The Law Commission will be seeking to appoint two new Commissioners for the start of 2020.  This is to replace Professor David Ormerod, a specialist in criminal law, and Stephen Lewis, a specialist in commercial law.

The Commission is determined to ensure that candidates from all backgrounds and careers can apply to become a Commissioner.

The Commission will need to be able to cover the fields of criminal and commercial law in the future but we are not necessarily seeking to replace on a like for like basis.

Each of our appointments could be in post for 10 years, so could be leading law reform during a period of profound constitutional, social, economic and technological change.

The “modern” lawyer may have a range of traditional legal skills but on a daily basis is engaged in applying those skills to social and economic issues. This covers a broad range from Artificial Intelligence (AI), the digital economy and bioethics to surrogacy, hate crime and immigration law.

We want to reach out to the widest possible pool of candidates.

As part of our efforts, our Chair has written a letter to a wide range of contacts – including academia, representative lawyers’ groups and other key stakeholders for the Commission – with a view to drawing attention to these roles. We are very keen to hear from those who may be interested in these appointments, so please contact us if you would like to discuss the roles.

Find out more about the role of the Commissioner here.

See a summary of the Law Commission and the work done here.

See an example of the sort of work a Commissioner does with “A week in the life”.

If you are interested, please complete the engagement application form and send it to  LawCom_WorkShadowing@lawcommission.gov.uk.

 

Find out about our Commissioner Diversity Work Shadowing Scheme here.