Department for Work and Pensions - Department of Health
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for the Government’s welfare reform agenda. The role of the Department of Health (DH) is to improve the health and well-being of the population of England. Lawyers in DWP and DH are involved in some of the most difficult, controversial and high-profile issues that Government faces, to do with the well-being and financial security of the community.
DWP lawyers deal with the ever-changing demands of a modern welfare system and the labour market, as well as the challenges of child support and the regulation of the occupational pensions industry.
DH lawyers are involved in implementing reforms to the NHS, the regulation of the medical profession and the provision of social care. They also grapple with the legal and ethical complexities of wide-ranging matters such as human fertilisation and mental health.
Our lawyers are responsible for important and far-reaching legislation and we usually have at least three Bills in each Parliamentary session. We are also one of the few Government legal teams to do our own litigation and are one of the largest prosecuting bodies in the country, prosecuting cases of benefit fraud and NHS fraud. We also prosecute cases under medicines and medical devices legislation and for the Foods Standards Agency.
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