Legal and Regulatory Director



Job title: Legal and Regulatory Director

Job purpose:  The Legal and Regulatory Services Director is responsible for the provision of best practice legal and regulatory support, advice and representation of the organisation’s members. 
Reports to: Chief Executive

Responsible for: 9 direct reports

Directorate: Legal and Regulatory

The legal team assists, defends and represent members in a variety of forums including but not limited to the GOC, NHSE and High Court proceedings.  The regulatory team provide best practice professional and clinical advice and regulatory guidance to members, colleagues and stakeholders.

Duties and key responsibilities

Manage the department workflow including allocation of work effectively by:

  • Ensuring all new matters (enquiries, complaints, claims) are allocated quickly and appropriately
  • Enable accuracy and consistency in the work of the team by regularly reviewing the conduct of all matters
  • Promoting the work of the team where possible by ensuring it is circulated across the organisation
  • Review periodically the work flow to ensure appropriate capacity at all times
  • Manage the effective working time of the resources in the department by utilising a time recording process.

Manage the Department 

  • Lead, manage and develop the Legal and Regulatory Services team to meet the strategic objectives of the business
  • Plan and develop the annual Legal and Regulatory Services budget. Oversee the management of the spend and ensure the expenditure remains within the approved budget   
  • Manage risk in the delivery of legal work and identify any problems with intended work plans and targets.


  • Review regularly the different types of work undertaken by the department to ensure the AOP is at the forefront of Advice for the sector, particularly but not limited to:

    Clinical Negligence Claims, NHS Disputes, Regulatory Updates, GOC investigations, GOC Hearings, Consultations.


Review biannually the medical malpractice Policy with the AOP’s brokers to ensure the policy adequately reflects and covers members’ requirements.


  • Review regularly the development of the team to ensure it meets the needs of the AOPs members
  • Design and Develop strategic goals for the Department to enable the wider organisational goals to be achieved
  • Contribute to the strategic goal setting for the whole organisation as part of the Senior Management team.


  • Design and enable effective communication of the work of the legal team by delivering informative legal roadshows and lectures to students throughout the UK.
  • Ensure regular legal updates by articles and ecommunications.

2 General responsibilities

  • Be proactive in keeping up to date with developments affecting your work at hand and maintain and improve personal competence through continuous professional development
  • Operate within organisational policies, codes of conduct and practice and work collaboratively with staff across the association
  • Contribute to team meetings and organisational priorities, strategic goals and Performance targets
  • Be flexible and carry out other associated duties as may arise, develop or be assigned within the broad remit of the post.

3 Person Specification


  • Significant experience in all aspects of the legal workload
  • Significant experience as a solicitor/barrister in the professional regulatory field
  • Strategic planning experience at a management level
  • Manage, motivate and empower staff to achieve their full potential.

Skills and abilities

  • Leadership skills to undertake a complex management role in a national organisation
  • Adopt a solution-focused approach and make decisions under pressure 
  • Implement and promote organisational decisions and policies positively
  • Evidence of the ability to read complex information, summarise and to present complex information to a wide range of audiences
  • Skilled in persuasion, negotiation, diplomacy and presentation either through face to face or telephone interaction.
  • Ability to represent AOP on a range of issues and in a range of situations which involves dealing with people at all levels
  • Clear and precise writing skills; including evidence of producing reports.


  • Knowledge of current legal and regulatory legislation applicable to the sector
  • Knowledge of key current employment legislation.


  • A law degree or equivalent
  • Management training and/or substantial experience.

Personal attributes and other requirements

  • Self motivated, ability to juggle priorities and work both alone and collaboratively 
  • To provide energy and direction to the team
  • Able to travel
  • Able to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings when/if required.

To apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a covering letter, explaining your suitability for the role, and your CV to