General Dental Council – Senior Lawyer

General Dental Council

Salary: £59,063-£69,487

Location: London / Hybrid 2 days in the office

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full Time

As Senior Lawyer, you will play a critical role in overseeing the delivery of high-quality Fitness to Practise (FTP) cases. This includes managing a team of legal professionals, handling a small number of FTP cases, and ensuring that cases are presented efficiently and cost-effectively to the GDC’s Practice Committees.

On a day-to-day basis, the Senior Lawyer will:

  • Manage a team of legal professionals, including lawyers, assistant lawyers, and trainee solicitors, ensuring their performance meets established standards and KPIs.
  • Attend Management Team meetings, contributing to strategic projects and assisting in the preparation of business cases and documents for the Executive Management Team and Council.
  • Handle a reduced caseload of complex fitness to practise (FTP) cases efficiently and cost-effectively, following agreed case plans.
  • Supervise and review the work of team members, including case plans and time recording.
  • Maintain case files in the team’s CRM system, ensuring proper archiving and documentation for audit and performance monitoring.
  • Collaborate with defence representatives, determine evidence requirements, and obtain relevant evidence, including witness statements and expert testimony.
  • Support vulnerable witnesses and coordinate their participation in hearings when necessary.
  • Prepare case bundles and work closely with the Hearings Team for effective case management and compliance with directives.

About you

The successful candidate will have the following skills:

  • Qualified legal professional. Your qualifications will include being a solicitor, barrister, ILEX qualified or possessing an equivalent foreign certification.
  • Strong understanding of the legal framework governing healthcare regulation.
  • Excellent team management skills including development and coaching of individuals.
  • Data-driven approach to make informed decisions by analysing performance data and identifying trends.
  • Exceptional drafting skills to ensure the creation of clear and concise documents, including case-specific materials and standard operating procedures. Y
  • Ability to identify and implement improvements for efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
  • Relationship building skills to create collaborative connections with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Commitment to continuous professional development and adherence to compliance standards will be integral to your role. 

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 

How to apply:

To apply and view the full job description please visit:

Closing date: 23:59 on Thursday 1 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.

Please no agencies unless instructed otherwise.

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