Name of chambers:
Government Legal Department and HM Revenue & Customs
Address of chambers:
Government Legal Department HQ
1 Kemble Street
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Business; Education; Environment; Equality and discrimination; Healthcare; Human rights; Immigration; Tax; Commercial; Employment; Public law; Employed bar
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Whether the government is creating new laws, buying goods and services, investigating mergers which could restrict competition, setting the annual budget and collecting the right amount of tax, employing people, fighting organised crime or defending its decisions in court, it needs significant levels of legal advice on a whole range of complex issues. To carry out this work, the government needs its own lawyers, who understand its business, to provide legal services to a wide client base - including a range of central government departments and other government bodies.
Providing legal advice to the government is an important element of the work. Government lawyers work alongside ministers and officials as they seek to turn government objectives into policy and law and enforce regulation. Their work is determined by the business in which their departmental clients are engaged.
Constitutional Law and the EU. Consumer Protection. Cyber Crime. Education and Adoption. Immigration. Managing and Collecting Tax. Modern Slavery. National Security. Complex Public Procurements. Tax Evasion. Trade. Welfare Reform. These are just some examples of the work that government lawyers have been involved in recently. The diversity of the work reflects the wide range of activities within government. These range across issues of national and international significance and across public and private law, embracing advisory and legislative work, litigation, commercial, employment, and a wealth of specialist areas.
The legal work is interesting, intellectually challenging, varied and often unique. The opportunity to be involved in creating and implementing new legislation is simply not available elsewhere. The Government Legal Profession’s litigation lawyers represent the government in the highest courts – with more cases at the Supreme Court each year than any other organisation. The outcome of cases can have wide implications for government policy and even raise questions of constitutional importance.
The Government Legal Trainee Scheme offers you the chance to conduct your pupillage in the Government Legal Department (GLD) or HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Solicitor’s Office.
The training period will last 2 years. During the pupillage period (first 12 months) your time will be split between the department and a set of external barristers’ chambers.
You’ll be involved in the wide range of work in which your department and chambers are involved. You’ll attend court, initially with your supervisor, carry out research for other lawyers and draft opinions.
Government departments use the services of external counsel for a significant amount of their court work. There is the opportunity to conduct cases in tribunals or courts, although the extent of that opportunity varies between departments and teams. Those wishing to focus principally on an advocacy career should bear this in mind.
Arrangements on qualification: Departments aim to offer a permanent qualified lawyer position on successful completion of the two year training period, although this can never be guaranteed.
The application process will open in early July 2019, with a a late July deadline date.
For further details, please see the Government Legal Profession’s website: www.gov.uk/glp