General Counsel

London Fire Brigade


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Up to £130,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    29 October 2018

  • Client

    London Fire Brigade

Ref: GSe47367



The London Fire Brigade’s vision is to be a world class fire and rescue service. We are the busiest fire and rescue service in the country and one of the largest firefighting and rescue organisations in the world. Our workforce comprises 4,500 operational and 1,000 non-operational staff



A unique and trusted organisation, our work has changed over the years with stronger emphasis on fire prevention and community safety as well as responding to fires, terrorist incidents and other emergencies.    As part of the Greater London Authority family, keeping London safe and managing our resources is high profile and politically sensitive. 

Following recent governance changes and a review of our legal and governance arrangements, we are now seeking a General Counsel to be responsible for f legal and governance matters across the service. As an adviser to the Commissioner’s Board, you will play a key role in developing and implementing the Corporate Governance Plan, and will lead on all legal advice, casework and governance issues. You will work closely across the LFB leadership, ensuring a collaborative approach and the integration of legal services whether sourced internally, contracted or provided under collaborative arrangements with partners with whom you will build effective relationships.

You will be an experienced Solicitor or Barrister, with experience in a legal and governance leadership role in a large and complex environment. You will have an understanding of the requirements of working in a democratically accountable environment and bring a track record of successfully managing relationships across a range of stakeholders. You will be experienced in leading and developing teams through periods of change and transformation.

Closing Date Monday 29th October 2018
Long List Meeting w/c 5th November
Preliminary Interviews w/c 12th November
Short List Meeting w/c 19th November
Assessment and fireside chats w/c 26th November
Final Interviews w/c 10th December
How to Apply

To apply for this post, please submit:

  •  a comprehensive CV
  •  a detailed supporting statement (ideally no more than two pages) that demonstrates your suitability against the criteria as set out in the person specification.

Please also ensure you have completed and submitted the equal opportunities monitoring form provided on this site. This form can be seen once your CV and supporting statement have been submitted. The information on the form will be treated as confidential and used for statistical purposes only. The form will not be treated as part of your application. If applicable, please also submit a completed Guaranteed Interview Scheme Form.

The closing date for applications is Monday 29th October​ 2018. 

If you have any queries about any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information or wish to have an informal and confidential discussion, our advising consultants Mark Turner (0207 426 3983) or Adam Davidson (0207 426 3964) will be pleased to talk to you. GatenbySanderson will respect the privacy of any initial approach or expression of interest in this role, whether formal or informal

Contact details
Adam Davidson: 020 7426 3964
Olivia Robinson: 0113 205 6298