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Legal Adviser

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 006
Grade 6
Salary range: circa £80,000
Specialist allowance: N/A
Location: Aberdeen
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Occasional travel within the UK
Appointment Type Permanent
Level of Security clearance Basic
Medical required? No

Unless otherwise stated consideration will be given to requests to work on a part time or job share basis. Flexible working hours can also be considered.

Application details

Closing date for applications: 26 May 2017

Brief overview of role

The OGA is looking to appoint a Legal Advisor who will be a part of the OGA’s legal team, reporting to the General Counsel - providing legal advice and support to the OGA on all aspects of its activities. The OGA's in­-house team has full responsibility and accountability for the OGA’s legal advice.

The OGA is responsible for the licensing and consenting regime for both the UK’s offshore oil and gas and for England’s growing onshore conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon activity.

This is an opportunity to be part of a small team guiding the development of this new regime while continuing to apply the extensive existing licensing system at a time of significant challenge to the industry growth from the low oil price.

There is a significant public and commercial law dimension to the role. There will be a growing need for advice on commercial law, competition law, mediation and on procedure for civil law sanctions as the new powers of the OGA are exercised.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

The Legal Advisor will report to the OGA's General Counsel and must be qualified to practise as a lawyer in Scotland and/or England & Wales.

The OGA's work involves both commercial and public legal work and the successful candidate will need to demonstrate expertise in at least one of these disciplines coupled with an ability to assimilate new areas of law quickly, have reliable legal judgement and the ability to produce sound analysis at pace.

You will work closely with the technical and policy teams both in the OGA and, as the regime is developed, with industry and with teams in Central Government.

You will be advising on OGA-related licensing and compliance matters and assist in the development and implementation of policy projects, guidelines and operational procedures. 

You will possess excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to provide clear, constructive advice on complex legal issues with the confidence and initiative to find workable solutions to policy and operational problems.

In addition to these core skills it is desirable that you have experience in one or more of the following areas: 

  • ­The industry's commercial agreements and practices which have grown to be complementary to the UK's oil and gas licensing regime. This understanding will be particularly relevant to the exercise of the dispute resolution and sanction powers.
  • The UKCS and Onshore petroleum licensing law
  • ­Competition law. The OGA is charged with facilitating collaboration within the Industry, the OGA needs to be confident that its work to increase collaboration does not inadvertently raise the risk of anti­competitive behaviour within the industry.
  • ­Employment and Company Law. The OGA is a limited Company with about 160 employees.
  • ­Alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. The OGA operates a non­binding dispute resolution process to help the industry achieve a more efficient commercial framework.
  • ­Civil law procedure and appeals process. The OGA has power to impose sanctions on companies, including the power to fine and to determine licences. There is provision for companies to appeal to the First Tier Tribunal.

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Leading and Communicating - Excellent drafting and communication skills, with the ability to work constructively with policy and technical colleagues at pace. Excellent interpersonal skills together with the ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Competence 2: Delivering at Pace - Flexibility and resilience to deal with heavy and competing pressures and the ability to work with colleagues who are themselves often under pressure. Able to provide quick, confident and authoritative legal advice to colleagues within the OGA.
  • Competence 3: Seeing the Bigger Picture - Be sensitive to the broader political and commercial aspects of the Oil and Gas regime. The ability to think strategically about how legal services can develop to support the priorities of the OGA.
  • Competence 4: Making Effective Decisions - Excellent analytical and handling skills. Strong attention to detail.

Specialist Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Licenses, Memberships or Language

Essential Desirable
• The postholder must be a qualified solicitor or barrister (Scotland and/or England & Wales) with strong legal and general project management skills and experience.
• Post-qualification work experience as a solicitor or barrister.
• A good knowledge of public law (including ECHR law), EU law, Competition law and/or commercial law, preferably in a regulatory context.
• Able to provide and communicate authoritative, high level advice, often within very tight timescales.
• Experience of advising on one or more of competition law, company law, employment law, and mediation/arbitration.
• A demonstrable interest and understanding of regulatory, competition and consumer issues.
• Investigatory and/or litigation experience, and an appreciation of Economics.
• Self-motivation and demonstrable interest in the work of the OGA.

Application Process and Further Information

Unfortunately you do not meet minimum nationality and educational requirements of this position.

To apply please send a covering letter and CV quoting the recruitment reference number and job title to OGArecruitment@ogauthority.co.uk

You should provide examples in your covering letter that best demonstrate your skills and abilities against the competencies and specialist skills. The maximum word count against each competence example is 250 words. The information you provide will be assessed during the short listing stage and if you are invited to attend an interview, the indicated competence areas will discussed further.

When completing your application, you should use the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action and Result) methodology for each competence. All appointments are subject to successful completion of pre-employment checks

For further information please see the Information to Candidates pack (PDF)

Additional information on what you can expect as an Oil and Gas Authority employee

Equality and diversity statement

The OGA is committed to embedding equality and diversity into all our policies and processes. We will aim to recruit, retain and promote staff on the basis of competence and regardless of characteristics including those listed under the Equality Act 2010. These protected characteristics are; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation