Legal Researcher

B Division
Full Time

Legal Researcher is required for a 12 Month Fixed Term Contract role paying £34,139.86 plus £2,835.11 London Allowance per annum with the British Transport Police (BTP) based in Albany House, London.

BTP is the national police Force for the rail network throughout Great Britain, including London Underground, across which we ensure the safety and security of nearly 3 billion passenger journeys and over 100 million tons of freight every year. The world in which we work is fast-paced, operationally and commercially demanding, and constantly changing. As Legal Researcher with BTP you will conduct research into legislative and policy changes, case law decisions and academic material. 

Providing an initial interpretation of potential legislative, policy and procedure changes, linking in with affected parties, formulating guidance and providing briefings as appropriate.

To provide recommendations to the Senior Legal Development Manager based on precedent, policy and best practice. 

As Legal Researcher you will be required to:

  • Responsible for carrying out horizon scanning on behalf of BTP, identifying changes to legislation, policy and procedure, Codes of Practice as well as open consultations within Crime, Offender Management and the Criminal Justice (CJ) arena.
  • Responsible for interpreting potential changes, considering the impact on operational policing and Force functions.
  • Report research findings; presenting information, conclusions and recommendations within Force guidelines.


Further information about this vacancy can be found in the attached job description. The successful Legal Researcher will be required to evidence the following:

  • Recognised legal qualification.
  • Understanding of policing and the Criminal Justice process.
  • Proven research experience utilising a range of sources.
  • Familiarity with analysing legal materials such as Green Papers, White Papers, Legislative Bills, Acts of Parliament, Hansard and case law.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

If you are interested in applying to this Legal Researcher role then please do not delay as interviews will be held on Tuesday 20th December 2022. In return for your experience, we can offer you:


  • Salary £34,139.86 plus £2,835.11 London Allowance per annum
  • Yearly base salary increments
  • Working from home allowance available to purchase suitable equipment for blended & home working
  • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Family friendly policies including up to 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave
  • Bespoke benefits platform and access to Blue Light Card
  • Development opportunities including fully funded apprenticeships
  • Employee assistance programme and dedicated wellbeing hub
  • Pension scheme


BTP is an employer who cares about the impact we have on the environment and the wider challenges of climate change, and as such we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and achieving Net Zero Carbon (NZC) through offsetting by 2035.


At BTP we are proud guardians of the railway and it is crucial that we represent the diverse communities we serve and protect. As ‘One BTP’ across the UK, we know that diversity, inclusion and belonging help us improve our decision making, foster creativity and drive innovation so all our people can thrive.

Our vacancies are open to everyone and all appointments are made based on merit. So that we can become more diverse we encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds, women, people who have a disability, those who are neurodiverse and persons who identify as LGBTQI+. If you have the skills, experience and values that here in BTP we pride ourselves on then we would welcome you to apply.

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In order to apply, you must have the permanent right to live and work in the UK and have been resident in the UK for the previous 3 YEARS / 5 YEARS (dependant on the level of vetting required of the role). You will be asked these and other questions to determine your eligibility to work for British Transport Police when you start your application and you must answer honestly.

BTP has undertaken a review of Police Staff pensions and as a result of this the Police Staff pension will be changing. The current police staff pension is a Defined Benefit scheme which is administered by the Railways Pension scheme. The new pension scheme which is launching is a Defined Contribution scheme which is administered by Royal London. The new pension scheme is awaiting formal approval and an introductory date is not finalised. The earliest this will be is April 2023. If you have any queries, please contact the recruitment team –


Internal candidates must have completed their probation for their current substantive posting and can only apply in tenure if Head of Department approval is emailed to prior to the vacancy closing. Internal candidates must confirm that they are not subject to formal action plans for sickness/complaints/discipline or poor performance and that all mandatory training courses have been attended and are in ticket/up to date. A minimum indicator of 3 / developing' or' 'Indicator 5 / no rating must have been achieved on the last reporting year PDR.

This opportunity is closed to applications.