Grade:  Higher Executive Officer

Reporting to: Senior Legal Advisor at Assistant Principal Level

Employing Authority: Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC)

Location:  Dublin 1

Closing Date: 12pm on Wednesday, 21 August 2019


Role Summary

The CCPC is seeking to recruit a Legal Advisor to work in the Legal Services Division.  The Legal Advisor will work with the wider team in the Legal Services Division to provide advice to the CCPC and its various Divisions on all legal matters.  In particular, you will be required to advise on competition law and consumer protection law (including product safety), and will take an active role in all legal aspects of the CCPC’s work. 

This position offers a fulfilling and responsible role in a busy and challenging environment dealing with interesting and varied legal issues.  It provides an excellent opportunity to make a significant contribution to the delivery of legal services in a dynamic organisation with a wide range of enforcement and regulatory powers. 

You will be required to demonstrate strong analytical, interpersonal and organisational awareness skills.  Due to the broad range of issues dealt with by the CCPC’s Legal Services Division, you will be required to prioritise work, meet deadlines and work to agreed performance targets.

Key Responsibilities

  • Advise the CCPC in both civil and criminal legal proceedings concerning the CCPC’s competition and consumer protection enforcement functions.

  • Analyse legal issues and provide effective and timely legal advice on all aspects of the CCPC’s functions, in particular on the enforcement and application of competition and consumer protection law.

  • Provide legal support with respect to competition and consumer protection investigations carried out by the CCPC and any subsequent enforcement actions, including criminal prosecutions.

  • Advise on legal issues relating to the CCPC’s merger review functions under Part 3 of the Competition Act 2002.

  • Advise on other areas of law and procedure (including, for example, public procurement, Freedom of Information and data protection law).

  • Advise on the interpretation of legislation, particularly Irish and EU competition and consumer protection legislation.

  • Assist in making proposals or recommendations to Government Ministers regarding legislative changes which will promote competition and/or consumer welfare.

  • Liaise, and maintain effective and professional working relationships with CCPC staff and external parties, including external legal counsel, government officials, other enforcement agencies and the European Commission.

  • Represent the CCPC at both national and international level at meetings and conferences e.g. EU Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) network, European Competition Network (ECN) etc.

  • Promote the Mission, Vision and Values of the CCPC.

Technical and Professional Requirements

Essential

  • Candidates must have been called to the Bar in the State or have been admitted and be currently enrolled as a solicitor in the State or hold a professional qualification in law which would be acceptable to the CCPC as being equivalent to the above. 

  • Work experience either in a law firm, as a practising barrister, as in-house counsel, or in the public service.

  • Strong written and communication skills.

  • Ability to provide clear, focused and practical legal advice.

  • Excellent legal research skills and experience in the use of legal research tools.

  • Highly developed organisational and administrative skills.

  • Oral and written fluency in the English language.

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the work of the CCPC, including knowledge of Irish and EU competition law and consumer protection law, including product safety law.

  • Knowledge of Irish court practice and procedure.

  • Work experience in dispute resolution, litigation, or regulatory investigations.

  • Work experience in the field of criminal law, in particular the prosecution of white-collar or corporate crime.

 

How to Apply 

1. Download the Job Information Booklet and Selection Process Guide below:

Selection Process Guide (Download)

Job Information Booklet (Download)

 

2. As per selection process guides we are looking for Cover letter (No more than one A4 page) & Up to date CV to be uploaded as part of the process. These must be uploaded as one document to the link below:

Closing Date 

Closing date for applications is 12pm on Wednesday, 21 August 2019