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Deputy Director of Legal Services - Competition


Job Length:Permanent


Firm:The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

Job Type:Full Time

Email Address:


Practice Area:In-House/ Public Sector

Web Address:http://www.ccpc.ie

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is seeking to recruit a Deputy Director of Legal Services - Competition. This is a full time/permanent role subject to 12 month probation.

Role summary

This is an opportunity for an experienced lawyer, with strong management and leadership skills, to take on a senior management role in the delivery of legal services in a dynamic and fast-paced public sector organisation. The new Deputy Director, along with the Director of Legal Services and the other Deputy Director, will comprise a robust senior management team in LSD which will focus on managing a team of high calibre specialist lawyers, overseeing the delivery of legal services and addressing long-term legal issues of wider strategic importance to the CCPC.

The new Deputy Director of Legal Services - Competition will be responsible for overseeing the provision of legal advice on civil/administrative and criminal enforcement of competition law and on the CCPC’s merger review functions. The Deputy Director will also be responsible for providing strategic legal advice on policy and legislative matters relating to the CCPC’s competition law functions. In addition, the Deputy Director will be required to oversee the provision of legal advice on other areas of law which impact the CCPC, including data protection law, procurement law and Freedom of Information.

You will be required to demonstrate strong leadership, analytical, interpersonal and organisational awareness skills. Due to the broad range of issues dealt with by LSD, you will be required to prioritise work, meet deadlines and work to agreed performance targets.

Key responsibilities

  • Assisting the Director of Legal Services in the strategic management, leadership and administration of the Division;
  • Assisting the Director in delivering on the Division’s and CCPC’s objectives by providing a comprehensive legal service across the CCPC’s broad remit and continuously improving service delivery;
  • Managing and supervising the provision of effective, accurate and timely legal advice in relation to the CCPC’s competition law functions. This will include overseeing the management of both civil and criminal legal proceedings concerning the CCPC’s competition law functions;
  • Providing any other legal services as required by the Director e.g. in relation to data protection law, procurement law and Freedom of Information;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective and professional working relationships with CCPC staff and external parties, including external legal counsel, government officials, other enforcement agencies and the European Commission;
  • Representing the CCPC at both national and international level at meetings and conferences when required;
  • Taking the lead in drafting proposals or recommendations to government departments regarding legislative changes in connection with the CCPC’s competition law functions;
  • Promoting the Vision, Mission and Values of the CCPC.

Technical and professional requirements


  • Candidates must have been called to the Bar in the State and entered on the Roll of Practising Barristers maintained by the LSRA or have been admitted and be currently enrolled as a solicitor in the State or hold a professional qualification in law which would be acceptable to the CCPC as being equivalent to the above;
  • At least 4 years post qualification work experience either in a law firm, as a practising barrister, as in-house counsel, or as a legal advisor in the civil/public service;
  • Direct experience of leading and managing people/teams;
  • Professional experience in the area of competition law;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including the ability to provide clear, focused and practical legal advice;
  • Excellent legal research skills and experience in the use of legal research tools;
  • Highly developed organisational and administrative skills;
  • Oral and written fluency in the English language.


  • Relevant qualifications and/or experience in law above the essential requirements;
  • Knowledge of Irish civil and criminal court practice and procedure;
  • Experience in dispute resolution, litigation, or regulatory investigations;
  • Experience advising on civil or criminal investigations and/or inspections and enforcement powers;
  • Experience of successfully working across multiple legal disciplines.


  • Maximum: €87,495/Minimum: €70,490

Additional information can be requested from ccpc@sigmar.ie. If you wish to apply for this role please click here.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon, Wednesday 21 October 2020.

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