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Job Vacancies : 11 June 2020

Job Opportunity: Office of the Attorney General are hiring a Solicitor or Barrister as Parliamentary Counsel

Job Opportunity: Office of the Attorney General are hiring a Solicitor or Barrister as Parliamentary Counsel

The Attorney General is a Constitutional Officer who is the adviser of the Government in matters of law and legal opinion and whose functions include the provision of legislative drafting services to the Government, Departments and Offices.

The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel to the Government (OPC) is a constituent part of the Office of the Attorney General. The OPC is responsible for the drafting of Government Bills and amendments to them, Government amendments to Private Members’ Bills, Government statutory instruments and certain other statutory instruments to be made by Ministers of the Government. The OPC is organised into groups each with responsibility for providing legislative drafting services to a specific number of Government Departments and each group is managed by a Parliamentary Counsel.

The successful candidate must, on or before the closing date for this competition –

  1. 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
  2. have practised as a Barrister or Solicitor in the State for not less than eight years.

For the purpose of requirement (2), any period or periods of time spent serving in a whole–time position (appointment to which was conditional upon having been called to the Bar and enrolled as a Barrister in the State or admitted and enrolled as a Solicitor in the State) in the Civil Service shall be reckoned as practice as a Barrister or Solicitor in the State.

Some of the key requirements for this position include –

  • extensive experience of drafting legislation (both primary and secondary);
  • excellent analytical abilities;
  • extensive knowledge of the law of the State and the law of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights;
  • a detailed knowledge of parliamentary procedures with particular reference to the legislative process;
  • excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to network effectively and to influence others.

This is a Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) position.

Please note, latest receipt for applications is 3pm on Thursday 25 June 2020.

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