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Criminal law reform lawyers
Salary: £54,667 – £73,823
Number of jobs available: 2
Closing date: 16 August 2019
Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 2nd September 2019
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We are looking to recruit up to two criminal lawyers to join the criminal law team to work on our review of Hate Crime legislation, and on a proposed review of the law which deals with the non-consensual taking, making and sharing of intimate images. We are seeking applicants with general experience of criminal law. It is also desirable, but not essential, to have a particular interest in, or experience relevant to, those projects.
Although recruiting primarily for the particular projects noted above, successful applicants may be asked to assist on the criminal law team’s current and future core projects. More information about each of these projects is available on the Law Commission’s website.
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 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.
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.
- 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).
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.
- 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.
Sound understanding of criminal law. Specific knowledge of or demonstrable interest in the law relating to hate crime or the non-consensual taking, making and sharing of intimate images is particularly desirable
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, Experience, Technical Skills and Strengths.
Salary, Working Arrangements & Further Information
There are fixed-term posts, for 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 posts are available to full-time workers, job-sharers or substantial 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.
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.