Job description * The Home Office established the UCPI in 2015 to inquire into and report on undercover police operations conducted by English and Welsh police forces in England and Wales since 1968.
This post holder will support the Home Office's disclosure and information management responsibilities in the Department's response to UCPI. The role is an excellent opportunity to develop skills and experience in dealing with statutory inquiries and working in central government, as well as gaining exposure to a fascinating and high-profile area of work.
The role sits within a small team which undertakes the following:
" developing search terms and carrying out searches to identify and disclose Home Office material relevant to the UCPI's terms of reference,
" working closely with legal advisors and counsel to develop search methodologies and seek advice on issues such as the application of Legal Professional Privilege;
" reviewing material disclosed by both the Home Office and other individuals and organisations - such as law enforcement agencies and non-State/non-police stakeholders - to:
o identify issues of relevance to the Home Office and draft high-quality summaries of evidence, identifying risks and recommending mitigating actions; and
o identifying and protecting Home Office equities and seeking necessary redactions and/or working with legal advisors to produce restriction order applications;
" preparing for evidential hearings including supporting counsel and producing all necessary papers and hearing bundles;
" representing the Home Office at public hearings and producing high-quality daily readouts for circulation to ministers, senior officials, and relevant policy leads;
" assisting in responding to Freedom of Information Act requests, Parliamentary Questions, and correspondence; and
" supporting the Department's response to any legal challenges.
This role provides a unique opportunity to support the Home Office's engagement with the Inquiry to help build public confidence in policing.
The post holder will:
" have experience of large-scale disclosure exercises;
" have experience of working closely with lawyers;
" have knowledge and experience of the application of legal professional privilege;
" be highly organised;
" have a keen eye for detail; and
" have the ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines.
Knowledge of the constitutional and regulatory frameworks surrounding policing in England and Wales would be desirable but is not essential.
" Experience of large-scale disclosure exercises
" Experience of working closely with lawyers
" Knowledge and experience of the application of legal professional privilege
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