General Counsel of the Trade Remedies Authority

Civil Service
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. The TRA will be responsible for conducting investigations and recommending measures to the Secretary of State for International Trade to ensure that the UK can continue to provide a safety net to domestic industries against injury caused by unfair trading practices and unexpected surges in imports after the UK has left the European Union. Trade remedies measures are key to ensuring an effective and fair system for international trade.

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 must be qualified to practice as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. Or if they are qualified in a jurisdiction outside England and Wales, the successful candidate will be required to undertake the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme within 12 months of appointment. They will also 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. 

The TRA will be established by the Government’s Trade Bill, which is currently being considered by Parliament. For the TRA to be legally established, Parliamentary approval of the Trade Bill is required, as is standard. In anticipation of receiving this, the successful candidate will initially be engaged by DIT. Following Parliamentary approval, the intention is that the successful candidate will transfer to the TRA as a permanent member of staff and, at this point, their role in DIT will end. For existing Civil Servants on loan, a new loan agreement between their home department and the TRA will be agreed and will replace the initial loan agreement with DIT. 

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. 

Closing date is 9am on Tuesday 3 July 2018 . 

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