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General Counsel & Deputy Chief Land Registrar

Contract Type
Public Sector
Up to £120,000
Expiry Date
HM Land Registry has ambitious plans for the future. Through clear statements in the Chancellor’s 2016 Autumn Statement and the 2017 Housing White Paper “Fixing our broken housing market” the Government's priorities for land registration are clear.

Job Description

HMLR is focusing on how best deliver those priorities and support the strategically important land and property market - and continue to provide security for the financial sector who secure over £1trillion of mortgages against property through the register. Delivering in the most efficient and digital way, its ambition is to become “the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data”, aligning not just with its vision and values but also its heritage.


HMLR now needs to appoint a General Counsel with the drive and energy to work with Executive and Land Registry Boards in taking HMLR on its crucial journey in the public interest. The post holder will also hold the role of Deputy Chief Land Registrar deputising for the Chief Executive & Chief Land Registrar on land registration matters, as required.


The location of the role is flexible, but you will be expected to spend at least 2 days per week in Head Office in Croydon.


The Role

  • Operate at Executive Board level, and reporting to the Chief Executive, contribute fully to the corporate leadership, strategic direction, and management of HMLR, ensuring delivery of core priorities and participating in the transformation programme.
  • Act as the principal legal adviser to the Land Registry Board, the Chief Executive, the Executive Board and the wider organisation on all legal matters; responsible for the legal framework for land registration in England & Wales and its administrative application by HMLR.
  • As head of profession, lead a team of some 170 people across the country, building their capability as a cohesive team as well as developing frameworks to enhance their skillsets and self-confidence.


Your responsibilities will include:


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Key Accountabilities


As General Counsel:

  • As legal adviser to the Land Registry Board, and member of Executive Board, be the principal adviser to the Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrar on all legal matters, which include:
  • The legal framework for land registration in England & Wales, and, to take the ultimate administrative decisions on registration casework matters, including indemnity claims.
  • The conduct of litigation to which HM Land Registry is a party.
  • Legal adviser on any changes required to the Land Registration Act, wider powers initiative or other relevant primary & secondary legislation, and, contribute to the formation of cross-government data and licensing policies.
  • Ensure that HMLR has the legal services (both registration and corporate related) needed in order to function effectively.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of HMLR’s Counter-Fraud strategy and associated function.
  • Establish and maintain positive external stakeholder relationships within and outside of government, including with the Law Society, the Law Commission and other legal stakeholders, sitting on relevant committees.
  • Oversees the relationship with the Independent Complaints Reviewer and the First Tier Tribunal.
  • Ensures that appropriate arrangements are in place for ensuring the security for all Land Registry information.
  • Work collaboratively with Executive Board members and other senior managers in putting together and ensuring delivery of strategic and business objectives and targets.


As Head of Profession:

  • Develop the legal function so that it offers the highest level of service to external and internal customers in accordance with the HMLR strategy and objectives.
  • Determine goals in line with the objectives of HMLR, drawing up action plans and defining priorities and allocating resources.
  • Work out and implement business focused people strategies, encouraging and empowering team members to take decisions and develop their self-confidence and skills sets, providing advice, guidance and direction to their professional development.
  • Delegate appropriately and encourage individuals to stretch themselves, supporting them appropriately.



As Member of the Executive Leadership Team:

As a full member of the Executive Board contribute fully to strategic and operational discussions, stepping out of the legal/governance “comfort zone” and operating beyond the traditional domain of General Counsel