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Legal Adviser

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Date: 23-Nov-2021

Location: London, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: Up to £80,000
Contract Type: Permanent 


We are the UK's aviation regulator and recognised as a world leader in our field. Our activities are wide-ranging, seeking to protect the public and enable the aviation industry to meet the highest safety standards. We pride ourselves on our ability to adapt to the constantly evolving aviation environment.

Are you looking for a varied role that is not only legally stimulating but also helps to improve safety, choice and standards for the public? This could be the role for you.

We work within and shape a constantly changing legal framework on aviation safety, space regulation, airspace, consumer law, economic regulation, competition law, the environment and aviation security matters. All this from the perspective of being a public body with the duties this brings and an ambition to innovate.

The Role


The successful candidate will join a team of lawyers in the Office of the General Counsel, who have a range of backgrounds, from both public and private practice. As a member of the legal team, you'll help to ensure that the CAA receives high quality, user-friendly and practical legal advice, and be passionate about achieving the right outcomes.

You'll help our specialist colleagues shape the regulatory framework to deliver improvements and meet our strategic aviation ambitions. You will also support colleagues to make transparent and clear decisions. You will be inventive and forward thinking in working out what we can deliver within the relevant regulatory framework and tools available.

You'll be supported by the experienced legal team around you, but from the beginning you will be required to handle your own workload, working collaboratively with colleagues and external partners. You will also work collectively with the team of lawyers, learning and sharing with each other so that as a team we can provide the best legal service to the CAA.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Working on regulatory decision making and enforcement, including hearings, and criminal prosecution.
  • Providing outstanding legal service that is responsive to client needs and engaging with our strategic objectives, including advising on the development of new law and policies, applying existing policies, licensing activity and litigation.


  • Working in a multi-disciplinary team which includes technical specialists such as pilots, engineers, finance specialists, senior leaders and Counsel.
  • Collaborating efficiently with all lawyers in the team by working in an open manner.
  • Leading all aspects of the client relationship for each allocated case or project and proactively being responsible for the matter and sharing of information within the legal team.
  • Aligning the legal service provided with the client demands in a way that improves the organisation’s reputation.
  • Building and maintaining trusted professional relationships with clients by demonstrating a comprehension of commercial, regulatory and policy context.

About You

You have experience in regulatory enforcement and/or criminal work.

You are comfortable dealing with new areas of law and subject matter on an ongoing basis, have the ability to delve into complex detail, be able to organise yourself and others and be focused on delivery.

You are able to advise on matters under intense public scrutiny and under time pressure, supporting your colleagues who work directly with the public and others.

You think laterally, developing an understanding of the interdependencies between the various regulatory and corporate groups at the CAA and the connections with external partners.

Additional Skills & Qualifications

  • Solicitor or barrister qualified to practise in the UK with over 4 years PQE
  • Excellent legal skills and the ability to learn new areas of law quickly
  • Pro-active and delivery focused approach
  • Positive communicator who can work with colleagues and partners from varied backgrounds and levels of seniority


  • Readily give and respond to constructive feedback


  • Work in a way that consistently demonstrates the CAA Values


Other experience which would be desirable but not essential, include:


  • Development of new regulatory or legislative frameworks


  • Litigation


  • Knowledge of public law principles




Working With Us

We offer a range of excellent benefits such as flexible working arrangements, free onsite gym at Gatwick, discounted gym membership for London, 28 days annual leave, additional 5 days leave purchase scheme, a generous pension scheme and much more!

We are on a journey towards being increasingly adaptable, where our colleagues collaborate as part of cross-functional teams. This approach ensures we never stop learning together. It also means that you may become involved in activities that take you out of your day to day role, providing you with opportunities to develop and grow your career with us.

We have embraced hybrid working and offer flexible working patterns, being open to having a conversation about what works for you. We know where and when we work is important in achieving a work-life balance.

We are passionate about diversity and ensuring all are included at the CAA. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds. We use fair and inclusive selection approaches to hire the best person for the job based on merit alone.

As a member of the Disability Confident scheme, applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a role with us will be guaranteed an interview. If you require an adjustment for any reason, please let us know.

Selection process

Those applicants invited to interview will be assessed in line with the skills and attributes above, as well as the CAA’s values: respect, collaboration, do the right thing and learning.  Candidates will also be presented with a problem scenario to review and respond to as part of the interview process.


Many appointments within the CAA require access to operationally sensitive infrastructure and/or Nationally Protected information. For these roles the post holder must undergo National Security Vetting and achieve the appropriate level of clearance.


To be vetted we will usually expect a reasonable period of residency in the UK so that meaningful checks can be undertaken. This can either be 3 years or 5 years depending on the level required (CTC or SC). If you do not meet these requirements, we will not be able to accept your application. For more information please visit - Vetting explained - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Closing Date: 17th January 2022

Interview Date: Week commencing 24th January 2022


Please note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, all interviews will be conducted online by video conference using Microsoft Teams.


No recruitment agencies please.

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