Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.
The Legal Office based in Westminster, provides advice to the national policy-making and governance institutions of the Church of England, including a legislative assembly.
Those institutions comprise a number of large national charitable bodies including the Church Commissioners, a substantial endowment fund with assets valued at £9.2bn (2020) which has positioned itself at the forefront of Responsible Investment and which supports the mission of the Church, and the Archbishops’ Council, a national policy and strategic decision-making body.
We are a small, inclusive team comprising barristers and solicitors, working with paralegal and administrative support. Our existing team’s professional backgrounds are diverse, with members coming to us from private practice in law firms, at the Bar, from government, and from regulators. We are about to become a training institution with a first trainee due to join us in April.
As Legal Counsel, supporting the work of the Legal Office and particularly the Deputy Official Solicitor to the Church Commissioners, you will be part of an extraordinary community of organisations seeking to make a difference across a diverse society, by supporting the mission and ministries of the Church at a national and international level.
This role will appeal to you, if you are motivated by work at the interaction between public and private law, and the resolution of challenges which are often complex, novel and politically sensitive. Our work is high quality, intellectually stimulating and rewarding and as a collegiate and supportive team, we are proud of the work that we do.
You will be joining us at an exciting time and the role will offer you the opportunity for genuine career growth and development in a supportive environment, including interaction with some of the most senior stakeholders in the organisation. You will also have the opportunity to take a meaningful role in existing and new projects and contribute to the wider aims of our values-driven organisation.
We would like to hear from you if you are a self starter who enjoys building relationships and thrives in a team environment, with substantial experience of practice post qualification, and the skills and knowledge required to excel in this role.
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The Church of England is for everyone, and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic Backgrounds.
We are taking a flexible approach to work, with many colleagues opting for a hybrid approach to their working week, with a mixture of home and office-based working. Further details will be discussed at interview.
We offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.
Personal Attributes and values:
We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.
Excellence, Respect, Integrity
We follow these three values in everything we do, whether we are of Christian faith, another faith or no faith. To learn more about working for National Church Institutions and our benefits, please click here
As a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.
As a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families.
We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to ensuring that everyone, job applicants, customers and other people with whom we deal, are treated fairly and not subject to discrimination. We will do whatever is necessary to provide genuine equality of opportunity. We continuously review our policies and processes to support our aim to create a workforce as diverse as the nation the Church of England serves.