Commercial Lawyer

Job Description

Working collaboratively with colleagues across the directorate and in other directorates, you will provide legal advice to HM Land Registry’s directorates, groups and project teams on a broad range of corporate and commercial legal matters including public procurements and contracts, intellectual property law and licensing, data protection, human rights, equality and public law. You will contribute proactively in helping HM Land Registry develop its local land charges service and act as a point of reference for colleagues on corporate and commercial legal matters.

In line with government guidance relating to COVID-19, all our lawyers are currently working from home and there may be an ongoing requirement for some form of home working in the short-medium term.


To be successful, you must be qualified to practise as a Solicitor or Barrister in England and Wales or be a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

We are looking for applicants with detailed and practical understanding of contract law, public procurement law and public law, with an ability to quickly identify key issues, applying an even handed, pragmatic, impartial and fair approach, using analysis, evidence and expertise to solve issues. You must have strong drafting, research and communication skills, be able to assess and manage risk in a legal context and be a team player who influences others. You must also have experience of working under pressure in a fast-paced multi-disciplinary environment.

HM Land Registry is a vibrant place to work with sport and social events and a variety of clubs. We offer flexible working to help you achieve a work-life balance that works for you and us.

We’re committed to fairness and equality for all, so you feel valued for who you are and what you do. Diversity fuels our innovation. Our shared values help us work together, to benefit the communities we serve.

Our employee diversity networks support our culture of inclusion and contribute to our diversity action plan. Our current focus is to encourage people from under-represented groups into management and leadership roles, especially people with disabilities, women and ethnic minority colleagues.

For more information please see the attached lawyer prospectus and job description


Qualified to practise as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales, or a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service


We offer very competitive terms, conditions and benefits. We provide excellent opportunities for career progression, training and development. You will have access to Civil Service pension and benefits arrangements and generous leave allowances, as well as flexible working – exactly what you would expect from a progressive employer.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
To apply, please cut and paste your CV into the online form to include your qualifications and relevant roles (with main duties / key responsibilities only please); removing any personal details as the sift process is anonymous. Within your statement of suitability please provide evidence of how you demonstrate the following essential ‘experience’ criteria , from the attached job description in no more than 1250 words:

  • Detailed and practical understanding of contract law, public procurement law and public law
  • Able to quickly identify key issues, applying an even handed, pragmatic, impartial and fair approach, using analysis, evidence and expertise to solve issues
  • Strong drafting, research and communication skills
  • Able to assess and manage risk in a legal context
  • A team player who influences others
  • Experience of working under pressure in a fast-paced multi-disciplinary environment

Please note that only the information provided in this statement will be used to assess these criteria, evidence from your CV or elsewhere in the form will not be taken into account.

The sift will take place shortly after the closing date, with blended video interviews held week commencing 1 and 8 March 2021.
The blended interview will test the experience and behaviours listed in the job description, as well as the strengths associated with the role. We want to hear your first, unrehearsed, natural response to strength questions, and so we don’t advertise which strengths are being tested.

The best way to prepare for strengths questions is to reflect on what you identify as your own personal strengths, and your preferred ways of working.

Please review your application form before clicking ‘submit’ – once you have submitted, you will not be able to amend your application.

Ensure your application form is received by the closing date for receipt of applications – this is 23:55 on the advertised date.

HM Land Registry is accredited to the Disability Confidence Scheme, which denotes organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled people. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria at the shortlisting stage are guaranteed an invitation to interview.

If any candidate requires the panel to consider a reasonable adjustment or there is anything else they would like the panel to take into consideration they are asked to notify us of this at application stage where possible or during the process as soon as it becomes a requirement.

If you would like further information about the use of your personal data, please click on the link below:

Job Applicant Personal Information

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name : Lesley Malpas
Email :

Recruitment team :
Email :

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance to the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, please email in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from HM Land Registry then you may take your complaint to the Civil Service Commission:


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