Costs LawyerDraftsman job in London at GLD

Costs Lawyer/Draftsman

Company: GLD

Location: London UK

Date Posted:Apr 24, 2018

 SEO - Costs Lawyer/Draftsman (2 posts)         Table of Contents Background to the Government Legal Department…………………………3Vacancy Description……………………………………………………………3Terms, Conditions and Benefits………………………………………………4Recruitment Process...…………………………………………………………7Background to Government Legal Department The OrganisationThe Government Legal Department (GLD) is the largest provider of legal services across government, working with all the main Whitehall Departments. From roads to rivers, and health to human rights, our work touches on most aspects of public life.The department has 14 client-facing advisory teams who provide legal advice on the development, design and implementation of government policies and decisions, draft secondary legislation and work with Parliamentary Counsel on primary legislation. Our cross-cutting expert service groups for Litigation, Employment and Commercial Law provide specialist legal services to a wide range of government departments and public bodies.We are a non-ministerial government department with more than 2,300 employees, around 1,800 of whom are solicitors or barristers. The department is based primarily in London but has teams in other locations including Bristol, Manchester and Leeds. Our vision is to be trusted by government to provide consistently excellent and value for money services so government departments want to come to us to meet their legal needs, to be known throughout the legal profession for the quality of our legal work, and to be the best employer for our people.The Division Litigation Group provides litigation services on a range of public and private law matters to most government departments. We handle over 30,000 cases a year across 14 Deputy Director led teams in 2 Divisions. Each Division is responsible for public and private law litigation organised around our biggest client departments and sharing the remaining work for smaller departments. Division A litigates for MOJ, MOD, the intelligence agencies and a range of other departments. The cases frequently raise high profile and sensitive policy issues, such as the law of negligence on the battlefield or the lawfulness of segregation policies in prisons. The Division also leads for GLD on legal issues and support to departments relating to public inquiries.  Vacancy Description Job TitleSEO Costs Lawyer/Draftsman (2 posts)Vacancy ReferenceCS Jobs Ref: 1579556LocationLondonSalary£36,250 (excl Cost Team allowances)Vacancy DescriptionThe post holderwill maintain a complex personal caseload, which includes dealing with adverse costs claims, drafting points of dispute and/or replies, attending detailed assessment hearings at Court, drafting statements and bills of costs for recovery of our costs and negotiating settlements.  In addition, the post includes preparation of budgets, dealing with objections raised by our opponents and advising lawyers both throughout the budgeting process and at Case Management Conferences.  Further, providing costs training and costs advice to both our internal colleagues and clients is part of the job role.  You may also be required to manage one or two Higher Executive Officers, which will involve monitoring, developing and supervising junior staff.  Terms, Conditions and BenefitsThe information offered in this document is supplied in good faith but does not in itself form any part of the contract of employment.   Appointment TermSuccessful candidates will be appointed to GLD on permanent basis on GLD’s terms and conditions.We appoint in strict order of merit. If you meet the minimum criteria for this position but are not successful for a SEO post, you will be placed on the reserve list.  We then may contact you to see if you are interested in a similar post within the teamor a post at a lower grade in GLD should one arise.Salary If you are new to the Civil Service you will start on the minimum of the SEO pay scale.Existing SEO on level transfer will retain their current basic salary if it is within the GLD pay range.  If your salary is higher than GLD maxima you will be placed on the maxima of the pay range and receive the difference as a mark-time allowance, if agreed by HR. Where your salary is below GLD’s SEO minima you will be raised to the minima of the pay range, £36,250. Any reserved rights to London Weighting or associated London allowances, will be consolidated into basic salary before the uplift to GLD £36,250minima. Any other allowances will not be retained on moving to GLD. If this results in your salary exceeding the pay range maxima, you will retain the difference on a mark-time basis. On promotion there will be an increase of 10% to your current basic salary, or move to the pay range minima, whichever is the highest. If you are in receipt of any reserved rights to London Weighting or associated London allowances, these will be consolidated after applying the 10% promotion calculation. After this calculation if your salary is below the minima of the pay range, you will be moved to the minima of the pay range.In addition to your final salary, members of the Cost Team are also eligible for the following additional allowances if they meet the following criteria:£1,500 - recruitment and retention allowance for staff who perform to a satisfactory standard.  £1,544 – additional allowance for those who commit to study and obtain the ACL qualification.  £6,174- for those who are already a qualified or who qualify Costs Lawyer an allowance of (which is inclusive of recruitment, study and retention allowance).  These allowances are specific to this post/team and will be withdrawn if the successful candidate leaves the post/team, does not pass probation, receives a poor performance or improvement needed in their annual appraisal or does not qualify at the end of their current training programme (if applicable).Any other allowances will not be retained on promotionLocationLondonExcess fares, travel costs or relocation costs will not be paid.NationalityThe GLD is part of the wider Civil Service and therefore the Civil Service nationality rules apply. If a post is described as ‘reserved’, then only UK nationals will be eligible to be able to apply. If a post is advertised as a 'non-reserved' post, as our posts generally are, those listed below will be eligible to apply:UK Nationals (and British Protected Persons);Commonwealth citizens and nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA);Individuals with dual nationality where one part is British; andCertain family members of EEA, Swiss and