Crown Prosecution Service Employee Reviews about "lawyers"

Updated 27 Sep 2019

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Crown Prosecution Service CEO / Director of Public Prosecutions Rebecca Lawrence / Max Hill QC
Rebecca Lawrence / Max Hill QC
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  • "stats’, inflicting yet more processes on lawyers carrying huge case loads(in 5 reviews)

  • "Far too many managers with no caseload chasing(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Micro managed blame culture causing staff breakdown"

    1.0
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Senior Crown Prosecutor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Important work, incomparable criminal law experience and good IT

    Cons

    Everything else - admin obsessed self seeking management carrying zero caseloads and doing zero law always looking for scapegoats because of inevitable mistakes arising from massive over burdening of lawyers. Dishonest culture of fake audit trails and hunt the lawyer who forgot to tick the custody time limit box in 1 of their 100+ allocated cases

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "Lawyers not valued."

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lawyer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Interesting and fulfilling work, a sense of doing a worthwhile job

    Cons

    Management forget that law is the core business. Far too many managers with no caseload chasing ‘stats’, inflicting yet more processes on lawyers carrying huge case loads. You stand a better chance of progressing in the service by being administrative/business staff than you do as a lawyer. Real blame culture and lack of support from senior managers who place unrealistic expectations on staff whilst ignoring the the fact that unmanageable workloads cause huge stress.

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  3. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Crown Prosecutor"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SCP in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Interesting and personally fulfilling and important work

    Cons

    Crazy distribution of resources whereby all core business and front line work is loaded onto less than 50%of the workforce. Top down restructure has taken place as a result of Austerity, meaning far too many managers of numerous ranks without any case load and too few lawyers with far too many cases allocated to them for their sole responsibility. Eg I have well over 100...seriously! New DPP comes with a great rep and hopefully not too late for him to see what's been done to this once excellent Service and start a wholesale overhaul of the current tick box NHS style management structure. Good people badly managed. Terrible morale, largely down to Micro-management, which creates fear and fraught performance wherever it has been rolled out. Completely wrong management model for the CPS, as in fact the Managers who are good and understand the work secretly think

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  4. Helpful (16)

    "Culture of nepotism and bullying"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Associate Prosecutor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crown Prosecution Service part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Interesting work . Essential front line service. The advocacy was challenging and often rewarding. It was satisfying to feel that one is performing a service for victims and witnesses. Opportunities to meet and network with many people from other criminal justice agencies. A lot of camaraderie . At best an intellectually challenging career.

    Cons

    Advocates are based at court and are isolated from the main offices, and management are remote and take the view of ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Managers have favourited a tranche of new lawyers who were employed due to restructuring, and because of a high initial attrition rate amongst the newcomers (a result of poor training and back to back days in court with no time to prep work beforehand) , have now instigated a policy of fast-track promotions for new staff whose faces ‘fit’ and who will best serve the culture of bullying managing tactics, and divide and rule. There are soon to be more managers than staff to be managed - and most of those have NO managerial experience. The service itself is still beset with many glaring systems and control failures, and it seems that they try to paper over the cracks by making staff work like donkeys- for example, Associate Prosecutors (soon to be phased out, but kept in the dark about when) are sent to court on a daily basis and often deal with 30 - 45 cases in one court session. There is no preparation time (if you want to make sure you are prepared enough not to look like an idiot in court, the CPS expects you to go home after your long court day and start reading your 40 files for tomorrow) ..despite not paying overtime and the poor civil service salary. The failings in the service (as evidenced lately, for eg by the collapsed rape trials) are systemic and are completely the fault of bad, self-satisfied and self-serving management, and lack of resources (fault of the government) . There are also many rumours of corruption during the selection and interview process for promotions and managerial positions- with interview panels selected to make sure that a particular paramour or favourite will get the job - and managers developing and mentoring people that they like and whose faces fit, and keeping behind those who, even though infinitely more suitable and knowledgeable, aren’t ‘in with the in crowd’ . Talk about ‘jobs for the boys’ , there will be a Vice President of Paper Clips fairly soon!

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  5. Helpful (7)

    "CPS Lawyer"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Crown Prosecutor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Interesting and varied work. never boring.

    Cons

    Unfair pay structure. Lawyers doing the same job are paid with as much as 17 k variance. Constant changes imposed by senior management.

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