Enforcement Lawyer

The Health and Safety Executive is a non-departmental public body which has statutory responsibility in Great Britain for securing the health and safety of workers and protecting the general public from work-related risks. More information about HSE can be found at www.hse.gov.uk.

HSE Legal Adviser’s Office consists of an enforcement and litigation team based at HSE’s headquarters in Bootle, Merseyside. It works closely with two teams of lawyers at the Government Legal Department who deal with HSE’s advisory and drafting work. HSE’s legal advisers are able, committed lawyers, who enjoy a very broad range of high quality work. They have the satisfaction of knowing that their advice and casework can make a direct impact on saving lives.

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Enforcement lawyer

Job description

As an enforcement lawyer, you will be part of a team which deals with the most serious and high profile criminal prosecutions brought by HSE. You will also advise on a wide range of both operational and policy issues. Your role will include:

• Conduct of an interesting and very varied caseload, covering workplace safety in sectors such as the construction industry, hazardous installations, pesticides, offshore installations, the gas and electricity supply industry, manufacturing, hospitals and schools. These cases often involve complex expert evidence.

• Advising on the investigation of such cases, especially where complex issues arise at an early stage.

• Dealing with appeals (in the Employment Tribunal) against enforcement notices issued by HSE Inspectors.

• Inquest work and liaising with Coroners when HSE is an interested person.

• Delivering enforcement training to HSE’s inspectors, many of whom are highly specialised in their particular field.

This role will involve regular travelling throughout England and Wales, for example, to court hearings and case conferences. These may involve overnight stays.

HSE is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive working environment and we particularly welcome Male/BAME/disabled/LGBT+ applicants, as they are currently underrepresented in this discipline within HSE.


You must be a qualified solicitor, barrister or a Fellow of CILEx and hold a ‘general qualification’ within the meaning of s.71 (3) (c) Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 who can demonstrate the following:

A good knowledge and experience of criminal law and practice, preferably with some experience of prosecuting and regulatory law. Knowledge of health and safety law will be an advantage.

An ability to quickly assimilate new areas of law with a keen interest in expanding your legal knowledge and skills

Strong analytical skills and sound practical judgement

An ability to communicate both in writing and orally in a clear, effective and influential manner

You must be able to actively manage your own caseload

A good, flexible team player who can deliver work to a tight timescale and who is capable of managing situations to get the best results from the resources available.

When completing the application form, you should consider each of these requirements and set out the evidence to show that you have the appropriate skills, knowledge and experience for the post.


You must be a qualified solicitor, barrister or a Fellow of CILEx and hold a ‘general qualification’ within the meaning of s.71 (3) (c) Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 who can demonstrate the following:


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together


• Access to learning and development tailored to your role
• A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options
• A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity

We invest in our people with:

• Competitive rates of pay
• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute 27.1% far more than in the private sector.
• Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career
• Up to 30 days annual holiday, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave
• Parental leave benefits: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.

Returning to work after a break:

We appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. 

We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications from individuals who have been out of work for some time and who have previous relevant experience.

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