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Remuneration:£105,668 per annum 

Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:11 April 2018 at midnight 

Scottish Law Commission – Appointment as Commissioner (full-time)

The Scottish Law Commission was established under the Law Commissions Act 1965 for the purposes of promoting the reform of the law of Scotland, and reviewing the law with a view to its systematic development and modernisation. 

Commissioners’ duties and responsibilities

Commissioners at the Scottish Law Commission must be committed to keeping Scots law at the forefront of developments in a changing world.  Applicants must be a holder of a judicial office, an advocate, solicitor advocate, solicitor, or a teacher of law in a university. 

The role of a Commissioner involves contributing to the formulation of policy in the Commission’s law reform projects, and the preparation of discussion papers and reports to Government; thereby delivering the Commission’s law reform objectives.

This post will involve taking the lead on law reform projects within the area of family law.  The Scottish Law Commission is currently undertaking projects under the Tenth Programme of Law Reform, which runs to the end of 2022.   The successful applicant will develop and scope the exact areas to be covered in the projects, frame policy and a timetable, in discussion with the Chair, the Chief Executive and the other Commissioners.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate, as a key attribute, that they possess advanced legal and analytical skills capable of being applied to a range of complex subject areas.  While the successful applicant will lead family law projects, peer review of all the projects (including criminal law) in the Tenth Programme is key to successful delivery of the Commission’s work. 

Skills, knowledge and experience required

The successful candidate will demonstrate sound and current knowledge of Scots law and an awareness of the context in which the Commission operates.

The successful candidate will be a leading and respected legal figure with experience of working in a challenging legal environment, and with the capacity to engage the respect of colleagues and external contacts.  Applicants  will be able to demonstrate the skills to manage and deliver complex legal projects; to work in accordance with demanding timetables; to analyse complex information and issues; to propose rigorous solutions to complex issues; and to challenge constructively and influence decision making within a team setting. 


Remuneration is £105,668 per annum.  The appointment is pensionable. 

Term of appointment

The appointment is for a fixed term of 3 to 5 years.  The Programme runs for 5 years so this is likely to be preferred, but is open to discussion. 

Time commitment

The appointment is full-time, five days a week (based on a 37 hour working week) and is based at the Scottish Law Commission offices at 140 Causewayside, Edinburgh.  Some remote working may be possible.

Closing date for applications is on 11 April 2018

An application pack and full details on this and other public appointments can be found at the public appointments website

* Scottish Ministers are committed to diversity and equality.

* The public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.

* Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.


Application Information

Please apply online.  If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898, by email at, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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