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Lawyer, Commercial and Common Law Team

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 21st October 2021

Salary: £54,274 – £63,500

Grade: Grade 7

Contract Type: Fixed Term, Loan, Secondment: up to 18 months

Working pattern: Full-time

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Job Description

The main duties of this post are:

  • Working on one or more law reform projects with the Commissioner, the Team Manager, and (where relevant) other team lawyers and research assistants.
  • Managing a project against an agreed timetable.
  • Researching the law and how it works in practice (both in the UK and overseas), producing detailed research memos.
  • Analysing problems with the law, identifying options for reform and testing potential solutions.
  • Writing reports and other documents in conjunction with the Commissioner, the team manager and other team members; preparing these for publication.
  • Analysing formal consultation responses.
  • Working with the Head of Communications to organise publicity for our work.
  • For some projects, instructing Parliamentary Counsel to draft legislation.
  • Working with the Law Commission’s Economic Adviser to analyse the potential impact of reform options.
  • Assisting with the promotion and implementation of recommendations from completed projects, contributing to the consideration of new project work and working on other legal issues as they arise.
  • Engaging with stakeholders (both inside and outside Government).
  • Effectively managing one or more Research Assistants.
  • Assessing potential ideas for law reform and interacting with stakeholders and government officials to build the Law Commission’s programme of future work.
  • Acting as an effective and cooperative member of your law reform team and the Commission.
  • Acting as a leader and role model, supporting and encouraging the sharing of knowledge, skills and best practice.

Essential qualifications

  • Academic: You must hold a minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree in any subject (or an overseas degree qualification equivalent to a 2.1 degree); and
  • Professional: You must be either a solicitor or barrister qualified to practise in England and Wales, or the holder of a law degree who can demonstrate a comparable level of legal ability (for example, as an overseas professionally qualified lawyer, a legal academic or a legal policy expert)

Selection process

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience, Technical Skills and Strengths.

At the sift stage you will be assessed on your Experience, Behaviours and Technical Skills. Applications will initially be sifted on their demonstration of meeting the Technical Skills criteria.


Demonstrable experience, career history and achievements that are relevant to the specific job role.


  • Delivery – you must be able to take responsibility for delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive
  • Making effective decisions – you must be able to use evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice, carefully considering alternative options, and the implications and risks of decisions
  • Working together – you must be able to form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally
  • Communicating and influencing – you must be able to communicate with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm.


Background in private or commercial law, or arbitration/dispute resolution.

Candidates who are successful at the initial sifting stage will undertake an interview and other assessments to gauge their suitability for the role. These exercises will assess your Behaviours, Technical Skills and Strengths.

Salary, Working Arrangements & Further Information

This is a fixed-term post for up to 18 months. Subject to business needs, there is a possibility that the fixed term could be extended, or that in due course the post could be converted to a permanent position.

The post is available to full-time workers, job-sharers or part-time workers (minimum 4 days a week). If you are looking for shorter part-time working and are not in a job share, please contact us before applying (details below). The Law Commission operates flexible working arrangements including a flexi time scheme and the opportunity to work compressed hours, subject to business needs.

The appointment will be fixed term, and may be on loan (from another Government Department) or on secondment. If appointed there will be restrictions on your ability to undertake private practice.

If your application is successful, you will receive a formal letter offering you an appointment that will explain your terms and conditions of service in detail. Your appointment will include a period of probation.

Suitable candidates who are not successful will be held on a reserve list for future posts; such posts may be available in the next 12 months and offered to suitable candidates on the reserve list.


For external applicants, the salary range starts at £54,274.

This role is graded at Grade 7. New staff will be normally appointed at the starting point of the scale; higher starting salaries will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

We will consider applications from staff on promotion, but candidates will need to be able to demonstrate the ability to work at a high level on complex matters with senior stakeholders.

Membership of the Government Legal Profession

The GLP networks together Government lawyers and trainees, who between them provide legal services across the whole spectrum of government activities. Some are members of the Government Legal Department (GLD): others (like Law Commission lawyers) are not part of the GLD but are part of the wider GLP network. The GLP also maintains close links with lawyers in other parts of the Government, such as the Crown Prosecution Service.

A solicitor or barrister qualified to practise in England and Wales will, on joining the Law Commission, have access to the networking benefits and opportunities of the wider Government Legal Profession. This will also apply to overseas qualified lawyers who fulfil the nationality requirements and are eligible to practise in England and Wales under the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme. Information about the QLTS can be obtained from the SRA (

Equal opportunity & diversity information

We are committed to treating people openly and with respect. As an equal opportunity employer we welcome applications from candidates regardless of their ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, sexuality, disability, marital status, age and race. For further information, please see the following:


Interviews are expected in the week commencing 15 November 2021.

Further information

If you would like to discuss this post further, please contact Laura Burgoyne, Head of the Commercial and Common law team.


Telephone: 07793 966 296

Closing Date: 21/10/2021, 23:55 hours.


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Diversity statement

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.