Bank of England Career Returners Programme, Legal Directorate (PT or FT with flex)

London (Central), London (Greater)
Between £50,000 and £54,000 + benefits
17 Apr 2019
26 Apr 2019
Contract Type

Bank of England Career Returners Programme, Legal Directorate

Start date:  September 2019

Competitive salary


The Bank of England ‘s Legal Directorate is partnering with Women Returners to launch their Career Returners Programme for lawyers who are looking to return to work after an extended career break. Both full-time and part-time opportunities are available.

The initial roles will be a paid placement of six months, with the possibility of a permanent role at the end of the assignment.

Successful hires who have taken a career break of two years or more will receive coaching support through the transition period from Women Returners. The Bank is absolutely committed to having an inclusive environment. Improving the diversity and depth of experience of staff is something that the Bank is passionate about.


About the Bank of England

The Bank of England is the UK’s central bank and a diverse organisation. Each of its 4,000 plus employees is committed to public service and dedicated to deliver the Bank’s mission to promote the good of the people of the United Kingdom through maintaining monetary and financial stability. Protecting the nation’s insurance policyholders is a vital job.


About the Legal Directorate

The Legal Directorate performs a wide-ranging legal advisory and support role for the Bank of England. It works closely with business areas across the Bank and the Prudential Regulation Authority on a wide range of key UK and international issues, covering areas such as current and prospective UK and EU legislation, banking and market operations, financial stability, prudential regulation and supervision, financial market infrastructure supervision, resolution, enforcement and litigation.

The Legal Directorate usually provides legal advice in-house but engages external counsel as necessary.  It comprises a General Counsel and approximately 140 other staff; and is fully supportive of part-time and flexible working.


What you can expect

  • The Career Returners Programme offers a paid placement of six months, starting in September 2019, and the possibility of a permanent role at the end of the assignment.
  • Roles will be located in the Bank’s Threadneedle Street offices.
  • You will receive coaching support from Women Returners to help you to transition successfully back into the workplace.
  • Flexible working options are available, including part-time working.

About the roles

There are opportunities across the Legal Directorate to suit a broad range of legal expertise and experience, including:

  • Banking
  • Commercial procurement and contracts
  • Data privacy
  • EU law
  • Financial Services
  • Insolvency and resolution
  • Insurance
  • International Trade
  • Litigation and enforcement
  • Markets

We welcome lawyers with previous experience in any of these areas. No prior experience of working in-house or in the public sector is required. Many of the areas of the law that our lawyers advise on are unique to the Bank and full support and training will be provided to help with the transition from private practice or chambers’ disciplines.

The legal work is often high profile, frequently complex, and sometimes entirely unique, but the Legal Directorate is a collegiate team, working collaboratively and sharing information and insights freely, with tried and tested induction processes which will ensure new colleagues can get up to speed quickly.


The Opportunity

As a unique institution, the Bank of England offers a competitive reward package. It includes a competitive salary, but also a much wider offering, including a defined benefit pension and comprehensive flexible benefits. The Bank also offers a working environment which fully supports individuals through flexible working, as well as wellbeing initiatives including an on-site medical and dental unit.

Recruiting at two levels of experience, the respective opportunities offer a base salary of £50,000 - £54,000 depending on your level of skills and experience.

Please apply online, by completing the application questions and submitting a copy of your CV.


Closing date for applications: 26th April 2019.

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