List of access keys

3. Qualities we look for

As a Parliamentary Counsel you are a lawyer, writer, strategist, analyst, and, on occasions, mediator. The range of skills we look for is a reflection of these different aspects of the role. The basic requirement is a good law degree combined with several years' experience in legal practice or in another legal environment.

The work requires an ability to analyse a proposal critically to ensure that it will be effective in practice and, if there are deficiencies, to put forward alternative ways of approaching the matter. It is much more than just a mechanical exercise of putting ideas and policies into legal form.

A team focus is the basis of our culture, balanced by scope to develop your own individual working style

Effective communication skills and a confident presentation style are also important qualities as draft legislation has to be discussed with and explained to a range of audiences, including Ministers of the Crown, members of select committees, and Government officials.

Counsel with laptop

A team focus is the basis of our culture, balanced by scope to develop your own individual working style. A good piece of legislation is the product of a team effort on the part of departmental advisers and Parliamentary Counsel. This means you must be able to work constructively with a wide range of people and, at times, under pressure.

If you want to share your enthusiasm for the law with like-minded professionals, then the Parliamentary Counsel Office can offer you a career that will provide you with intellectual and professional challenges and a high degree of job satisfaction.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Return to Law Drafting

© Crown copyright 1997–2017