public sector

Public Sector Careers

National coverage in this ever-changing sector 

Our very experienced and dedicated public sector team provide an efficient and cost effective supply of legal staff to organisations right across the UK. Their many years of experience and in-depth knowledge of the market and the recruitment frameworks means we understand the needs and expectations of both the candidates and clients alike.

Our market spans local government, universities, constabularies, housing associations, charities, the NHS, and central government departments.

Most of the assignments we are instructed on are interim/locum roles and are very varied: roles span from one week to on-going contracts that can last for years. The work ranges from commercial contracts & procurement, to property, planning, projects, litigation of all types, including civil and housing, employment, childcare and social care, regulatory, fraud, and prosecutions.

Making the move to the public sector can prove highly rewarding. Our candidates move to this sector to take advantage of the fantastic work/life balance and flexible working patterns, but they stay for the chance to make a difference in their community. Additionally, public sector lawyers regularly work on high profile projects and cases and consistently enjoy greater access to their clients than they are afforded in private practice.

Experienced public sector lawyers tend to find work more quickly, as locum/interim assignments need a good level of PQE; however, there are lots of routes into the sector and candidates wanting additional information should contact us for a consultation. 

Read our blog: Remembering IR35- Evaluating This Controversial Legislation

IR35 – if you are an interim lawyer with any sort of exposure to the public sector, then these letters and numbers have been following you around like a bad smell since last April. Of course you would have started giving off a faint whiff back in 2000, when the so called ‘intermediaries’ legislate on was first introduced. Yet it is over the course of the last 12 months that contractors, recruiters and hiring clients alike have been forcibly led into HMRC’s legislative quicksand. Now that we are all stuck waist deep, it seems fitting that I evaluate how on earth we got here and if we are sinking further.

Before I can best evaluate where we are now, it helps to re-visit the events that led us here in the first place. This is relevant, not least because, this series of events will no doubt unfurl again when IR35 is rolled out to the private sector, presumably in 2019. For that reason I have split my thoughts into two blogs; Part One follows and Part 2 will be available in due course.

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Emily Bulman

Emily Bulman

Associate - Public Sector

Sectors: Public Sector