Legal Director

Equality and Human Rights Commission

London and Manchester

  • Location

    London and Manchester

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    In the region of £70,000 plus attractive benefits

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    10 November 2019

  • Client

    Equality and Human Rights Commission

Ref: GSe59431

Our job at the Equality and Human Rights Commission is to protect and promote equality and human rights in Britain, and to stand up for freedom, compassion and justice in changing times. We do this by safeguarding and enforcing the laws that protect people’s rights to fairness, dignity and respect. We have unique powers to challenge discrimination and protect human rights, and are ready to take action against those who abuse the rights of others.

Britain has a strong reputation as a global leader in equality and human rights and we at the Commission want to make sure this continues. We are living, in an age of virtually unprecedented change and challenge, and the Commission’s external landscape is evolving faster than ever before. In addition to the current political environment we are becoming an older and more diverse society; we must also do more with less, while technological advances are testing our legal frameworks every day. Despite - and indeed, because of – this, the Commission is committed to making a difference to individuals’ lives and bringing about much-needed change in society.

An exciting opportunity to help uphold the system of equality and human rights protection has arisen, and we are seeking to appoint a Director of Legal who shares our values. The new Director will have a seat at the leadership table, playing a key part in our executive leadership team, getting involved in all our corporate decision making, and providing expert strategic direction to our five Legal Teams. No two days will be the same as he or she leads a busy multi-disciplinary team of approximately 40, delivering a varied workload of investigations, strategic casework, Gender Pay Gap reporting enforcement, and overseeing the work of our corporate legal and governance team.

The ideal candidate will have a strong track record of success leading, developing, motivating and mentoring high-performing teams, ideally in a public sector or regulatory environment. Pastoral oversight is as important as technical leadership and credentials, as are comprehensive understanding of legal risk and financial management, lateral thinking on topics both operational and strategic, and commercial ‘nous’. The Director will be a sophisticated communicator with the capacity to win the confidence of stakeholders at all levels, within and outside the Commission. The appointee should also be able to demonstrate good understanding of equality and human rights legislation.

The Commission is committed to improving the diversity of its workforce to make it more representative of society at all levels. Applications are therefore welcomed from as diverse a range of applicants as possible, however for this role we specifically encourage applications from candidates with a disability, to ensure a balanced representation in our workforce at this grade.

For an informal, confidential discussion, please call our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson, Jemima Dalgliesh or Paddy O’Hara on 0113 205 6098.

The closing date for applications is 9am Monday 11 November.

Our job is to protect and promote equality and human rights in Britain and to stand up for freedom, compassion and justice in changing times

Closing date9am Monday 11th November 2019
Preliminary interviewsw/c Monday 25th November 2019
Final panelw/c Monday 16th December 2019 or early January 2020 TBC

Applications should include:

  • A curriculum vitae (CV);
  • A supporting statement of no more than 3 pages providing detailed examples of achievements to demonstrate how you can address the five essential professional skills outlined in the role profile above
  • The details of two professional referees who can comment on your ability to undertake the role. Please note: we will not make contact with your referees without your prior express permission
  • You will also be asked to complete the online diversity monitoring form, which is not mandatory
  • Once you have uploaded your application, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement. If you do not receive this please contact GatenbySanderson on the number below.

If applying under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS), please complete the form on GatenbySanderson’s website when you complete your application. Please see the Guaranteed Interview Scheme section below for more information.

If you are unable to make an electronic application and would like to make an application in a different way e.g in hard copy, or if you have any questions about the application process, please email Chloe Marshall at chloe.marshall@gatenbysanderson or call her on 020 7426 3374.

Late applications will not be accepted.