General Optical Council – Lawyer

General Optical Council

Location: The City, London

Contract Type: 18 Month Fixed Term Contract

Job Type: Full time

Salary: £46,178 – £53,840

Role Purpose:

Provide legal advice and support on all GOC operations, strategic issues and projects; and

Manage the preparation and presentation of casework concerning (i) illegal optical practice and (ii) hearings before the Registration Appeals Committee (RAC) as part of the GOC’s Chief Legal Officer’s department, which comprises the Chief Legal Officer, the Central Lawyer and the Administrator (Legal)

The post-holder will mainly work remotely but will be required to attend the office as needed; this is expected to be approximately one day a week and will not exceed an average of three days a week.

Key Accountabilities:

•              Provide legal advice and support on all organisational operations, strategic issues and projects, including (but not limited to) in relation to the GOC’s core functions of registration, standards and guidance, education and training, and fitness to practise

•              Support the Chief Legal Officer in managing High Court appeals and judicial review cases; including instructing and liaising with external lawyers as needed

•              Ensure the efficient management of casework concerning illegal optical practice and RAC hearings, including the development of case plans, identification of appropriate lines of enquiry, drafting of witness statements, disclosure of evidence/ unused material, liaison with complainants and other external parties, instruction of external lawyers as needed, and preparation of hearing bundles  

•              Support colleagues across the organisation in devising and implementing legally compliant policies and processes

•              Support the GOC’s learning culture, assisting colleagues’ understanding of legal issues and assisting the personal development of junior staff

•              Ensure the accurate recording and maintenance of management information; including performance data required for reporting to the GOC’s senior management team, the Council and the Professional Standards Authority

•              Work in accordance with applicable KPIs and business plans, managing own workload and prioritising effectively while maintaining quality of output

•              Maintain own skills and knowledge, including as required to maintain professional registration with SRA, BSB or CILEx

Essential Skills/Experience/Qualifications:

•              Qualified solicitor, barrister or legal executive with a current practising certificate and at least 12 months’ post qualification experience

•              Good understanding of working in a legal or regulatory environment; including conducting legal research, advising on the interpretation and application of regulations, and drafting documents

•              Good Microsoft office skills including Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Please note your application will not be accepted without a covering letter explaining how you meet the essential criteria for this role, no more than 2 A4 pages in Arial 12pt.

Closing date for this role is 5pm 10 January 2024, please note we reserve the right to close this role early dependent on number of applications.

Shortlisted applicants will be informed by Friday 12 January and invited for interview on 15-16 January 2024. Applicants should inform us as soon as possible if they are not available on 15 and/or 16 January.

You may also have experience in the following: Solicitor, Legal Advisor, legal Executive, Legal advice, Corporate law, Criminal law, Legal documentation, Legal writing, Compliance etc

More information and to apply please visit https://optical.livevacancies.co.uk/#/job/details/118

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