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Job Vacancies : 04 June 2020

Job Opportunity: Office of the Attorney General are hiring a Solicitor or Barrister as Advisory Counsel (Grade 1)

Job Opportunity: Office of the Attorney General are hiring a Solicitor or Barrister as Advisory Counsel (Grade 1)

The Attorney General is the advisor of the Government in matters of law and legal opinion and a Constitutional Officer. The Office, therefore, is the central legal service of the State, providing advice and draft legislation and supervising the conduct of litigation involving the State.

The role of an Advisory Counsel is to assist and advise the Attorney General in carrying out their function and involves a very wide range of legal work of major public importance. Advisory Counsel are currently divided into five separate groups, each having responsibility for providing legal advice on a number of specific areas of law. Each of these groups is managed by an Advisory Counsel Grade 1, who is responsible for the allocation and monitoring of work within a group. It is intended to set up a sixth group that will advise on post Brexit legal issues, EU issues and North–South of Ireland legal concerns. The new Advisory Counsel Grade 1 will head up this group.

The successful candidate will:

  • have been called to the Bar and be enrolled as a Barrister in the State or have been admitted and be enrolled as a Solicitor in the State, and
  • have practised as a Barrister or Solicitor in the State for not less than eight years.

S/he will also:

  • have excellent analytical abilities and an excellent knowledge of legal principles and be able to express ideas clearly both orally and in writing;
  • Have sound judgement and the commitment and attention to detail that is required by most aspects of legal advisory work;
  • have excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to network effectively and to influence others; and
  • have a thorough knowledge of how a Government law office operates.

This is a Top Level Appointments Committee position.

Closing date for applications is 3pm on Thursday 18 June 2020.

Full information and application details can be viewed on the Public Jobs website here