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Closing Date: 27 January 2023

Deputy Departmental Solicitor, Departmental Solicitor’s Office

Senior Civil Service Grade 3

REF: IRC281925

SALARY: £96,170 - £107,566 per annum (under review)

DEPARTMENT: Department of Finance (DoF)

LOCATION: Lanyon Plaza, 7 Lanyon Place, Belfast

DSO is the in-house legal office servicing the Northern Ireland Executive departments. We are a critical part of the machinery of government in Northern Ireland.  We are at the heart of the most difficult governmental decisions about the exercise of Executive power in Northern Ireland.

We are looking for a motivated, innovative leader who will play a pivotal role and work collaboratively across all departments, and advise on a wide range of significant and complex issues. With economic, social, constitutional and political developments all happening at pace, this will be a challenging time for a unique role.

To be successful, you will need to be an exceptional senior solicitor or barrister with a strong track record of leading the delivery of high-quality legal services and improving a business. You will be confident in building strong professional relationships internally and externally at the most senior levels.  You will also have experience in delivering timely and accurate legal advice and solutions on complex issues in high profile, often fast-moving situations.

This post may be filled by secondment of the successful candidate from their current employer.

Applications from Protestants, men, young people (people under the age of 35), people with a disability and people from minority ethnic communities are particularly welcomed for this post.

Completed application forms for this post must be submitted no later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 27th January 2023.

For more detailed information and to apply, please go to

The Northern Ireland Civil Service is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


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