Senior Lawyers - Environmental Law and Regulation - 29227

Senior Lawyers - Environmental Law and Regulation - 29227
East Midlands, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber
Birmingham , Bristol , Exeter , Leeds , Peterborough , Reading , Warrington
Staff Grade 6
Legal Services
Full Time, Part Time

04/08/2024, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Environment Agency Legal Services is recruiting to 6 Senior Lawyer roles working on environmental law, planning and environmental regulation. This is an opportunity to work at the cutting edge of environmental law and regulation, doing work that is challenging, rewarding, interesting and fast paced.

We provide advice and litigation services to help the Environment Agency to protect and improve the environment, create better places for people and wildlife and support sustainable development, within the rule of law. Our work includes:

-Legal advice on policy and legislative development;
-Legal advice on interpretation of current laws, Environment Agency decision-making and legal risk management;
-Legal advice on regulatory notices and compliance by operators;
-Civil litigation including Judicial Review;
-Civil appeals including PINS, First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal;
-Training colleagues on application of relevant law.

We are recruiting to roles in teams covering:

-Waste law and regulation
-Industrial emissions regulation
-Contaminated land
-Climate Change trading and regulation
-Chemicals regulation
-Water and environmental permitting
-Flood risk and planning.

You will handle complex legal issues and be able to demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of relevant regulatory and public law principles. You will use your organisational skills, good legal judgement and appreciation of legal risk 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 provide high quality legal advice to colleagues in client teams on legislative, policy or operational regulatory issues. You will work closely with colleagues, stakeholders and government departments and, where required, you will advise senior management sometimes up to Chief Executive level.

In some roles you will, after induction, have the opportunity to undertake advocacy defending statutory appeals before the First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal.
These roles are in the Environment Agency’s in-house legal service, in our National and Environmental Regulation teams of specialist lawyers.

Our vision is to be an outstanding legal service, committed to the highest standards of customer service and professionalism, where clients trust and respect our high quality, risk-based legal advice and our judgement; a fantastic place to work, where our staff reflect our diverse society, feel valued and trusted and are able fulfil their potential.
Fully qualified lawyer (solicitor, barrister or legal executive) entitled to practice in England.

Strong analytical skills, an appreciation of legal risk, ability to see legal issues in their wider context and pick up new areas of law quickly.

Able to communicate effectively, be flexible and have experience of influencing and persuading at all levels.

You will be recognised as a senior practitioner and role model, have good knowledge and experience advising on complex issues in one or more of the following, and interest in developing your expertise further:

- Environmental Permitting, waste, water, climate change or chemicals regulation
- Flood risk or planning
- Regulatory policy, public law, legislative process, drafting
- Regulation and civil enforcement.
It is important to us that our workforce is representative of the diverse communities we serve, and we welcome candidates with a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds.

These posts can be based in Bristol, Birmingham, Exeter, Warrington, Reading, Leeds or Peterborough. We offer the option to combine home working with attendance at the contractual office base, subject to meeting business needs. Travel is occasionally required. We welcome applications from candidates seeking full time or flexible working patterns including part-time or job-share. Please highlight preferred flexible working arrangements in your application.

Please refer to the candidate pack for full details of the roles and the benefits we offer including a career average pension scheme. For further information contact Julia Farthing or Raymond Howard
Legislative Knowledge
Please give an example of when you have applied your knowledge of environmental or public law in your work, that illustrates how you would be able to use your knowledge and experience in order to protect the Environment Agency and the environment
Achieves Results
Please describe how you prioritise and organise tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.
Influences and Persuades Others
Please describe a situation in which you have presented a case in a convincing way and persuaded a client to follow or accept your advice on the direction of a major or sensitive projects or piece of work.
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.