General Dental Council – Assistant Advisory Lawyer

General Dental Council

Contract: Fixed Term Contract 18 months

Hours: Full time

Salary: £45,796 – £53,877 pa

Location: London

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.  

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Provide accurate, timely and risk-based advice to GDC colleagues and Council in respect of the Dentists Act 1984 and subordinate legislation, public law matters and other relevant legislation.
  • Contribute to the conduct of legal challenges by and to the GDC, including judicial reviews and appeals brought by the Professional Standards Authority.
  • Contribute to the provision of legal advice in respect of fitness to practise matters, supporting internal specialist colleagues.
  • Contribute to the provision of legal advice in respect of information issues, supporting internal specialist colleagues.
  • Review and provide critical comment on draft legislation prepared by the Department of Health.

Support the team’s commitment to continuous improvement, by working within and identifying improvements to KPIs, quality assurance and reporting processes.

About you:

  • Strong legal analytical skills, with a proven ability to analyse complex issues and present legally sound, concise and pragmatic advice.
  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise and manage own workload independently.
  • Experience of advising on public law and/or regulatory law issues either as part of an in-house team or in private practice.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to create strong working relationships at all levels of the GDC and with external stakeholders, and to be an effective team member.
  • Demonstrable commitment to relevant continuous professional development and to sharing knowledge and experience with colleagues.
  • Ensure compliance with GDC’s policies and statutory obligations with regard to data protection, equalities and diversity, health and safety, and employment.

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.

How to apply:

To apply and view the full job description please visit:

Closing date: 23:59 on Wednesday 28 February 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 submit an application 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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