Church of England - Senior Advisory Lawyer- £71k

Senior Advisory Lawyer

Salary: £71,000 per annum

Location: Church House, Westminster SW1P 3AZ

Region: London

Job Type: NCI Grade 2

Vacancy Group: Legal Office

Category: Legal

Reference: LEGAL019

Contract Type: Permanent, 35 hours per week


Joining our busy Legal Office in this senior advisory role, you will have responsibility for providing legal advice to the Archbishops’ Council, the Church Commissioners, the Pensions Board and the General Synod on a wide range of issues.  In addition to working closely with the Head and Deputy Head of the Legal Office, you will be expected to act autonomously and take independent responsibility for the provision of legal advice. Further aspects of this role will include drafting advice, documents and reports relating to legal aspects of Church business, involvement in preparing Church legislation and the processes for its revision and approval, and contributing to the wider formulation of legal strategy, policy and procedures.

To be considered for this high profile position, you will need to be a qualified solicitor or barrister with strong powers of legal analysis, creativity and proven experience of providing appropriate legal advice on complex issues with minimal supervision. We will also expect you to have the ability to acquire an understanding of legal principles in new areas of practice quickly and proactively, and to deal with members and other key stakeholders in relation to complex, sensitive and contentious matters with tact and diplomacy. An accomplished communicator at all levels, you will be willing to work sympathetically within a Church context, and able to deal sensitively with people from a range of backgrounds and theological positions.  Previous experience involving charity, ecclesiastical, public or administrative law would be an added advantage.

Closing date for receipt of applications: Monday 19th December, 2016 (midnight).

Interviews: Thursday 19th January, 2017.


Annual Leave: 30 days

Discretionary Holidays: +3 extra days

Pension: Non-contributory defined contribution pension scheme

Life/Sickness: Death in service and group income protection cover

Travel to Work: Season ticket loan and cycle to work schemes

Family Friendly: Range of policies including Childcare Vouchers

Sports and Social: Civil service gym and social club membership available


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