Senior Civil Police Lawyer

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Portishead, Police Headquarters, Valley Road, Portishead- BS20 8QJ
PO 14-17

£48,546 - £51,711

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19/01/2023, 23:55

The Legal and Compliance Services Directorate (L&CSD) at Avon and Somerset Constabulary deals with a diverse range of legal matters on behalf of the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner. The work is fast paced, challenging and covers both contentious and advisory work in areas such as employment, civil claims, misconduct, judicial review, inquests as well as operational work including applications for civil preventative orders.

We are seeking to recruit a Senior Civil Litigation Lawyer who will manage and supervise the Civil team, under the supervision of the Head of Legal Services as well handling their own caseload of complex civil claims, inquests, judicial reviews or general advice.

The team deal with claims against the Chief Constable in areas such as unlawful arrest/false imprisonment, human rights, negligence, Employer Liability/Public Liability personal injury claims and litigated road traffic collisions claims. The team also deal with judicial reviews, inquests and the provision of general legal advice across the constabulary. 

This is a varied, unique and diverse area of practice which provides real opportunities to interpret and challenge the law which has national significance and the setting of precedents. There are opportunities to attend court and undertake advocacy as well as attending cases in the higher courts, including the Court of Appeal or other appeal tribunals.

In addition to technical excellence candidates must be able to demonstrate strong leadership skills and be able to provide direction to a team of lawyers and paralegals whilst possessing excellent interpersonal, influencing and negotiation skills.

Candidates should have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of police law or display an aptitude to learn this and have the requisite transferable skills.

This is a unique and challenging opportunity for an individual who is enthusiastic, resilient and has a genuine desire to make a difference and support the Constabulary to meets its strategic objectives and maintain public confidence in policing.

In return you can expect a rewarding career as a leader in an in-house police team as part of an organisation that recognises the importance of work/life balance and that offers a range of attractive benefits and a friendly and supportive work environment. This includes agile working, flexi time and a public sector pension.

Please see the attached job description for further information.

Interviews for this role will be held on 16th January 2023.

If you would like to discuss any of these opportunities, please contact us via email at

To be eligible to apply for this role you must have a 5 year ‘checkable history’ in the UK – ideally this means that you would have been resident in the UK for the last 5 years.

To apply for this role please submit your CV and a covering letter outlining why you are suitable for this role to

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Blended Working/ Hybrid Working

Avon and Somerset Police encourage flexible working where operationally possible.
This role has been identified as a blended role.
The successful candidate for this role will have the opportunity to work from home whilst also at a secondary work location, which will be a police premises. The successful applicant will have the option to discuss working arrangements with their line manager. All applicants must reside within the UK.

This vacancy is closed to applications.