Personnel support Legal Officer

Job Description

As an organisation employing over thirty-thousand personnel, operating aircraft and airfields, in the UK and overseas, in peacetime and armed conflict, the RAF generates innumerable and varied legal challenges. Law in the RAF addresses the rules and regulations of the organisation, society at large and the international community. Legal Officers play a central role in ensuring the RAF functions smoothly within these frameworks.

Your responsibilities could include:

• Advising military commanders and staff in national, coalition and Allied environments on domestic and international humanitarian law;

• Advising on military law, air law, employment law, European law, health and safety and environmental law;

• Development and drafting of legislation in relation to the Armed Forces;

• Acting as Legal Adviser to Service Inquiry panels in relation to their investigations;

• Advocacy for the defence or prosecution at Courts Martial, Service Civilian Courts and Summary Appeal Courts;

• Advising both military police and commanders in relation to criminal investigations, evidence gathering, interviewing, and pre- and post-charge custody;

• Advising personnel of all ranks on the Armed Forces Act 2006 and procedures and regulations that apply to the RAF and wider defence;

• Providing legal training across the full breadth of ranks and branches of the RAF.

Like most officers in the RAF, you will move jobs every few years, and each job is known as a tour. You could receive your first overseas move, or ‘posting’, immediately after your Initial Officer Training and specialist training. Overseas postings normally last between two and three years.

Full Time Regular

Initial pay after training

£39,236 + Benefits
Pay during training

£39,236 + Benefits
Entry level

Officer
Commitment

6 years and thereafter by competitive selection

Spare Time Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience
Entry level

Officer
Commitment

27 days per year for 12 years minimum. Each year includes a 15 day block for general RAF training, which is taken over a two week period, and 12 days for additional/trade training, or training exercises.

The possibility of being deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.
Locations

600 Sqn RAF Northolt (Extremely Limited Vacancies)

Full Time Regular
Job requirements

Qualifications:

You must be either a member of the Bar of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and have completed a pupillage, or be a solicitor admitted to the Roll of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Applications from persons who hold CILEX qualifications cannot be accepted. You must also have GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C or equivalent, Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) at a minimum of Grade 2 or Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) at Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.

Once you have successfully been commissioned into the Directorate of Legal Services(RAF) you will have to undertake and pass Developed Vetting periodically throughout your career, this will enable you to complete all duties of an RAF Legal Officer.

Nationality

Citizen of the UK or the Republic of Ireland, or a Commonwealth citizen since birth. You may also join if you have dual UK/other nationality

Residency

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the five years immediately preceding your application.

Age: 24 – 40

Applications from older candidates, especially those with previous commissioned service and/or relevant experience, may be considered on their merits as follows:

• Older candidates with more than 4 years post qualification experience (PQE) will be referred to the Directorate of Legal Services (RAF) for consideration.

• Older candidates with less than 4 years PQE, but who have more than 2 years PQE, have a strong academic record (e.g. A levels at grade A or B plus a 2:1 bachelors degree or better) will also be referred to DLS (RAF) for consideration.

• A full UK driving license will be required

Spare Time Reserve
Job requirements

Qualifications:

You must be either a member of the Bar of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and have completed a pupillage, or be a solicitor admitted to the Roll of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Applications from persons who hold CILEX qualifications cannot be accepted. You must also have GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C or equivalent, Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) at a minimum of Grade 2 or Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) at Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.
Applicants must also have a full UK driving license.

Nationality

Citizen of the UK or the Republic of Ireland, or a Commonwealth citizen since birth. You may also join if you have dual UK/other nationality

Residency

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the five years immediately preceding your application.

Age: 24 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)

* – Applications from older candidates, especially those with previous commissioned service and/or relevant experience, may be considered on their merits.