2x Senior Legal Directors

Competition & Markets Authority

London or Edinburgh

  • Location

    London or Edinburgh

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    £123,468 – £135,000 plus benefits

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    26 April 2021

  • Client

    Competition & Markets Authority

Ref: GSe71644

Unique opportunity for senior lawyers with expertise across competition enforcement and public law to be at the forefront of legal and policy thinking in competition law enforcement while playing a pivotal role in the leadership and management of CMA’s Legal Service (100 lawyers).

Following the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU, the CMA’s responsibility for the review of complex merger, cartel and antitrust cases has substantially increased.  This creates new and exciting opportunities for the CMA to be at the forefront of legal and policy thinking in competition law enforcement and means that strong relations with international counterparts are essential. At the same time, the CMA maintains an ambitious programme of markets and consumer protection enforcement work and is establishing two important new functions: the Office for the Internal Market and the Digital Markets Unit.

As one of four Senior Legal Directors, reporting to the General Counsel, you will play a key role in achieving the CMA’s mission by bringing leadership and vision to legal teams, setting the strategy and ensuring the delivery of high-quality legal advice and robust analysis across all areas of the CMA’s case work. The CMA’s legal teams, led by the Senior Legal Directors, work closely and collaboratively with project teams and decision makers on an integrated basis from the outset of an investigation through to final decisions and subsequent litigation.

We are recruiting two Senior Legal Directors to join this team (alongside two already in post). On appointment, you can expect to be leading the legal teams advising across one or more of the following areas:

  • the CMA’s wide-ranging portfolio of antitrust cases (including digital CA98 cases);
  • supporting the establishment of the new Digital Markets Unit and development of a new regulatory framework for digital markets alongside associated market studies/investigations;
  • the work of the newly established Office for the Internal Market and potentially any subsidy control role that the CMA may be asked to take on. 

Additionally, one of the Senior Legal Directors will have senior leadership responsibility for managing the CMA’s Policy & International Directorate which provides integrated policy and international support across the CMA’s competition and consumer functions including engagement with key UK and international stakeholders and counterparts.

If you are a senior competition lawyer with an established track record of delivering complex and strategic legal advice, a strong understanding of the policy challenges and opportunities facing the CMA and significant experience of leading and motivating professional teams, and if you want to work in a fast-changing and challenging environment doing important work in the public interest, then this could be the ideal role for you.

If you would like to discuss the roles in more detail before submitting an application, please contact Jemima Dalgliesh or Anna Scaife at anna.scaife@gatenbysanderson.com 

The CMA is an accredited Disability Confident Employer and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds and recruit on merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's Recruitment Principles.

The CMA is fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. It is a priority to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we welcome applications from under-represented groups, including ethnically diverse people, people with a disability, and people with diverse gender identities.

The CMA may require you to work from home to continue delivering our objectives during the Covid-19 pandemic period. Any remote or home working arrangement is temporary only and does not constitute a permanent change to your designated place of work or working conditions.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
Monday 12 April 2021

Longlist Meeting
w/c Monday 19 April 2021

Preliminary Interviews
w/c Monday 26 April 2021

Shortlist Meeting
w/c Monday 3 May 2021

Final Panel
w/c Monday 24 May or w/c 6 June 2021

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


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