Ever year, our research assistants come from all areas and backgrounds. Find out about some of this year’s intake, and what they think about the job, below:


Tabitha Brown

Team: Commercial and Common Law (“Coco”)

Degree: Law with politics

University: University of Leicester (LLB)

Previous work experience: Paralegal specialising in corporate and commercial law.

Projects: Right to Manage and Insurance Contract Law: Insurable Interest.

What are your future plans? Secure a training contract to qualify as a solicitor.

Tell us about a recent piece of work: I wrote a research memo on the requirement for an insurable interest and the indemnity principle in property insurance.

Why would you recommend working at the Commission? The work is so rewarding because you are helping to shape future legislative proposals. Meeting stakeholders, working alongside experts in their fields and seeing how policy decisions are made is fascinating!

Best thing about working at the Law Commission: The culture is incredibly supportive and you are encouraged to try out new skills and take on responsibility all the time.

How did you hear about the job? LinkedIn.

How did you find the application process? It was challenging and required a lot of thought and preparation, although this was good preparation for the role itself. I really enjoyed the written task as I had never had to complete something similar for an application before.

Tips for applicants: Make sure you are somewhere you won’t be disturbed when completing the written task. Plan your time and your answer, just like you would for a piece of coursework or an exam.


Gary Bennett

Team: Property, Family and Trusts

Degree: Law

University: Staffordshire

Previous work experience: Solicitor and lecturer in law.

Projects: Commonhold.

Tell us about a recent piece of work: I analysed responses to our commonhold call for evidence, identifying points raised by consultees which will influence our provisional proposals for the reform of commonhold.

Why would you recommend working at the Commission? Unique opportunity to experience law reform, great team and interesting work.

Best thing about working at the Law Commission: The opportunity to improve people’s lives by ensuring that the law is fair, modern, simple and as cost effective as possible.

How did you hear about the job? Online advertisement.

How did you find the application process? A large amount of information was provided for applicants. While it can take time to read through and fully understand, I found this invaluable.

Tips for applicants: Answer the question which you are being asked, read the available information and set aside enough time to complete the application well.


Holly Brennan

Team: Criminal

Degree: LLB and LLM in Global Crime, Justice and Security.

University: Liverpool John Moores University.

Previous work experience: Volunteered in prisons and shadowed legal professionals.

Projects: Anti-money laundering and confiscation.

What are your future plans? to continue to work at the intersection of policy and law elsewhere in the Civil Service.

Tell us about a recent piece of work: I have recently been working an empirical research project in conjunction with the National Crime Agency, analysing some of the reports they receive under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Why would you recommend working at the Commission? No two days are the same, the exposure to stakeholders, the responsibility we are trusted with and the support from our managers in terms our career progression is unrivalled.

Best thing about working at the Law Commission: My colleagues – the organisation has a great culture, everyone is incredibly friendly and supportive.

How did you hear about the job? I saw it advertised on the Law Commission website.

How did you find the application process? I found the form challenging so I would advise allowing plenty of time to complete that. The interview itself was not at all daunting (as I expected) it was genuinely more of a conversation about the law and myself.

Tips for applicants: be sure to answer all of the competency questions using the STAR format and ask a friend to proof the form for you.


Sarosh Sethna

Team: Commercial and Common Law (“CoCo”)

Degree: Law LLB

University: SOAS, University of London

Previous work experience: Intern at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights

Projects: E-signatures and Right to Manage

Tell us about a recent piece of work: I made amendments to the part of our Right to Manage consultation paper that concerned litigation and non-litigation costs.

Why would you recommend working at the Commission? The opportunity to work alongside leading practitioners on topical projects in an inclusive environment.

Best thing about working at the Law Commission: Two things: first, the enmeshment of law and policy and second, that everyone in the office is approachable and amiable.

How did you hear about the job? Word of mouth.

How did you find the application process? I enjoyed it, particularly the written examination.

Tips for applicants: Read up on the projects you are likely to be working on and demonstrate a good level of understanding and interest in them at your interview.


Marina Heilbrunn

Team: Public law

Degree: Law

University: University of Liverpool (LLB), University of Leiden (LLM).

Previous work experience: I was a legal assistant at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan. I also interned at African Prisons Project and Human Rights Now (human rights NGOs).

Projects: Employment Law Hearing Structures and Elections.

What are your future plans? The public law Bar

Tell us about a recent piece of work: I recently wrote a summary and short opinion on a case about campaign expenditure.

Why would you recommend working at the Commission?  The role provides you with a unique opportunity to contribute to the development of law and policy.  The skills you develop are invaluable for a legal career.

Best thing about working at the Law Commission: I really enjoy carrying out research on complex areas of the law. It is academically challenging and a great opportunity to then discuss those findings with lawyers who are experts in their fields.

How did you hear about the job? A former lecturer recommended it to me.

How did you find the application process? The application form was lengthy and took some time to plan. I enjoyed the interview process. The task set prior to the interview was interesting, and discussing the findings with the interview panel was a good learning experience in itself.

Tips for applicants: Don’t rush the application form, take your time so you can demonstrate the required skills on paper. In terms of the interview, as you will be up against a lot of very competent applicants, I would recommend “over preparing”. You want to make sure that you demonstrate the best of your abilities to the panel.