Legal Adviser

Oil & Gas Authority
OGA 168
Contract Type
Practice Area
Oil & Gas
£61,971 +£5k pa non-pensionable allowance
0-2 yrs, 3 -4 yrs, 5+ yrs
We are looking for a qualified solicitor or advocate/barrister for this role of Legal Adviser to support the senior lawyers in the OGA’s Legal and Governance Team.

Job Description

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to be part of an experienced and established team, guiding the OGA at a time of transition and further change for the oil and gas industry.

The Team has full responsibility and accountability for the provision of legal advice and support to the OGA on all aspects of its activities, as well as corporate governance and company secretarial matters.

The Team comprises the General Counsel, senior lawyers and the OGA’s Head of Governance. The main focus of this role will be to support the senior lawyers and General Counsel, in particular on the OGA’s oversight of offshore operational and licensing matters. The Legal Adviser’s line manager will be the General Counsel although on a day-to-day basis they will report directly to senior members of the Team.

There is therefore a significant commercial - and public - law dimension to the role.

We can offer a friendly and supportive environment, with a strong team of lawyers to support and guide you.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

The Legal Adviser must be qualified to practise as a solicitor or advocate/barrister in Scotland and/or England & Wales.

This is a supporting role - the ‘junior’ to the ‘senior’ lawyers in the team - and you will therefore work closely with the senior lawyers in particular and with the operational, regulatory and policy teams in the OGA. You will be involved in advising on licensing and stewardship/compliance matters and assisting in the development and implementation of policy projects, guidelines and operational procedures.

You will also be responsible for providing ad hoc advice on commercial law, competition law, and on procedure for civil law sanctions as the powers of the OGA are further exercised.

As such, you will possess excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to provide clear, constructive advice and drafting on complex legal issues, and the confidence and initiative to find workable solutions to policy and operational challenges. You will have the ability to work efficiently in a regulatory environment.

You may have experience of joint operating agreements/joint ventures and general upstream commercial agreements and UK petroleum licensing law – or you may have worked in a regulatory environment with experience of civil law procedure and appeals process.

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Leading and Communicating - Excellent interpersonal skills together with the ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Competence 2: Delivering at Pace - Able to provide quick, confident and authoritative legal advice to colleagues within the OGA.
  • Competence 3: Seeing the Bigger Picture - The ability to think strategically about how legal services can support the priorities of the OGA.
  • Competence 4: Making Effective Decisions - Analytical and handling skills;

Specialist Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Licenses, Memberships or Language


  • The post-holder must be a qualified solicitor or advocate/barrister (Scotland and/or England & Wales) with strong legal and general project management skills.
  • Post-qualification work experience as a solicitor or barrister/advocate.
  • Ability to look at problems with a pragmatic and commercial, as well as a legally robust, perspective.
  • Able to provide and communicate authoritative, high quality advice, often within very tight timescales.


  • A good knowledge of upstream oil and gas commercial law and/or public law.
  • A demonstrable interest and understanding of oil and gas, regulatory and/or competition matters.
  • Investigatory and/or litigation experience, and/or an appreciation of economics.
  • Self-motivation and demonstrable interest in the work of the OGA

Application details

  • Closing date for applications: 30 Aug 2020
  • Anticipated shortlisting date: w/c 7th September
  • Anticipated interview date: 16th and 17th September