General Counsel of the Trade Remedies Authority

Reading, South East
£90,000 Circa per annum
06 Jun 2018
03 Jul 2018
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

As part of our preparations to leave the EU, we are establishing with the Trade Bill a new independent UK body, the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA), to defend UK businesses against unfair trading practices. 

We are now seeking to appoint the General Counsel of the TRA. This is an exciting new role responsible for the establishment of the legal function that will be key to the successful investigations that the TRA will undertake. The General Counsel will build and sustain the capability and capacity in the team to deliver high-quality legal advice, both for the investigations themselves and for any appeals. The General Counsel will be a member of the TRA’s senior management team and will play a key role in the overall leadership and performance of the organisation. 

The successful candidate will be fully qualified to practice as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales, and will have significant post-qualification experience, at a senior level, in a regulatory, administrative or trade law context. They will bring strong programme management skills, experience of building and managing high-performing teams, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and proven ability to explain complex issues with clarity, simplicity and precision to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. They will ideally have a background of working with business analysis, finance, law or investigations. An understanding of international trade policy, in particular trade remedies, would be helpful. 

This will be a challenging and demanding, yet exceptionally rewarding, role. It will offer the successful candidate a unique and exciting opportunity to make a positive contribution to the delivery of a fair and robust trade remedies regime in the UK once we have left the EU, to positively protect the UK’s industries, and to ensure the TRA is set up to succeed in the long term. 

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