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Remuneration:Full-time - £105,668 per annum. Part-time - up to a maximum of £52,834 per annum 

Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:03 December 2019 at midnight 

Scottish Law Commission – Appointment as Commissioner (one full-time, one part-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.

The Scottish Law Commission is currently undertaking projects under the Tenth Programme of Law Reform, which runs to the end of 2022.   We are seeking two Commissioners, one full-time and one part-time.

Full-time Commissioner (37 hours)

The full-time Commissioner will lead on property and commercial law related projects, specifically the project on aspects of leases. 

Part-time Commissioner (18½ hours)

The part-time Commissioner will lead on personal injury, family law with some additional private law with particular reference to surrogacy. 

While the successful candidates will lead specific projects, peer review of all the projects in the Tenth Programme is key to successful delivery of the Commission’s work. 

Skills, knowledge and experience required

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

The successful applicants will be well qualified legal figures 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 for the full-time role is £105,668 per annum.  The appointment is pensionable. 

Remuneration for the part-time post is pro rata, up to a maximum of £52,834 (one-half of the full-time rate).  The appointment is pensionable.

Term of appointment

For the full-time post, the appointment will be a full-time role for a period of up to five years from the date of appointment.  For the part-time post, a period of five years is preferred, but is open to discussion.

Time commitment

Post 1 – full-time

The appointment is full-time with 37 hours worked over up to five days, Monday to Friday.  Flexibility over the approach may be agreed with the Commission, to mutual benefit, on appointment.

Post 2 – part-time

The part-time role will be on a half time basis, with 18½ hours worked over days and times to be agreed with the Commission on appointment. 

Both posts are based at the Scottish Law Commission offices at 140 Causewayside, Edinburgh.

Closing date for applications is on 3 December 2019.

For more specific detail of the particular requirements of the roles, please see the the person specification, which forms part of the application information pack.  Also included in the pack is more detailed information about the Scottish Law Commission.

  • 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 black and 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 PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

Additional Information

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