Chief Legal Officer

Share this role

Metropolitan Police Service
Circa £150,000, depending on the strength of job related skills & knowledge. A non-pensionable market allowance may also be available. Subject to Remuneration committee approval
Closing date:
10th December 2023 (Midnight)
Job Ref:

Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
10th December 2023 (Midnight)
Long Listing
15th December 2023
Preliminary Interviews
20th and 21st December 2023
Short Listing
4th January 2024
8th January 2024
Final Panel
17th January 2024


As the largest UK police force, the Metropolitan Police Service plays a vital role in keeping the people of London safe. With a budget of over £4bn, and a workforce of 50,000+ employees, it is one of the largest employers in the Southeast of England and is always open for business, 24/7, 365 days a year.

As a Chief Legal Officer, you will be responsible for providing a first class legal service through the Directorate of Legal Services (DLS) to the Commissioner - for all MPS business, including: operational advice,  public inquiries and inquests, safeguarding and public protection,  counter-terrorism and specialist crime,  litigation,  employment,  misconduct and regulatory work,  and commercial and information law.

The Chief Legal Officer undertakes an active decision-making role as senior legal professional adviser - working personally with the Commissioner, the MPS Management Board and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). 

As budget holder with accountability for c.£15-20m and circa 160 staff, the Chief Legal Officer leads the largest police legal team in the UK. As a role model, the Chief Legal Officer will be responsible for the performance of the MPS Legal department, as well as building their required skills and expertise.

You will have a share of leadership responsibility. Whilst working within the MPS’ delivery of volume, breadth, complexity and importance – you’ll take on the challenge of delivering the ‘New Met for London’ action plan, which undermines our mission to deliver More Trust, Less Crime, High Standards.

You will be joining the top of one of the country’s most iconic institutions in a unique and critical role. Your impact will be felt directly, making a positive difference for the whole organisation and the people of London. This will be a demanding post, requiring someone who is thoughtful, resilient and driven to achieve change.


If having read the information provided, you would like to discuss your suitability for the post, please contact: Peter Buffoni, Partner, Community Protection on 07964 877 654 /

We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a workforce made up from all of London’s communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.

As a Disability Confident committed employer, the Met has committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

How to Apply

To apply for this role please submit:

  • A CV. Setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements.
  • A Personal Statement. Explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role.


Continue to full details and application