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Government Legal Profession

Government lawyers provide a range of legal services to a vast number of government organisations, including central Whitehall departments. 

They undertake high quality legal work and have the opportunity to move around and work in different areas of law and practice, and within different departments, throughout their careers. For those who choose to specialise in a particular area, there are opportunities to do so. Other benefits include a good work life balance; flexible-working opportunities, such as homeworking, part-time working or job sharing; and high quality training and development programmes. 

Whether the government is creating new laws, buying goods and services, investigating mergers which could restrict competition, setting the annual budget and collecting the right amount of tax, employing people, fighting organised crime or defending its decisions in court, it needs significant levels of legal advice on a whole range of complex issues. To carry out this work, the government needs its own lawyers, who understand its business, to provide legal services to a wide client base - including a range of central government departments and other government bodies.

Providing legal advice to the government is an important element of the work. Government lawyers work alongside ministers and officials as they seek to turn government objectives into policy and law and enforce regulation. Their work is determined by the business in which their departmental clients are engaged. 

Constitutional Law and the EU. Consumer Protection. Cyber Crime. Education and adoption. Immigration. Managing and Collecting Tax. Modern Slavery. National Security. Complex Public Procurement.Tax Evasion. Trade. Welfare Reform. These are just some examples of the work which government lawyers have been involved in recently. The diversity of the work reflects the wide range of activities within government. These range across issues of national and international significance and across public and private law, embracing advisory and legislative work, litigation, commercial, employment, and a wealth of specialist areas.

The legal work is interesting, intellectually challenging, varied and often unique. The opportunity to be involved in creating and implementing new legislation is simply not available elsewhere. Our litigation lawyers represent the government in the highest courts –with more cases at the Supreme Court each year than any other organisation! The outcome of cases can have wide implications for government policy and even raise questions of constitutional importance. 

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