• Legal Advisor

    Salary Details
    circa £50 – 55k
    Job Type
    Full or Part Time – Permanent (including flexible working arrangements)
    Job Level
    Closing Date
  • Team Overview

    Ofcom is the regulator for the UK’s communications industries with responsibilities across television, radio, telecoms, radio spectrum management and post, and has a key role to play in meeting the growing challenges of the UK communications sector. Ofcom is a highly regarded organisation with strong values and a great working environment. We actively promote agile working and recognise the importance of a healthy work/life balance.

    Purpose of the Role

    The legal team is central to Ofcom’s work, playing a critical role in the creation and implementation of communications regulatory policy, as well as advising on enforcement and investigations, and conducting litigation before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the High Court and appeal courts.  It is a professional, cohesive and friendly team of approximately 40 qualified lawyers, ranging from associate level to senior management, with diverse experience and expertise.  


    We are seeking applications for associate level lawyers. The role is exciting and wide-ranging, covering the full spectrum of Ofcom’s work and requiring you to take on diverse projects, including conducting litigation. You will work on complex and high-profile matters which are often the subject of political and public interest and debate, and which have the potential to raise new and significant points of law. 


    You will work in collaborative, multi-disciplinary project teams including policy advisors, economists, accountants and engineers. You may also attend meetings with government departments, industry stakeholders and other regulators. Depending on the nature of individual projects, you will sometimes work as part of a team of lawyers, and sometimes more independently (with support from a legal peer reviewer and/or senior legal colleagues).  


    Recent examples of matters that members of the legal team have advised on include the regulation of the BBC, universal broadband, the reform of Openreach, auctioning new spectrum for 5G mobile services, the imposition of a £50m fine on Royal Mail for abuse of its dominant position and the impact of Brexit on the communications sector. The team is also contributing to the discussions around whether regulation is needed to address the problems that originate online, including a potential future regulatory regime for harmful online content. 

    Requirements of the Role

    • Qualified lawyer (solicitor, barrister or equivalent); 
    • Excellent communications skills, enabling you to present your analysis clearly in written papers, and to contribute to team meetings and presentations to senior colleagues; 
    • Strong analytical skills, with an ability to interpret and advise on the law but also to think strategically and creatively to solve problems and to identify and manage legal risks; 
    • A willingness to expand your expertise, including advising on areas of the law that are new to you, and learning about new industry sectors and technologies; 
    • Excellent interpersonal skills together with the ability to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams; 
    • Effective time management, juggling and prioritising your work across a range of matters; 
    • An interest in regulation of the communications sector to deliver good outcomes for consumers and businesses. 

    Desirable Skills / Experience

    • Experience advising on areas of law directly relevant to Ofcom’s work, either in private practice, in-house or in the public sector; 
    • An interest in and basic appreciation of economics; 
    • Litigation experience; 
    • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams.

    Further Information

    If you are interested in the role, we invite you to submit a CV and short covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role and why you are suited to working for Ofcom. Please provide any other information you think we should have (for example, if you want to work part time). 


    Ofcom offers competitive salaries plus pensions and flexible benefits package.                                   


    Ofcom is an equal opportunities employer and committed to equality of opportunity for all. As a disability confident employer, all disabled candidates who meet all the essential criteria of a job description will be guaranteed an interview. If you have a disability or special need and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process please do so by contacting Recruitment@ofcom.org.uk or calling us on 020 7783 4050.


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