Legal Support Officer – Bar Standards Board

Holborn, London

circa £35,000 pa depending on skills and experience) (Plus a benefit allowance of £1,300 per annum

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) regulates barristers and their professional practice and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. We are responsible for setting education and training requirements, setting standards, authorising organisations, monitoring the service provided, and handling potential breaches of the BSB Handbook. Barristers work at the heart of our justice system so BSB’s mission is fundamentally important to the maintenance of the rule of law. 

An exciting opportunity for a dynamic and proactive Legal Support Officer has arisen in the Legal Support Team on a fixed term basis, until 17 August 2021. This small team provides high quality legal support and advice across all of the BSB’s regulatory decision-making functions.

Reporting directly to the Head of Legal Support, the Legal Support Officer’s duties will include:  assisting with handling litigation and the provision of legal advice, including analysis of contractual provisions; providing advice and support in the development of operational policies and procedures and BSB Handbook amendments; helping to arrange the BSB’s legal training programme; maintaining and developing legal knowledge management systems and contract management systems; providing administrative support to the team; and working with other departments to develop and deliver organisation wide strategies and projects.

The successful candidate will have a law degree or equivalent experience in a similar role. Completion of the academic stage of a professional legal qualification, or being eligible to hold a legal practicing certificate in the UK or a comparable jurisdiction is desirable. The ability to closely analyse complex legal information to assist the team in providing robust advice is fundamental to this role. The postholder will have excellent written, analytical, communication and organisational skills. Experience with contracts, litigation, drafting policy and precedent documents and implementing information sharing systems is desirable but not essential for the role, as is having an understanding of regulatory enforcement systems and regulatory law. 

In return the Bar Standards Board offers excellent terms and conditions of employment, including:

  • Up to 31 days annual leave
  • Up to 12% employer’s pension contribution
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Life cover, and more

We are fortunate to benefit from well-established flexible working arrangements, and it is anticipated that the postholder will be able to work mainly from home during the period of the ongoing health crisis.

Candidates with a disability who require reasonable adjustments should contact, Josephine Vincent on 0207 611 1371. The Bar Council is part of the ‘Disability Confident’ scheme.  Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria for this role will be guaranteed an interview under this scheme.

Applications To – https://www.networxrecruitment.com/Jobs/Advert/2027815?cid=1091

Closing Date: 1 November 2020

Proposed Interview Date:  Week commencing 16 November 2020

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