Legal Officer

Location Belfast, County Antrim
Job type Temporary
Salary Up to £20.66 per hour
Published about 1 month ago
Start date ASAP
Contact Orlaith Fogarty
Job ref NICSLO_1653666860

Job description

Legal Officer

Legal Officer required for a large public sector organisation based through the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

Salary: £20.66 p/h

Location: COPNI Belfast

Hours: 37 hours per week

Duration: 3 to 6 months


The post holder supports the Head of Legal and Policy Advice by managing and leading the organisation's casework and legal affairs.

The Legal Officer works closely with the Commissioner, Chief Executive, Head of Legal and Policy Advice, and stakeholder organisations and it is therefore imperative that effective working relationships are developed and fostered.

The Legal Officer is expected to contribute effectively to the achievement of organisational goals and objectives by providing and overseeing the Commission's function of case review. The post holder will also be expected to contribute significantly to broader organisational objectives based on their involvement and responsibilities for policy/procedural review, continuous improvement, research & development and stakeholder focus.


  • Formulate and oversee the maintenance of the COPNI's legal assistance and casework, in line with the COPNI's overall policies.

  • Ensure the development of systems and processes to ensure effective handling of applications for legal assistance from COPNI within financial and strategy criteria.

  • Ensure the appropriate procedures, controls and structures are in place for the effective, efficient management of casework and monitor their outputs and outcomes.

  • Undertake and manage legal research and produce recommendations to government for legislative change.

  • Formulate and oversee the maintenance of the COPNI's strategic approach to the selection and conduct of formal investigations.

  • Ensure appropriate action is taken to minimise risk of judicial review when conducting formal investigations.

  • Ensure cost effective and efficient conduct of formal investigations.

  • Ensure the establishment and maintenance of effective systems and processes in respect of investigations and complaints arising in respect of S75 Northern Ireland Act, both individual and Commission generated.

  • Develop and deliver business plans and programmes of work for the Legal Division.

  • Provide high quality leadership to the Legal Division, ensuring that any line managed staff are effectively motivated, managed and developed and that appropriate arrangements are in place for supervision and appraisal.

  • Ensure that services provided are responsive, flexible, cost effective, and delivered within an appropriate timescale using established organisational and management systems.

  • Demonstrate a high level of personal integrity and maintain professional standards throughout the Legal Division.

  • Responsible for developing and maintaining effective communication within the Legal Division and with the rest of the organisation.

  • Provide effective, timely advice and information to the Commissioner, Chief Executive, members of the Senior Management Team and the broader COPNI team.

  • Establish good working relationships and effective communication with the sponsoring government department.

  • All staff are expected to comply with Data Protection, Freedom of Information and COPNI requirements relating to documentation and record keeping.

  • Undertake any other duties on behalf of COPNI as assigned by the Commissioner/Chief Executive or Head of Legal and Policy Advice, as appropriate to the grade.

Essential criteria

  • Possess a degree in law or a degree in legal studies of which law is the major component accompanied by another subject.
  • Be qualified as a barrister or solicitor entitled to practice in Northern Ireland or in a position to become so entitled by the date of appointment
  • Have at least three year's post qualification experience.

Essential experience

  • Experience of researching and drafting legal policy papers. In this context legal policy means the examination of the law taking account of social, economic and other relevant factors'
  • Experience of handling investigations and enquiries leading to legal casework
  • One year's experience of managing an individual or team
  • An understanding of issues affecting older people covered by the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland's remit.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in order to discharge their responsibility for both case review and additional functions as outlined within the job description.


If you are interested and available for this position, please upload your CV to the link or contact Orlaith Fogarty.

To be shortlisted for this role all applicants MUST meet the essential criteria. Please note that these roles may be filled quickly but your CV will be kept on file for future similar roles. As there are so many applications, unsuccessful candidates may not be contacted.

Successful candidates may need to apply for an Access NI Certificate with Staffline regardless if you already have a valid certificate. It will be a cost of between £18 - £33 depending on clearance level.

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