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What you could be doing | East Midlands Legal Services


East Midlands Legal Services

The East Midlands Police Legal Services team works with five forces in some of the most interesting areas of the law. 

As well as providing legal services to the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner of Derbyshire, we work with the Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire Constabularies and the Northamptonshire Fire Service. We’re currently acting as the Recognised Legal Representative for the National Police Chiefs Council in the Undercover Policing Inquiry and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the nature and scope of our work is very broad. 

To succeed here, you’ll need to thrive on a varied workload and have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in law. In terms of specific training, our qualified lawyers receive training in line with the requirements of their regulatory body. We also employ two trainee solicitors who receive bespoke training. 

We are always interested in hearing from you whether or not we have any current vacancies; send a copy of your CV to Legal Services and we will hold your details for 12 months and notify you if a vacancy you might be interested in opens up.

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Our East Midlands Legal Services teams


The Civil team deals with claims against forces for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, misfeasance, malicious prosecution, accidents at work, occupational stress, road accidents and the risk management issues arising from such claims.

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The Employment team provides advice and representation before tribunals in respect of a wide variety of claims. These include age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity discrimination, victimisation, whistleblowing, pay equality, unfair dismissal and other contractual disputes.

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The Court team assists with matters of operational policing, including domestic violence protection orders, dispersal notices, closure orders, sexual offences prevention orders, violent offender orders, injunctions to prevent forced marriages, cash seizures under the Proceeds of Crime Act, liquor and public entertainment licensing, firearms legislation, public order policing advice on police powers under, for example, the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, advice in relation to terrorism, civil contingencies and the police use of firearms.

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The Commercial team provides advice in connection with a wide range of contractual and commercial issues in relation to PCCs and chief constables arising from the procurement of goods and services. They also handle legal work concerning the sale, acquisition and leasing of police premises and advise on matters of corporate and compliance. 

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The Inquests and Inquiries team represent the chief officers’ interests in inquests and the interests of forces and the National Police Chiefs Council in the Independent Inquiry into child sex abuse and the undercover policing inquiry.

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Investing in your development

We know that to protect and support our community effectively we need to keep up-to-date with new approaches, processes and technologies. This means that there will always be opportunities for training and professional development. We’ll continuously review your training needs and help succeed in your role. We’ll challenge you to work outside your comfort zone. And we’ll encourage you to grow. 

As well as professional training and a range of in-house training opportunities, you can also look forward to plenty of personal support. This might be from your colleagues in the team, new opportunities that become available or through membership of one of our many staff associations.

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