The Law Commission is the statutory body set up under the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law of England and Wales under review and to recommend reform where it is needed.
Its aims are:
To ensure that the law is as fair as, modern, simple and as cost-effective as possible
To conduct research and consultations in order to make recommendations for reform for consideration by Parliament
To codify the law, eliminate anomalies, repeal obsolete and unnecessary enactments and reduce the number of separate statutes
The Law Commission is an independent non-departmental body sponsored by the Ministry of Justice. Further information about the Law Commission and its work can be obtained from its website at www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission/index.htm
This is a fixed-term post, for 3 years (36 months). The successful candidate will start as soon as their current terms of employment and Government security checks allow. There is a possibility that the post could be converted to a permanent position in due course subject to ongoing business needs.
We are looking for an experienced property lawyer to lead on the Law Commissions Conservation Covenants project, as part of the Property, Family and Trust law team. The Conservation Covenants project commenced in January 2102 and is described at http://lawcommission.justice.gov.uk/areas/conservation-covenants.htm
The main duties will be:
- Acting as a lawyer in the Property, Family and Trust law team, promoting the reform of the law so as to be fair, modern, simple and cost-effective;
- Working on the Conservation Covenants project team with the Commissioner, the team manager and the teams research assistants.
- Researching the law and how it works in practice (both in the UK and overseas);
- Analysing problems with the law, identifying options for reform and testing potential solutions;
- Writing consultation papers, reports and other documents in conjunction with the Commissioner and the team manager; preparing these for publication;
- Engaging with stakeholders (both inside and outside Government); analysing formal consultation responses; and working with the External Relations Manager to organise publicity for our work;
- Where appropriate, instructing Parliamentary Counsel to draft legislation;
- Working with the Law Commissions Economic Adviser to analyse the potential impact of reform options;
- Managing the project against an agreed timetable;
- Managing one or more research assistants;
- Providing assistance as required to other work undertaken by the team, including dealing with public enquiries, supporting work to implement previous recommendations and developing new law reform projects.
You must also demonstrate the following skills and competencies:
Intellectual ability: You must be able to demonstrate excellent intellectual ability as evidenced by a strong academic record and recognised expertise in dealing with complex issues in a professional legal environment (whether as a practitioner or as an academic).
Legal professional skills: You must have excellent legal skills. You must have good property law experience and be able to demonstrate interest in, and ability to quickly acquire expertise in, the specific area of law covered by the conservation covenants project. Experience or knowledge of work in a policy intensive or law reform context is desirable, but not essential.
Analysis and use of evidence: You must be able to analyse complex legal issues, identify risks and form well-reasoned judgements. You must understand law in its social setting and foresee the consequences of legal change.
Delivering results: You must be able to take responsibility to deliver and to manage your work and yourself to deliver effectively. This will include managing a complex project against an agreed timetable.
Strategic thinking: You must be able to consider the wider legal and political context in which you are operating, identifying the broader implications of your work. You must seek to test the likely impact of your solutions.
Communication skills: You must be able to communicate orally and in writing in a clear, effective and influential manner. In particular, you must be capable of producing lengthy pieces of written work describing and analysing complex legal and theoretical issues in a way accessible to the non-specialist.
Getting the best from yourself and others: You must be able to work within a team, influencing and taking direction from your projects lead Commissioner and your team manager. You must demonstrate the interpersonal skills required to form effective relationships, working with others in a cooperative and supportive manner. You must have self-awareness and use feedback to learn and develop.
Stakeholder engagement (client care): You must be able to work constructively with stakeholders, showing an ability to understand the views and needs of the main groups with an interest in this project, and to gain their confidence and trust.
Motivational fit: Your values and aspirations should match those of the Law Commission, focussing on a commitment to independent law reform conducted in the spirit of the Law Commissions Protocol with Government.
- You must hold a minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree; and
- You must be either a solicitor or barrister qualified to practice 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 job/these jobs are available for full-time, part-time or flexible working arrangements (including Job Share arrangements).
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