The Legal Office provides legal services to the National Institutions of the Church of England, of which the Archbishops’ Council, the Church Commissioners and the Church of England Pensions Board are the largest. It currently comprises 6 solicitors, 3 barristers, 1 legal executive and 2 support staff.
The Legal Office is one of a number of ‘common service’ units that provide services to all the National Church Institutions and are managed by Church of England Central Services. (Other common services include IT, Human Resources, Office Services and the Church of England Records Centre.) The Head of the Legal Office is the Chief Legal Adviser to the Archbishops’ Council and the General Synod and Official Solicitor to the Church Commissioners.
The Deputy Head of the Legal Office is the Deputy Legal Adviser to the Archbishops’ Council and the General Synod and the Deputy Official Solicitor to the Church Commissioners. It is a senior role in the National Institutions of the Church of England, immediately below Director level, and requires the provision of legal services with an exceptionally high level of independent professional and personal responsibility.
The role involves sharing responsibility for overseeing the work of the Legal Office and deputising for the Head of the Legal Office.
Responsibilities of the post include:
The job requires the provision of legal advice and analysis to internal and external stakeholders at the highest level, including in relation to matters which, internally, have strategic significance for the Church of England and/or affect its internal dynamics and, externally, affect the way in which the Church is perceived. By virtue of its influence on the Church’s central decision-making processes, the legal advice given by the post holder has a significant impact in relation to all these areas. Because such advice that is in any way inadequate or misjudged can have a seriously adverse impact it is essential that the advice provided by the post holder is entirely reliable and always well-judged and accurate.
Furthermore, the environment in which the job is carried out is a demanding one. Factors contributing to that include:
The job involves producing imaginative and effective solutions to complex and novel legal problems in order to ensure the organisation’s strategic outcomes are achieved
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