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Competition Lawyer

Summary Information for vacancy - reference OFT917


Office of Fair Trading


circa £53,000


EC4Y 8JX, City of London, Greater London, London

Closing Date

18 July 2011

Interviews start

Not specified


Grade 7


Middle management

Pay frequency


Appointment Terms


Working Arrangement

Full time,Job share

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work

Legal Services

Brief Description

The OFT's mission is to make markets work well for UK consumers, with the public's good at the heart of our work. We work in all sectors of the economy using a wide range of powers and legal instruments. As a result of our frontline enforcement, and other complementary work, consumers benefit from improved value, choice, and quality in products and services. The wider economy also thrives as competitive markets encourage greater productivity, growth and innovation by business.

Vacancy description

As a Competition Lawyer at the OFT, you will gain exposure to our broad spectrum of work by advising on, or running, high-profile and high-impact investigations. This makes the OFT an excellent place to deepen your legal and / or competition expertise. Working in multi-disciplinary project and enforcement teams, our competition roles could see you involved in market studies in any sector of the economy, cartels and criminal enforcement cases, or mergers.


Successful candidates will be expected to meet the requirements of the Professional Skills for Government Competency Framework for their grade as detailed in the attached job description.


Applicants must be fully qualified lawyers:
– Have at least a 2:1 degree or evidence of equivalent academic ability
– Qualified to practise as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. (We would accept applications from individuals who are not qualified to practise in England and Wales, on condition that they are prepared to pursue the QLTT on appointment.)


To be successful in the role of Competition Lawyer, you will have recent demonstrable experience of applying competition law and researching competition law issues, or you will be an exceptional lawyer with experience in other legal disciplines, with an interest in developing expertise in competition law and can amply demonstrate legal skills and experience that are transferable to competition work in the OFT.

Further information

CRB check required - No

Regulated by OCSC - Yes

Reserved for existing civil servants - No

Reserved for UK nationals - No

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for one or more of the positions in the recruiting groups listed in the attached job description and believe that you meet the selection criteria, please submit a succinct covering letter (no more than 2-3 pages) addressing the relevant professional / technical criteria in the person specification. We would welcome applications from lawyers with competition experience as well as from exceptional lawyers with experience in other legal disciplines, who would be interested in developing expertise in competition law and can amply demonstrate legal skills and experience that are transferable to competition work in the OFT. If you do not have competition experience, please be sure to amply demonstrate how your legal skills could be transferred to competition work in your covering letter.

Please note: Candidates who have unsuccessfully applied to the OFT for a Competition Lawyer position, in any previous recruitment campaign launched since 1 January 2011, should not re-apply as such applications will not be considered during this campaign.

You must state in your covering letter the groups you are interested in working for in order of preference. If you do not indicate any preferences your application will be considered for all recruiting areas.

Your covering letter, a full CV and a completed diversity monitoring form should be sent to: clearly stating the reference number ‘OFT917 – Competition Lawyer’.

For full details, please see the attached job description.

16061141734_917 - Job description final.doc

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Professional Skills for Government

The Professional Skills for Government (PSG) competency framework is a structured way of thinking about jobs and careers for Civil Service staff at all grades. It sets out the skills you need to do your job well as a member of the Civil Service, no matter what grade you are or where you work.