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Treasury Solicitor and Permanent Secretary

£162,500 - £180,000
Government Legal Department


The Treasury Solicitor is the United Kingdom Government’s principal legal official, the Permanent Secretary and Accounting Officer of the Government Legal Department, Accounting Officer for the Attorney General’s Office HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and Head of Profession for the 2,500+ lawyers in the Government Legal Profession. The Treasury Solicitor leads the Department and is responsible for its efficient and effective management, the quality of the legal services it provides to Government. The Treasury Solicitor accountable to the Attorney General for the delivery of GLD’s services. The Treasury Solicitor is supported by a Board of Directors which includes three Directors General, heads of finance and corporate services and three non-executive directors. The Treasury Solicitor also provides legal advice to the Prime Minister, other senior Ministers, the Cabinet Secretary and fellow Permanent Secretaries. This work is of the widest range but with a strong focus on public and constitutional law, national security issues and the interface of law, politics and propriety. There is a significant external and reputational element to the role. The Treasury Solicitor is the public face of the Government Legal Profession and needs to command the respect not just of Ministers and colleagues but also of the senior judiciary, the legal profession and international counterparts especially in the US, the EU and other Common Law jurisdictions. The Treasury Solicitor is appointed as Her Majesty’s Procurator General - the Queen’s Proctor - and as the Crown’s Nominee for the collection of bona vacantia. The Treasury Solicitor is Accounting Officer for the Department, the AGO and HMCPSI, and responsible to Parliament for the proper expenditure of public monies. Financial acumen and a strong sense of propriety are required for the post generally and for this function in particular. As a member of the wider Permanent Secretary group, the Treasury Solicitor will play a full part in the overall leadership of the Civil Service. The Treasury Solicitor must be a senior barrister or solicitor with a breadth of experience in the law of England and Wales, including a strong background in public law.The Treasury Solicitor is the official Head of the Government Legal Profession for the 2,500+ lawyers working in government, providing the management and leadership for lawyers operating at the cutting edge of law and politics; and whose legal solutions pervade almost every aspect of today’s society. The Treasury Solicitor also provides legal advice to the Prime Minister, other senior Ministers, the Cabinet Secretary and other Permanent Secretaries, on the widest range of legal issues and, as the public face of the Government Legal Profession, has a wider role domestically and in the international arena.

See candidate briefSee candidate briefSuccessful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.See candidate brief

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.