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Law Commission: Lawyer, Criminal Law Team

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 29th June 2021

Salary: £55,487 – £66,700

Grade: Grade 7(a)

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Working pattern: Full-time


We are looking to recruit up to two exceptional lawyers to join the Law Commission’s criminal law team. The team’s work in recent years has been high profile and important. We have recently concluded work on the protection of official data, misconduct in public office and sentencing procedure. The team’s current work includes projects on intimate image abuse, communications offences, hate crime and the confiscation of the proceeds of crime. More information about each of these projects is available on the Law Commission’s website.

We are seeking applicants with general experience of criminal law, to work on current projects, and new projects which the team may take on as part of the Commission’s 14th Programme of Law Reform (on which we are currently consulting).

We are primarily looking for lawyers with strong research, analytical and writing skills, who would be able to pick up legal and policy issues quickly.

These roles are an excellent opportunity for lawyers to gain law reform, policy, drafting and stakeholder engagement experience. They are offered on fixed term contract for 12 or 18 months. Subject to business need, the fixed term could be extended, or the post could be converted to a permanent position.

The successful candidate will start as soon as the candidate’s terms of employment and Government security checks allow. Suitable candidates who are not successful will be held on a reserve list for future posts. Other posts may be available in the next 12 months, depending on the work of the criminal law team.

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. This includes:
  • 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.
  • 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 criminal law.

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.

Find out more about the recruitment process and apply here.

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.