Counsel, Legal

Bank of England
Mar 16, 2024
Apr 07, 2024
Contract Type
Job Description – Counsel, Legal (010553)

Counsel, Legal – ( 010553 )

Primary Location Primary Location UK–ENG–London

Job Job Legal

Organisation Organisation 321101 – CENTRAL BANKING DIVISION

Job Posting Job Posting 13–Mar–2024, 4:01:35 PM

The Bank of England is the UK's central bank. Our mission is to deliver monetary and financial stability for the British people.

The Bank of England is a diverse organisation. Each of its 4,000 plus people are committed to public service and dedicated to promoting the good of the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability.

Join our award–winning legal team and work at the frontier of financial services to help maintain monetary and financial stability in the UK! We are looking for new colleagues who are willing to learn quickly, engage openly and rise to the challenge. We share information and insights freely. The work we do here is challenging and sometimes demanding, but always rewarding! This – together with the commitment of our lawyers, paralegals and dedicated support staff – is what why The Lawyer and LexisNexis both named our Legal Directorate the In–House Legal Team of the Year 2022!

Alongside the General Counsel's Office, the Legal Directorate is split into five main teams:
  • Central Banking, which provides legal advice on the Bank's constitution and governance; Markets and Banking operations; commercial contracts, procurement and intellectual property; notes procurement, production and distribution; data and information management; employment policy and employee relations matters; and the Bank's financial and funding arrangements.
  • International and Domestic Reform, which provides legal advice on a range of trade and financial regulatory matters affecting the Bank including in connection with the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. Practice areas include:
    • Advising policymakers on the reform of the UK's financial regulatory framework.
    • Contributing to the Bank's role in negotiating trade agreements with international partners.
    • Providing advice on EU and Brexit legal issues.
  • Enforcement & Litigation, which leads investigations and the imposition of any enforcement sanction within the PRA. It runs the investigative process from inception to recommendations concerning the appropriate sanction. It also runs any settlement process, and any litigation should a matter be contested.
  • Financial Stability, which provides legal advice on the regulation and supervision of Financial Market Infrastructure (such as central counterparties, payment systems and securities settlement systems), on macro–prudential policy and regulation and associated legal framework for the Bank's Financial Policy Committee and on the Bank's role as the UK's resolution authority.
  • Insurance and Deposit Takers, providing legal advice to supervisors in relation to supervisory decision–making, and to policymakers in the PRA on capital, liquidity and other prudential requirements of banks, insurers and investment firms.
We are also supported by a Strategy and Operations team, who work with Champions across the Legal Directorate to organise a rich and regular programme of legal training and ensure that we share our knowhow through our bespoke inhouse legal wiki.

Job Description

We currently have a vacancy for a 6–12 month FTC Scale E commercial–focused Legal Counsel in CBL.

CBL is made up of around 50 lawyers, plus trainees and support staff. It has a broad remit which covers the Bank's day–to–day operations as well as many of its unique functions as the UK's central bank.

This role is to work primarily on commercial, procurement, IT, and outsourcing matters. We are seeking individuals with previous experience of working on some or all of these matters and a highly competent lawyer with good commercial awareness and excellent drafting, negotiation, and communication skills.

Within CBL, our commercial lawyers advise all areas of the Bank on the following:
  • Public procurement, including EU Procurement Directives and UK Regulations and procurement requirements more generally when the Bank is choosing its suppliers.
  • Contractual issues concerning the Bank's relationships with third party suppliers including standard terms for the supply of any goods and services, custom contracts for large projects (e.g. IT, infrastructure, banknotes), licence agreements and consultancy and outsourced contracts, along with protection of confidential information, including non–disclosure agreements (NDAs)
  • Intellectual property (copyright, trademarks, patents and domain names, licensing), both when protecting the Bank's IP rights and where the Bank or staff members are using another's IP.
Other areas of work in CBL include:
  • Markets, Banking and Payments: this includes operations to implement monetary policy, provide liquidity insurance to the financial system, manage the UK's foreign exchange reserves, settle payments across the Bank's real–time gross settlement (RTGS) infrastructure, operate the CHAPS high–value payment system, and provide banking services to the government, market infrastructures and other central banks. This area includes innovative work to ready the Bank's monetary policy toolkit and balance sheet for the future. It also helps to craft and deliver the future of payments, including the potential development of a Central Bank Digital Currency and renewal of the RTGS system.
  • Central Services: this includes support to business areas across the Bank on: (i) the Bank's constitution, governance, funding arrangements and reporting; (ii) information management, which includes freedom of information, data protection and matters relating to the Bank's use of data and information; and (iii) employment policies and employee relations matters.
  • Banknotes: providing advice in respect of banknote distribution and banknote issuance.
You will provide legal advice and support, often in close liaison with the Bank's in–house procurement function, Technology Directorate and Notes Directorate, on commercial contracts and tenders ranging from critical, complex large–scale projects at the heart of the Bank's functions through to more routine contracts and IP and IT licences – generally as the day–to–day lead on those workstreams. You will report to a Senior Legal Counsel & Manager within CBL.

This role involves working closely with the Bank's suppliers and, as appropriate, our external legal advisers drafting, handling and advising on contractual relationships.

You will advise at all levels of seniority within the Bank, writing notes for, and attending, project boards as well as advising staff members who are not used to working with lawyers.

You will work openly and in multi–disciplinary teams to scope and deliver against agreed timescales, ensuring that legal risk is adequately identified, managed, and mitigated. You will mentor and coach more junior colleagues.

You will routinely observe the Bank's document and record management protocols. You will invest time in developing your own technical knowledge to develop expertise in the relevant practice areas. You will contribute willingly to the implementation of central initiatives and demonstrate Our Bank Behaviours at all times.

Role Requirements
  • Legal qualification: Applicants will typically be qualified to practise as a Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive in England and Wales, or equivalent in Scotland or Northern Ireland. However, we will also accept applications from candidates qualified to practise as a lawyer overseas where the candidate can demonstrate that they have legal experience that is directly relevant to the legal work described in this job description.
  • Approximately 4 years or more post–qualification experience working on commercial, procurement, IT and/or outsourcing matters. There is some flexibility where candidates can demonstrate the necessary experience in other ways (e.g., through pre–qualification or non–legal roles).
  • Ability to carry out technically challenging legal analysis and to provide pragmatic advice which clearly identifies and manages legal risk.
  • Good written communication skills, including the ability to express ideas clearly and concisely in writing.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships internally and externally.
  • Flexibility to work collaboratively or autonomously, with limited supervision and to lead projects with challenging deadlines across multiple matters.
  • An inclusive, ethical and professional approach to legal practice.
  • Willingness to accept and learn from feedback and proactively identify areas for personal and professional development.
  • A good understanding of and interest in the Bank's mission, responsibilities, priorities and wider public profile.
  • Experience of advising on public law.
  • Track record of contributing towards encouraging a diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment.
Ability to adapt communication style to achieve impact for different audiences

Additional Information

The Bank values diversity, equity and inclusion. We play a key role in maintaining monetary and financial stability, and to do that effectively, we believe we need a workforce that reflects the society we serve.

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