General Dental Council – Advisory Lawyer

General Dental Council

Location: London – Hybrid – 2 days minimum in the office 3 days working from home.

Salary: £56,990 – £67,047

Contract: Fixed Term Contract – 12 Months

Hours: Full Time.

An exciting opportunity to work as part of the in-house legal advisory team. The post-holder will provide accurate and timely legal advice to the General Dental Council on a wide variety of legal issues, including fitness to practise matters, illegal practice cases and registration appeals.  

Job Purpose:

To provide timely, accurate and pragmatic risk-based legal advice to colleagues across the organisation, on a wide range of issues, including but not limited to interpretation and application of the Dentists Act 1984 and supporting legislation. To manage a mixed caseload, seeking advice and input from internal and external legal colleagues as required, and to work with others in the team to support larger projects.

Depending on which part of the team the postholder is based in, you will also conduct a mixed caseload including complex matters of the Council’s illegal practice prosecution cases, registration appeal and restoration cases, presenting cases in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • To advise operational teams on legal issues that arise on particular cases, identifying options and setting out the relevant risks and benefits.
  • To advise on proposed policy, process, and guidance changes, identifying potential risks and mitigations.
  • To support senior colleagues, including the Registrar, to make statutory decisions by undertaking risk assessments and escalating matters for decision as appropriate.
  • To build relationships with key stakeholders across the organisation, to support early engagement and collaborative ways of working.
  • To identify opportunities for continuous improvement and deliver training to colleagues on recurring themes or legal developments, to support other teams and reduce reliance on legal support (where appropriate).
  • To work flexibly to support the GDC, supporting others in the team to respond to changing priorities.
  • To manage straightforward litigation cases involving the GDC, and support on complex and high-risk litigation.


About You:

  • A practising solicitor, barrister, ILEX qualified or foreign qualified equivalent
  • Demonstrable working knowledge of professional regulation, public law issues, and the principles and procedures of criminal and/or civil litigation
  • Demonstrable working knowledge and experience of the principles and procedures of professional regulatory law. Knowledge of criminal litigation is desirable but not essential.
  • Ability to handle a caseload of complex matters and manage competing priorities effectively.
  • Strong legal analytical skills and judgement, with the ability to analyse complex issues and present legally sound and focused advice, and conduct thorough, proportionate, and substantiated risk assessments.
  • Ability to work autonomously within a team, in a demanding environment to meet deadlines whilst maintaining a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to form good working relationships with internal/external stakeholders.
  • Strong ICT skills (including the use of case management systems).
  • Commitment to continuous professional development and knowledge sharing
  • Adherence and promotion of GDC’s policies and statutory obligations regarding data protection, equality and diversity, health and safety, and employment.
  • Ability to delegate work where appropriate to do so and to supervise and develop more junior team members.

About us:

Our primary purpose is to protect patient safety and maintain public confidence in dental services. To achieve this, we register qualified dental professionals, set standards for the dental team, investigate complaints about dental professionals’ fitness to practise, and work to ensure the quality of dental education.

Our work matters and so do our people. We are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion by recruiting and strengthening our teams with team members from different backgrounds, life experiences and viewpoints. Equality and diversity are not just words, they are what makes our teams strong and able to deliver. We want to be champions of diversity and to have a sense of belonging in the workplace, where everybody has the chance to contribute and to share what is important to them.


To reward you for your hard work and commitment, we offer a flexible hybrid working environment as well as an attractive benefits package that includes:

  • Pension contributions up to 10%
  • 25 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays)
  • 28 days holiday after 2 years of service
  • Life assurance and income protection
  • Staff discounts
  • Eye care contributions
  • Discounted gym membership

How to apply:

To apply and view the full job description please visit

Closing date: 23:59 on Monday 1 July 2024.

Please note that we reserve the right to bring this recruitment campaign to an end without notice, and we encourage all interested candidates to apply as soon as possible.

The GDC is committed to equality and diversity. We encourage and support the recruitment, retention, and career development of people from as wide a range as possible of ethnic, cultural, and social backgrounds.

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