EmployerRoyal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)LocationBirmingham or LondonSalaryup to £58,000 doeClosing date1 Oct 2021
RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is a globally recognised professional body and everything we do is designed to effect positive change in the built and natural environments.
Following a major restructure and overhaul of our working practices, we have a number of vacancies that will help us implement our new operating model. At the heart of this model is a “digital first” approach, designed to enhance our engagement with Members.
As part of this recruitment, we have an exciting opportunity for a Regulatory Lawyer to join our small and highly collaborative Legal team, to provide pragmatic legal advice across the regulatory work of RICS and present hearings and appeals before the Regulatory Tribunal (Registration, Disciplinary and Appeal Panels). You will draw on your previous and proven experience of and commitment to advocacy to help RICS uphold its commitment to regulating the profession.
In this role you will provide a constructive and responsive legal support service to RICS Regulation to ensure sound and consistent handling of all disciplinary and regulatory casework.
- Provide legal advice and support to the Investigation and Professional Assurance teams on all types of complaint and regulatory casework
- Prepare, progress and present cases to the Disciplinary, Registration and Appeal Panels; consistent delivery of effective, proportionate, risk-based disciplinary proceedings and quality outcomes in a timely manner
- Assist in the preparation and presentation of training to the wider Regulation team
- Provide advice, assistance and support to senior stakeholders and colleagues across the RICS
- Manage own volume of casework, consistently deliver preparation of allocated cases to high quality and within timescales in accordance with BAU metrics
- Draft legal applications and responses in all but the most complex cases
- Research and advise upon recent case law, keeping up to date with legislative changes and case law
- Negotiate outcomes with legal representatives
- Provision of frequent updates on progress and flagging any delays or challenges to meeting KPIs with the Head of Regulation
- Appropriate escalation of any issues which impact on work or case progression
- Contribute to the development of an effective Quality Assurance process for the team’s work, ensuring consistency in approach with decision making, lessons learned are identified and feedback to team/individuals and development needs identified as appropriate
Experience / Skills Required
- A qualified Barrister or Solicitor in England and Wales.
- Experience of disciplinary functions and processes in other professional regulators.
- Sound knowledge of civil / criminal proceedings.
- Practising barrister or solicitor with experience of advocacy before courts, tribunals or similar bodies.
- Experience of supervising investigations and advising decision makers in writing and orally.
- Strong personal and written communication skills, with an ability to tailor messages for different audiences, to influence or inform with clarity and precision.
- Able to command the respect of panels and to communicate confidently orally and in writing with lawyers and non-lawyers.
- Able to influence others and work collaboratively in a larger, multi-disciplinary team.
- Strong understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of better regulation. Able to apply the principles in a way that is lawful, effective and pragmatic.
- Demonstrates sound judgment reaching clear, unbiased, proportionate and reasoned decisions on progressing casework.
- Record of delivering operational results which support the objectives of the department and delivering against key performance indicators.
- Commitment to delivering excellent customer service while dealing with sensitive and complex issues.
- Able to work on own initiative and under direction and collaborate as part of cross functional teams.
- Experience of working in an environment where priorities may change, taking responsibility for delivering results and implementing continuous improvement.
RICS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage qualified candidates from a wide array of backgrounds to apply because we know that it’s the differences in our people that make the difference to our performance.
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