The overarching aim of the Guernsey Competition and Regulatory Authority (GCRA) is to make markets work. We deliver against this aim when customers and wider society have trust and confidence that services represent value for money, while benefitting from choice and innovation. The GCRA is responsible for the administration and enforcement of competition law as well as the economic regulation of the telecoms and electricity sectors in Guernsey.
Guernsey has a high-value micro-economy, and decisions made by GCRA can have a material local economic impact. GCRA’s activities and decision are also highly visible and widely reported in the media. Details of GCRA’s recent activities can be found at its website: www.gcra.gg
The GCRA recruits like-minded people who work and learn together to deliver high impact, quality outcomes for the people of Guernsey. We are a small organisation and because of our size, the breadth of responsibilities for this role is greater than might be the case at competition authorities in larger jurisdictions.
Competition law work will be the primary focus of this role and you will be expected to be able to advise on all areas of competition law in Guernsey. This makes for an extremely varied and challenging workload.
Reporting to the Legal Director, the in-house competition counsel will have responsibility for undertaking competition law enforcement work. They will advise on all aspects of the Guernsey competition law regimes including cartel investigations, antitrust litigation, restrictive agreements, dominance issues and merger control. They will also be required to support the Legal Director on the delivery of the GCRA’s competition law engagement and advocacy work.
Given the size of the GCRA, the role will, with appropriate support from the Legal Director, also require providing day-to-day and ongoing legal advice to case officers on the wide range of legal issues faced by the GCRA, including on regulatory and procedural matters.
This unique opportunity covers both contentious and non-contentious competition law in a regulatory environment and provides a visible platform for a talented lawyer who is looking to develop their career.
The successful applicant will be required to live in Guernsey.
The principal responsibilities of the role are:
- Competition Law: Undertaking competition law enforcement work, ranging from formal investigations to more informal interventions.
- M&A: Undertaking assessments of mergers and acquisitions that are (or are required to be) notified to the GCRA.
- Drafting of publications, including board papers, regulatory decision notices, market reports, merger clearance decisions, press releases, guidelines and articles.
- Supporting the Legal Director on the delivery of the GCRA’s engagement and advocacy work and in ensuring that the GCRA complies with the laws and follows due process.
- Supporting the Legal Director and CEO on larger matters and cases.
- Acting as a key first point of contact for stakeholders, where appropriate.
- Providing legal support on regulatory projects as required.
- Contributing towards raising the profile of the organisation by attending and presenting at seminars and developing your own contacts within organisations.
Qualifications / Requirements
- Strong academic background.
- Advocate of Royal Court / Solicitor or Barrister in England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or equivalent from Commonwealth jurisdiction; Professional membership of Law Society of England and Wales or equivalent body.
- At least 5 years PQE gained in competition law at a national or international law firm.
- Working knowledge and understanding of economic concepts relevant to the role.
- Proven ability to work in a team, including the management of external legal advisers.
- Ability to deliver robust legal advice and to convey legal concepts in a way that is easily understandable to all relevant stakeholder groups.
- A high standard of integrity, impartiality, transparency and objectivity.
- Commitment to working in line with the GCRA’s values.
- A hands-on, can-do attitude.
- The ability to work under own initiative as well as within and alongside the rest of the team.
- A high level of self-motivation and commitment.
- Strong planning and time management skills.
- Strong communication skills (both written and oral).
- The ability to balance competing priorities.
- The desire to continue personal development and identify areas for personal improvement and skill gaps.
Please apply via this site in the first instance or send a CV with covering note to [email protected]