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Senior Legal Advisor


Job Length:Permanent


Firm:The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

Job Type:Full Time

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Practice Area:In-House/ Public Sector

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

The CCPC is seeking to recruit a Senior Legal Advisor to work in its Legal Services Division. The Senior Legal Advisor will advise the Commission and its various Divisions on all legal matters, in particular matters of competition law, consumer protection law and product safety law, and will take an active role in all legal aspects of the CCPC’s work.

This position offers a fulfilling and responsible role in a busy and challenging environment dealing with interesting and varied legal issues. It provides an excellent opportunity to make a significant contribution to the delivery of legal services in a dynamic organisation with a wide range of enforcement and regulatory powers.

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

Key responsibilities:

  • Take a lead role in managing both civil and criminal legal proceedings concerning the CCPC’s competition, consumer protection and product safety functions;
  • Analyse legal issues and provide effective and timely legal advice on all aspects of the CCPC’s functions, in particular on the enforcement and application of competition, consumer protection law and product safety law;
  • Provide legal support with respect to competition and consumer protection investigations carried out by the CCPC and any subsequent enforcement actions, including criminal prosecutions;
  • Advise on legal issues relating to the CCPC’s merger review functions under Part 3 of the Competition Act 2002;
  • Advise on other areas of law and procedure (including, for example, public procurement, Freedom of Information and data protection law);
  • Advise on the interpretation of legislation, particularly Irish and EU competition, consumer protection and product safety legislation;
  • Liaise, and maintain effective and professional working relationships with CCPC staff and external parties, including external legal counsel, government officials, other enforcement agencies and the European Commission;
  • Represent the CCPC at both national and international level at meetings and conferences e.g. EU Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) network, European Competition Network (ECN) etc.;
  • Taking the lead in making proposals or recommendations to Government Ministers regarding legislative changes which will promote competition and/or consumer welfare;
  • Promote the Mission, Vision and Values of the CCPC.

Technical and professional requirements:


  • Candidates must have been called to the Bar in the State 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 and have at least 3 years’ post qualification experience as a practising barrister/solicitor;
  • Relevant work experience either in a law firm, as a practising barrister, as in-house counsel, or in the public service;
  • Up-to-date specialist knowledge of the work of the CCPC, including knowledge of Irish and EU competition law, consumer protection law and/or product safety law;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • 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.


  • Qualifications and/or experience in law above the essential requirements;
  • Knowledge of Irish court practice and procedure. iii. Knowledge of and/or experience in the area of product safety law/ regulations;
  • Work experience in the field of criminal law, in particular the prosecution of white-collar or corporate crime;
  • Work experience in dispute resolution, litigation, or regulatory investigations.

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Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 22 July 2020.

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