The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity.
As a statutory body, the Commission relies on its Legal Team for high quality legal advice and support to advance its objectives and keep it within the law. It is directly accountable to the UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament and Senedd. The Legal Team has a crucial role to play within the Commission.
This is a very interesting time to be joining the Commission. It has a growing public profile and it operates in the full glare of the public spotlight in an increasingly contested regulatory environment.
The role might involve work on:
- Advising on electoral law during major political events, including UK Parliamentary General Elections, local elections, referendums, and elections for the devolved legislatures. Advising on high profile regulatory decisions affecting political parties and campaigners. Working on proposed legislation for constitutional reform, such as tackling electoral fraud.
In the past ten years the Legal Team has grown to reflect the Commission’s developing needs for legal support. It now consists of 12 members of staff under the leadership of the General Counsel. The structure under the General Counsel is three Senior Lawyers, six Lawyers and two Legal Officers. Each Lawyer is managed by a Senior Lawyer.
The Legal Team is committed to flexible working and achieving a good work-life balance, with a mix of office and homeworking available.
We are currently seeking one Lawyer to join the Team. The role is open to full and part-time working. Since the Commission operates in a niche area, we do not necessarily expect candidates to have experience of electoral law, but experience of advisory work, statutory interpretation, litigation, public and administrative law, devolution, regulatory law, policy and drafting will all be highly relevant.
This is an exciting time to be joining both the Team and the Commission. The Commission’s profile has never been higher and, while it is not possible to predict the future, it is safe to say that whatever happens in UK politics over the next few months, the Commission will definitely need a strong Legal Team.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Binnie Goh, General Counsel - firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: 9am, 17th May 2021.
Interviews will be held shortly thereafter and shortlisted candidates will also be asked to undertake a written assessment.
We Would like to continuously increase the diversity of our employees. Applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates are particularly welcomed
Please see attached job description and person specification.