the Environment Agency is the organisation for you!

We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities for everyone. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share.

We have two roles available based in our National team, one in the Waste team (the team also covers installations, regulatory policy and charging), and one in the Climate Change and Chemicals regulatory team (covering, for example, Climate Change Agreements, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and fluorinated gases).

You will handle complex legal issues and be able to demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of relevant regulatory and public law principles. You will have up to date knowledge in one or more of the following: the Environmental Permitting Regulations, waste, climate change regulation and/or chemicals law, regulatory policy, administrative law, legislative process and drafting, compliance and enforcement (including the application of civil sanctions) - together with an interest in developing your expertise further. In relation to the climate change role, you will, after appropriate induction, be prepared to undertake advocacy defending statutory appeals before the First tier and Upper tier Tribunals.

You will use your organisational skills and maturity of judgment to handle a complex and demanding workload with a high degree of autonomy and have a proven track record of delivering high quality work on time. You will be recognised as a senior practitioner and role model able to work with functional specialists, other lawyers and key external stakeholders.

You will provide high quality legal advice to National client teams on legislative and policy issues and to national operational clients in relation to climate change matters.
The roles are part of the Environment Agency’s in-house legal service and based in our National team of specialist lawyers who work closely with a range of clients, stakeholders and government departments advising on the implications of relevant laws and policies.
You will be a fully qualified lawyer (solicitor, barrister or legal executive), with relevant experience advising on complex legal issues. You will need to demonstrate that you are able to combine first-class communication skills with strong analytical skills and an ability to pick up new areas quickly. You will be flexible and have experience of influencing and persuading people at all levels.
This post can be based in any of our main locations. Travel will occasionally be required (most frequently to Bristol, Birmingham and London). Subject to business need, successful candidates may be offered the option to combine home working with attendance at their contractual office base.

The role can be either full-time or part-time. Please highlight any information regarding preferred flexible working arrangements in your application. We offer a career average pension scheme and a commitment to continuing professional development.

For further information please contact Julia Farthing ( or Duncan Mitchell (

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 have presented a case in a convincing and attractive way that was able to win people over, encouraging them to follow plans willingly.
Legislative Knowledge
Please explain how you would apply your knowledge of statutory environmental and technical requirements to protect both the Environment Agency and the environment.
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.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit for more information.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.