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Judicial Assistants to the Law Lords

 

 

Applications are invited for these four temporary one-year posts, assisting the Law Lords (Lords of Appeal in Ordinary) by carrying out research in connection with appeals and summarising petitions for leave to appeal.

 

Candidates must be qualified solicitors, barristers or advocates who have completed their training contracts or  are undertaking a career in advocacy or have returned to university to carry out postgraduate research.  They should demonstrate a very high intellectual ability and be able to work under pressure.  Word processing skills are essential.

 

Salary will be £29,500 per annum.

 

For further details and an application form please contact the Human Resources Office, House of Lords by e-mail humanresourceshol@parliament.uk,  or write to the Human Resources Office, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW.   Please indicate that you wish to apply for the Judicial Assistants vacancies.   Completed forms must be returned by last post on Friday 20 May 2005.

 

The House of Lords is an equal opportunities employer

 

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    House of Lords

 

Judicial Assistants to the Law Lords

 

 

BACKGROUND

          These posts are for one year starting on Monday 19 September 2005.  It is expected that four appointments will be made.

 

KEY OBJECTIVES

          The Assistants will work direct to the Law Lords (Lords of Appeal in Ordinary) and they may be called upon to perform a variety of tasks, including:

research in connection with appeals;

summarising issues in petitions for leave to appeal;

assistance with written material (other than judgments); and

contact with outside agencies.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

These appointments are ideally suited to qualified solicitors, barristers or advocates who intend to pursue a legal career and who have completed their training contracts with a firm of solicitors, started a tenancy in chambers (in Northern Ireland, practised for two years), or have returned to university to carry out postgraduate research.  The posts are for one year only and it is envisaged that postholders will wish to resume their careers at the earliest opportunity thereafter.

 

PERSONAL SPECIFICATION

Candidates must demonstrate a very high intellectual ability.  They should be incisive, articulate, able to draft quickly and clearly, and to assimilate large amounts of material.  They must be able to work as part of a team and preserve the highest levels of confidentiality.  Information technology skills, in particular word processing and the ability to access databases, are essential.

         

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Term

These posts are Fixed Term Appointments for one year starting on Monday 20 September 2005.  It is expected that four appointments will be made.

 

Appointment will depend on a health and security check.

 

Pay

Salary will be £29,500 per annum.


 

 

 

Pension

The post is pensionable under the House of Lords Staff Pension Scheme, which is the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme applied by analogy.  The scheme is a final salary scheme with an employee contribution rate of 3.5%.

 

Hours

Hours are 41 per week gross.

 

Benefits

Benefits include optional membership of the House of Lords Staff Pension Scheme, an interest-free season ticket loan after two months’ satisfactory service and a childcare voucher scheme. 

 

Holiday

Holiday entitlement is 6 weeks per annum plus public and bank holidays.  Holidays have to be taken when the House is not sitting judicially.

 

Further information

For further information on the post please contact Margaret Pieroni on 020 7219 3185.

 

To be put in touch with current and past post-holders contact Gail Munden on 020 7219 0793.

 

Application details

NB Candidates must complete the application form, though they are also at liberty to attach a CV if they wish.  References of all shortlisted candidates will be taken up.

 

Completed Application forms should be returned to the Human Resources Office, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW by last post on Friday 20 May 2005.

 

It is expected that candidates who appear best suited to the post will be invited to attend interviews which are expected to be held on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 June.  If you have not heard from this office by the mid-June you should assume that you have not been shortlisted. 

 

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Other information:

26 April 2005

 

Judicial Assistants to the Law Lords 2005-2006

 

          Since 2001 the Law Lords in the House of Lords have been assisted in their work by four judicial assistants appointed each year on a temporary basis for 12 months.  This year’s recruitment process began with an advertisement in the Times law supplement of Tuesday, 26 April.  I am now writing to you in the hope that you will encourage able and ambitious young members of your Chambers to apply.

 

          The judicial assistants work on appeals and petitions for leave to appeal in both the House of Lords and Privy Council.  On appeals they work closely with individual Law Lords, researching issues and exploring points as they arise (but not drafting any part of any judgment).  On petitions for leave the assistants summarise the judgments below, analyse the issues, and write a short memorandum for the use of the Appeal Committee.  The Law Lords value greatly the help which the judicial assistants give.  The assistants for their part gain a significant insight into the presentation of legal argument and decision-making at the highest level.  The assistants appointed so far have all found the experience immensely worthwhile.  A job description is attached to this note.

 

          The ideal stage to apply is probably about a year or so after the completion of pupillage and admission into Chambers (or the equivalent in Scotland and Northern Ireland), when the applicant has gained some post-qualification experience.  The Law Lords are looking for the qualities which make for success in the law, including intellectual distinction, a capacity for hard work and the ability to get on with people.

 

          The assistants are paid at an annual rate of £29,500.  The appointment runs from 19 September 2005 until the end of July 2006.

 

Some applicants have had initial reservations about accepting an appointment for as long as 10 months. But those who have accepted these appointments firmly believe that the experience gained as a judicial assistant will benefit their careers. That has been the experience to date of all previous holders of the appointment.

 

          Further details and application forms are available from the Human Resources Office, House of Lords by email:

 humanresourceshol@parliament.uk.

 

 

 

Brendan Keith

Head of the Judicial Office

 

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