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Commissioner for Criminal Law and Commissioner for Commercial and Common Law
Number of vacancies: 2
Closing date for the application: 24/04/2019 at 17:00
Remuneration: The salary is currently £123,460
Start date: 2020
Law Commissioners are instrumental in leading law reform in England and Wales; our two new appointments can be expected to play an important and influential part in the evolution of the law during a period of potentially unprecedented change.
The Commissioner’s role is participative and proactive. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the Commissioners collectively to take final decisions in relation to the policy recommendations put forward to the Peer Review process.
They also take responsibility for ensuring that work submitted is of high quality and clearly expressed. All of this requires hands-on involvement at every stage of a project. Commissioners are not expected to be an expert in all aspects of every project, however, although not exhaustive, the Commissioner’s legal knowledge should always be sufficient to:
- Set the structure and parameters of the project, including involvement in drafting Terms of Reference.
- Develop the main policy proposals.
- Oversee the approach to research.
- Lead stakeholder planning and the building of relationships.
- Test concepts and arguments.
- Write and supervise parts of the Consultation Paper, Report or other publications, where required.
Whilst it is likely that the new Commissioners will continue to undertake work within the broad fields of Commercial and Common Law and Criminal Law, our new appointments will also need to react to new challenges as a result of Brexit, as well as undertaking work focused on emerging technologies such as AI, Bioethics and machine learning. Flexibility, together with an ability to grapple with new and challenging areas of the law, will be key.
Those considering becoming a Law Commissioner will need to demonstrate that they have:
- excelled in their chosen field of law and commitment to the importance of delivering effective law reform.
- the ability to think creatively to resolve complex legal problems and to take reasoned decisions, including a keen interest in the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging technologies.
- excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to present complex ideas to a diverse range of audiences, including members of the public.
- an open-minded approach with a willingness to think flexibly and consult widely before reaching firm conclusions.
- awareness of the diverse needs and backgrounds of those affected by the work of the Commission and of colleagues and staff within the Commission, including a desire to learn about and engage with Whitehall, Parliament, Ministers and a diverse range of stakeholders.
- effective leadership skills, both of people and the strategic direction of the organisation.
The Law Commission is an inclusive environment and we recognise that, in order for law reform to be both fair and representative, those undertaking the work should be from as diverse a range of backgrounds as possible. We therefore particularly welcome applications from individuals with backgrounds traditionally under-represented in the law.
The Law Commission represents both England and Wales, so we are keen to encourage applications from Welsh speakers so as to help us maintain and develop our relationship with the people of Wales.