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Head of Legal


Job Length:Permanent


Firm:Pensions Authority

Job Type:Full Time

Email Address:


Practice Area:In-House/ Public Sector

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

The Pensions Authority is seeking to recruit a Head of Legal, appointed at Principal Officer level to lead the Legal Unit. This is a permanent post.

The Role of Head of Legal

The Head of Legal will be appointed at the level of Principal Officer and will report directly to the Pensions Regulator. The Head of Legal must be a qualified solicitor or barrister with at least six years relevant post qualification legal and managerial experience.

In addition to being responsible for the provision of legal advice and legal services to the organisation, the Head of Legal is a member of the Senior Management Team and in that capacity will be responsible for contributing at a senior level to the fulfilment of the Authority’s strategic objectives and the implementation of risk based prudential supervision in accordance with Directive (EU) 2016/2341 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2016 (IORPs II). 

Responsibilities of the post include:

  • Active participation in the management of the delivery of the Authority’s strategy as a member of the Senior Management Team;
  • Developing, empowering, motivating and managing a professional team and ensuring a prompt and high quality legal service is provided at all times;
  •  Identifying and managing legal risk in the context of delivering the Authority’s strategic objectives and statutory priorities;
  • Providing legal advice on regulatory strategy, regulatory and supervisory policies, investigations, due process and fair procedures;
  • Inputting into pensions regulatory legislation and the development of Authority guidance and codes of practice for trustees;
  • Managing litigation and representing the Authority in all High court proceedings and appeals;
  • Providing legal advice and support to the Pensions Regulator on aspects of the pensions roadmap including proposals for authorisation and consolidation of existing pension scheme numbers;
  • Advising the Authority and the Pensions Regulator on the exercise of their statutory powers under the pensions Act;
  • Providing general in house legal advice as required, for example, on procurement law, health and safety, employment law, GDPR and data protection;
  • Representing the Authority on inter-departmental working groups and EU regulatory committees;
  • Managing the FOI function, the determinations functions under the Pensions Act and the internal knowledge programme;
  • Ensuring the quality, consistency and value for money of the legal services provided;
  • Any tasks as may be assigned from time to time by the Pensions Regulator.

Essential requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Be qualified to act as a solicitor or barrister and have at least six years post qualification experience which must include significant experience of pensions or financial services or regulatory law;
  • Have strong leadership qualities, experience of leading a team and the ability to motivate, inspire and develop the legal team;
  • Have strong evidence of project and resource management capability and a record of achieving challenging goals and managing and prioritising multiple work streams;
  •  Have strong drafting skills;
  • Have a minimum 2:1 law degree or equivalent;
  • Have a high level of personal drive and resilience;
  • Have an ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Have excellent communication skills;
  • Have highly developed judgement and decision making abilities;
  • Have strong analytical and strategic thinking capabilities;
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Have high levels of integrity and professionalism;
  • Have a commitment to continuous self-learning and development;
  • Have a commitment to developing others within the organisation.

Desirable knowledge or experience:

  • Knowledge of the development and workings of EU law and its application;
  • Experience of working in a regulator or in advising regulated entities who are the subject of regulatory investigations, proceedings or sanctions;
  • Knowledge of administrative law.

Further information in relation to the role and application process can be found in the candidate information booklet available here.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday, 28 June 2019.

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