Turkish nationals (as set out in the Civil Service nationality rules).Full details of the Civil Service nationality requirements may be found at .Please note that it is possible to meet the above nationality requirements and still not be legally entitled to work in the UK. The operates a points-based immigration policy which applies to the migrants from outside the European Economic Area, Switzerland and Turkey.It is the applicant’s responsibility to check whether this policy applies to them. When applying, applicants will be asked about their nationality at birth, whether they are subject to immigration control, whether there are any restrictions on their continued residence or employment in the UK etc. Detailed document checks will be made prior to employment.Applications will be accepted from those applicants who may require sponsorship for a work permit under the UK Border Agency’s points-based immigration policy. Applications which require sponsorship will, however, only be considered if no suitable settled worker is identified for the position. Security ClearanceBefore the appointment of successful candidates can be confirmed, GLD will undertake background security checks (BPSS). As part of this, we will need to confirm your identity, employment history over the past three years (or course details if you were in education), nationality and immigration status, and criminal record (unspent convictions only).It is likely that the incumbent will be asked to undertake SC (security check) clearance in due course, but this is not a requirement for starting in the role.Reserved for UK NationalsCertain posts, notably those concerned with security and intelligencemight be reserved for British citizens, but this will not normally prevent access to a wide range of developmental opportunities within the Civil Service.This is not a reserved post.Working Hours and Leave AllowanceYou will normally be expected to work a 5-day week of 36 or 37 hours (excluding lunch breaks); 36 hours if you joined the Civil Service before 1 July 2013 or 37 hours if you joined the Civil Service after on or after 1 July 2013 or are on modernised terms and conditions.GLD is committed to flexible working, but business needs for some roles may limit the scope for particular working patterns. The annual leave allowance for those who joined the Civil Service before 1st July 2013 is 26.5 days per annum, and then to 31.5 days after 5 years’ service, plus 9 public and privilege days. For those who joined the Civil Service on or after 1st July 2013, or those on modernised terms and conditions, the annual leave allowance is 25 days rising to 30 days, plus 9 public and privilege days.Civil Service CodeAll Civil Servants are subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Code that details the Civil Service values, standards of behaviour and rights and responsibilities. For further information visit Gov.UK.Complaints ProcedureGLD’s processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles which can be found at If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these Principles and you wish to make a complaint, please contact Caroline Anerville on 0207 2103436 or at in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission.    Recruitment Process  How to ApplyApplicants must apply online via CS Jobs, hard copy applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances: Overview of the ProcessApplication stage:Applicants will be asked to demonstrate their experience in the following competences at SEO level of the Civil Service Competence Framework: Setting Direction – Changing and ImprovingSetting Direction – Making Effective DecisionsEngaging People – Leading and Communicating Within the career history section of the application form, candidates must show they have been either a Costs Lawyer or Costs Draftsman with at least 4 years’ experience of working in the litigation costs field. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate an understanding of Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), the litigation process and practice. Desirable Criteria: Candidates will also be asked to show if they hold a Costs Lawyer qualification (ACL/CLSB)  in the qualifications section of the application form  Interview stage: At Interview stage you will be assessed on the following criteria  Setting Direction – Changing and ImprovingSetting Direction – Making Effective DecisionsEngaging People – Leading and CommunicatingEngaging People – Building Capability for All Delivering results – Managing a Quality Service It is not sufficient to reiterate the criteria/names of the competencies; you must illustrate you meet the essential criteria in these competencies with relevant examples.  For information on how to write your competency statements, see the following link: .  For further information regarding competencies, please see the attached ‘Civil Service Competency Framework 2012-17 at SEO level.Detailed feedback will not be given following sift. However, sift scores will be available on CS Jobs. Arrangements for InterviewInterviews are expected to take place at the Government Legal Department in June 2018Please note if you cannot attend the interview date, we may not be able to provide you with an alternative date.If you need a reasonable adjustment(s) at interview please let us know as soon as you apply.Candidates with DisabilitiesGuaranteed Interview SchemeAs part of GLD’s commitment to equality, all disabled applicants covered by the Equality Act 2010 who meet the essential criteria of the person specification will be guaranteed an interview.Equality GLD supports the Civil Service vision of being recognised as the UK’s most inclusive employer, by setting stretching diversity and equality objectives for our organisation.GLD is an employer which promotes equality and aims to reflect the diversity of the society in which we live. It is committed to maximising the skills and potential of all its staff. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons irrespective of disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status or religion/belief.Closing DateClosing date is Friday 18th May 2018Contact If you wish to discuss aspects in relation to eligibility; prospective interview dates etc. please contact the following person before submitting your application:Name: James RossTelephone:    0207 2104608Email:   If you wish to find out more information about the vacancy, please contact: Name: Casey CollinsTelephone:  020 7210 1259Email: Or Name: Stephen BrownTelephone: 020 7210 6137Email:     View full job description
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