Principal Lawyer | Norfolk Constabulary

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Principal Lawyer

Location    OCC, Wymondham
£50,103 - £57,105 (salary subject to experience)
Closing Date: Friday 10 January at 5pm
Please quote Ref: C533a on application form

We are offering a great opportunity to join our small, friendly legal team to undertake varied, fast-paced and challenging work. Norfolk Constabulary's Legal Services Department provides legal advice and representation to the Chief Constable, the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner and to our collaborative police partners. The work undertaken by the department includes operational advice and orders, civil actions against the police, police misconduct, inquests, disclosure, employment and commercial law.

We are looking for three lawyers to join us to assist with some or all of the following legal subject areas:

  • Civil claims (including public and employer's liability claims, motor claims and judicial review)
  • Operational policing law (advice to police officers, applications for Orders such as Proceeds of Crime Orders, Closure Orders, Sexual Harm Prevention Orders etc.)
  • Employment and commercial law (contracts, PFI and procurement).

There will also be the opportunity to undertake work in other legal areas and training will be provided where necessary.

You will be a qualified Solicitor, Barrister or fully qualified Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and have a minimum of two years post qualification experience. You will have substantial and recent experience of managing your own complex/high profile case load in one or more of the legal areas set out above and have recent experience in managing/supervising legal staff.


It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Qualified Barrister or Solicitor with a current practising certificate, or a fully qualified Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, with a minimum of two years post qualification experience
  • Recent, relevant and substantial experience of effectively managing own case load with limited supervision in one or more of the legal areas set out in the Appendix and which includes the conduct of complex/high profile legal cases
  • Where required for the role, advocacy experience
  •  Recent management/supervisory experience and the ability to develop and deliver the strategy for the legal subject area
  • Excellent spoken, written and inter-personal skills with an ability to adapt their style to meet the needs of the client
  • Ability to work as part of a team and demonstrate effective problem solving and negotiation skills with a desire and aptitude to learn new areas of law
  • Ability to manage own workload with limited supervision and to be adaptable and responsive to the diverse requests of the in-house client
  •  Ability to work on an on call rota including weekends and bank holidays if required
  •  Ability to travel in order to attend Court, meetings or events both in and out of the County (including at short notice)
  • Good IT, organisational and administrative skills including the ability to generate own documents and letters using Microsoft word and Outlook (as a minimum), manage own diary and maintain tidy and ordered files


It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Recent relevant experience in three or more of the legal areas set out in the Appendix.
  • Experience of legal case management software and time recording.



Hours of work are 37 per week. This post is offered on a permanent basis.

Consideration will be given to whether the post can be delivered on either a part time or job share basis, in line with the organisational requirements of this role.

The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010. 


Applications from at-risk staff will be prioritised and receive preference in any selection process.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for appointment should download an application packmonitoring form and recruitment_questionnaire.docx as they must be submitted together.

These forms as well as application guidance notes are also available on the right hand side of the page in the Downloads section.

Please return completed applications by email to [email protected].