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Government Legal Department

Planning & Infrastructure Lawyers  

Deadline for submission of applications: 5th June 2024 at noon

Salary for Lawyers: £59,200 (National) or £61,200 (London)

Salary for Legal Officers: £47,541

Contract Type: Permanent 

Location: London, Bristol, Leeds or Manchester 

About us

At the Government Legal Department (GLD), we’re responsible for providing legal guidance on issues that really matter. As the largest provider of legal services to the Government, we offer support on issues ranging from human rights to social care, and from education to the environment. Working with every key department in Whitehall, nearly 3,000 team members collaborate to handle issues that impact on every aspect of society. Whether developing and drafting legislation, providing guidance on policies, driving value from contracts or bolstering economic and trade relationships with national and international partners, this is deeply meaningful work that other employers simply cannot match. Because where else would you have the opportunity to advise on policies and services that directly affect the wellbeing of the population? Join us, and you’ll enjoy all the support you need to deliver the best possible results for people from every walk of life.

Job Description

We’re currently looking for Lawyers and Legal Officers to join teams attached to the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) and our own Planning, Infrastructure and Environment Litigation team. Join the DLUHC team and you’ll advise on a wide range of high profile cases, work that will provide you with excellent public law experience. Recent cases include climate change challenges against decisions involving mineral extraction and environmental assessment, challenges to decisions to call-in applications for planning permission, and challenges in relation to changes to definitions in the planning policy for traveller sites. The DESNZ provides legal support on planning casework and policy development, and if you join this team your work will range from offering legal support on planning consent applications for large energy infrastructure projects to working planning reforms. The team also supports new developments in response to government commitments on net zero and energy security, and provides advisory support on judicial reviews. The GLD Litigation team represents the DLUHC, the DESNZ and the Department for Transport and covers the full range of public law planning litigation relating to appeals and challenges against decisions relating to infrastructure projects. The team also works on legislative regimes pertaining to – for example – environmental assessments or climate change.

For a copy of the full job description click HERE


How to apply

If you have any questions about your application, please contact the GLD Recruitment Team:

Telephone: 0845 3000 793 or 0117 923 4417 Email: [email protected]

To apply complete the online application HERE.