Job summary

  • Do you want to work across the full spectrum of the charity sector?
  • Do you want an interesting and varied workload?
  • Do you want to work in a tight-knit high-quality legal team?

The Charity Commission is seeking a new lawyer to join its Legal Charity Services team, one of five specialist teams in the Legal Services Division. The team enables charities to deliver their purposes by advising on the permissions casework and the development of guidance and supporting other directorates to deliver the Commission’s statutory and strategic objectives. The team also advises the Commission on its use of data in relation in carrying out its functions and on responses to FOIA requests, SARs and ICO related casework and appeals.

You will support the Commission’s strategic aims and operational goals by providing high quality professional legal advice and developing the casework team.

Job description

• Provide accurate, proportionate and pragmatic legal advice in a timely manner.
• Assessing risk and advising on mitigation in highly sensitive and high profile matters, taking into account a rapidly changing environment.
• Ensure that the Commission’s regulatory approach and operational projects are guided by the legal framework and developed in accordance with it.
• Support the upskilling of colleagues across the Commission by developing operational guidelines and providing training.
• Maintain important relationships with clients and stakeholders in other directorates as well as engaging individually to consult and negotiate in order to ensure solutions that are acceptable to both parties.

Person specification


• Strong legal advice giving skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to explain complex information tailored to the needs of the audience.
• Strong legal research and analysis skills including the ability to interpret and advise on unfamiliar areas of the law. The ability to think strategically, and creatively, to understand legal issues in their wider context, to identify and assess risks to support effective decision making.
• Ability to plan and prioritize competing demands to ensure performance targets and deadlines are met.
• Ambassadorial skills to represent the legal function internally and externally.


• Apply one or more of the following:
Charity law, information law, public administrative law, regulatory law
• Manage workload/task effectively throughout its life cycle.
• Provide accurate, effective and timely legal advice.
• Maintain a professional attitude when presented with a challenging discussion by understanding needs, managing expectations, and progressing issues to a constructive outcome.


• Solicitor or Barrister or equivalent legal qualification eligible to practice in England and Wales or an equivalent jurisdiction.
• The ability to handle data and information sensitively in accordance with business procedures and the law.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.


Solicitor or Barrister or equivalent legal qualification qualified to practice in England and Wales or an equivalent jurisdiction


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace